Intangible: The Art of Nicole Katano

Opening Reception Friday, October 13, 5-7 pm
Gallery hours Thursday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

–Albert Einstein

Nicole Katano invites us to slow down, quietly and closely observe, and breathe deeply. The digital images she presents here at the Marin Art and Garden Center capture a moment in time where the focus on the magic and mystery that nature provides will inspire us to reflect on the intangible beauty all around us.

“My work revolves around my camera’s ability to isolate tiny fragments of time and space in such a way that otherwise fleeting details can be more consciously examined by the observer.”

Every morning, Nicole Katano steps into her garden and ruminates on the peace and beauty it holds. This is where she captures the images that she uses in her work, using “selective focus” to direct the viewer’s eye. She hopes that you will join her in the garden, and feel the peace and balance that she feels.

The video projection, large digital images and framed works create a symphony of impressions that can be called feminine, subtle, mysterious and beautiful. They encourage us to meditate upon the many gifts that nature provides — that we often don’t see. In concert with the lovely living plants that you see in the Marin Art and Garden Center, these images uncover a sense of wonder about time and place. The images are focused and then not focused; they are cinematic and dramatic. They allow you to feel the exquisite calm and experience the intangible beauty that nature so often provides.

“The ultimate point isn’t to tell people what to see or think. It is simply to make them feel.”

–Nicole Katano, 2017

Nicole began her career as a photographer after having received her BFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Master’s degree in Ceramics from San Francisco State University. For more than thirty years Nicole has worked for advertising, corporate and editorial clients including Nokia, Dreamworks, American Girl and Paramount Pictures, among many others. Since 2004 she has exhibited her images in Los Angeles, Nashville, Scottsdale/Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sonoma, Healdsburg, San Diego and Atlanta. In 2010 she moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma where she now lives and works. In 2013 the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art featured Nicole and her husband, the artist Marc Katano, in a joint exhibition entitled, Akin: The Art of Nicole and Marc Katano. She has illustrated several books and directed, written and produced ten short films and videos. Most recently she was in an exhibition in San Rafael, Forces of Nature: Katano, Kleinman, Tarantino.

Guest curator Kate Eilertsen will talk with Nicole at the opening reception in The Studio on October 13th.