Language and login selector start
Language and login selector end
sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting

Private Gallery
Patsy Krebs - Fugue, tonight 6-8pm
Patsy Krebs
Patsy Krebs
  Dear sm.ART friends,

San Francisco-based artist

Patsy Krebs

would like to invite you to visit her exhibition


@ Steamboat Springs Arts Council

at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Historic Depot
1001 13th Street Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday 12- 4pm
Phone: 970.879.9008

The Artist's Reception is TONIGHT

Thursday, February 7, 2013
6 -8 pm

The show continues through
March 28, 2013

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is excited to present Patsy Krebs: Fugue, an unprecedented solo exhibition of print works by the California based artist. She is nationally known for abstract minimal paintings in watercolor and acrylic. In 2011 Krebs was a featured artist-in-residence at Oehme Graphics (OG) in Steamboat Springs, CO, where she worked with Master Printer Susan Oehme to create a series of aquatints and etchings.

The term fugue is used both in classical music composition as well as psychiatry. Krebs' sequential, subtly varied prints within each suite are reminiscent of the fugue form in which tonal changes and repetition define each successive development while the original theme recurs frequently throughout the course of the composition. In psychiatry, fugue is referred to as a state of psychological amnesia during which a patient seems to behave in a conscious and rational way although upon return to normal consciousness he cannot remember the period of time nor what he did during it. The entrancing experience of her untitled suite can emanate fugue state; a temporary flight from reality.

While starkly minimal, her works in painting and print exude a contemplative intelligence and emotion. In her two dimensional untitled color studies the calculated rectangular layering of tone and opacity present a visual experience that is reminiscent to the meditative optical experience of light artists like James Turrell and Dan Flavin. Though initially appearing rigid and quiet her prints develop a profound reverberation and mystical energy; the way in which complete silence can swell into a roar of tones and patterns just beyond the grasp of definitive explanation. In the two series' Since Brass and Redwing there is sense of timelessness communicated through her primer-like use of line, and formal structure. It is as though the works are surfacing from some academic antiquity and simultaneously presenting an advanced geometrical knowledge.

In the early stages of Krebs' project at OG the artist arrived with a set of drawings in pencil and gouache. These were the stimulus of the collection of work produced. The level of exactitude that went into the creation of this work is a testament to the technical integrity of Krebs' work and the printers at OG. Each print was formulated on copper plates with aquatint and etched hard ground lines. The aquatint etchings took place over a spread of time from 1 minute to around an hour producing the stratified variation of tonality that is vital to each of the works in this exhibition. During the printing, utilizing multiple layers of plates, the works go through a proofing process, a massive part of the production, in which finite testing, printing and editing culminates into the final selection. Two prints from the "Redwing" suite utilized the chine collé process in which a thin layer of paper is adhered to the print simultaneously during the printing process, in order to achieve a specific color tone and texture. Ultimately the entire process produced 3 suites and 2 individual prints.

Patsy Krebs was born in Oakland and lives in works Inverness, California. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate School. She has exhibited extensively at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA. and presented solo exhibitions at Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO and Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA. Her work resides in both private and public collections including Denver Art Museum, the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She is a recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Award and The National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

More information an images as pdf-file

Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Patsy’s works,


sibylle mueller
sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting
Le Rose de France - 17, boulevard de Suisse
98000 Monte Carlo

tel +33 (0)6 - 27 58 77 48
fax +377 – 97 70 35 16

Send E-mail

Patsy Krebs
Redwing #4, 2011
aquatint etching
edition of 14
13'' x 13''
  • ArtFacts.Net - your experienced service provider

    Since its start in 2001, ArtFacts.Net™ developed a sophisticated artist database through its collaboration with international art fairs, galleries, museums and artists.