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Last Chance: Garth Fry at Hillyer Art Space

Garth Fry pushes the limit in his solo show at Hillyer Art Space by taking his delicate technique of coiled paper to the next level with both large and small scale exhibitions. Fry revisits this technique with an emphasis on the viewing experience, focusing on the ethereal, delicate properties of paper coils.

His solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, which closes this Friday March 29th, showcases his push to enhance his work by reexamining the coiled paper technique and by creating works that can be viewed independently while providing an impactful viewing experience for the viewer.

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ArtSee had a chance to sit down and chat with our friend Garth to discuss his exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, what it’s like to be an artist, and just what it takes to be the upbeat and positive Garth Fry we know and love.

 ArtSee: What's the last show that you saw (not yours) that inspired you?

Garth Fry: The Ai Weiwei exhibit, "According To What" at the Hirshhorn Museum. Biggest take away there for me was his craftsmanship displayed in China Log. Ai built logs from dismantled Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) temple posts. He then carved an opening through the center of the log that displays the shape of China. The materials used in the log creation reference China's past, while his carving techniques become symbolic of the counties future. Ai designs mystery in a simple yet complex manner with this piece; elements that I enjoy and try to incorporate in my own work.  

 

AS: Where is your favorite place to see art?

GF: I really enjoy the Hirshhorn Museum and keeping up with a few DC galleries like Hillyer Art Space, The Fridge, and RandScottProjects.

 

AS: What inspired the body of work in your exhibition “A Deeper Look Inside” on display now at Hillyer Art Space?

GF: The images I created with coils have been inspired by events that have happened throughout my life; from affairs as simple as everyday occurrences to monumentally life changing circumstances. Even the origin of the coiling process developed during a routine life event. I noticed large sheet of torn paper beginning to roll into itself while moving my studio from Arlington, VA to Richmond, VA. The simple paper rolling phenomena transformed into a regular studio practice while living in Richmond because I had little room and no funds to support my regular Printmaking habit. I began making images inspired by trivial situations and my daily surroundings. Most recently, in this show specifically, I've tried to push myself to expand within the paper coil theme and create works that could stand alone without being framed.

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AS: What do you think has changed in your art career and your work since the beginning of your career?

GF: As an artist I've learned to follow my gut and intuition.  Early on in my career I leaned heavily on traditional means of expression, from materials used to the process of creation.  Overtime, I've been able to build on those conventional artistic practices to create new techniques with different forms of articulation.

 

AS: Who is your favorite artist dead/alive and why?

GF: Damien Hirst, for his ability to create works that feed on peoples fears and emotion so decoratively. 

 

AS: If you weren’t creating art what would you be doing? 

GF: Surfing

 

AS: What is you favorite food?

GF: I love a good burrito, but I'm not a picky eater and enjoy foods of all types.

 

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Garth! Be sure to catch his show “A Deeper Look Inside” before it closes THIS Friday at Hillyer Art Space. Also, you can check out more of his work on his website: www.garthfryart.com

  

A Deeper Look Inside is open until March 29th, 2013 at Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Court, NW in Dupont Circle. Hillyer Art Space is open 12-6 Tuesday – Friday & 12-5 Monday’s and Saturday’s. 

Small Works Make a Big Impression at Hemphill

Hemphill Fine Arts


Current Exhibit: “Keeping It Alive” by William Willis and “Works on Paper” by Steven Cushner are showing June 8 to July 28, 2012 at Hemphill.

William Willis, Spiral, 2011-2012, 12” X 16”. Courtesy of Hemphill.

Highlights From the Show:  We were very drawn to Willis’ “Spiral” (pictured above) for it’s dynamic geometric construction. The piece sells for $5,500.  We also loved the delicate symmetry of Cushner’s “Untitled” (pictured below). We are thrilled for the artist and the gallery for the piece has sold!

Steven Cushner, “Untitled,” 2012, 21” X 17 3/4”. Courtesy of Hemphill, now sold.

A Little About the Artists:  William Willis’ work is driven by experiences both individual and universal across cultures. His use of graphic geometry stems from his personal reverence for the primitive, the ritualistic, and the repetitive in forms and shapes. Willis is well-represented in public and private collections throughout the country, including locally at The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection.

Steven Cushner’s works on paper are a visual testament of the possibilities of painting and process. His works transcend the paper medium as complete and meaningful works of art. Cushner is also well-represented in public and private collections throughout the country, including locally at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit Hemphill.

Bringing the Art in DC to you,

Kayleigh

Rachel Farbiarz makes Artomatic personal with 'The Genizah Project'

Artomatic brings the capital the most overwhelming art experience imaginable - an 11 story building packed full of artisans, craft merchants, emerging fine artists, skilled area performers, and energetic workshop instructors. Thousands of diverse artists enthusiastically mix their talents in this decadent hyperactive whirlwind of artistic exploration and adventure. Local and national sponsors provide a variety of resources for the thriving bazaar to continue to serve the Capital in all things art.

In a sea of colorful paintings, ceramics, and sculpture, the din of excited patrons and performance artists, lies an elegantly understated installation of memories. Stepping up to the little corner room on the 9th floor your eyes scroll over the thousands of paper histories in greeting cards, diary pages, photographs strewn across bookshelves, filing cabinets, a desk, a dresser, and the floor. The tiny room holds several lifetimes of the Capital’s personal histories.

Rachel Farbiarz has gathered the district’s personal histories for display with “The Genizah Project.” It’s a beautifully simple idea - the same idea that sparked “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” Art is by nature personal. This artwork is a visual demonstration of the place of art in our lives. Set up as an ordinary home office, “The Genizah Project” is a room of contemplation, propelling your artful soul into personal recollection and thoughtful reverence for those who gave the pieces of their lives to the installation. 

Tucked away in a tiny corner on the 9th floor of Artomatic Farbiarz’s installation quietly awaits the contemplative art viewer. From the doorway the array of strewn letters, cards, brochures, and photographs beckon you in for a closer, more intimate, look. You can vaguely make out the eerie sounds of the performers nearby as your eyes take in the mass collection of discarded memories. But as you examine each scrap more closely you realize that none of these works on paper are meaninglessly rejected from the original owner. Each piece was sent to Farbiarz consciously, purposefully.

Farbiarz has collected our sacred memories and treated them with the respect our nagging conscious tells us they deserve. The room pays homage to the randomness we have kept in our lives. Letting the depth of each memory soak into you, you feel the room is the making of a beginner-hoarder, unable to fully let go of the past but unable to give ample space for each memory to maintain a stronghold in the present.

Farbiarz speaks to our humanity, our sensitivity, and our humility. While the rest of Artomatic maintains an entertaining quality, “The Genizah Project” reminds us of the fullness in which art captivates us - mind and soul.

You can find out more about Rachel Farbiarz and “The Genizah Project” by clicking here. And visit the Artomatic website www.artomatic.org. Artomatic is open in Crystal City through June 23. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Kayleigh