East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News
Charles Krause Fine Art
In a group juried exhibition, “Artists United,” artists will have the opportunity to “express their political views and to vote (or abstain) with their art, assigning it to the candidate (or None of the Above) they believe is most likely to address or resolve the issue they’ve selected – and is therefore best qualified to be elected as our next president,” according to gallery director Charles Krause.
With the exhibition's tagline stating, “The Revolution Begins with US,” this show will certainly provide a series of thought-provoking works reflecting the zeitgeist of the current election cycle. The gallery opened the call for entries nationwide, and one can expect to see work from artists near and far.
Painters Ann Pickett and Charlene Nield will show work concurrently in an exhibition titled “Abstract State of Mind.” In what is billed as a dual show, the artists seek to “focus on bringing to the surface in painterly elucidation a sense of internal freedom expressing a moment, a place, a lingering memory.”
Ann Pickett's new paintings depart from figures or landscape in ways that “often appear improvised or unrehearsed – a flurry of paint, gestures and expressive marks not to be repeated, while other works are more serene in tone, focused on form, rhythm and color.”
Charlene Nield has recently begun to work abstractly but preserves a continuity with her earlier figurative style. With a strong focus on mood and color, she says, her new paintings “evoke a memory or longing for a time or place yet to be fully defined or discovered.”
For the eighth year in a row Hamiltonian has programmed a series of artist-centered activities including performances, film, exhibitions, and talks for the organization’s Hamiltonian Fellows. “new. now. 2016,” currently on view, exhibits work by all six selected artists. Coinciding with the exhibition, the gallery will host a series of artist talks by four of the six fellows in October, scheduled as follows:
- Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Magali Hebert-Huot + Kyle Bauer. Magali Hebert-Huot is a Baltimore-based artist from Quebec City. Her sculptures and prints actively interrogate and highlight the idiosyncrasies and contradictions inherent in architecture, history, and language. Kyle Bauer is a Baltimore-based sculptor. His playful body of work pairs formal considerations such as balance, tension, and control with metaphorical references to navigation and personal histories.
- Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Aschely Cone + Rachel Guardiola. Aschely Cone is a Maryland-based painter from San Antonio, Tex. Her current body of work investigates ideas of doubleness – entry and obstruction, patterns overlaid and intersecting, and acts of veiling. Pivoting between arch/void or shield forms, her abstract works unfold as their patterned surfaces veil, collapse, and expand. Rachel Guardiola is Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist. With a background in natural history preservation, she investigates the intersection of art, science, and human curiosity to seek the unknown through lens-based technology.
In “Altitudes and Elevations” Gale Wallar explores the role altitude plays on both man-made and natural landscapes. As Wallar explains, “Perception may be reality but elements of compositions change with differences in elevation.” The painter seeks to expound on the perception created by time and space in particular as it relates to dwelling in higher elevations versus “flatland.”
In Thomas Mann's novel “The Magic Mountain,” set in Davos, Switzerland, the protagonist, Hans Castorp, who dwells in flatland, loses his sense of time and space when he travels to higher elevations. His perceptions are so altered that an intended three-week journey warps into a seven-year experience. Cityscapes and mountains form the basis of Wallar's subject-matter, and in this exhibition audiences can expect to see a blending of both with an overarching theme of altered perception as a result of altitude changes.
David Alfuth explains his process in “Perspective” as follows: “I am a collage artist that adds one more quality to all of my work. That is the element of depth. I am a three-dimensional artist that creates both relief and free standing collage sculptures. This exhibit, Perspective, represents two years of work using architecture and perspective. My works create surrealistic structures, ceilings, and architectural images, giving the viewer a magical view not possible in the real world. The structures appear to recede many miles to create unrealistic effects. The ceilings appear to disappear into the vastness of space. The three-dimensional sculptures create amazing images on the outside as well as the inside. I want the viewers to experience a moment of wonder and amazement when looking at each one of my works.”
Exhibitions on View