Published on: March 05, 2009A unique show by artist Louis Katz, will broaden your definition of what art is. Featuring two video installations this is an exhibit that must be experienced in person.
The exhibit, "Louis Katz Clayer" will run Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 2. Katz will give two artists talks with a live demonstration and power point presentation on Monday, March 16. The first will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. For additional information call 281-312-1534.
The LSC-Kingwood art gallery is broken up into two rooms, so it lends itself easily to the presentation of two videos. The windows of the gallery will be covered in hand painted oil cloth. The screens themselves are part of the artwork and created by the artist. One room will have a screen made up of commercial type ceramic tiles. The other room will feature a screen made up of 20 slate tiles each studded with 16 porcelain bowls, which serve to pixilate the video.
One video will be on ARS. "ARS is a discussion of three points of view on the definition of art, but it starts with an overview of where I am coming from," says Katz. It was shot mostly between Corpus Christi, Texas and Joseph, Oregon. The other video is on Styrene. Styrene is a twenty minute critique of Styrofoam cups from several different points of view. It was shot in the artist's studio.
Katz says he uses video because it allows for multiple tracks, multiple video, and multiple audio tracks to be perceived simultaneously. "The use of multiple tracks provides a better look into what my thought processes are like, really how other peoples' thought processes are like, and allows for a level of complexity that keeps me interested."
"The exhibit, and videos are complex and people will come away with varied experiences. My primary concern in all my work is the nature of edges or separations in ideas, words, or other ways we structure thought," says Katz.
"Louis is very well known in the arts community and is a prolific artist, writer, teacher and an ‘outside the box' thinker who has shown his work in countless venues throughout the United States. As a speaker, he is extremely entertaining and knowledgeable, and his work itself I think highly engaging," says Kris Larson, LSC-Kingwood art gallery director.
In describing himself, Katz calls himself a clayer and describes the word clayer as, "Not a ceramist, nor a ceramicist, I am not a potter. I am a clayer. Clayers have a set of primary aesthetic principals that are different from those of other art areas. We talk of form and function, surface and volume, breath and bones. Our primary forms are vessels. We stress volume over mass or structure."
Katz has a broad understanding of what art is and promises to fully engage and entertain those who attend the artists talk. Some of his thoughts on art, "When you get up in the morning and dress, you choose clothing. This choice is expressive and is therefore art. How you walk is expressive, how you talk, how you eat, what kind of car you drive, it all speaks of who you are, how you feel and what you think. It all communicates with others. It is all subject to interpretation. It is all art."
"Without art, we all eat the same foods, walk the same, and speak the same. Art is the force that makes life," concludes Katz.
For more information about this exhibit or future exhibits contact the art gallery at 281-312-1534.
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