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Hee Hyoun Chung, “Into the Wind.” Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 78 inches.

Foundry Gallery
Hee Hyoun Chung’s recent series of largescale acrylic paintings draws inspiration from the wind. Says the artist, “Sitting by the fireside, I listen to the wind howling at a row of pine trees bordering my house. All the different pitches of wind get amplified in the chimney, and I am flooded with memories of various winds – the piercing snow wind on ski slopes in the Alps, the desert sand wind in Wadi Rum, the sea wind in Nantucket, the mischievous wind bringing the spring into my garden.” Chung’s Fauvist colored abstracts quote from El Greco’s “View of Toledo” (1598-99), specifically the sky. Shaped by the force of the wind, El Greco’s ominous, dark clouds over the Spanish city block most of the sunlight, and only part of the blue-skied backdrop appears at the edges.

Chung has taken this element from El Greco’s masterpiece, painting a series of works, including diptychs, that study the Cretan painter’s incredibly “modern” interpretation of cloud formations. Chung’s wind-swept compositions, fueled by Beethoven’s Sturm and the poem “Wind” by Ted Hughes, offer levity through brightly colored compositions. “Into the Wind” in particular captures cloud movement on a blustery day. Chung has kept the blue sky in the background and reinterpreted cloud formations with opposing cool and warm hues that create the illusion of movement and chaotic motion on the picture plane.

Mike Weber, new work. Image: Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery presents the joint work of Los Angeles-based Mike Weber and Hawaii-based Jason Wright in an exhibition titled “The Nature of Imagination.” The gallery represents both artists and has exhibited their work to DC audiences over the years.

Mike Weber, when not working in his studio, avidly seeks outdoors adventures to connect deeply with nature and observe wildlife in its natural habitat. The animals he observes and photographs during these encounters in America’s national parks inspire and inform his work. Weber translates these experiences in the studio into largescale mixed-media pieces by combining digital photography with painting. Weber prints his digital photographs of animals, using large printers which produce lifesized photographs. Then he applies layers of paint, antiquing the backgrounds to appear worn or weathered like the faded advertisement on the side of a barn on a country road. Weber also adds layers to the foreground and overtop of his subjects, but these too are faded and much softer. This often creates a three-dimensional effect, making the animal appear as though it were alive in the gallery.

Jason Wright, new work. Image: Long View Gallery

Jason Wright, originally from Hawaii, graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and has since returned to his native state, settling in Kona on the Big Island. Wright’s past series focused on the places in which we dwell, centering man-made elements in his compositions that become overshadowed by menacing landscapes. In his new work for Long View Gallery, Wright will exhibit a series of photographs of the ocean. The sense of nature’s foreboding remains in this series as Wright’s ocean is filled with darkness and black hues. However, in some of the photos, clear aqua tints emerging through the waves temper the heaviness of the work’s grayscale palette.

McCain McMurray, “M11,” 12 x 12 inches. Image: Touchstone Gallery

Maureen Squires’ encounter with Annie Dillard’s “A Tinker at Pilgrim’s Creek,” a nonfiction novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Va., influenced her latest series of work. In particular, Squires found inspiration in the following quote by Dillard: “After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down eons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor.” In addition, Squires has taken Dillard’s writing about “sailing on solar winds” and incorporated the concept into her practice, creating a visual space odyssey of sorts. According to NASA, the possibility of using solar-sail technology might become a reality by 2025. As the winds sweep across the galaxy, and past fiction might someday become future reality, Squires’ “Words as Muse” offers viewer a glimpse into the artist’s imaginary travels through time and space. The exhibition features two-dimensional media including watercolor and acrylic.

Touchstone’s Annual “12 x 12” group exhibition and sale continues the tradition of offering 12-by-12-inch panels created by 50 gallery member artists. Each panel is individually created by an artist. The panels are in a range of mediums including acrylic, mixed-media, oil and even photography. Each piece sells for $200 and supports the nonprofit gallery.

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.: noon to 7 p.m. | Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Through Jan. 6
Wolf Kahn, “Density & Transparency in Monotypes”

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Hee Hyoun Chung

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Through Dec. 16
“It’s Still All Up to You” group exhibition with Hamiltonian Fellows Kyle Bauer, Aschely Cone, Rachel Guardiola, Magali Hebert-Huot, Paolo Morales, Nara Park, Kyle Tata and Rives Wiley. Curated by Eve Biddle and Will Hutnick.

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through Dec. 16
Lingling Lu, “100 Melodies of Solitude”

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Jason Wright and Mike Weber, “The Nature of Imagination”

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, noon to 5 p.m.
Through Dec. 30
“12 x 12” group exhibition
Maureen Squires, “Words as Muse”

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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