CATHERINE WOO

Catherine Woo,  Glimmer  (Detail), 2017, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

Catherine Woo, Glimmer (Detail), 2017, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

A master of the surface and abstraction, Catherine Woo’s striking new body of work is the product of an instinctive and powerful alliance with the natural forces that surround us.

For her third solo exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery, Woo continues to explore the mutable boundaries and energies in our relationship with the environment. In these latest works, she employs the concept of the mirage to explore a particular effect of light, at once shimmering and illusory, that dances between real and apparent movement.

Through the application of reflective materials, Woo probes the shifting territory
between what is real (light) and what is manifested in our mind’s eye, effectively highlighting the fluid nature of perception. Drawing on raw materials and natural techniques, the rippled surfaces of her paintings not only evoke the natural world – undulations of water, formations of earth, glistening sand – but are also shaped by it:

“Using a collaborative approach with natural processes and materials – interactions of water, vibration and evaporation giving agency to matter - I am seeking to use process rather than representation to describe this ephemeral quality of light moving in waves; at once trying to capture something in material form whilst acknowledging its essentially elusive quality.” - Catherine Woo, 2017

Woo’s innovative approach to painting is imbued in these remarkable works. Layered and textured, shimmering and ethereal, they simultaneously speak to themes of beauty, nature, and geography, while resisting representation in the pursuit of more philosophical concerns. As with the mirage, they deftly balance between what we know and what we believe we see.

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO / CATHERINE WOO

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO and CATHERINE WOO will be exhibiting in the group exhibition Fieldwork: Artist Encounters, curated by Gary Warner, held at SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts. 

The exhibition creates spatial, conceptual, sonic and material conversations between recent works and decade-long practice trajectories. Cardoso's works included in the show impose order on seedpods collected during a camping trip with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers, while Woo forges an evidentiary metallic interface with the coastal geology of Tasmania’s Pirates Bay.

Fieldwork runs from 7 - 30 July 2016. 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso,  Gumnuts  (detail), 2009, Tartu seeds, metal pins, 245 x 190 x 6cm. 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Gumnuts (detail), 2009, Tartu seeds, metal pins, 245 x 190 x 6cm. 

Catherine Woo,  Interface,  2016, 20 panels of thin black coated aluminium, pressed and rubbed onto a geographic formation, 240 x 300 cm.

Catherine Woo, Interface, 2016, 20 panels of thin black coated aluminium, pressed and rubbed onto a geographic formation, 240 x 300 cm.

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CATHERINE WOO has been selected as finalist in the 2016 Deakin University Small Sculpture Award with her work Out of the woods. An exhibition with all the finalists' works will be open from 8 June to 15 July at the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Catherine Woo,  Out of the woods , perspex, aluminium, glass, wood and pigment, 10 x 10 x 8.6 cm (each).

Catherine Woo, Out of the woods, perspex, aluminium, glass, wood and pigment, 10 x 10 x 8.6 cm (each).

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Catherine Woo,  Heat  (Detail), 2015, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm.

Catherine Woo, Heat (Detail), 2015, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm.

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INCENDIE

OPENING WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2015, 6-8PM

Catherine Woo’s latest exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery continues her visually stunning oeuvre of ‘painting with weather’. The title, Incendie, is drawn from the French term for fire, which Woo has used as the axis for exploring themes of fire and heat. Concerned with the inter-relationship between humans, the body and their natural surrounds, Woo’s abstract, topographic and luminescent surfaces are underpinned by a consideration of how our ideologies and senses are shifting in response to climate change and anthropogenic processes on the environment.

At the core of Woo’s practice is her collaboration and experimentation with natural forces. By manipulating the immediate environment around her (namely, redirecting the gutters to allow rainwater seepages and wind into the studio), Woo orchestrates naturally occurring forms onto the aluminium canvas. The resulting works journal this space of negotiation between artist and weather, and as Woo describes, they depict a ‘trace of their alliance’.

The delicate imprints on Woo’s paintings are instantly recognisable as tactile weathered surfaces that form patterns akin to aerial views of landscapes. Substances such as iron, silica, calcium carbonate, mica, pigments and black sand are combined with vibration and evaporation to create a painting system whereby the works self-propagate. For Woo, partly relinquishing control and respecting the agency of materials and the power of their interaction is central to her practice.

Incendie will run from 21 July to 22 August 2015 at ARC ONE Gallery.

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Catherine Woo,  Ebb , 2014, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

Catherine Woo, Ebb, 2014, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

CATHERINE WOO’s 2014 painting Ebb is selected as finalist for the John Leslie Art Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious non-acquisitive prizes for landscape painting. This year the first prize recipient will be awarded with $20,000, made possible by the generous ongoing support of Gippsland Art Gallery’s long time Patron John Leslie O.B.E.

The opening and announcement of the winners is on Friday 19 September 6pm at the Gippsland Art Gallery and the exhibition is on show until 23 November 2014.

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CATHERINE WOO is currently exhibiting in Breathe, as part of the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Associated Event, at Art Atrium. Breathe is a group exhibition of women artists with Chinese ancestry, exploring physical and metaphysical ideas of breath and breathing space in their interior and exterior lives.

The exhibition opens Saturday, 28 January and continues until 18 February.  
 
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CATHERINE WOO's work has also been reviewed in a new book by Jeff Makin, published in November, 2011. 

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Congratulations to CATHERINE WOO whose work was HIGHLY COMMENDED in the 
The Fleurieu Water Prize 2011.

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CATHERINE WOO  has been shortlisted for The Fleurieu Water Prize with her work Salt Lake. The exhibition of finalists will be from 4 November - 5 December at Hardy's Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

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JUSTINE KHAMARA / ROBERT OWEN / CATHERINE WOO / VANILA NETTO / DANI MARTI / IMANTS TILLERS / PETER DAVERINGTON / JASON WING

ARC ONE will be featuring the work of JUSTINE KHAMARA, ROBERT OWEN, CATHERINE WOO, VANILA NETTO, DANI MARTI, IMANTS TILLERS, PETER DAVERINGTON and JASON WING at the 2011 Korea International Art Fair.  The fair will go for four days from 22 - 26 September. ARC ONE will be at Stand No. A48.  

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CATHERINE WOO / ROBBIE ROWLANDS

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Congratulations to CATHERINE WOO and ROBBIE ROWLANDS who have both been Highly Commended in the City of Hobart Art Prize.  The City of Hobart Art Prize will be open to the public from Saturday 23 July to Sunday 18 September at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

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CATHERINE WOO is part of Primed: Painting Tasmania at the Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania in Launceston from 26 August - 17 October.

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CATHERINE WOO is exhibiting as part of Abstract Nature at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia from 30 July - 8 October.

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