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East City Art’s Mid-City Gallery Exhibitions and News - January 2018

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Craig Moran, “Vallejo and Jones Streets.” Oil on canvas, 34 x 32 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery
Lavely Miller-Kershman, “Connor.” Acrylic on wood, 30 x 30 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
Foundry Gallery rings in the New Year with an all-member exhibition. Most all of its artists, including long-time members and several who joined the organization recently, will exhibit work in a variety of mediums. Of note, Lavely Miller-Kershman will present a series of portraits for the first time which the artist has described as both “powerful and disturbing.” Craig Moran presents sinuous street scenes of San Francisco’s hilly, seismic landscapes depicted in a bold, cut-out color palette. Duly Noted Painters painting duo Matt Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli present classic figurative work, for which they are known, using recycled household paints and charcoal on large-scale canvases. While not an exhaustive list, other participating artists include Brian Truesdale, Teresa Jarzynski and Bradley Gay.

Michael Craig-Martin, “Trainer, 2016.” Screen print, edition of 30, image size 17 3/4 x 33 3/8 inches. Image: Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London © Michael Craig-Martin 2017

Gallery Neptune & Brown
“Quotidian: Editions” is a survey of Michael Craig-Martin’s most recent works of minimalist paintings which depicts subject matter that is easily recognized, ordinary and, as the title states, quotidian. Craig-Martin’s works are created in a series, often in editions of 30 as with “Trainer” (see image). Using the common language of imagery, the artist goes one step further, presenting universally recognized images to create what he calls “a shared value of everyday objects.” However, the artist chooses common objects such as tennis shoes, items both needed but lacking significant importance.

Craig-Martin uses the line to create his oeuvre. In Japanese, the term-of-art “ippitsugaki” translates roughly as “a stroke of writing,” describing single-line drawing, a technique employed by many minimalist artists and illustrators. To artists like Craig-Martin, the line represents the ideal aesthetic with which to convey imagery as it expresses itself in a manner both simple yet complex, just like his subjects, which are banal yet essential.

Born in Dublin, the artist received his education in Washington, DC, before studying at Yale. He has lived in London since the mid-1960s. His illustrious career includes an appointment as Royal Academician in 2006 and a knighthood for services to the arts in 2016. His work is collected by major contemporary art museums including the Tate, London; MoMA, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Steven Cushner, “Untitled.” Acrylic on Arches paper, 28 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches. Image: Hemphill Fine Art

Hemphill
According to Hemphill Fine Art, there are two types of artist, “one whose creativity depends upon moments of inspiration and one who walks into the studio every morning and works.” Steven Cushner is the latter, embracing the American ethos of hard work and productivity. In Cushner’s case, the output from his disciplined regimen of shutting himself up in his studio has led to a body of work so vast that Hemphill will produce not one but two exhibitions of his work.

The first exhibition, “Double Down Show 1,” opens on Jan. 18. In February, the gallery will strike the first series and hang “Double Down Show 2.”

Cushner attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received his MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1980. His work hangs in numerous private and public collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the CityCenter Collection and the District of Columbia Wilson Building Art Collection.

Willem de Looper
Willem de Looper (1932-2009) visited the Grand Canyon in 1972, and the trip left a lasting impression on the artist, so much so that it would influence his work for years to come. The walls of the canyon told a story which took place over millions of years of slow erosion. De Looper could visualize the geological process and sought to recount this saga of natural history through abstract representations of the Grand Canyon’s walls.

De Looper’s choice of color and layering technique in the series of paintings inspired by his visit to the western United States will be on view at the gallery concurrently with Cushner’s “Double Down” series. Originally from The Netherlands, de Looper came to Washington in 1950 but did not land his first solo exhibition until 1966 at the Jefferson Place Gallery. De Looper is widely collected by museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

BD Richardson, “Wisteria Tree.” Image Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone
BD Richardson’s “Mosaic: moments & methods” represents the culmination of a lifetime of experimentation and mastery of photographic techniques. It chronicles the passage of several decades, including travel over several continents. The artist focuses on Paris, Peru and Poolesville with a theme that finds the iconic in the quotidian. While seemingly a retrospective of the artist’s life and passion for photography, which began in college, this series also allowed the artist to revisit and redevelop traditional photographic techniques. As the artist states, “Life’s moments are far more vivid than a fading photograph in an old album. These moments are what make up our lives.”

BD Richardson, “Chairs in Parc Monceau.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Recently, Richardson began the arduous task of organizing the film from her photographic archives. In the process, she realized that, “thanks to today’s new photographic methods, vintage images are having a renaissance. Old Kodachrome slides, black & white film (and even Instamatic film!) can be digitally remastered and reinterpreted. The new ‘digital darkroom’ knows no bounds in harnessing the traditions of the past with the latest technology.”

To process her old film, Richardson has used both digital scanning technology as well as time-honored techniques such as transferring images by hand onto metal, high-grade acrylic, fine-art paper and wood. A native of Washington, DC, and a graduate of George Washington University and American University, Richardson has won numerous national and international awards. Her work also appears in various publications.

Exhibitions on View
Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art
NEW LOCATION: Dacha Loft Building
1602 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor
202-638-3612 | www.charleskrausereporting.com
Hours: Weekends, 1-6 p.m.
Exhibition schedule TBD

Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m.
Jan. 20-March 3
Michael Craig-Martin, “Quotidian: Editions”
Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m.

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Jan. 3-28
“Prelude” group exhibition

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
January schedule TBD

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 18-March 24
Willem de Looper
Jan. 18-Feb. 17
Steve Cushner,Double Down Show 1”
Opening receptions: Thurs., Jan. 18, 6-8 p.m.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
January schedule TBD

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Jan. 4-28
BD Richardson, “Mosaic: moments & methods”

 

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