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May 10/11: Must Sees

The art forecast is calling for a compelling weekend jam packed with fresh ideas and creative concepts. Be sure to check out our must sees for the weekend:

Opening this weekend:

Hamiltonian Gallery, The Salon of Little Deaths
1353 U Street, NW
Open May 11th – June 15th, 2013 (Opening reception May 11th, 7-9pm)
http://www.hamiltoniangallery.com/exhibitions/the-salon-of-little-deaths/

Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky revitalize the enduring genres of landscape and still life with a contemporary approach in The Salon of Little Deaths, an exhibition on view at Hamiltonian.

Matthew Mann investigates narrative and the pictorial vocabulary of painting through disjointed landscapes, dead birds and eruptions of foliage on fields of luminous color. The result is a collection of cryptic works that speak at once to art history and visual perception in the digital age.

Milana Braslavsky‘s seductive photographic still lifes of fruit on tabletops are replete with quiet violence, sexual tension and a wry sensibility. Contrasting the delicacy of ripe fruit with crisply folded linens and household objects, Braslavsky’s sumptuous photographs function both as still lifes and evocative portraits of unseen personages while communicating themes of desire, loss and decay.

On view now:

Heiner Contemporary, STASH
1675 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Open April 26th – June 8th, 2013
http://heinercontemporary.com/exhibitions/stash-2013

Heiner Contemporary is pleased to announce STASH, an exhibition pulled from the gallery's flat files and storage, featuring work by Polly Apfelbaum, Ingrid Calame, Tara Donovan, Deborah Kass, Kate Shepherd, Jon-Phillip Sheridan and Austin Thomas. STASH diverges from typical programming by presenting artwork that is usually viewed by appointment only. From Polly Apfelbaum's bright floral woodblock prints to Tara Donovan's intricate relief print from a pin matrix and Austin Thomas's intimate journal pages, STASH features an array of artistic practices and pursuits. Together, the works reflect the gallery's aesthetic interests and demonstrate an over-arching concern for color and pattern.  (Cover photo courtesy of Heiner Contemporary, Ingrid Calame)

The Fridge, …with love and care
516 ½ 8th St, SE
Open May 4th – 26th, 2013
http://www.thefridgedc.com/portfolio/withloveandcare/

with love and care is an international group show curated by DC-based artist Astrotwitch. The show features seven artists from places as far as Sao Paulo and Berlin known for creating hand-painted posters to put up on the street.

In an era when it’s simple to print hundreds of copies of a poster, these artists continue a slow production process that creates one-of-a-kind public art that will decay with time, or, more typically, will live on the street for a few weeks before it is stolen or buffed out.

The show will feature original posters, photography of the artists’ work found on the street and a poster mural on the façade of The Fridge.

Participating artists include N.O Bonzo and Circle Face (Portland, OR); MAR! (Los Angeles, CA); Galo (Sao Paulo, Brazil); Alaniz (Berlin, Germany); and DECOY and Astrotwitch (Washington, DC).

Last chance:

The Phillips Collection, Angels, Demons, and Savages: Jackson Pollock, Alfonso Ossorio and Jean Dubuffet
1600 21st Street, NW
CLOSING May 12th. 2013

The Phillips Collection dives into American abstract expressionism to reveal a little-known but captivating story that focuses on the relationship among three of the movement’s seminal players: American painter Jackson Pollock (1912–1956), American artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990), and French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985). Featuring 55 paintings and works on paper from 1945 to 1958, the exhibition illuminates a key moment in postwar art. It reunites a number of works by Pollock and Dubuffet from Ossorio’s collection for the first time since they were dispersed after his death in 1990.

Angels, Demons, and Savages highlights visual affinities between the artists’ work, tracing the impact of Dubuffet’s art brut (art by the mentally ill and other so-called outsiders), the experimental spirit of Pollock’s technique, and Ossorio’s figurative language. As the focal point of the art world shifted from Europe to America, the exchange among the three helped bridge the widening gap between the continents.

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Cara

Gallery Round-Up: Weekend of April 5

Friday, April 5:
8-GO-GO-Poster
Opening: MUMBO SAUCE at Contemporary Wing
1414 14th Street, NW // 6:00- 10:00 PM

MUMBO SAUCE is a survey of artists with deep roots in Washington, D.C., and explores how such factors as Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art have shaped and influenced the work of these artists. MUMBO SAUCE is curated jointly by Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran’s “Pump Me Up” show, and Lauren Gentile, founder of Contemporary Wing.

Opening: LOST LAND at Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW // Friday 6:00- 9:00 PM

LOST LAND is about landforms, both real and imagined. Printmaker Fawna Xiao creates an abstracted landscape captured in a series of screenprinted monotypes that are a tribute to mountains, canyons, glaciers, and Martian rocks. Xiao’s work is minimalist: rich colors and lively geometrics are embraced by a generous sea of paper. A complex mountain shards into blue and silver; a glacier is simplified to white and seafoam crystals; an entire mountain range is expressed in two colors. The work is focused on the mountain distilled – free of plants, tourists, and creatures. Lost Land reveals land masses both alien and familiar, in their most raw and essential forms.

Opening: Athena Tacha: Drawings: From Public to Private, 1977- 2007 at Marsha Mateyka Gallery
2012 R Street, NW // 4:00- 6:00 PM

Greek artist Athena Tacha has been widely exhibited worldwide since the late 1970s. Her many commissions for public sculpture in Rome and 10 US states. Athena Tacha: From Public to Private is a comprehensive, 40-year retrospective traveling exhibition that includes over 100 works and originally opened in Greece.

Opening: Journey to Lo Manthang” Paintings by Leslie Johnston at Touchstone Contemporary Art Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW // 6:00- 8:30 PM

This exhibition features a new series of paintings by DC-based artist Leslie Johnston following her journey to Lo Manthang, Nepal.

Opening: OUTLOUD at Foundry Gallery
1314 18th St., NW, 1st Floor //  6:00- 8:00 PM

Non-representational, intuitive paintings range from bold, explosive multimedia collages to subtle, many layered mysterious paintings. The members of OUTLOUD Artists have exhibited widely nationally and internationally.  Many are affiliated with area galleries.  Several are teachers of the arts or art therapists. They have exhibited together as the OUTLOUD Artists at the Arts Club of Washington, Touchstone Gallery, Black Rock Arts Center, Sandy Springs Museum, and the Yellow Barn of Glen Echo, MD. Members of the group began painting together about 12 years ago, and they enjoy the synergy of critiquing each other, painting together, and showing together.

Saturday, April 6:

Opening: Pia Mater at The Fridge
516 ½ 8th Street, SE // 7:00- 11:00 PM    

The pia mater is the innermost layer of membrane surrounding the brain, the final delicate veil guarding the center of the nervous system. For their exhibition of the same name, Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco and Ashleigh Werner will dissect the concept of vulnerability through drawing, video, sculpture and performance. 

Opening: Gathering Space at Hamiltonian
1353 U Street, NW // 7:00- 9:00 PM    
TimothyThompson

Timothy Thompson broadens his exploration on the perception of place in Gathering Space, a site-specific installation that intersects Hamiltonian's 1,800 square foot gallery. Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers. As they move amongst the sculptures, viewers are asked to reconsider how they navigate and perceive a physical space.

Bringing the art in DC to you,
Roxanne Goldberg 

Photos Courtesy of Contemporary Wing, Hamiltonian and The Fridge.

ArtSee's Collection of Gallery Shows: April

ArtSee hit the pavement this month and stopped by some of our favorite galleries to checkout the city’s latest and greatest exhibits. So here are our highlights and recommendations for your reading (and viewing) pleasure! 

Gallery Plan B
Current Exhibit: “dis donc!” paintings by Kathy Beynette is showing at Gallery Plan B April 11 through May 13, 2012.

Highlights From the Show: Checkout the oil painting on canvas, “Armadillo Callaloo.” This piece, created in 2012, is priced at $4,500.

A Little About the Artist: Beynette’s work, which is described as whimsical and playful, is a work of fictional poetry, reminiscent of vibrant folk drawings. Her work has been translated into both postcards and puzzles, and she is even in the process of creating a children’s book due out this fall. Beynette is a local artist, currently working out of her studio at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.galleryplanb.com/


Transformer
Current Exhibit: “Bread and Butter: Artistic Perspectives on Food and Culture” is showing at Transformer April 7 through May 9, 2012. Guest curator, Carolina Mayorga, and artists Chanan Delivuk, Sara Pomerance, Kari Scott and Shannon Young explore our relationship with food through installation, photography, sculpture, performance and more.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “This is Not Cake” by Kari Scott, created in 2012. All pieces in the exhibit are very reasonably priced, with works starting at $150. 

A Little About the Artists: This joint show is a first for all of the exhibiting artists at Transformer (Delivuk, Pomerance, Scott and Young). The artists bring together a collection of mixed medias (photography, installations, video, and sculpture art) in this interactive exhibit to discuss and question food: Is it really just food? Or is food symbolic of class and  identity?

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visithttp://transformerdc.org/


Long View Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Urban Forest” by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is showing April 12 through May 20, 2012 at Long View Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved Peterson-Albandoz’s “Urban Series # 8” on reclaimed wood. The piece sells for $3,350. We also adored the six large totems placed in the middle of the gallery – they make the space feel especially “reclaimed,” as they reconstruct a forest for the viewer. 

A Little About the Artist: Peterson-Albandoz’s work is driven by nature, and is especially driven by a desire to shine light on the destructive relationship humans and technology have on nature. She uses others’ “trash” and turns it into “treasure” in her recreated wood and mixed media pieces. “Urban Forest” is the third solo show for Michelle Peterson-Albandoz since Long View Gallery’s re-opening in October of 2009.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://longviewgallery.com/

Hillyer Art Space
Current Exhibit: “Infinite Set 3” by Tomomi Nitta is showing April 6 through April 28, 2012 at Hillyer Art Space.

Highlights From the Show: We loved all of Nitta’s pieces, but especially “Infinite Set 29” and “Infinite Set 30.” The artists’ installation depicts various female forms (all faceless yet cast in vibrant colors), floating in a space of nothingness.

A Little About the Artist: Nitta was born in Nara, Japan and studied at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design and Tama Art University in Tokyo Japan, where she received her BFA.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://www.artsandartists.org/hillyer.html

Touchstone Gallery 
Current Exhibit: “String Theory” by Elena Tchernomazova is showing April 4 through April 29, 2012 at Touchstone Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “Sun Song.” This piece encompasses Tchernomazova’s inspiration from ancient Greek mythological traditions, as well as music.  

A Little About the Artist: Tchernomazova is a Russian-born physicist. In particle physics, String Theory is a contender for a universal theory of everything. Tchernomazova works in white stoneware with varied under-glazes to create hand-built ceramics Her works often combines the human face or figure with architectural elements, musical instruments, and mythological or real animals.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.touchstonegallery.com/

Hamiltonian Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Tropical Obsessions” by Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith. Showing April 21 through May 18, 2012.

Highlights From the Show:  We are especially fond of “Through the Bamboo,” created by Jessica van Brakle in 2012.  

A Little About the Artists: Hamiltonian Fellows, Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith, exhibit paintings, sculptures and installations in this exhibit that questions the human affects on nature, including landscapes, tropical foliage, water and islands. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will be hosting a talk on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit http://hamiltoniangallery.com/

Photo Credit: Hamiltonian

Studio Gallery

Current Exhibit: “This Where You Are” by Elizabeth Harris is showing at Studio Gallery now through May 19, 2012. Joyce McCarten and Bud Hensgen are also exhibiting in the downstairs portion of the gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We’re crazy about Harris’ ink and pastel on paper piece, “Lightness of Being,” as well as  “Desert Night,” an oil on canvas painting priced at $1,100.

A Little About the Artist: This is McNeil Harris’ first solo show at Studio Gallery and it features some of her intensely emotional ink and pastel drawings. Harris’ work is minimalist, leaving the focus directly on the figures. She possesses a raw line style that exudes effortlessness with each stroke.

McCarten is similar to Harris in her use of sketches and charcoal on paper. McCarten comments on women in contemporary life, and does so by giving them a mysterious presence. Years of outdoor landscape painting and figure drawing influences McCarten’s abstract work.

In contrast, Hensgen uses bands of color to depict beauty in the simplest form. He layers acrylics, charcoals and oil pastels to create depth and build tension in color and form.  

Bringing the Art in DC to You

Rachel Nania