ArtSee hit the pavement this month and stopped by some of our favorite galleries to checkout the city’s latest and greatest exhibits. So here are our highlights and recommendations for your reading (and viewing) pleasure! 

Gallery Plan B
Current Exhibit: “dis donc!” paintings by Kathy Beynette is showing at Gallery Plan B April 11 through May 13, 2012.

Highlights From the Show: Checkout the oil painting on canvas, “Armadillo Callaloo.” This piece, created in 2012, is priced at $4,500.

A Little About the Artist: Beynette’s work, which is described as whimsical and playful, is a work of fictional poetry, reminiscent of vibrant folk drawings. Her work has been translated into both postcards and puzzles, and she is even in the process of creating a children’s book due out this fall. Beynette is a local artist, currently working out of her studio at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.galleryplanb.com/


Transformer
Current Exhibit: “Bread and Butter: Artistic Perspectives on Food and Culture” is showing at Transformer April 7 through May 9, 2012. Guest curator, Carolina Mayorga, and artists Chanan Delivuk, Sara Pomerance, Kari Scott and Shannon Young explore our relationship with food through installation, photography, sculpture, performance and more.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “This is Not Cake” by Kari Scott, created in 2012. All pieces in the exhibit are very reasonably priced, with works starting at $150. 

A Little About the Artists: This joint show is a first for all of the exhibiting artists at Transformer (Delivuk, Pomerance, Scott and Young). The artists bring together a collection of mixed medias (photography, installations, video, and sculpture art) in this interactive exhibit to discuss and question food: Is it really just food? Or is food symbolic of class and  identity?

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visithttp://transformerdc.org/


Long View Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Urban Forest” by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is showing April 12 through May 20, 2012 at Long View Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved Peterson-Albandoz’s “Urban Series # 8” on reclaimed wood. The piece sells for $3,350. We also adored the six large totems placed in the middle of the gallery – they make the space feel especially “reclaimed,” as they reconstruct a forest for the viewer. 

A Little About the Artist: Peterson-Albandoz’s work is driven by nature, and is especially driven by a desire to shine light on the destructive relationship humans and technology have on nature. She uses others’ “trash” and turns it into “treasure” in her recreated wood and mixed media pieces. “Urban Forest” is the third solo show for Michelle Peterson-Albandoz since Long View Gallery’s re-opening in October of 2009.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://longviewgallery.com/

Hillyer Art Space
Current Exhibit: “Infinite Set 3” by Tomomi Nitta is showing April 6 through April 28, 2012 at Hillyer Art Space.

Highlights From the Show: We loved all of Nitta’s pieces, but especially “Infinite Set 29” and “Infinite Set 30.” The artists’ installation depicts various female forms (all faceless yet cast in vibrant colors), floating in a space of nothingness.

A Little About the Artist: Nitta was born in Nara, Japan and studied at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design and Tama Art University in Tokyo Japan, where she received her BFA.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://www.artsandartists.org/hillyer.html

Touchstone Gallery 
Current Exhibit: “String Theory” by Elena Tchernomazova is showing April 4 through April 29, 2012 at Touchstone Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “Sun Song.” This piece encompasses Tchernomazova’s inspiration from ancient Greek mythological traditions, as well as music.  

A Little About the Artist: Tchernomazova is a Russian-born physicist. In particle physics, String Theory is a contender for a universal theory of everything. Tchernomazova works in white stoneware with varied under-glazes to create hand-built ceramics Her works often combines the human face or figure with architectural elements, musical instruments, and mythological or real animals.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.touchstonegallery.com/

Hamiltonian Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Tropical Obsessions” by Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith. Showing April 21 through May 18, 2012.

Highlights From the Show:  We are especially fond of “Through the Bamboo,” created by Jessica van Brakle in 2012.  

A Little About the Artists: Hamiltonian Fellows, Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith, exhibit paintings, sculptures and installations in this exhibit that questions the human affects on nature, including landscapes, tropical foliage, water and islands. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will be hosting a talk on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit http://hamiltoniangallery.com/

Photo Credit: Hamiltonian

Studio Gallery

Current Exhibit: “This Where You Are” by Elizabeth Harris is showing at Studio Gallery now through May 19, 2012. Joyce McCarten and Bud Hensgen are also exhibiting in the downstairs portion of the gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We’re crazy about Harris’ ink and pastel on paper piece, “Lightness of Being,” as well as  “Desert Night,” an oil on canvas painting priced at $1,100.

A Little About the Artist: This is McNeil Harris’ first solo show at Studio Gallery and it features some of her intensely emotional ink and pastel drawings. Harris’ work is minimalist, leaving the focus directly on the figures. She possesses a raw line style that exudes effortlessness with each stroke.

McCarten is similar to Harris in her use of sketches and charcoal on paper. McCarten comments on women in contemporary life, and does so by giving them a mysterious presence. Years of outdoor landscape painting and figure drawing influences McCarten’s abstract work.

In contrast, Hensgen uses bands of color to depict beauty in the simplest form. He layers acrylics, charcoals and oil pastels to create depth and build tension in color and form.  

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