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Karla Wozniak
updated: 07/21/2009
website: //karlawozniak.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lil' Chef, Brighton, MI
Three Dollar Car Wash, Detroit, MI,
Golf Galaxy, Grand Rapids, MI (drawing)
Handy Dandy, Battle Creek, MI
Self-Esteem, I94, MI
Mr. Burger, Grand Rapids, MI
Yamaha, Grand Rapids, MI,
Citgo, RT 94, I94, MI
Classic Coney, Detroit, MI
Brooklyn Motor Inn, Brooklyn, NY
Red Cedar Crossing, Whitmore Lake, MI
RRR Road House, Clarion, PA
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, mapping, social criticism, language, urban, landscape
 
 
Lil' Chef, Brighton, MI by Karla Wozniak
Lil' Chef, Brighton, MI
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2008
29 " x  30 " 
Three Dollar Car Wash, Detroit, MI,  by Karla Wozniak
Three Dollar Car Wash, Detroit, MI,
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2008
15 " x  22 " 
Golf Galaxy, Grand Rapids, MI (drawing) by Karla Wozniak
Golf Galaxy, Grand Rapids, MI (drawing)
watercolor, acrylic, and pencil on paper
2007
30 " x  33 " 
Handy Dandy, Battle Creek, MI by Karla Wozniak
Handy Dandy, Battle Creek, MI
watercolor, ink, acrylic, and pencil on paper,
2009
22 " x  30 " 
Self-Esteem, I94, MI by Karla Wozniak
Self-Esteem, I94, MI
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2009
22 " x  18 " 
Mr. Burger, Grand Rapids, MI by Karla Wozniak
Mr. Burger, Grand Rapids, MI
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2009
15 " x  22 " 
Yamaha, Grand Rapids, MI, by Karla Wozniak
Yamaha, Grand Rapids, MI,
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2009
23 " x  26 " 
Citgo, RT 94, I94, MI by Karla Wozniak
Citgo, RT 94, I94, MI
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2009
30 " x  33 " 
Classic Coney, Detroit, MI by Karla Wozniak
Classic Coney, Detroit, MI
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2008
29 " x  41 " 
Brooklyn Motor Inn, Brooklyn, NY by Karla Wozniak
Brooklyn Motor Inn, Brooklyn, NY
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper,
2008
20" x  30" 
Red Cedar Crossing, Whitmore Lake, MI  by Karla Wozniak
Red Cedar Crossing, Whitmore Lake, MI
Watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
2008
15 " x  22" 
RRR Road House, Clarion, PA by Karla Wozniak
RRR Road House, Clarion, PA
Watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic on paper
2008
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement

My recent artworks are medium-scale oil paintings and works on paper. I make paintings of the American landscape in transition. I am fascinated by urban development, neglect and how places change over time. I think we can learn a lot about our culture from the appearance and organization of our cities, suburbs and countryside. And particularly now, with the current economic situation, our landscape continues to mutate.

My paintings are inspired by places that I visit and document around the country. When I return to my studio I create pictures that are both regionally specific and a constructed, authored view. My handling of materials is rigid in some places, open and improvisational in others. Texture and physicality is very important in my work, and my paint ranges from thin and transparent to impasto. Often surfaces seem washed or abraded away. Fracturing and synthesis are both apparent in my compositions and certain aspects of the pictures are rendered, while others dissolve into abstraction. This fracturing of space and shifting of focus parallels how we actually look at landscapes -- from changing viewpoints over a period of time, often framed by a car window.

Artist Bio / CV


EDUCATION

2005     Masters of Fine Arts, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
2003     Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MI
2000    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2000    European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Palazzo Cenci, Rome, Italy


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008    Road Works, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009       Drawing, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
        Future Days, 10 artists curated from the White Columns registry, Rafik Video, New York, NY
               Brooklyn Redrawn, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
               Fifth Annual BAMart Silent Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2008    This Modern World, curated by Paddy Johnson, GE Headquarters, Fairfield, CT
    Crossed Country, Sherman Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
    Everywhere and Nowhere, Platform/Denise Bibro, New York, NY
2007    Something For the Commute, three-person show at Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY   
    A Muzzle of Bees, 33 Bond Gallery, New York, NY
2006    Local Transit, Artists Space, New York, NY
2005      Skyline, Sherman Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
        Yale MFA Painting Thesis Exhibition, New Haven, CT
2004    Inside Outside, two-person show with Danielle Dwyer, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
        Perspectives, gallery Koch, Hannover, Germany
          superSalon, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
2000    European Honors Program Thesis Show, Rhode Island School of Design, Piazza Cenci, Rome, Italy


AWARDS

2005       Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, Yale University School of Art.


RESIDENCIES

2009 / 2010      Marie Walsh Sharpe, The Space Program, New York, NY
2007               Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2005               Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2003                 Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
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AWARDS

2005    Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, Yale University School of Art

COLLECTIONS

Gibson Dunn and Crutcher Corporate Collection
Neutral Capital Collection
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Prints, Drawings and Photographs Collection