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East City Art’s MidCity Gallery Exhibitions and News - May 2019


Foundry Gallery
A new series of mixed-media collage paintings by Kathryn Wiley at Foundry Gallery represents the next chapter in the progression of the artist’s process. In this series, according to the gallery’s press release, the artist has “found new depth in her latest collages.” Indeed, Wiley has accomplished the much sought-after push-pull effect in her work, creating a three-dimensional effect on a two-dimension surface. While she uses “classical balance” to arrange the elements in her work, as the titles of some of the paintings suggest, something is amiss in her compositions. In “Regime Change” and “Garden Illusion,” the picture plane is disrupted and fragmented, implying a greater sense of disquietude in the fictitious worlds the artist has created, perhaps reflecting the one in which she, or more likely we, currently live.

Ben Tolman, “Alone.” Image: Gallery Neptune & Brown

Gallery Neptune & Brown
Gallery Neptune & Brown hosts the second solo exhibition of DC-area native Ben Tolman. Known for his drawings of urban landscapes, the artist comments on contemporary society by examining topics such as disconnectedness, poverty and environmental degradation. Each drawing is like a stage, with the city as a backdrop for myriad activities. While the artist explores somber topics, he injects humor and levity into what might otherwise be hopeless situations.

Alongside Tolman, British artist David Nash introduces two- and three-dimensional works, including wood sculptures and charcoal drawings. The gallery has selected drawings that represent some of the artist’s larger wooden sculptures, exhibited in Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2010.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, “Untitled,” 2018. Acrylic and watercolor on panel, 30 x 24 inches. Image: Hemphill Fine Arts

Hemphill Fine Arts
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi’s “I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies” is a series of mixed-media works on panel. Ilchi’s paintings look at the world from high above. Her work resembles landscapes seen when flying 35,000 feet in the air. Like many artists of her generation, Ilchi allows paint to flow freely on the canvas through serendipitous control. This technique, which the gallery press release eloquently refers to as “topographical pours,” produces large patches of homogenous color groupings that resemble deserts (ochres), lush fields (greens) or bodies of water (blues). In the background, Ilchi often weaves in tahzib patterns, quoting from her Persian ancestry to tie the somewhat chaotic color splotches with an orderly set of geometric forms.

Long View Gallery
Artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz has been heavily influenced by her childhood experience of spending time in the forests of two disparate geographic locations, Puerto Rico and Connecticut. Peterson-Albandoz uses wood fragments to create works that are hung as two-dimensional pieces but are actually three-dimensional and sculptural by definition. The artist rearranges found wood pieces in serial patterns with rectangular strips parallel to one another, around a central point; in some cases, she assembles wood squares to create patterns which resemble Roman mosaics. Peterson-Albandoz creates stunning visual effects by taking into account the color of each piece of material. Recently, the artist moved to Chicago, and according to Long View’s press release, her new hometown’s urban environment informed the artist’s body of work, “In the Landscape,” which will be on view through May 26.

Mary D. Ott, “New England Scene II.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery
Paula Lantz’s solo exhibition “Portraits Only” explores human psychology. Influenced by Mark Rothko’s desire to express an emotion in its rawest form through the use of color, Lantz employs a palette of primary colors to express her subjects’ feelings. Through collage and layering she depicts the human psyche as an ever-changing landscape of emotion and expression around figurative work.

In “Branching Out: Original Prints,” Mary D. Ott, known for working with botanical subjects, has traded her exploration of grasses for “arboreal beauty,” as she explains, to focus on the “intricacies of trees, leaves and landscapes.” The artist uses intaglio etching and dry point to realize her hand-pulled prints. The artist has etched and scratched metal plates, which are then inked and printed onto paper. The painstaking process has allowed her to create stylized trees, almost to the point of abstraction, in a manner similar to her treatment of grasses in her previous series.

Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Through June 16
Ben Tolman and David Nash, “Drawings”

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through June 2
Kathryn Wiley, “New Work: Collages and Paintings”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 |
Through May 11
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Sera Boeno, “Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)”
Kaitlin Jencso, “Looking Glass”

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through June 29
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, “I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies”

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Ave. NW
Entrance on 13th Street
202-623-3635 |
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7 p.m.
Through June 7
Serna Riglietti, “The Past is Foreign Land”

Paula Lantz, “Couple Embedded.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through May 26
Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, “In the Landscape”

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.
Through June 2
Paula Lantz, “Portraits Only”
Mary D. Ott, “Branching Out: Original Prints”


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