Karla Wozniak’s recent paintings are based on places around the United States. They are part documentary, and part imagined. The works combine specific details from landscape with less representational passages that play with color, composition and textural relationships. These abstract moments often teeter on the edge of representation, evoking surfaces, graphic advertising, weather, and time of day.
Taking visual information from landscape as a jumping-off point, the paintings become personal and almost hallucinatory reinventions of a certain highway strip, rest stop, or Main Street, rendering these mundane drive-by places specific and memorable.
Karla Wozniak (b. 1978 in Berkeley, CA), received her MFA from the Yale School of Art and BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2011, 2008), and the Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Bronx Calling, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY (2011); Weasel, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2010). Wozniak’s distinctions include a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (2011), a UCross residency (2012), participation in the Artist in the Market Place, Bronx Museum (2011), a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Grant (2009-10), two MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2005, 2007). Her work has been noted in a number of publications, including the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle. Wozniak is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.