virginia katz

atmosphere 2003-2014

The Skies paintings and drawings began in 2014 after taking careful notice of our skies and recording from memory occurrences and passages of motion in which I found myself immersed. The large works are made with spray paint on paper and the smaller works are colored pencil and wax crayon on paper. One area of particular interest is how vaporous droplets create form. I wanted to mimic that dynamic activity and directly tap into it by painting vaporous clouds and aircraft trails with vaporous paint, while, at the same time, recording our presence within it through a form of visual poetry.

Skies
Skies - Into the Deep

Spray Paint on Paper
84" x 54", 2014

Skies
Skies - Clouds and Commerce

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - From Here to There

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Jet Stream

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Reaching Toward the Stratosphere

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Tail Wind

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Cross Continental

Spray Paint on Paper
84” x 54”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Day Moon

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
“Passing Through” Diptych

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Lost

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Microscape

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Through Time

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Crossing

Color Pencil and Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Before and After the Storm - Rotterdam

Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

Skies
Skies - Developing Skies - Rotterdam

Wax Crayon on Paper
12” x 9”, 2014

The Form and Function works-on-paper were inspired by my earlier, on-site work charting the ocean tides. I found myself sitting directly under a flight path and thought to document the continuous activity of our transient presence in the sky. I downloaded thousands of flight arrival times across the United States and Europe within a given 90-minute period and charted each flight on paper. In some works, the lines were color-coded to designate the airlines that flew specific, regional routes.

Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, May 4, 2003

Acrylic on Matte Acetate
12" x 15", 2003

Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, May 4, 2003 (NYC)

Acrylic on Matte Acetate
2" x 2" on 9" x 13", 2003

Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, May 4, 2003 (NYC) - detail -
Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, May 4, 2003, (West Coast Cross- Section)

Acrylic on Matte Acetate
9" x 13", 2003

Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, May 4, 2003

Mixed Media on Matte Acetate
9" x 13", 2003

Form and Function
Form and Function USA Air, Night View II, May 4, 2003 - detail -
Form and Function
Form and Function (Country Designations) Euro Air, May 23, 2004, 8-10 p.m.

Oil on Matte Acetate
48" x 43", 2004

Form and Function
Form and Function (Country Designations) Euro Air - detail -
Form and Function
Form and Function (Country Interaction) Euro Air, May 23, 2004, 8-10 p.m.

Oil on Matte Acetate
48" x 36", 2004

Form and Function
Form and Function (Country Interaction) Euro Air - detail -