Photography Sculpture 1982-1995
"Originality Stands Out in Sculptural Variety"
"The kind of originality in Katinka Mann's work reminds us that one the most powerful characteristics of contemporary art is the spirited license with which materials are creatively combined to invent modes of expression that often have lasting significance.
The Mann pieces are dynamic, angled geometric constructions that rather ingeniously use the camera as part of the approach.
What seems so special here is the way the glistening processed surfaces generate soft effervescent visual qualities.
These are the softest of tonalities, a bit fuzzy, with spots of very great light intensity. Form, of course is Mrs. Mann's basic sculptural subject, and one reacts strongly to the disciplined architecture of space and spatial illusion that simulates movement and a perspective that is impressively bold for the modest size of the weightless photo-sculpture.
New York Times, "Originality Stands Out In Sculptural Variety" Phyllis Braff 7/82
“Katinka Mann offers an alternative to this reading of the photograph. Mann uses her canvases as her actual models, transforms them and successfully directs them toward a new end. Oddly enough, by virtue of the transformation, a precise understanding of her artistic process remains ambiguous. Directed by a keen eye for color and form, she imbues the architectonic emphasis for the exhibit with an equally emphatic and palpable sensitivity.”
Valerie Natsios, Former Editor NY Arts Journal, Central
Hall Gallery, “Lunar Sites”, Pt. Washington, N. Y. ’84