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Depeche Art – August 2017

Yumiko Hirokawa, “The Women’s March,” Acrylic, leaf, and paper on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Image: Touchstone Gallery
Ric Garcia, “Bullet Proof Marvel.” Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
Foundry Gallery will exhibit the works of Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia in an exhibition entitled “Dynamic Duos: Power and Form.” As one would expect with a title focused on superhero references, the artists have endeavored to produce an exhibition replete with imagery harkening back to the days when cartoons dominated the airwaves on Saturday mornings. However, beyond the strength and power associated with superheroes, the artists have chosen to take a different twist on the subject of struggle, power, and heroism.

Fierce Sonia describes her work in this exhibition as follows: “I often work on many pieces at once, obsessively re-telling the story much like a folk tale is folded over the mouth many times. The images remain decidedly feminine. I am most interested in universal and unifying narratives found in fairy tales, mythology, advertisement, and religion.”

For Ric Garcia, his reutilization of iconic American images of the superhero allows him to “meditate” on his own identity. The artist explains, “I infuse my art with references to various mythoi, focusing on hero worship, literary works, Latino and gender cultures, creating images about Americana, altered by my bi-cultural experience.”

Hamiltonian Fellow Ellen (Jing) Xu. Image: Hamiltonian Gallery

Hamiltonian Artists will welcome five distinguished 2017 Hamiltonian Fellows to join their existing group of artists including: Heather Theresa Clark (MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Patrick Harkin (MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University), Antonio McAfee (MFA, University of Pennsylvania), Helina Metaferia (MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University), and Ellen (Jing) Xu (MFA, University of Washington).

The 2017 Hamiltonian Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 158 very talented artists. The external review panel of six art professionals included Sarah Workneh, co-director of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Justin Plakas, artist and educator, Billy Friebele, artist, educator, and Hamiltonian alumnus, Clara D’Alba, curator, Blair Murphy, curator and managing director at DC Arts Center, and Carlyn Thomas, director at Terrault Contemporary. Work by the new cohort will be on view in the debut group exhibition “new. now,” opening at Hamiltonian Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 23, 7-9 p.m.   

Yumiko Hirokawa, “The Women’s March,” Acrylic, leaf, and paper on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Image: Touchstone Gallery

On the heels of Touchstone Gallery’s critically acclaimed 2016 national juried exhibition “Art as Politics,” the gallery has chosen to revisit political angst expressed by artists nationwide in the Trump presidential era. On view this month, “Art of Engagement” addresses the fears and hopes reflected in over 70 artworks selected out of a total of 750 nationwide submissions. Juried by Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, the exhibition engages the viewer in visual discussions of race, women’s rights, environmental issues, immigration, refugee crises, possession of power, and social media influence.

Participating artists: Bob Allen, Jenny E. Balisle, E. Balme, Willette Battle, Jennifer Becker, Rachael A. Bohlander, Madison Bolls, Mason Bondi, Silas Boyd, Chad Brady, Annie Broderick, Christine Cardellino, Sabine Carlson, Roberto Salgado De Carvalho, Megan Atwood Cherry, Bret Christopher, Cheryl Clayton, Irene Clouthier, K. M. Copham, Ali Corser, Chris Corson, Delna Dastur, Manal Deeb, Tenley DuBois, Anna Fine Foer, Michael Fischerkeller, Lindsay Garcia, Parisa Ghaderi, Ebrahim Soltani, Roberta Glick, Sonja Heldt Harris, Susan Hazard, Courtney Heather, Erlene Hendrix, Yumiko Hirokawa, Erin Hoffman, Lynn B. Hogan, Rik Holden, Michael Patrick Holt, Robert S. Hunter, Esther Iverem, Warren Alan Jackson, Jay Jacobs, Barbara Januszkiewicz, Amanda Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Sally Kauffman, Jeffrey Kent, Diane Kresh, Amani Lewis (CLR’D), Andrea Limauro, Sandra Malamed, Penny Mateer, Marla McLean, Judith Peck, James Penfield, Alessandra Ricci, Gabrielle Robinson, Jim Roldan, Stephanie Z. Ruyle / Spontaneous Threads, Beverly Ryan, M. R. Shebesta, Ann Stoddard, Grant Strudwick, Sally Schluter Tardella, Patricia Anderson Turner, Andre Veloux, Vidya Vijayasekharan, Jenny Wu, John J. Young.

Rebecca Coles, “Field Guide 1.” Paper and entomology pins, 28 x 28 inches. Images: Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery
In “Iteration,” British-born Rebecca Coles draws inspiration from the entomological cataloguing of lepidopteran specimens. The self-described “paper artist” painstakingly creates hundreds of butterfly outlines which she arranges in larger discernible patterns. Fascinated by the process of transforming two-dimensional pieces into three-dimensional ones, for every shape she uses thousands of images, each of which she calls a “profile.” The artist painstakingly draws on a flat surface and cuts each piece by hand, altering the profile until it becomes a miniature paper sculpture. Cole creates the profiles from recycled materials sources including many that would otherwise be discarded.

Bret Christopher, “Pills, Bills, and Refills Americas Breakfast.” Mixed media, 8 x 9 x 9 inches. Image: Touchstone Gallery

Exhibitions on View
Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art
NEW LOCATION: Dacha Loft Building
1602 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20001
202-638-3612 | www.charleskrausereporting.com
Hours: Sat.-Sun., 1-6 p.m.
Exhibition schedule: TBD

Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed.-Sat., noon to 7 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
July 19-Sept. 2
“Summer Bounce 2” group exhibition

E. Balme, “Out of Stock.” Ink and watercolor, 20 x 16 inches. Image: Touchstone Gallery

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 1-7 p.m. | Fri., 3-9 p.m.
Through Aug. 20
Artists’ talk: Sunday, Aug. 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Ric Garcia and Fierce Sonia, “Dynamic Duos: Power and Form”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Through Aug. 5
Artist talk: Tues., July 18, at 7 p.m.
Rachel Guardiola, “Transmission from Terra Incognita”
Kyle Tata, “Secure Patterns” 

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Through Aug. 11
“35 Days” group exhibition

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rebecca Coles, “Iteration”
Through Aug. 24

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Through Aug. 24
“Art of Engagement” group exhibition


Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com.

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