Actual Size Los Angeles is pleased to announce Informel, a solo exhibition of new work by Katie Herzog. The post-war movement, "Art Informel", embraced spontaneity, freedom of form, and emotional expression in response to the cool rationalism of Geometric Abstraction. Herzog's use of the term reflects her ongoing personal investigation into epistemology, dissemination and stewardship of knowledge, and lyrical abstraction. Informel exemplifies Herzog's playful, exploratory, and multifaceted practice, including works ranging from formless portraiture to tactile embroidery.
Herzog employed a premeditated structure to create the highly improvisatory and gestural painting, "Braille Institute: Sight Center". For this painting Herzog visited the Braille Institute on Vermont and Melrose for an hour every day for five weeks. After studying the facade of the building from across the street she traveled directly to her studio, closed her eyes, and painted her memory of the building using her hands.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 7th from 6 - 10pm. To close the exhibition, on Saturday, August 28th, Herzog has coordinated an animal assisted literacy program to take place in the gallery from 1 - 3pm, where children of all reading levels will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills to certified therapy dogs.
Katie Herzog received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts at UC San Diego, and studied Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Recent residencies include the Banff Centre, Skowhegan, and Program Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations in Berlin. She is a Fellow of the Molesworth Institute and an Assistant Librarian at the Whittier Public Library and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Recent solo exhibitions include Ecstasy of Municipality at Whittier City Hall in 2010, Art as Experience at the Whittier Public Library in 2009, and Librariana at Circus Gallery in 2008.