Katz - Place Setting

Place Setting

2016

anodized aluminum

21.25 x 62.25 inches

Katz - Untitled

Untitled

2016

anodized aluminum

42 x 42 inches

Katz - Upright

Upright

2017

anodized aluminum

72 x 36 inches

Katz - Weight Lifter

Weight Lifter

2016

anodized aluminum

45 x 84.75 inches

Katz - Hercules

Hercules

2017

anodized aluminum

42 x 34.25 inches

Katz - Untitled

Untitled

2017

anodized aluminum

36 x 38 inches

 

Katz - Performance

Performance

2017

anodized aluminum

72 x 46 inches

Katz - Afixed

Afixed

2016

anodized aluminum

41 x 34.75 inches

Katz - Trifecta

Trifecta

2016

anodized aluminum

66.5 x 30.75 inches

Katz - Penmanship

Penmanship

2016

anodized aluminum

19 x 72 inches

Katz - Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

2016

anodized aluminum

47.25 x 72 inches

Press Release

Throughout his career, Mel Katz has focused on works that play with architectural and anamorphic shapes alike. With his latest show, Options, he continues his work in anodized aluminum wall sculptures. His choice of this industrial medium creates satin finishes and bright, saturated primary colors. Rich cobalt, intense red, and deep black dominate the work. A continuing theme for Katz is his career-long fascination with shape and contour, and a youthful playfulness with positive and negative shapes. 

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Mel Katz graduated from the Cooper Union Art School in 1953. He moved to Portland in 1963 and became well known in the early 1970s as one of the founders of the nationally reputed, Portland Center for the Visual Arts. Katz taught art at Portland State University until retiring in 1998. He has been exhibiting his work since 1956, which includes a solo show at the Hallie Ford Museum, in Salem, OR in 2006, a retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988 and the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition Still Working, in 1994. Selected collections include; the Portland Art Museum, OR; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; City of Seattle; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland; Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR; and Safeco Insurance, Seattle, WA. In 2013, he completed a commission for Jefferson Elementary,  Everett, WA, through the Washington State Arts Commission.