Cate Woodruff is a photographer, artist, and writer living in New York City.
She has a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and is represented by David Justin in NYC. She has exhibited in the US and Europe, recently at 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, 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, Apothiki Art Center - Paros Island, Greece, and in online galleries Art Scene Today and Balaclava Gallery. Cate recently made photographs in Venice, Italy in residence with
composer David Van Tieghem, thanks to the Emily Harvey Foundation. She was a year round Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York from
March 2008 to July 2012 creating over 3000 works in photography, drawing, painting, writing, video, art installation and video installation. 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 beginning in September, continuing for millennia. After exhibiting at Gallery pma in Cagliari, she will go to Arles, France to exhibit during Les Rencontres
d'Arles at Galerie Huit, and in August she will exhibit as resident artist at Fellini Gallery in Berlin.
In single-shot digital photographs, using layers of reflective surfaces and homemade lenses Cate Woodruff connects, bends and distorts the boundaries of matter
beyond the existence of form, photographing light, color and shapes before objects take on a “common sense” reality and create a conceptual barrier. Cate pushes her camera over the optic edge
revealing space, energy and light that are not often noticed or seen with the naked eye.
Her light photographs and paintings in the form of photographic prints have been made and projected in sizes small to very large. They can be presented in a number of ways - on metallic or traditional archival paper, mounted on gallery plexi, or on slabs of brushed aluminum, or with sheer vision to be shown in windows, backlit on the wall, or free-standing, and in lightboxes or lightwalls, or adhered to almost any object in galleries, homes, businesses, public spaces, and projected for theatre or music productions. She also makes installations with photographs or projections in 3-dimensional shapes with interactive sound and music.
Cate Woodruff comes from a family of artists. She is the niece of painter Herbert Tschudy, the first curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum and founder of the Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition in the 1930's/1940's. Cate's work is inspired by her study of the nature of mind with the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in Woodstock, NY. She also cites conversations with her father during his training to be an astronaut in NASA’s Apollo Space Program in the late 1960’s as inspiration for her present photographic work. Although Cate's father was never sent into space, together, she and her dad looked at the night sky, talked about life on earth and worlds other than what we see.She has also been exploring M.G.J. Minnaert’s Theories of Light and Color after exchanging ideas about the nature of light with Italian astrophysicist Sperello di Serego Alighieri.