12 x 10 inches
Cate Woodruff is a photographer, artist, and writer living in New York City with a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She is represented by David Justin in NYC. She has exhibited in the US and Europe, recently at Gallery PMA in Cagliari, Sardinia Italy, FELLINI Gallery in Berlin, Soho Photo Gallery – NYC, Sideshow Gallery – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, International Center of Photography – NYC, Soho20 Gallery – NYC, International Photography Festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, Galerie Huit – France, MoMA – NYC, Kleinert/James Arts Center – Woodstock, NY, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art – Los Angeles, California, Blissland Sound and Vision – Berlin, Germany, CulturalArtistsOpenSpace – Rome, Italy, Biennial of the Americas – Denver, CO, Resobox Gallery – L.I. City, The Red Dot – Hudson, NY, Laumont Gallery – NYC, and Apothiki Art Center – Paros Island, Greece. Cate recently composed and created music, sound installations and photographs in Venice, Italy in residence with composer David Van Tieghem, thanks to the Emily Harvey Foundation. Her photographs are in the International Center of Photography’s permanent collection and will soon be in space onboard NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft on a return journey to the Bennu asteroid.
I capture images of light by merging with it. Light manifests with color, changing continually in magnificent new ways. There is no separation in the life force, the innermost nature of mind/heart that holds us all together. Light connects everything and time has no authority. Remaining in light, space becomes luminosity.
My father was trained as an astronaut in the Apollo Space Program when I was five/six years old. We talked about traveling into space and to other worlds. Years later, my photographs began as an exploration of these early conversations about unknown space, energy and light.
I make camera lenses fashioned from found glass objects, altering form, allowing formlessness to emerge. Letting go of what I believe in with my eyes, allows me to pass through the wall of conceptualization and photograph what I don’t habitually fixate on. Out-of-form matter appears as visual vibration, without classification in place or space. Here there is a chance to remain open before an object has been visually interpreted and defined, before something becomes recognizable, and to be present in light.
Cate comes from a family of artists. She is the niece of painter Herbert Tschudy, the first curator of contemporary art exhibits in a United States museum, at the Brooklyn Museum and founder of the Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition in the 1930’s/1940’s. Cate’s work has been influenced by study and talks with the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of Tibetan monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY, and by an exchange of ideas about the nature of light with Italian astrophysicist Sperello di Serego Alighieri.