Thursday, December 23, 2010

Foundry Gallery January 2011 Exhibit

Celebrate Gay Marriage

Exhibit Dates: January 5 – January 30, 2011
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1-7pm & Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm
Reception: Friday, January 7, 6-8 pm
Special Lecture: Saturday January 15, 4pm by Dr. Jonathan Katz
co-curator “Hide/Seek”

The Foundry Gallery, one of the oldest DC coop galleries, recognizes and celebrates DC’s historic passage of the same-sex marriage bill, which makes DC a more open and inclusive city for all residents. This is both an important and exciting event, and as part of the DC Arts Community, The Foundry Gallery is celebrating by dedicating its January, 2011 exhibit to a “CELEBRATION OF GAY MARRIAGE” displaying the art work of artists selected from an “Open Call for Entries.”

Jonathan Katz, associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, and director of its Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, as well as Guest Curator at of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit entitled “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” will present a lecture at the Foundry Gallery on Saturday, January 15, 2011 beginning at 4pm. Attendance is free.

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 30036
http://www.foundrygallery.org/index.htm
 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America"



Painters, Pacifists, Revolutionists and Dreamers have all contributed to the beauty of Art and Culture in America. Studio Gallery applauds the unique American spirit in this show featuring the diverse work of artists all informed or influenced by the immigrant experience. Coming from all corners of the world, the artists include Solomon Wondimu, Favianna Rodriguez, Linda Hesh, Aniekan Udofia, Esther Hidalgo,Susan Cho,Lou Stovall,Joan Belmar,Natalie Guerrieri, Cesar Maxit,Graham Boyle,Jon Bobby Benjamin,Juan Hernandez and Shahla Arbabi. Studio Gallery will feature special events surrounding this exhibit including book talks by author Steve Roberts on Jan 12 at 7pm and artist panels on Jan 19 and Jan 20 at 7pm. This show is made possible by a grant from the CrossCurrents Foundation and Theo and Konstantina Margas. Please check our Facebook page and website for further updates.

Quote:
"Immigrants enrich our culture over and over again,” says Studio Gallery Director Adah Rose Bitterbaum.. “They are writers, poets, musicians, chefs, scientists, nurses and some of the most talented and motivated people. Here at Studio Gallery, we applaud creativity through this exhibition, showcasing 14 diverse and talented artists from every corner of the world."


Gallery Hours ; Wed-Thurs 1-7, Fri 1-8, Sat 1-6 and Sundays by appointment.
Opening January 5-29, 2011 "The Magic of the Melting Pot: Immigration in America"
Opening Reception Friday January 7, 2011 6-9 p.m.
The Studio Gallery 2108 R Street NW Dupont Circle
202.232.8734
www.studiogallerydc.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Studio Gallery Intern Art Review


Micheline Klagsbrun’s work “Python Creation” in mixed media shows the stunning beauty of nature by exaggerating the vibrant colors of a python. The work shows the image of a python’s eye wide open, most likely staring at its next prey. The use of complementary colors blue and green gives the work life, and the stare of the snake is so intense that it seems as it is staring into one’s soul. Seeing this work in the gallery could startle a person with they wide-eyed look from the snake. Klagsbrun intricately shows the scales of the animal to give it a more realistic feel. Much of Micheline’s work is based on poems from Ovid’s Metamorphosis.

Asia Reynolds
Montgomery Blair High School
2011

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bing at Gallery A






Marian Bingham (a.k.a. Bing) has had a love of horses ever since she was child, growing up on her father’s farm. Now, she has taken the spirit of the horse, and translated it into visual representation. Throughout history, she explains, we have had horses beside us. Civilized man has relied on the animal for centuries. She claims that this is slowly dissolving—most of us only hear about horses when speaking of the “horsepower” in our vehicles. When viewing her work at Gallery A, it is obvious that Bing wishes to draw a connection between viewers and her dreamy creatures. We are sent on a journey that reminds us that the elegance and wild nature of the horse is something that can be discovered within all of us.

Her process is free and spontaneous, like the spirit which emanates from her work. Knowledge in artistic techniques has not caused her to limit herself, but rather, utilize a wide range of methods; such as collage, etching, printing, stenciling, and color rolling. Each work is as unique as it is uplifting.











This variety in technique and composition allows her delicate landscapes to be complimented by the strength of the horse, creating a dichotomy which mirrors everyday life. Through compelling movement and dynamism, she allows the majestic animals to speak for her, and her message is clear: these animals are still with us.

Come see Equine Perspectives at Gallery A through December 31st!

-Balkis Awan



Gallery A
2106 R Street, NW
(202) 667-2599

Thursday, December 2, 2010

First Friday at Studio Gallery


Date: Friday, December 3rd
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Place: 2108 R Street NW Washington DC

A Group Show Featuring Members of Studio Gallery. In works both large and small, painted and sculpted, drawn and pressed, installed and collapsed, functional and frivolous, the members of Studio Gallery explore the diversity and breadth of art and its possibilities. All works are by artists working in the DC metropolitan area and include several emerging artists.

Come All!!

Studio Gallery Intern Review


On the second floor of Studio Gallery, a beautiful and colorful collage of paintings hang together to create the image of a calm koi pond. “Surface of a petal covered pond” by Andrea Rowe Kraus captures the serene and tranquil feeling of gazing into a koi pond filled with fish that have the most extravagant colors. The different values of green show how the fish are creating the ripples in the water while the use of contrasting colors like orange and white make each fish dance throughout the collage. Being of Asian decent, I feel a personal connection to my culture in this collage because it expresses the beauty of koi ponds that are common in Asian regions. There is a total of 12 different paintings, although none of the paintings are touching, it is clear to see what the image is. Be sure to come see this astounding collage at Studio Gallery.

Asia Reynolds
Montgomery Blair High School
2011

Foundry Gallery: Situations Made Visible

December exhibit opens Wednesday, December 1 and runs through January 2 with Nancy Donnelly's Situations Made Visible. Donnelly's beautiful new sculptures are kiln‐cast, frequently altered with paint and metals in a very contemporary palette. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm. Reception is Friday, December 3, 6-8pm. The artist will have a talk on Sunday, December 12 from 2 to 4pm.

Foundry Gallery
1214 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alex Lord at Gallery A

Creating art with a background in auto detailing is not something most "fine artists" can say. Enter Alex Lord, a mixed media artist based out of Minneapolis. His show at Gallery A is surely one of the first of its kind. His works are attention grabbing and provacative. He challenges American cultural normativity by utilizing the common pairing of the female body and the car. His juxtaposition of the two, however, is what makes his work all the more daring. His pseudo-reliefs display torsos that are escaping from the confines of his canvases. Through an intricate process involving body casts made from plaster bandages, canvas, fiberglass resin, and layers upon layers of auto paint, Lord pays homage to the female form. In addition to his torso works are also abstract pieces evoking luxurious texture and teeming with fluidity. Don't miss Alex Lord at Gallery A, open now until November 30th!


-Balkis Awan















Gallery A
2106 R Street, NW
(202) 667-2599




Friday, November 19, 2010

The Ongoing Adventures of Studio Gallery Ties:



Here are some more interesting and exotic plans our patrons have for the ties in our collection:

"I will use my Ralph Lauren tie when I learn to play polo and drink mint juleps at the derby."

"I shall use my tie for job interviews by day and then will cut eye holes and tie it around my head as a ninja mask that I will use to then fight crime at night."

"I will use this tie to communicate my refined taste in aquatic sea-creatures."

I am going to use my tie to measure my biceps; and it will make a great leash for walking my cat!"

"I am going to use this sassy Gucci tie to make me feel like I've got some flava-flave even though I am a broke grad student."

Stop by Studio Gallery to grab a tie and leave a story about your plans for it!

Foundry Gallery January 2011 Exhibit

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wall of Wishes at Studio Gallery


When surrounded by art, new hopes and wishes enter the mind. Here at Studio Gallery we have created our own Wall of Wishes made of neck ties. Friends and visitors of the gallery have posted their wishes; here are some inspiring ones.

"I always wanted to learn how to tie a tie. I'm finally going to learn and wear it well. Rock it as the female among the men. Who knows? It might just be what I need in my search for a bit more strength."

"My plans for this tie include taking it on a grand adventure and then returning it to this very spot to travel again with someone else."

Come make a wish at Studio Gallery!

Chandi Kelly's "The Storm": A Fotoweek Treasure



"The Storm" is a part of a series of photographs by photographer Chandi Kelly featured at Studio Gallery. In this series, Kelly cleverly arranges several books between bookends on a shelf. Though they may at first appear to be simply a graphically pleasing view of a home, with a closer look, the viewer will discover a much deeper meaning. "The Storm" features bookends with figures of a colonial style couple turned away and facing the wall. Between them sits a row of books with titles such as "Lightening and Thunder", "Cocktail Party", and "Alone". Kelly excellently combines these objects in the composition to create a view into the repressed and unhappy relationship of a troubled couple.
Come see Kelly's works at Studio Gallery before November 20th!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Intern Review


One of the members of Studio Gallery, Jan Willem van der Vossen, brilliantly captures the essence of femininity in his collage Guardian Angels. Throughout the collage, there are images of women’s faces, eyes, lips, and hands. In the middle of the collage is the face of a beautiful woman with blue eyes; one of her eyes is covered by part of another face. The image of a woman’s hand with a big ring on her middle finger also expresses femininity by showing how women like to wear jewelry. The colors throughout the piece are soft and bright, which contribute to the piece’s beauty. Each part of the collage gives a sense of mysteriousness about women because there is never an entire image of a woman, only various parts. Each part is of a different woman, which to me, says any woman can be a guardian angel. This piece grabs my attention because of the swirl of colors Jan uses and how the colors make every part stand out in a different way. Many of Jan’s pieces show the different personalities and aspects of women, be sure to come see them at Studio Gallery.

Asia Reynolds
Montgomery Blair High School
2011

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November at Studio Gallery


















First Friday Reception: Nov 5, 6-8 p.m.,
Artists Reception: Nov 13, 3-5 p.m.

Solo Show: Fulvia Musti Ciarla "Blu".
-In her first solo show at Studio Gallery, Ms. Musti Ciarla explores the beauty of the ocean; both its fragility and power. She lets the ocean speak through her paintings that explore motion, color and pure paint along with mixed media. Ms. Musti Ciarla has exhibited in numerous exhibits in the DC area and was in...strumental in the show "Masks" a fundraiser for cancer at the Katzen Center at American University.

Duo Show:
-Yvette Kraft "Drawn to Drawing: A Community of Characters" In simple line drawings in pencil and ink Ms Kraft captures the quiet elegance and humor of the people she encounters in DC.

-Eleanor Kotlarik Wang "Chaotic Harmony" In her new work, Ms Wang continues to respond artistically to her personal experience and memories as a foreigner living in Beijing for over three years. Her paintings reflect her desires and struggles to find beauty, meaning and connection to that world.

Fotoweek show in the Betsy Ross Gallery:
-"The Breadth and Beauty of Photography" featuring Iwan Bagus, Peter Karp, Ann Chwatsky, Jesse Cohen, Chandi Kelley, Esther Hidalgo, Laila Jadallah, Yve Assad, Angela KleissPete Howe, Salma Khalil, Willie Davis, Olivia Olonso and Jean Francois Delamarre.


Studio Gallery 2108 R Street NW Dupont Circle
202-232-8734
www.studiogallerydc.com

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Foundry Gallery: Clay on the Wall

Foundry Gallery November exhibit opens with Fran Abrams' works in polymer clay; three-dimensional pieces that hang on the wall like bas relief.  Polymer clay is a man-made material that begins as blocks of colored clay. The colors blend like paint, allowing her to create rich colors without the use of paint. All of the color comes from the clay.  Fran has been using polymer clay as an art medium for more than 10 years.  Fran's pieces interpret in polymer clay the fluid sense of fabric caught at a moment in time. It blurs the line between what appears might yield to the touch and what actually is permanently formed. Many people believe her pieces are made from fabric when they first see her work.  Fran is fascinated by the wide range of color, texture and form that can be created with polymer clay and the sense of exploration that comes with mixing the colors and draping the clay.
Exhibit Dates: November 3 —28
Reception: November 5, 6—8 pm

Drop-in Discussion and Demonstration:  Saturday, November 20, Noon - 6 pm

Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 1-7pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12-6p

The web site includes more info on the exhibit: http://www.foundrygallery.org/index.htm
1314 18th Street, NW


Friday, October 22, 2010

Celebrate Gay Marriage

CALL TO ARTISTS: The Foundry Gallery which is dedicated to fostering innovative and creative exhibitions and projects that engage artists, curators, critics, and the public in a contemporary art dialogue is proud to announce a Call to Artists for our January 2011, show which will have "Celebrate Gay Marriage" as its theme. The Foundry Gallery is located at 1314 18th Street, NW, 20036 which is near Dupont Circle. The deadline for entering is Firday December 3, 2010 at 5pm. To obtain the prospectus please go to www.foundrygallery.org and click on Call to Artists.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Intern Review of Gene Markowski


In Studio Gallery on the third floor, a mixed media assemblage hangs above the fireplace. When I first glanced at it, I had to stop and stare because it is very different from the traditional flat art I am used to. The picture doesn’t do it justice because you can only see a flat image; the assemblage is actually 3D and the different pieces stick out at different lengths. The striking colors and shapes make your eyes dance all over the piece in a frenzy trying to absorb everything at once. The contrasts between the colors make every shape and line jump into your senses. The use of linear lines in every inch of the assemblage creates a geometric harmony throughout it and creates a positive feel to it. Because it is 3D, it takes every amount of will power you can muster to not go up and feel every angle and curve. Also, the vivid colors and the arrow shapes make you feel excited and giddy as they point you in different directions all over the work.

Asia Reynolds
Montgomery Blair High School
2011

Fotoweekdc at Studio Gallery


The Breadth and Beauty of Photography


Studio Gallery | www.studiogallerydc.com | 2108 R Street NW, Washington DC, 20008 202.232.8734 Email: info@studiogallerydc.com | Artist Opening November 5, 6 – 8pm, Artist Talk November 10, 6 – 8pm

Studio Gallery presents The Breadth and Beauty of Photography in conjunction with FotoWeek DC.

Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C is pleased to announce The Breadth and Beauty of Photography a diverse exhibition exploring the definitions and scope of beauty within photography. The Breadth and Beauty of Photography is on view at Studio Gallery from October 27, 2010 through November 20, 2010 in conjunction with FotoWeek DC.

This eclectic exhibition of photography expressed through fourteen artists’ lens and photographic styles, lets viewers in on a variety of photographic processes - from antique and alternative, to digital and traditional prints and installation. Photojournalists, portraitists, old school and new school photographers from Washington, New York and Paris come together to share their vision.

Studio Gallery’s resident artists, Iwan Bagus and Peter Karp use film and mixed media to investigate questions of sexuality and the ambiguity of perception. New York photographer, Ann Chwatsky’s latest works are digital montages that shape a narrative in nature. While, photojournalist, Willie Davis’ photographs are a backstage, raw and uncut journey through the fashion world. Dream like glimpses of life to poetry captured in color and form, The Breadth and Beauty is diverse and charismatic.

Artists on display are: Olivia Alonso, Yve Assad, Iwan Bagus, Ann Chwatsky, Jesse Cohen, Willie Davis, Jean Francois Delamarre, Esther Hidalgo, Pete Howe, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Peter Karp, Chandi Kelley, Salma Khalil and Angela Kleis,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review of K. Maroufi


Clean, precise and sharp-edged are words that can be used to describe K. A. Maroufi's sculptural pieces but one also needs the words captivation, attraction and charm.
Pages of books become multidimensional as they wave, twist and turn in the artist's deft hand.

"Book Alteration V", one of a number of pieces in the series, is striking with it's undulated pages that have been folded, indented, pleated and tucked. The complexity of the manipulated design is highlighted both by subtlety of palette and whimsy. The palette is formed by the text itself: beige pages, black font, black hardcovers. Whimsy jumps out in the form of a paper cutout of a man.

It is only as an afterthought - because does it really matter what book has been used? -
that I lean toward the window of the sill the sculpture sits upon and smile as I read the spine...Susan Hill, The Man in the Picture.

Jackie Greismann

Studio Gallery Intern Review


This piece reminds me of an arctic tundra. Cliffs of ice-- a rocky slope. As I stand here and stare, enthralled, I feel as if I'm collapsing into a dream. I'm in this tundra, staring up at the aurora borealis in the surrounding sky above. Jewel-like deposits line the choppy planes of this place, and I reach out to touch the edges--solid, rocks. And they gleam! reflecting back in their own rocky manner the gleaming in the sky. It's living in diamonds, this piece, and rubies. Embraced with lavender and swept away into oranges and greens that fall softly down like comets. They streak its edges lined with the chalky haze of this new world.

- Intern review of "Untitled," by Carol Zilliacus, mixed media on paper

Review by Jennifer Segal, GWU

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 16 Reception Studio Gallery



Artists Reception: Oct 16 4-6p.m.

Solo Show: Chris Chernow, "CastOff: Looking at the Figure", Ms. Chernow continues her experiments with the human figure using oil on canvas, plaster and mixed media, and an installation exploring how we view the figure through color. Ms. Chernow, a recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design has exhibited in the area and was selected for the prestigious review; New American Paintings.

Duo Show: Carolee Jakes, "People and Places" Ms. Jakes work can be divided into two categories: identity and music. Her new figurative paintings incorporate themes from both identity and music and bring in the element of place. Ms Jakes is a 2008 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She is both a painter and master print maker. Brian Williams "Your Own Personal Decider" Mr. Williams has found in abstraction a limitless capacity to discover the pleasure of the simple interaction of form and color. His ethereal and mysterious new paintings continue that tradition with works of oil on dibond panel that "nudge" the viewer into new worlds.

Studio Gallery shows the works of guest and emerging artists each month in their upstairs Betsy Ross Gallery as well as the work of Member artists. We also feature unique outdoor sculpture in our garden. Studio Gallery is located in a beautiful brownstone in historic Dupont Circle and is available for parties, meeting and receptions.

Fotoweekdc at Studio Gallery



The Breadth and Beauty of Photography

Studio Gallery | www.studiogallerydc.com | 2108 R Street NW, Washington DC, 20008 202.232.8734 Email: info@studiogallerydc.com Opening Reception Nov 5 6-8pm
Studio Gallery presents The Breadth and Beauty of Photography in conjunction with FotoWeek DC.

Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C is pleased to announce The Breadth and Beauty of Photography a diverse exhibition exploring the definitions and scope of beauty within photography. The Breadth and Beauty of Photography is on view at Studio Gallery from October 27, 2010 through November 20, 2010 in conjunction with FotoWeek DC.
This eclectic exhibition of photography expressed through fourteen artists’ lens and photographic styles, lets viewers in on a variety of photographic processes - from antique and alternative, to digital and traditional prints and installation. Photojournalists, portraitists, old school and new school photographers from Washington, New York and Paris come together to share their vision.
Studio Gallery’s resident artists, Iwan Bagus and Peter Karp use film and mixed media to investigate questions of sexuality and the ambiguity of perception. New York photographer, Ann Chwatsky’s latest works are digital montages that shape a narrative in nature. While, photojournalist, Willie Davis’ photographs are a backstage, raw and uncut journey through the fashion world. Dream like glimpses of life to poetry captured in color and form, The Breadth and Beauty is diverse and charismatic.
Artists on display are: Olivia Alonso, Yve Assad, Iwan Bagus, Ann Chwatsky, Jesse Cohen, Willie Davis, Jean Francois Delamarre, Esther Hidalgo, Pete Howe, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Peter Karp, Chandi Kelley, Salma Khalil and Angela Kleis,
Adah Rose Bitterbaum, is the curator of the exhibition and director of Studio Gallery. Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, is co-curator and a portrait photographer based in Washington DC.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Studio Gallery Intern Review


In it's own little corner in it's own little world Barcelona stands proudly isolated below the stairs of studio gallery's main floor; as it should be. What is perhaps most striking about this piece is Chernow's ability to give a personality to a faceless figure. It is clear that Barcelona exist in a dichotomy of fragility and strength. The grace of Degas's ballerina and the definite hard edge of Picasso makes this painting even more alluring. “Barcelona” stands in a slight Controposto harkening back to her Greco-Roman counterparts. However, the chaos of Chernow's color palette and strength of her amazing ability to render highlights and shadow gives “Barcelona” a vulnerability. It is as if what she sees should not be taken lightly. This quality also allows the wall on which the piece is hung to be an extension of the piece itself. The viewer is almost inclined to expect that if you were to touch the painting with your hand it would extend far beyond the other side and actually feel what is making “Barcelona” uneasy.

Elizabeth Hay
George Washington University
Class of 2013

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcoming Events at Studio Gallery


First Friday Reception Oct 1 6-8 p.m.

Artists Reception: Oct 16 4-6p.m.

Solo Show: Chris Chernow, "CastOff: Looking at the Figure", Ms. Chernow continues her experiments with the human figure using oil on canvas, plaster and mixed media, and an installation exploring how we view the figure through color. Ms. Chernow, a recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design has exhibited in the area and was selected for the prestigious review; New American Paintings.

Duo Show: Carolee Jakes, "People and Places" Ms. Jakes work can be divided into two categories: identity and music. Her new figurative paintings incorporate themes from both identity and music and bring in the element of place. Ms Jakes is a 2008 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She is both a painter and master print maker. Brian Williams "Your Own Personal Decider" Mr. Williams has found in abstraction a limitless capacity to discover the pleasure of the simple interaction of form and color. His ethereal and mysterious new paintings continue that tradition with works of oil on dibond panel that "nudge" the viewer into new worlds.

Studio Gallery shows the works of guest and emerging artists each month in their upstairs Betsy Ross Gallery as well as the work of Member artists. We also feature unique outdoor sculpture in our garden. Studio Gallery is located in a beautiful brownstone in historic Dupont Circle and is available for parties, meeting and receptions.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rosana Azar Exhibition

Worlds of Color: The Magic Realism of Rosana Azar


The opening reception is Friday, October 1 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.The exhibit will be open from October 1-31, 2010.


Born is Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rosana Azar has established herself as a ‘Magic Realism’ painter. She casts light on the everyday, and investigates relationships between translucent form, vibrant texture and transcendent constructs.

The magical quality of her work is juxtaposed against the realism of everyday life and highlights color and beauty. Hidden imagery appears and the veiled enchantment of Azar’s work comes to life.


(Secret Universe, Mixed Media, 53 x 67, 2009)

The web site includes more info on the exhibit: http://www.alexgalleries.com/exhibits.php

Gallery A
2106 R St. NW Washington, D.C. 20008
202.667.2599

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview with Artist Veronica Szalus

Q: What is your background in art?

A: I have a degree in jewelry design and industrial design.

Q: What led you to industrial design?

A: It was a natural progression from jewelry design. I wanted to expand on the size and scale of my work.

Q: What led to begin your work in installation pieces?

A: Working in three dimensions has always fascinated me. To expand upon my experience in jewelry design, I went to school to study industrial design, and gravitated toward space design. I began to explore working with interiors and architectural elements absorbing the idea of space and volume and what happens once you’re in it. Thus I began studying and experimenting with exhibit design.

Q: Describe your most recent work.

A: I have focused on Installations – the pieces I have created in the most recent past are pieces that take up a fair amount of space-- 20 by 40 feet depending on how much space I have to work with. They tend to be very vertical or horizontal, and made up of multiples.

Q: On the piece entitled Newsprint in Transition, what was your process?

A: For Newsprint Transition the process included taking full-size spread newspaper, mostly from the Post or the Wall Street Journal, coating it with dry compound and hanging it so would take on the look of fabric. I then stacked anywhere from 50 to 100 papers on top of each other. Because they had been shaped, there was volume, and they ended up being about six feet tall. I then repeated that process to make 2-5 such towers to complete the installation. It was then installed both inside and outdoors.

Q: How would you describe the general inspirational concepts behind your work?

A: I explore elements of transition-- transition in time particularly for the newsprint piece. The installation began with a very fresh and ridged presence , 6 weeks later elements of the installation started to bow and change shape, it started to conform to gravity. The shape of paper began to change and the paper itself began to move down a central spine so there was movement in more than one way.

Q: That is very interesting philosophically. How would you describe the conceptual ideas behind the piece?

A: The conditions of life. Taking a step back. We often get wrapped up in what’s happening immediately. And that can and does change daily. In general, over a four-year period, a lot of stuff can happen over the short term. But over the long term, as well, the world is continuing to evolve, mountains are eroding, the sun is expanding and will eventually consume the earth, and all these things are just getting closer. We’re facing transition all the time, on many levels. From daily activities to the fact that stuff is happening in your neighborhood, in your nation, worldwide, there are storms brewing somewhere etc. There’s this constant change. The world is four billion years old, and nothing is permanent. Even the earth itself is not permanent. One day the universe as we know it will not be the same.

Q: This reminds me of the constant theme of microcosm versus macrocosm in your work.

Q: Yes, the way I document the work, kind of emulates that. Also, the process of making it can be tied into the theme of microcosm versus macrocosm. For example, each sheet of newsprint is its own microcosm. And the singular element of the piece has a completely different feel from when it is transformed into one installation.

Q: Where do you see your projects heading?

A: I’m not exactly sure. I see them continuing with the focus on transition, and I might be adding more natural materials. I would like to use both decomposing and stable materials. The pieces are designed to react with the environment. For example, in my most recent work, a series of cylinders were originally intended to be placed outside because they are very porous, and leaves would collect in it. And over time, the leaves would decompose, and finally snow would cover it, etc.

Q: Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

A: Anything can be inspirational to me. It could be a color, an event, a work of art that leaves me transfixed. Most recently, an exhibition at MAD in New York had this effect on me. It was called Slash: Paper Under the Knife - it was a series of paper sculptures and installations. I thought many of the works there were just incredible, particularly because they were using paper in an unusual and massive manner.


Interview by Jennifer Segal

Studio Gallery intern

GWU


NOW at the Corcoran Museum of Art














When |
October 1, 8:00 pm - October 2, 2010
Where |
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC


NOW at Night, a cocktail fundraising event hosted by the Corcoran Contemporaries, is the launch celebration of the Corcoran’s new contemporary art space, NOW at the Corcoran. NOW at the Corcoran opened September 11 with work by Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch. For NOW at Night Friday, October 1, NOW artist Chris Martin (whose show opens June 2011) will celebrate with local contemporary art lovers, collectors and philanthropists.

NOW at the Corcoran is a series of one-and two-artist exhibitions that present new work addressing issues central to the local, national, and global communities of Washington, D.C., and that respond to the collection, history, and architecture of the Corcoran.

Guests will enjoy a private viewing of NOW at the Corcoran’s inaugural exhibition, Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud as well as the Corcoran’s newly reinstalled permanent collection of modern and contemporary art since 1945. The celebration continues with a cocktail and dessert buffet, beer, wine, specialty drinks, and dancing with entertainment provided by Bluebrain and ESL Music’s Thunderball. The evening ends with a preview of Salon Corcoran – the museum’s lounge at NADA Art Fair Miami Beach - and an after-party at the W Hotel’s Living Room Bar.

TICKETS: Tickets cost $150; VIP tickets cost $500. VIP ticket includes an invitation to an intimate pre-reception from 7-8 p.m. in the Director’s Office, during which Chris Martin will discuss the concepts for his upcoming NOW at the Corcoran exhibition; a luxury gift bag, and recognition on the NOW at Night Web site. Tickets on sale Thursday, August 19 through Saturday, August 28, or until sold out. All proceeds support NOW at the Corcoran. Tickets available online at www.corcoran.org/nowatnight.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Foundry Gallery: Land, Air and Sea

In these paintings inspired by the natural beauty of our planet’s LAND, AIR AND SEA, Ron Riley portrays images which evoke a sense of internal peace, tranquility, serenity and power uniting us with the majestic forces we find within ourselves and in our natural environment. In these recent works Ron Riley’s tactile palette ranges from the soft and pastel which evoke visions of a tranquil and peaceful planet whereas his deep and more intense hues engender visions of some of nature’s more ominous forces.


Exhibit Dates: September 29- October 31
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-7pm & Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm

Reception: Friday, October 1, 6-8pm
Location: 1314 18th Street, NW

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Studio Gallery Art of the Day


A deep-sea, outer-space voyage exists within this frame, more a portal into another realm than four solid pieces of wood. I imagine diving into this painting, right in the center of the cosmos, and red clouds billow around me. I feel almost ashamed by this piece, as if it's not meant for human eyes. A door to a different form of matter, where nothing exists but in dust and smoke, and I, myself, am but an ever-shifting cloud passing through, reaching with wisping fingers through the pale darkness. Yet this world is not turbulent, in spite of the violent colors. I am put to ease by this image, as it is soft and billowing, like a pillow or red curtains in the twilight of a foreign afternoon. It is a memory of a peace that was and is, shifting but always presently dynamic, sifting through the pulse of my own mind, heart and energy.

Note the image above is a piece included in Steven Fleming's series, of which the piece described above is a part.

Studio Gallery Intern Review
Jennifer Segal
GWU Fine Arts Major '12

Friday, September 10, 2010

Studio Gallery Artist Vernissage

Artist Vernissage at One Lounge in Dupont Circle
September 22, 2010 6:30-8:30 pm
1606 20th Street, NW
Washington DC, 20009


Come join Studio Gallery artists Andrew Acquadro, Elizabeth McNeil Harris, and Trix Kuijper for a scintillating evening at One Lounge in Dupont Circle for the first in a series of Artist Vernissages. Each possessing their own unique vision, Ms. Kuijper is a surrealist, Mr. Acquadro an abstract painter, and Ms. Harris does figurative drawings. Listen as they each describe their influences and process in creating art. The evening is sure to bring great dialogue, new friendships, and awake your passion for the arts.

Wine Tasting

Come to a Free Wine Tasting Tonight Featuring Studio Gallery Artist Bud Hensgen. Mr. Hensgen will speak about two very different series of paintings, "Mindful of Morandi", figurative work, and "After the Revolution", large abstract canvases. The event is hosted by Dupont Fine Wines and Spirits at 1325 Conn Ave. NW 6-7:30 p.m. Help inaugurate the first of a series of artist's talks and wine tastings at Dupont Fine Wines and Studio Gallery Artists

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Studio Gallery's First Friday



In addition to our wonderful shows, come see the beautiful work of our former intern and emerging artist, Amanda Horowitz. Ms Horowitz is a second year student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is majoring in painting and did a series of works on paper being shown for the first time at Studio Gallery. They are based on the poem, Barnacle by Marianne Moore.

Join us for the Artist Reception, September 10th.

The Washington Studio School is delighted to announce the opening of our Certificate Student Graduation Exhibition featuring artist Jill Bateman, on view August 29th to September 26th, 2010.

Join us and meet Jill at the Artist's Reception on Friday, September 10th (from 6-8:30pm). This is a free event. RSVP is NOT required.



About Jill:
Jill graduated from the University of Tennessee, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in French. She studied art at both the University of Tennessee and The University of California at Los Angeles, and she holds a Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the Corcoran School of Art as well as the Washington Studio School.

To view more of Jill's work visit www.jillbateman.net.


Artist Statement:
"I fell in love with drawing and painting in college and have over the years sought out artistic knowledge and experience wherever I could get it. I didn't necessarily set out to become an 'artist.' I just know that when I am behind an easel, I'm happier with a sense of my life holding together in a more integrated balanced way. I find this balance exploring the grid, enjoying the tension between the organic sensitivity and fluidity of the line as it intersects the more rigid and predictable horizontals and verticals."


About the Certificate Program:
The Washington Studio School Certificate Program provides students with a structured course of study designed to advance a student's ability and comprehension and equip graduates with an applicable mastery of the visual language. Intensive studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and related subjects are supported by seminars in history, theory, and critique. Our Certificate Program is directed to those whose primary goal is the making of art.


Washington Studio School
2129 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Located a few blocks North of the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

T: 202.234.3030
admin@washingtonstudioschool.org
www.washingtonstudioschool.org

Last Chance to Register for Fall Term Courses!

Fall Term begins Tuesday, September 7th. Registration is now open. Visit us online to view the complete list of classes and schedule.




















Throughout the year - Ongoing events: Mondays, 7-10pm, OPEN FIGURE DRAWING WITH THE MODEL. Thursdays, 7-10pm, OPEN FIGURE PAINTING WITH THE MODEL. NEW--Saturdays, 1:30- 4:30, OPEN STILL LIFE SESSIONS. Cost: $18 per session, or you may purchase packs of classes for a discount (ask about it when you stop in). 4 SESSIONS $65, 8 SESSIONS $130, 12 SESSIONS $180. Professional models will be available to all artists who wish to attend. No RSVP required, just drop in. No instruction, this class is run by a moderator only. Space is available on a first come first serve basis. Easels are provided. Please bring your own materials and drawing boards.


Washington Studio School

2129 S Street NW

Washington, DC 20008

T: 202.234.3030

www.washingtonstudioschool.org


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September at Studio Gallery




Studio Gallery 2108 R Street NW Dupont Circle www.studiogallerydc.com, 202-232-8734. Open Wed-Thurs 1-7, Fri 1-8, Sat 1-6 (Sunday by appointment)
Opening Sept 1-25 , First Friday Reception Sept 3, 6-8 pm, Artist Reception Sept 11 4-6 Solo Show: Brian Kirk: Sculpture +, Mr Kirk welds together bold steel sculptures from industrial scraps and fabricated forms. He loves the tension between the strength of steel and the delicate balance he creates in both large and small works..Mr Kirk also explores the organic nature of the rust steel produces in beautiful monoprints created and embellished by his hand. Duo Show: Lori Anne Boocks: small boxes....some on fire, In her first duo show at Studio Gallery, Ms Boocks continues her works on canvas with a hidden story fragment that influences her palette with beautiful layers and washes of color, just hinting at the text underneath. Jan Willem Van der Vossen: New Work, Mr Van der Vossen begins his paintings with a series of compositional essays going in different directions of color and form.

Studio Gallery shows the works of guest and emerging artists each month in their upstairs Betsy Ross Gallery as well as the work of Member artists. We also feature unique outdoor sculpture in our garden. Studio Gallery is located in a beautiful brownstone in historic Dupont Circle and is available for parties, meeting and receptions.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DUPONT CIRCLE FINE ARTS SHOW 2010

A CALL FOR ARTISTS
APPLY NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DUPONT CIRCLE FINE ARTS SHOW 2010

Sponsored by the DUPONT CIRCLE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION

As part of the 17th Street-Scape Celebration 2010,

co-sponsored with ANC2B,

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and Ross Elementary School PTA

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010, 2 to 6 P.M.

(No rain date scheduled)

On 17th Street NW between P Street and Riggs Place NW

Fine Arts Show

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 6 P.M.

NO APPLICATION FEE; NO COST TO ARTISTS

TABLES PROVIDED

TENTS OPTIONAL

RESERVED PARKING FOR ARTISTS
The Fine Arts Show is open to any Dupont Circle artist in any medium to display his or her own original artworks. A Dupont Circle artist is any artist who lives in Dupont Circle; or who has a studio in Dupont Circle; or who works at a gallery or any other business in Dupont Circle; or who has exhibited art in Dupont Circle galleries; or who has created a body of art with a Dupont Circle theme. We consider Dupont Circle to be an area extending slightly beyond the borders of Dupont Circle’s ANC2B. The art show can accommodate up to 50 artists. A selection panel will make its choices known to all applicants by September 15.

TO APPLY, GO TO THE DCCA WEB SITE AT THIS DIRECT LINK TO THE INSTRUCTIONS PAGE http://www.dupont-circle.org/17StArtFest   WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM.



Abstract Blues at Foundry Gallery

September solo exhibit opens Wednesday, September 1 with abstract artist, Donna K McGee’s “Abstract Blues." Exhibit runs through September 26th. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm. Reception is Friday, September 10th, 6-8pm.  Members monthly exhibit showing in Gallery 2.

Story behind McGee’s new works: This recent oil spill has affected my painting and is revealed in the colors and images of my new show. Water is a central part of our very existence. It not only is crucial for us to stay alive it enriches our aesthetic experiences. Looking out over the ocean or sitting next to a babbling brook restores a sense of inner beauty and contentment with the world. I hope that my new works will make others ponder this incredible resource and realize that we must act to protect all our precious water resources. We must guarantee it will always be a part of our existence for many future generations; not just for drinking, but also for our aesthetic existence. I want to always know that we will be able to look out at the ocean or sit next to a babbling brook and feel at one with the world.

Location: 1314 18th Street NW
http://www.foundrygallery.org/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flavor Tripping @ Hillyer!


Please join us for a miracle berry infused closing of Corwin Levi's and Pam Rogers' August exhibitions. If you haven't seen their unique artistic takes on the natural world, trying a miracle berry along with an assortment of unusual foods and alcohol is your perfect opportunity.

For more information on miracle berries, see:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/dining/28flavor.html?_r=2&oref=slogin.

Sponsored by Clarity Law Group, a law firm that specializes in small businesses and takes pride in a left-brain/right-brain culture that encourages creativity. Miracle berries are first come, first serve until we run out!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mark Giaimo and Eric Westbrook Art Opening


Mark Giaimo’s still life paintings mix the mundane with the sacred, and combine kitsch with classical realism in an homage to and a satire of this long-celebrated genre. By using cheap vinyl toys as stand-ins for live models, he creates narratives from compositional dichotomies, posing questions on the value and meaning of traditional art and its role in contemporary society. Opening Friday August 20, 2010 6-10 p.m. 2108 R Street NW Dupont Circle