Depeche Art - May 2017

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

Marcia Coppel, “Sitting on Imaginary Chairs.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Foundry Gallery

Photographer Gordana Gerskovic uses experimental techniques in her process, resulting in works which, at first glance, appear abstract and amorphous. During a recent trip to southern India, the artist drew inspiration from the contrasts of an ancient civilization progressing through the ages. However, the artist found “incompleteness in the cyclic theme of change and eternity,” which led her to add “the pause button.”  The artist seeks to bring a new perspective to understanding India's ancient culture and asks the viewer to “question the images' reality and to wonder if such immediate depiction illuminates objects of nature or the nature of objects.”

Hamiltonian

Hamiltonian Gallery presents “Existential Wreck Room,” a group exhibition by Nancy Daly and Kyle Bauer.

Nancy Daly draws a parallel between Camus’ existential philosophy of the absurd and American board games such as “Risk,” “Life,” and “Sorry,” with their repetitive and seemingly meaningless tasks which players find “entertaining.”  Daly uses the synthesis of existentialism's absurd philosophy and board games to comment on contemporary society’s relentless pursuit of social media, tenure-track positions in academia, and the election cycle. Her work becomes interactive on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m., during Game Night, when audience members have the opportunity to pursue the futile and the absurd through the artist's work.

Kyle Bauer’s sculptural series contrasts the discarded with the desired.  His finished works mask the materials’ true origins, as plywood and other “reclaimed objects” find parity with fine porcelain. Bauer takes his remade pieces one step further with the use of bright colors and sensuous finishes.  The works seduce the viewer with their shiny qualities, like a fish to a lure or child to a toy. 

Hemphill Fine Art

Romare Bearden (1911-88) was born in Charlotte, N.C., and moved to New York City in the 1930s, where he was a social worker and activist in addition to making art during the fabled aged of the Harlem Renaissance. He attended the Art Students League in New York and the Sorbonne in Paris. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1987. Bearden’s work sits in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Jacob Kainen (1909-2001) was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Waterbury, Ct., he spent his early years in New York City. He moved to Washington, DC, in 1942, taking a position as the first curator of graphic arts at the Smithsonian Institution. As a young artist he studied at the Art Students League and at the Pratt Institute. In the 1930s, he was employed by the Graphic Arts division of the WPA Federal Art Project and was a member of the American Artists’ Congress. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Yale University Museum, and the Whitney Museum, among others. The estate of Jacob Kainen is represented by Hemphill Fine Arts.

Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery presents concurrent exhibitions by Eve Stockton and Matt Neuman, who have mastered the art of woodblock printing.

Trained as an architect, Alexandria-based Eve Stockton creates large-format works inspired by scientific curiosity as well as her observations of the natural world. Stockton's long-standing practice as a woodblock printer has led her to redefine the genre, as her serial graphical works blur the boundaries between fine art, graphic design, and representational science.  Her work is extensively exhibited in the United States.

While primarily practicing painting, Matt Neuman turned his attention to woodblock printing in 2013.  Neuman's abstract geometric work relies heavily on the use of color to soften hard lines and rigid figures. By employing woodblock printing, with its often uneven adherence of ink or paint to the surface of paper, Neuman can create even softer forms, allowing color and uneven texture to resonate in a more pronounced manner than the rigid, clean lines of the abstract figures for which he is known.

Touchstone

Jeanne Garant explains her new series, “275 Stripes,” as follows: “I love to work in many different mediums ‒ painting, printmaking and encaustics.  A black and white stripe often found a place in my work, it became my signature image.  For this exhibit, I decided to paint the humble stripe, lots of stripes. Varying the width and color produced a serene kind of rhythm. Square canvases, long thin wood panels and works on paper demonstrate the success variety is to the stripe.”

Marcia Coppel drew inspiration from a sign at an outdoor cafe in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which read, “Talk to each other, we don’t have Wi-Fi.”  This led the former speech pathologist turned artist to create a series of figurative works titled “Connect/Disconnect 2.” Coppel, who finds the lack of communication between people troublesome, states that the series “is about communication and the lack of it in our contemporary culture. Some of the people are talking to each other in cafes and at the beach. Others are in their own worlds, floating in the air as well as sitting under umbrellas. Some are seated in a group with no interaction. Although I don’t show people on iPhones, they have an unspoken presence.”

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 | www.charleskrausereporting.com
Hours: Sat.-Sun., 1-6 p.m.
Exhibition schedule TBD
 
Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Through May 13
Jowita Wyszomirska, “Vanishing Point”
 
Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through May 28
Gordana Gerskovic, “India Up Close”
 
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m.
Game Night: Thurs., May 11, 7 p.m.
Through May 13
Nancy Daly and Kyle Bauer, “Existential Wreck Room”
 
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
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 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through May 28
Eve Stockton and Matt Neuman, “Woodcut Prints”
 
Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Through April 30
Encore Reception ‒ Meet the Artists: Sat., May 20, 1-3 p.m.
Gallery A: Touchstone Gallery Member Show
Gallery B: Marcia Coppel, “Connect/Disconnect”
Gallery C: Jeanne Garant, “275 Stripes”

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


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