Carol LadewigOakland, CA
Carol Ladewig's work explores the interplay between structure, intent, and chance. For Ladewig, intention initiates action, which sets in motion both limits and possibilities. In her work a sense of time and rhythm develop from the exploration of color and the process of painting, building layer by layer, a back and forth dance of paint creating rhythmic narratives of time and space.
The Year in Color (52 weeks and a Day), developed from a desire to give an abstraction (time) a literal and visual shape. To create a visual record of time, Ladewig decided to paint on one 6 x 6 inch canvas panel to represent each day. The colors were derived from a palette of primary colors: red, blue, yellow, and white. The color for each day begins with the previous day's color, and develops from responses to events that happened on that day, coupled with a pure curiosity about and love of color. (Travel days are an exception to this color structure: they are all the same color of gray; as they represent interruptions and transitional days in the year.)
Carol Ladewig lives and works in Oakland, California. Ms. Ladewig received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Since then she has been showing her work at the Lucy Berman Gallery in Palo Alto, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley Art Center, Museum of Los Gatos, Ute Stebich Gallery in Lenox, MA and BGH Gallery in Los Angeles, among many others. Ladewig’s work is held in both private and public collections across the United States and Europe including the Packard Foundation, SAP, America, and the Alameda County Art Collection. She has been an art instructor at Diablo Valley College, since 2001.