Meet Patrick Kratz, whose career intersects fine art and photography, seamlessly migrating between landscape and nature-based work and the rigors of images crafted for national advertising and editorial clients. At the heart of his investigations is a sense of time, space and a refined clarity and abstract strength, all elements visible in a new series presented for PaperCity readers titled “Paperscapes.”
With a B.S. in architecture from the University of Texas in Arlington and inspiration gleaned from a childhood gazing at the heroic peaks ringing Alamagordo, New Mexico, Kratz conceptually mines the rugged beauty of Western ranges into crumpled paper. “My current work deals with miniature manifestations of mountain vistas,” the artist says. “Each image is an idea, created of roughly made pepakura taking the visual cues of plate tectonics as seen from an adventurer’s perspective, of a mountain range viewed under a solitary moonlit sky, devoid of stars.”
Referencing archetypal life via depictions of rising and falling terrain, the photographer also challenges the viewer to notice the poignant absence of missing stars; his artist statement quotes stanzas from an Emerson poem: “If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore” — alluding to elements of beauty and enchantment in the everyday, which are often taken for granted, yet so mourned when lost.
Kratz’s stark, minimalist landscapes also conjure days and nights on distant planets, and would be perfect for a space scientist turned collector. Museum-matted giclée prints with a masonite backing, in limited editions of 25; special editions of fi ve mounted upon canvas over panel. All works signed and numbered. Giclées $1,150 for 16 x 20 inches; $2,650 for 20 x 60 inches. Canvas and wood-mounted $1,450 unframed, $1,750 framed for 16 x 20 inches; $2,800 unframed, $3,200 framed for 20 x 60 inches. Shipping extra. Inquiries, Anne Lee Phillips, 713.524.0606, ext. 228; firstname.lastname@example.org.