Depeche Art - June 2017

East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News

Craig Moran, “Pursuit,” 40 x 32 inches, oil on canvas. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery

Craig Moran has created a new series of large, colorful paintings which he compiles in his studio from a series of drawings, graffiti, advertisements, and pictures from nature books. Moran refers to this process as a “surrealist automatism,” resulting in serial patterning as he cuts up the images over and over again until he finds the right combination.

While the viewer may find the bold, colorful shapes of Moran’s work vibrant and attractive, upon further reflection, one should note that the artist quotes from Hieronymus Bosch's infernal nightmares of torment and the underworld. At other times, Moran refers to Joan Miro’s work in which a group casts judgment on a solitary figure, invoking paranoia and social malaise. Ultimately, the artist attempts to find dreamlike images that set him forth on a journey he says is “both mysterious and exhilarating.”

Gallery Neptune & Brown

Gallery Neptune & Brown will host a group exhibition titled “Summer Is for (Art) Lovers” to kick off the summer. It will exhibit the work of international, national, and local artists working in a range of mediums. Featured artists include Jennifer Bartlett, Mel Bochner, Janis Goodman, William Kentridge, Oleg Kudryashov, Linn Meyers, and Joan Mitchell.


Hamiltonian presents Rives Wiley, “DIY Laser Eye Surgery,” which includes a series of paintings and sculptures and a video by the artist. Inspired by the internet and virtual reality, Wiley creates a body of work originating from the visual cues we see every day on our computers and smartphones – digitally manipulated photographs, screen-saver graphics, and people grouped in various settings. What one sees on the internet and what one experiences in everyday life mirrors each other in the artist's work, creating an infinite visual loop.

Wiley questions which of the two worlds directs the other. Does the virtual, digitized world steer, or worse control, “real life,” or does real life steer the virtual world of the internet? Visually, the artist has created a series of trompe l'oeil inspired by DIY culture and promulgated by the millions of online video tutorials.

Through the DIY tutorials so prevalent in today's online culture, Wiley invites the viewer to reshape the ocular function in order to view the world digitally.


In Jo Ann Block's “Jane Doesn't Need Dick: Origin of Love,” the artist presents a series of autobiographical collages in which she uses each collected and applied piece to recreate her past. By assembling a visual narrative of her youth, Block reexamines the pains of growing up queer and her struggle toward emancipation from social stigma.

The artist explains that “the collages are an amalgam of historical and personal imagery using a range of materials and methods to cut and paste a complex identity.” Block places her work in dialogue with artist Kerry James Marshall, who sought to counter stereotypes of the black body by normalizing it as quotidian figurative work. In addition, Block seeks to guard “queer culture in times of assimilation” while standing against what she calls “the emerging ‘oppression of difference’ in America.”  Block is a 2015-17 Touchstone emerging artist fellow.

Lionel Daniels

In “Veiled Consciousness,” Lionel Daniels’ first solo exhibition in Washington, DC, the artist creates large and small figurative paintings which explore the double consciousness and veil worn by African-Americans, past and present, as expressed in W.E.B Dubois's “Souls of Black Folk.”

Daniels’ use of intense, vibrant colors, thoughtful composition, and boasting energy allow his figures to dominate the picture plane. The artist paints with his hands while simultaneously dancing to themed music. Dependent on the message, he also incorporates poetry, drama, and digital media. 

As the artist explains, “I only paint with my hands. For me, the brush is the middleman that must be eliminated.” A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate from Morehouse College with a BA in studio art, Daniels moved to DC three years ago to pursue his artistic career. Daniels is a 2015-17 Touchstone emerging artist fellow.

Exhibitions on View

Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art
NEW LOCATION: Dacha Loft Building
1602 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20001
202-638-3612 |
Hours: Sat.-Sun., 1-6 p.m.
Exhibition schedule TBD
Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon to 7 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
June 8-30
“Summer Is for (Art) Lovers” group exhibition
Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 1-7 p.m.
Through July 2
Craig Moran (new works)
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
202-332-1116 |
Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Through June 24
Rives Wiley, “DIY Laser Eye Surgery”
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through June 10
Jacob Kainen and Romare Bearden
Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through July 9
Gian Garafolo, “Private Archipelagos”
Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-347-2787 |
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Through July 2
Gallery A:Touchstone Gallery Member Show
Gallery B: Lionel Daniels, “Veiled Consciousness”
Gallery C:Jo Ann Block, “Jane Doesn't Need Dick: Origin of Love

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