Depeche Art – September 2017

Patricia Williams The Thinker, Watercolor. Image courtesy Touchstone Gallery.
Sarna Marcus, IMMINENCE (Seed Atom ll.4) , 28 x 22, Watercolor on Arches cold press paper. Image courtesy Foundry Gallery.
Sarna Marcus, RENDING (Seed Atom ll.2), 30 x 22, Watercolor on Arches cold press paper. Image courtesy Foundry Gallery.

Foundry Gallery
In Blurring the Boundary, Sarna Marcus has created a series she calls Touchpoints. Employing imagery from the botanical world, Touchpoints draws specific comparisons between the reproductive cycles of both humans and flora. “The orbs in my work are sometimes seen as seeds, sometimes as eggs,” Marcus says. “But if they’re seeds or eggs why do I paint internal human images? And if they’re botanical, why do I paint blood?” The fusion of flora and fauna and its unanticipated results is what the artist calls “a disruption of the body.” This may jar some viewers.

Cianne Fragione, Cricket, 2014, Mixed media on canvas. Image courtesy gallery neptune and brown

neptune and brown
Cianne Fragione began her artistic career as a dancer performing ballet, modern, jazz and flamenco. At age 16 while on a family trip to Italy, Fragione saw Michelangelo’s Statue of Moses. Michelangelo, she discovered, managed to deftly convey movement and emotion in a three-dimensional sculpture. From that point forward, Fragione began to translate her deep understanding of movement into visual art. In Dancing the Tarantella, the artist draws on her Italian heritage to produce her first body of work for the neptune and brown gallery. The Tarantella is an ancient Italian dance. Both upbeat and flirtatious, it is performed between partners or at festivals. While joyful, the root of the word Tarantella derives from “tarantism” a condition afflicting people bit by a tarantula where the victim was believed to be cured through frenzied dancing. Fragione will exhibit a series of work in oil and works on paper, highlighting compositions, colors, light and gestures from her travels through Italy. For the past 30 years, Fragione has exhibited works across the US. Her work has been collected privately and become part of public collections.

Timothy Johnson Rachel Johnson, 10 x 20. Image courtesy Touchstone Gallery.

Timothy Johnson. In Physiognomy, a new series of portraits by painter Timothy Johnson, “The narrative is tossed in favor of spirit and whimsy.” The title may imply otherwise. The art of physiognomy judges character based on physical characteristics akin to the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Johnson’s portrait paintings infuse traditional methods with a vibrant color palette reminiscent of Van Gogh. His confident brush strokes quote John Singer Sargent. Trying to decipher the character of the people he has painted like Rachel Johnson and the Gentleman Merchant, viewers become physiognomists.

Patricia Williams
In 1957, Scottish engineer and philosopher Lancelot Law Whyte stated, “Both science and art have to do with ordered complexity.” Based on this notion, Patricia Williams created Ordered Complexities, a new series of work titled with each work bearing two titles — one referring to piece and the other to the scientific or mathematical principle which informed the work. A professional engineer by trade, Williams took up painting mid-career. This latest body of work attests to the scientific principles that continue to inform her work. The genesis for this series was sparked by Pi Day. Williams says, “I hope that art people will gain a little appreciation for math and science and that math and science folks will enjoy seeing their subject matter portrayed as a different kind of art.” The works themselves are created using watercolor, pencil and graphite on artist board.

Linling Lu at the Hemphill

Hemphill will be showing new work by artist Linling Lu. Born in 1983 in Guizhou Province, Lu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting. Luʼs draws on her Chinese heritage inspires here paintings that “act as both visual meditations and color exercises.”

Exhibitions on View:
NEW LOCATION: Datcha Loft Building
1602 Seventh St. NW, Second Floor
202.638.3612 |
Hours: Weekends: 1 to 6 p.m.
Exhibition Schedule TBD

1530 14th Street NW
202.986.1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat.: noon to 7 p.m.
Through Oct. 8
Cianne Fragionne Dancing the Tarantalla

2118 8th Street NW
202.232.0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun.: 1 to 7 p.m.
Through Aug. 20
Artist Tour & Commentary: Oct. 1: 2 to 3:30p.m.
Sarna Marcus Blurring the Boundary

1353 U Street NW
202.332.1116 |
Hours: Tue. to Sat.: noon to 6 p.m.
Through Nov. 4
Heather Theresa Clark, Patrick Harkin, Antonio McAfee, Helina etaferia, Ellen (Jing) Xu new. now. 2017

1515 14th Street NW
202.234.5601 |
Hours: Tue. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Through Dec. 2017
Lingling Lu

1234 Ninth Street NW, Washington DC 20001
202.232.4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat.: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Through Oct. 1
Photography Featuring work by Colin Winterbottom, David Douglas and Curtis Speer

901 New York Ave NW
202.347.2787 |
Hours: Wed. to Fri.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends: 12-5 p.m.
Through Oct. 1
Gallery A: Member Show About Face: Reversals and Undoings
Gallery B: Patricia Williams Ordered Complexities
Gallery C: Scribbles: Tim Johnson Physiognomy


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