Depeche Art - March 2017
EMULSION 2017 Winners Announced
EMULSION 2017 is an annual open call to artists who live in the Washington-Baltimore region, culminating in a juried competition and exhibition. On March 3, opening night, the following first-, second-, and third-place winners of EMULSION 2017, selected by Juror Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, were announced:
Michael West of Potomac, Md., received first place and a $2,000 prize.
Erin Graham of Washington, DC, received second place and a $1,000 prize.
Ellyn Weiss of Washington, DC, received third place and a $500 prize.
In addition, for the first time this year, honorable mentions were awarded to Paige Billin-Frye of Washington, DC, and Kevin Mitchell of Brentwood, Md. Since 2013 East City Art’s EMULSION has awarded $12,000 in cash awards to local artists.
Becky S. Kim’s “Dreamscapes”will feature recently completed, traditionally painted landscapes in oil. The exhibition will also have portraits. Unlike a travel series, the landscape paintings derive from the artist's ability to seek out such spaces in her dreams. Calling them visions, the artist states that she views the world “high in the sky, flying over the mountains and rivers. When I wake up my mind is clearer. These dreams leave such a strong impression that I crave to paint the landscapes I see in them. The portraits are expressions of my state of mind and its evolution.” Kim explains, “I seek simplicity and beauty in my life, and I hope to create art that elicits peace.”
Gallery Neptune & Brown
Every generation has great portrait painters who freeze people’s likeness in time. Tim Doud is one of them. Doud spends hours getting to know his subjects and sometime spends months to complete his portraits. His subjects “sit” in a traditional manner as he paints them from life. He insists on showing the hidden side of each person he paints, allowing each to select his or her own costume or makeup.
An associate professor in the Department of Art at American University, with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Doud has shown his work nationally and internationally in over one hundred exhibitions since 1987. Doud was a finalist in the 2013 and 2016 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
“A Place in Place of” features an unlikely collaboration between Hamiltonian fellows Aschely Vaughan Cone and Magali Hebert-Huot. Cone’s paintings reflect a number of familiar symbols while changing from canvas to canvas, quoting recognizable architectural forms to simpler patterns such as dots and lines to create intricate woven compositions. In contrast, Magali Hebert-Huot’s wax, rubber, and stucco casts pay homage to the history of Quebec, her native Canadian province, and its founding as French settlers faced an unforgiving wilderness with brutally cold winters.
Cone, originally from San Antonio, and Hebert-Huot, originally from Quebec City, recently completed MFAs at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s prestigious LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting and Rinehart School of Sculpture respectively, and have shown work extensively throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
In “Scribbles: An Urban Art Series” artist Lisa Tureson creates colorful compositions based on a peeling white wall she saw while walking through Copenhagen. Where most would see an old wall, Tureson found inspiration in the decomposing paint's layers of color, posted flyers, and graffiti. “Scribbles” presents several interpretations of Tureson’s experience decoding the wall.
“In Common Threads” artist April Rimpo draws inspiration from her journeys. For this particular series, she writes, “Starting in my teens I was fascinated by people like Lewis Leakey and Jane Goodall and their pursuit of explanations of human evolution through archaeology and behavioral sciences, respectively. In college I first studied anthropology, and found out I also enjoyed social anthropology where modern cultures are studied and explored. My later work in engineering taught me to see the world in a broad, expansive way, through the eyes of others. This combination of interest in people, cultures, and a broad perspective of the world has found its way into my art, where I love to share tidbits of life.”
Exhibitions on View