Saturday, September 12, 2009

Katja Leibath at Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco

My colleague at UC Berkeley, Katja Leibenath has been accepted by Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco.

According to Frommer's website, Hang Art Gallery, located in the prime Sutter Street gallery district, is an "amazingly affordable gallery for attractive pieces by yet-to-be-discovered Bay Area artists. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the gallery is designed to cater to new and seasoned collectors who appreciate original art at down-to-earth prices."

On Hang Art Gallery's bio page, Katja is described as "upon moving to San Francisco from Duesseldorf, Germany, Katja Leibenath began compiling a detailed photographic diary of her surroundings; her paintings are often based on these studies. As reflections of her daily life and regional explorations, they are responses to her new environment and create a sense of place while allowing her to investigate the edges of this new-found civilization.

"While exploring and photographing the environs, Leibenath noticed that the essence of California ― the abundance of its spectacular sights ― was easily lost under a haze of familiarity. In response, her paintings look for the noteworthy in the everyday, and beauty in the seemingly mundane; she is in love with every aspect of this region.

"Leibenath has been painting in San Francisco since 2006. Her work as been showcased at venues throughout the Bay Area including SomArts Gallery, Artist X-Change Gallery, RSSB at UC Berkeley, The Lab, and Liquid Spaces."

Congratulations, Katja, and thank you for loaning us your hauntingly beautiful Hopperesque "Morrison Library" painting.

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