virginia katz

place current

The In Transit Series of cell phone photographs is a recent exploration into Place. This series was inspired by my frequent driving treks to Los Angeles from Orange County for work-related activities. Driving the freeways and streets is another domain of human habitation throughout much of our day that leaves no permanent trace of our transient presence. Similar to earlier work focusing on flight paths, here again, I am interested in documenting our collective presence at a moment in time with form. This series reveals alternate states of reality through motion and variations of light that we miss through our sense of perception. The location and time of each photograph is pinpointed through the use of Geotagging. This information becomes the title of each photograph and it identifies the place at the moment it was taken.

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In Transit - I-405 Fwy, Long Beach, CA, March 25, 2017, 8:11 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-5 N, Tustin, CA, May 6, 2017, 1:12 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - CA-55 N, Santa Ana, CA, March 3, 2017, 6:48 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405, South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, May 4, 2017, 7:09 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA, March 25, 2017, 7:56 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405 N, Costa Mesa, CA, May 4, 2017, 7:08 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA, December 17, 2016, 6:57 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2016

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In Transit - I-405 S, Lawndale, CA, January 3, 2017, 8:19 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405 S, Torrance, CA, January 3, 2017, 8:23 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405 S, Carson, CA, December 10, 2016, 11:22 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2016

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In Transit - CA-55 N, Irvine, CA, March 3, 2017, 8:08 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - US-101 S, Los Angeles, CA, March 4, 2017, 7:41 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - CA-55 N, Santa Ana, CA, March 3, 2017, 6:53 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405, Irvine, CA, March 3, 2017, 8:10 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-55, Near Tustin, March 3, 2017, 8:08 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-10 W, Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 2017, 9:17 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405, Carson, CA, March 25, 2017, 8:05 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405, S Culver City, CA, March 28, 2017, 9:24 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - CA-55 N, Santa Ana, CA, March 3, 2017, 6:48 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405 Freeway, Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA, March 25, 2017, 7:56 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-5 S, Tustin Ranch, Tustin, CA, May 7, 2017, 8:27 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - I-405, South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, May 4, 2017, 8:18 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - United Airlines, 10,000 ft, Orange, CA, May 15, 2017, 10:02 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - L Red Line, South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, May 13, 2017, 2:16 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - L Red Line, South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, May 13, 2017, 2:16 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - United Airlines, 37,000 ft, Nunn, CO, May 15, 2017, 8:57 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

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In Transit - United Airlines, 37,000 ft, Grover, CO, May 15, 2017, 7:56 pm

11” x 8.5”, 2017

In 2005, I began collecting small, unremarkable papers from the ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, places that I had visited during the course of my daily life. Each paper was considered a marker of a place visited that was then used to construct a work. A variety of constructions were made from these collections. Some were threaded and hung from dowels, or mounted on paper into three-dimensional form and another was formed into a large wall mosaic.

In Tracing Places – 8 Years, papers that were collected from an eight-year period were formed into an asymmetrical, organically-shaped, wall mosaic, consisting of eleven, 22” x 30” sheets of paper that measure in total 140” x 74”. The markers included, but were not limited to, general receipts, Starbucks and coffee shop paper materials, movie ticket stubs, art show announcements and cards, grocery store fliers, parking lot stubs, airport luggage tags, travel brochures, papers collected from several trips to Europe and Asia, museum brochures, business cards, doctor office brochures, Home Depot paint chips, department store promotions, etc. The markers were then cut into pieces that are two centimeters square and applied to the paper support with tweezers and archival glue into a semi-abstract, fictional/nonfictional map. I used these markers as a record and a painting medium to compose, in topographical form, a dense collection of information relating to Place.

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Tracing Places – Eight Years

Installation of Collected Paper Ephemera, Hand-cut Into 2cm Squares
Approximately 75" x 150", 2005-2013

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Tracing Places – Eight Years - detail -
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Tracing Places – Eight Years - detail -
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Tracing Places – Eight Years - detail -
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Momentum

Accumulated Paper Trail
50" x 36", 2007

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Momentum - detail -


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Momentum - detail -


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Accretion and Erosion

Accumulated Paper Trail
56" x 27", 2007

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Accretion and Erosion - detail -


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NYC Paper Trail

Accumulated Brochures and Business Cards Placed Geographically
18" x 18", 2006

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NYC Paper Trail - detail -


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Reflection

Department Store Promotionals, Credit Card Applications, Botox Cosmetic Enhancement Brochures, Jewelry Store Brochures, Jenny Craig Weight Loss Brochures Cut and Threaded.
14.5" x 14", 2007

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Reflection - detail -


The Hunt – 12 Hours is a work that was completed on-site observing people moving about a strip shopping center in Irvine, California during a 12-hour period. For the duration of that time period, I sat in the parking lot and, with each car that parked, I drew a line from where the car was parked to each shopper’s destination. This work attempted to capture the invisible form that occurs every day, all day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and then disappears.

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The Hunt - 12 Hours

Colored Marker on Matte Acetate
21" x 18", 2002