Katherine Liepe-Levinson Fine Art Photography
Katherine Liepe-Levinson trained with the International Center for Photography in New York City. Her work has been displayed on journal, magazine, and book covers, and in Dan’s Papers. Her photography was selected, during Art Miami/Art Basel Week 2015, for the annual juried pop-up show, Art for Apes, in the Wynwood Arts District. Katherine’s Award-winning Fine Art Photography continues to be exhibited in Long Island and New York galleries, art fairs, and juried shows. These venues have included East End Arts (twice Best in Show Winner and other awards), Quogue Historical Society, Rosalie Dimon Gallery, Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Guild Hall, Richard Demato Gallery, and the Southampton Cultural Center. Katherine’s clients have included museums, collectors, corporations, small businesses, and performing artists. She is delighted to be a part of The White Room Gallery in its second season.
In addition to photography, Katherine worked as a professional dancer, actor, and writer on and off Broadway. She has a PhD in Theatre from New York City’s CUNY Graduate Center, and she has taught full-time for Colgate University and Hunter College. One of Katherine’s major inspirations that led her to embrace the visual arts as her creative passion, was being invited to be a guest player for a month-long run in Tino Sehgal’s internationally acclaimed performance art piece, “This Situation,” at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City.
Artist Statement Earth/Water Series
My on-going Earth/Water Series is an exploration of our local waterways, ponds, bays, and beaches, including the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Peconic River and Bay, Hampton Beaches, and the Hudson River. These studies are meant as a testament to the preciousness of our natural resources, which we all too often take for granted.
The unusual vibrant colors and patterns in these almost abstract works are natural results produced by the camera through available light, selected camera angles, shifting wind patterns on the water and in the foliage, refracted reflections on the water surface, cropping/zooming for close ups, and fast shutter speeds.
All images are single exposures with NO Photoshop additions or filters. I follow the basic principles of darkroom photography using Adobe Lightroom, which is a digital processor. I process the images paying particular attention to contrast, color balance, burning and dodging to bring out the details of each piece. Most of my works are limited editions. I print the smaller works myself using Epson’s archival Velvet Fine Art Paper and archival pigment inks. Larger pieces are printed by DUGGAL in Manhattan on Archival White Dibond with Archival UV protected pigments. Dibond’s special white aluminum surface and DUGGAL’s pigments create a soft, matte, painterly quality. In feng shui, metal and water support and nourish one another. Metal creates water in the productive cycle of the five elements, providing an effective complement for the Earth/Water series. As a civil society, we must learn how to better use the “metal/mettle” of our technology to support and nourish our natural resources, most especially Earth’s Water.