1. ArtSee’s Collection of Gallery Shows: April

    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.  

    Bringing the Art in DC to You

    Rachel Nania

  2. Better Late Than Never: February Show Review

    On February 3 I ventured out for the usual First Friday openings.  The line-up for the night was set, starting with the preview of DC’s newest – Contemporary Wing.

    I was particularly looking forward to attending the preview for the Contemporary Wing show NEXT.  Although it was missing work from our fair city and featured artists mostly from Chicago and NYC, it is a wonderful parallel with the recently closed 30 Americans show at the Corcoran and it is always exciting when a new gallery opens its doors! Perfectly placed in the Shaw neighborhood, the physical space within this new gallery is fantastic, although still a little rough around the edges with no restroom yet…

    Although the strategically placed pile of combs, entitled Seven Layer Tangle by Sonya Clark, that stands as the signature piece of the show is pushed to the back room, you are immediately greeted with the sparkling works of Jayson Keeling.  My personal favorite, ROY G BIV a canvas covered in black glitter, was initially hard to decipher but after probing deeper you can see the colors of the rainbow clearly.  Keeling’s technique of slowing me down to actually see the connection between the title and the work itself certainly worked – BEAUTIFULLY!

    Since admittedly, I am always drawn to photography, Wyatt Gallery’s work in NEXT has to be mentioned. His work, from his series Tent Life: Haiti, is very powerful and curated perfectly to really dominate the space.  My personal favorite Blue Tent Interior, Airport Camp really brought me in with its bold blue colors and almost washes away the meaning and story behind the series.  Contemporary Wing is also selling Wyatt Gallery’s book of Tent Life: Haiti for just $40. Wyatt Gallery - Blue Tent Interior, Airport Camp

    After wrapping up at the exciting preview of NEXT, I headed across town to Dupont for the real First Friday openings at the Hillyer and Studio Gallery.  To say that they were crowded with people would be an understatement, which makes for a great win in the art world!  The highlight for me at the Hillyer Art Space was again photography by David Myers.     His work will be up through February in the front gallery space at Hillyer.  Myers work creates a documentary of his experiences and surroundings, many depicting animals.  A must see!

    Ending my tour de Dupont on Friday I stopped in to the Studio Gallery and this time it was not photography that caught my attention but rather the sculptures of Trish Palasik’s Moments: Taking Shape.  Her Degas-esque work Ballerina is truly stunning and puts a modern look on a timeless beauty. 

    Overall, all three galleries are a must see this month and I look forward to seeing more from these artists.

    Bringing the Art in DC to You,

    Elizabeth 

  3. “Objects of Their Own Design” and “The Nature of Nature”: ArtSee Featured Artists Pam Frederick & Flora Kanter

    September 16, 2011

     

    Pam Frederick and Flora Kanter, the artists headlining Studio Gallery’s current duo show, “Objects of their Own Design” and “The Nature of Nature,” live and breathe art, and are inspired daily both inside and outside their studios. Co-owners of ArtSPACE Management, the two artists juggle their professional and artistic careers effortlessly; one complements the other and vice versa.

    Influenced by mid-50’s “Modernist” subdued color palettes and design, Pam Frederick’s work is based on abstractions of geometric designs and their relationships in space. These patterns of design can range from the chaotic to the orderly in their composition of shapes. 

    Regarding her style, Frederick says “My work can be described as a combination ofObjects of Their Own Design organic forms and geometric shapes that communicate with each other in their own world. The objects ‘tell’ me what shape they want to be and who they want to be near. These compositions can also be viewed as a ‘still lifes.’ Though not traditional still lifes, the canvases show arrangements of inanimate objects within a geometric spatial organization.” These objects, enigmatic in their existence, tend to leave the viewer with a sense of wonder, curiosity and the desire to solve an unspoken riddle.

    Flora Kanter also paints with a central theme focused on organic objects and line, while using more recognizable subject matter. Aptly named for her proclivity to paint botanical imagery, the artist’s paintings are inspired by nature. However, like Frederick’s work, these are not your typical still lifes.

    Flora Kanter, "Entanglement"Influenced by the late Cy Twombly, Kanter’s work depicts abstractions of floral images, with a dramatic emphasis on color, texture, and composition. Of the evolution of each piece, Kanter says “My drawings and paintings build on the linear element with the addition of color and texture.  I combine traditional drawing techniques with the introduction of abstract elements.” The twists, drips, and curving lines of the subjects in the paintings demonstrate an inherent sense of the organic, and achieve an atmospheric quality in their rich hues and unique textures.

     

    PHOTO, Studio Gallery exhibition

     

    Look forward to seeing Pam and Flora at the artists’ reception tomorrow (Saturday, September 17th) from 4-6 pm at Studio Gallery!

     

     

     

     

     

    Bringing the Art in DC to You,

    Kendall E. Willey

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