“My paintings are like going to the mall,” says artist Katrin Wiese when asked how she would describe her work, “ . . . crowded and full of people.” Last year, the Riverside Art Museum held its Annual Members Show and had roughly 150 artists from the region submit their artwork, and Katrin Wiese’s was chosen as Best in Show. The grand prize was a solo exhibition at the RAM.
In preparation for her show—which she has titled Eine Kleine Psychodrama, a play on the name of Mozart’s Serenade No. 13, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Serenade)—Wiese has created 52 pieces of surreal art ranging in size from small to medium. The paintings are packed with sundry people in the midst of various (and disparate) actions—they are very busy pieces, like benign, less hellish Heironymus Bosch’s. Upon first glance her work can be jarring to behold, but once you start looking at all the people and all the bizarre and wonderful things they’re in the midst of doing, a disorientating feeling takes over. “People are looking for something,” she says of the activity—just like the itinerant people at a shopping mall, indeed.
The public reception for Eine Kleine Psychodrama will be on Saturday July 26 from 6-9pm. It’s free to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Wiese herself will be there to discuss her work, but don’t expect her to expound on their meanings—she doesn’t like telling others how to view her paintings.
“I really enjoy it when people bring their own interpretations to my work,” she says. So, BYOI. (Chris Millan)
Eine Kleine Psychodrama at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Sat., July 26, 6-9pm. Free