Shaped Canvas 1970-1980
“Her canvas wood constructions are in a way bamboozlers, hoodwinking us into believing that they are things they are in reality not. The works are stationary, fixed to and suspended from the walls, and yet they appear to move through the gallery interior as if they were unmanned hang gliders or ingenious Concorde miniatures. The works can be big and yet they defy their size with an appearance of lightness. And for as simple as they are, the pieces are charged with romanticism. The canvas, which is unrelieved with design or paint, shows that it has a multiple personality, generating stimulating patterns of light and shadow.”
New York Times, “ViewThrough A Classical Prism”,
David L. Shirey, Central Hall Gallery, ll/77
"Katinka Mann is a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and teacher. She has exhibited widely and has been included in exhibitions from Honolulu to Milan. She has had one artist shows at the Donnell Library in New York City, the Baiter Gallery in Huntington, the South Huntington Public Library and Central Hall Gallery in Port Washington, N. Y. She is represented in the collection of Publisher's Clearing House, Judith Leiber Co and Nassau Community College as well as private collections. This exhibition consists of a series of "Space Sites". Here the painter and sculptor merge in a series of work consisting of intricately assembled unpainted shaped canvases which depend on shape and voids for their impact. The elimination of color, which was previously an important element, is a new departure for the artist. The work now depends entirely upon form for its impact. The artist has written of these works as follows: "Inspired by a series of movements in outer space, Space Sites began to take form. The shape of the construction is the force. This force is explored directly for the purpose finding the pulse of its energy. It has its own reality. The center voids relate to the wall contributing to the sculptural aspect. The natural canvas is used to enhance and soften the dimensional properties. The subtle use of line is chosen for its totality of expression."
Eva Ingersoll Gatling, Heckscher Museum, Director Exhibition Brochure March, 1977