April Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions

Depeche Art

“Slow Walking in NY” by Michael Lang. Photo: Touchstone Gallery

“Network” at Long View Gallery

Science and art have often influenced one another since the Renaissance. “Network” at Long View Gallery exemplifies one of the most contemporaneous scientific influences on art – the technological communication networks which so permeate our daily lives, affecting the way we interact socially and the way we make decisions, find information, and do business. In “Network” two local artists, Sondra Arkin and Eve Stockton, expressively map these connections through discontinuous patterning, visual nodes, and seemingly familiar shapes.  

Stockton describes our newfound interconnectivity through large-scale prints, a medium she is well known for, and explores the connection between the microscopic and the infinitely large. Her process uses white ink on white paper which she then plunges into a color bath, creating “rinsed prints.”

Influenced by science, technology, and other forms of networking, Arkin employs wax, shellac, and walnut oil to create layers of visual stimulus which she repeatedly removes by burning the shellac on the surface of her works. She serially reignites her torch and repeats the process again and again until the desired forms emerge.  

Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery Examine Anomie

Two concurrent exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery explore what sociologist Emile Durkheim would call “anomie,” which among other definitions most commonly involves a breakdown of social bonds between an individual and his/her community. What better place to explore the breakdown than New York City, the wellspring of inspiration for photographer Michael Lang. In his current exhibition, “Slow Walking in NY,” Lang displays a series of anomic portraits of New Yorkers who find themselves simultaneously connected by proximity yet completely disjointed from one another.  

Conversely, Marcia Coppel uses bright, vivid colors to paint her series “CONNECT/DISCONNECT.” The paintings’ colors and the figures’ whimsy create an aura of vivacity and humor despite the underlying and disconcerting premise of the works, which describe a series of subjects who either “live in their own world” or appear conversing when they are actually dissociating themselves from those in their immediate vicinity.    

Cushner’s Visual Language Decoded at Hemphill Fine Arts

Steven Cushner returns to Hemphill Fine Arts for his eleventh exhibition with the gallery. Cushner paints for the sake of painting and creates non-representational works that come from the simple act of painting itself. This act, which one should interpret as “performance,” results in forms simultaneously complicated and simple. The contradiction systematically holds Cushner’s work in the balance. To experience Cushner’s work one should channel the ebb and flow of the tides or the progression of the seasons. Cushner’s “acts” result from finding unity with natural rhythms, revealing a visual language in which one finds both the artist present through created forms and nature present through the artist’s acts.  

 

March Mid-City Gallery Openings: 

Long View Gallery 
1234 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
“Network” 
Featuring Eve Stockton and Sondra Arkin 
April 2-March 3
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
Hemphill Fine Arts 
1515 14th St. NW 
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
“Cushner”
April 11 through May 30
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Michael Lang, “Slow Walking in NY”
Marcia Coppel, “CONNECT/DISCONNECT”
April 1-26
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 10, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
ENCORE RECEPTION: Saturday, April 25, 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
 

Current Exhibitions on View: 

Gallery Plan B 
1530 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 
202-234-2711 | www.galleryplanb.com
Freya Grand, “Africa”
Through May 23
“It’s 30 Degrees Below in Canada by Marcia Coppel.” Photo: Touchstone Gallery
Work by Eve Stockton. Photo: Touchstone Gallery
Work by Sondra Arkin. Photo: Long View Gallery
Steven Cushner, “Untitled.” Photo: Hemphill Fine Arts

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts.  For more information visit www.eastcityart.com