Something That Matters

Something That Matters

Katie Pretti

From October 22nd to November 16th
Opening October 24th, 2008 from 7-10pm

Since her last major exhibition at LE Gallery, Pretti has found herself in studios in Toronto, Buenos Aires and Brooklyn producing new work on both canvas and paper. Exploring the sensations and experience of displacement, discomfort and disillusion, Pretti’s new work marks a surge in her practice towards the large scale expression of her voice as an artist and firmly planting herself as one of Canada’s rising emerging artists.

Artist Statement

“Within each series is an attempt at the transmission of a particular sensation or a series of sensations associated with a specific event. Individual pieces act as snapshots of the scenario as it changes and develops over a span of time. With repetition, marks to begin to represent a visual narrative as the image approaches realism spontaneously (as in the nature of contour drawing or gestural abstraction). The result is the formation of a palimpsest in which lines and shapes combine to imply forms, figurative in nature.

As a progression from recent themes of suspicion and alienation, this new body of work ventures past angst and isolation to figure out a truth – to find Something That Matters. Throughout the range of works exploring themes of careless power and indulgence to the comfort and familiarity of suffering, frenetic scrawling radiates through the painted surfaces. Emotive colour, form, and line coalesce or interfere, effectually linking the series in a unified state of uncertainty.”

Born July 6, 1980, graduated OCAD 2004, Katie Bond Pretti is a Toronto based artist who is interested in the ability to employ the formal concerns of line and colour to achieve narrative in semi-abstracted form. Last fall Pretti released her first publication, a book entitled Sonority of Words, which was launched in Toronto by Art Metropole, featured at the 2007 NYC Art Book Fair, and subsequently added to the collection of The National Gallery of Canada. Pretti is represented in Toronto by LE Gallery. Her works in ink, oil, watercolour, and graphite have been exhibited at Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal, Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art in Toronto, and Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery in Vancouver. Her work has been featured in Elle Canada, Fashion Magazine, Canadian House and Home, and was included as a feature artist in a Hudsons Bay Company campaign during the recent Toronto International Film Festival.