Depeche Art

Pete Seligman, “Hazen Trail.” Wood, metal and oil paint, 23 x 8.5 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
In the five-person exhibition “Five Artists/Five Visions,” Foundry gallery showcases the talents of its newest member-artists, who work in a variety of mediums. Kathryn Mohrman employs photography, as she explains, to connect with “women in different parts of the world,” whom she sees as “‘sisters’ in our shared humanity.” Painter Barbara Pliskin explains that she creates “an emotional outburst in the viewer that is close to my feelings about the painting.” Pete Seligman uses found and discarded materials, many of which he finds locally, and uses paint to finish his compositions which, as he admits, “often begin with art accidents.” Joyce Wellman creates acrylic paintings on wood panels, using “seemingly random numbers, marks, words and symbols, in varying degrees subdued vs. vibrant, or cool vs. hot, in search of a magic poetic art.” Cristy West paints large abstract works that form “expressions of feelings, mysteries and things unseen – they emerge from many layers of work.”

Hamiltonian Gallery
DC-based artist Rachel Schmidt presents an immersive experience entitled “Cairn Sounds,” using video projections and accompanying audio. (A cairn is a pile of stones created by human beings.) Schmidt collaborated with Baltimore-based drummer Om.era.kev, who produced the heavy percussion heard in the multimedia exhibition.

The images seen in the collaboration derive from film taken on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. As an artist, Schmidt concerns herself with the presence of human interaction with nature, even in seemingly “isolated” environments such as northern Scotland. Along the “natural” and “rural” coastline of the Isle of Skye, cairns dot the landscape, evidencing humanity’s intrusion into the natural world. 

James Britton, “East Screen (sumac), Manchester, CT,” 1935. Oil on board, 5.5 x 9.125 inches. Image: Hemphill Fine Arts

Hemphill Fine Arts
Hemphill Fine Arts presents two concurrent exhibitions, “Photographs from the Tom Birch Collection” and works by James Britton. The Tom Birch Collection includes an incredible A-list of photographers such as Ansel Adams, Merry Alpern, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, A. Clarke Bedford, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Felix Bonfils, William Dassonville, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Andre Gelpke, Jan Groover, Graciela Iturbide, Andre Kertész, Yevgeny Khaldei, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Ralph Steiner, Steve Szabo, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, George Tice and Joel-Peter Witkin.

The gallery will also present 10 works by James Britton (1878-1936), an artist, indefatigable writer and critic who was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He avidly painted the New England countryside with a mastery of form and light. This exhibition brings attention to an overlooked American painter who has begun to draw attention posthumously, as is often the case, from art historians and critics alike.   

Stefan Breuker, “Untitled.” Acrylic and ink on paper, 47 x 47 inches. Image: Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery begins 2019 with the introduction of four new represented artists: Francie Hester, Greg Minah, Frank Campion and Stefan Breukers. All four work mainly in two-dimensional mixed media and compose abstract work. Francie Hester and Greg Minah have studios in Maryland; Frank Campion now works in Texas by way of Massachusetts and Stefan Breukers works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Look for solo shows in the coming months by these artists.

Touchstone Gallery
This month, Touchstone Gallery hosts the 13th annual “Exposed DC Photography Show,” an exhibit consisting of photographs from DC and the surrounding region. According to the organizers, the photographs “were chosen from a contest for their unique view of the Washington area as more than just a tourist destination and political arena.”

Diriki Rice, “Dazzle.” Tourist dressed as zebras at Freedom Plaza. Image: Touchstone Gallery and “Exposed DC”

Each of the selected 43 is eligible to win one of five $100 cash awards. The five winners will be selected by a jury of peers, including photographers John Christopher Anderson, Sam Hurd, Darren Smith, Lauren Stockbower and Jennifer Sakai. This exhibition does require an entrance fee, which can be purchased in advance for $20 or for $25 at the door.

Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Through March 9
Jowita Wyszomirska

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Feb. 24
“Five Artists/Five Visions”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Feb. 16
“Cairn Sounds,” Rachel Schmidt in collaboration with musician Om.era.kev

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through March 2
“Photographs from the Tom Birch Collection”
Selected works by James Britton

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through March 3
“New Year/New Artists”

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 |
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Feb. 13-24
“Exposed DC” 13th annual photography show
Opening reception: Wed., Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m.


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