Depeche Art

Peter Seligman, “Mystery of the Blue Monkey Box.” Oil, collage and wood, 7 x 8 x 4 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
Artist Pete Seligman is known for using materials he discovers on his hikes in Rock Creek Park. He assembles three-dimensional collages using his Rock Creek discoveries, text from newspapers and found images. While the materials Seligman uses in his works connect seemingly disparate items into a visual whole, the artist leaves much of the meaning subject to the viewer’s interpretation. In this series, the artist offers a few clues, including, according to the press release, “a sense that [the works] refer to something that happened at night.” Just as Seligman assembles various materials to produce unsequenced images that he calls “dreamlike” and “surreal,” viewers in turn must assemble their own narrative for each work.

IDB Staff Association Gallery
Ariane Hafizi passed away in 2015 from breast cancer at the age of 34. Her mother Carmen gathered 23 of her works for “Light Arrow,” which will be on view at IDB Staff Association Art Gallery through Oct. 30. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Hafizi received a BFA in 2004 at Parsons School of Design and worked prolifically in her Brooklyn studio until her passing. She garnered the attention of Spanish art critic Jose Ignacio Abeijon Giraldez, who was “struck by the force of these works […] once I laid my hands on them.” He added that he “felt a great intensity of the sort evoked only by true works of art.” On Tuesday, Oct. 29, I will be moderating a panel discussion with Hafizi’s mother Carmen and friend Oliver about the collection presented at the gallery.

Cianne Fragione, “Caulonia, Monasterace,” 2018.
Mixed-media on paper, 38½ x 50 inches. Image: Gallery Neptune & Brown

Neptune & Brown
Cianne Fragione has exhibited extensively in the US and Italy. Much of her work centers on a connection to her ancestral home of Sicily and her passion for dance. Fragione acts as an intermediary between her works and the viewer, often incorporating performance to complement her work. In “Gate to the Sea” (“La Porta Al Mare”), on view at Neptune & Brown, Fragione exhibits mixed-media works inspired by Sicily’s Ionian coast. The textural layers of her work evoke both the colorful walls of ancient buildings as well as a dressmaking process her grandmother employed using lace. Ultimately, Fragione explains, “the paintings do not illustrate this story. The story might instead be described as an imaginative atmosphere, a site from which my studio process goes forward on its own journey.”

Timothy Johnson, artist. Image: Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery
This month Touchstone gallery will present four concurrent exhibitions, including a group member show; Timothy Johnson’s “Fables of Decapitation: I knew I would die long ago”; Claudia Samper’s “Urban Nest” and guest artist Hsin-Hsi Chen’s “ABOUND.” Johnson’s portraits, or headshots, depict famous figures after decapitation, from legend and history, including Goliath and Marie Antoinette. Samper’s work examines the relationship between man and nature in urban settings. In particular she looks for contrast: weeds growing through concrete sidewalks or thriving wildlife amid manmade parks. Chen, known for her indefatigable largescale sculptures, intricate pencil drawings and video work, will create a site-specific installation at Touchstone using “interactive digital projection.” According to the gallery’s press release, “Space, light, shadow, drawing, and sculpture merge to create complex, disorienting environments.”


Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Oct. 19 through Nov. 16
Cianne Fragione, “Gate to the Sea”
Opening reception: Sat., Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 |
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Oct. 27
Pete Seligman, “Constructions & Collages”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Nov. 2
“new. now. 2019” annual new fellow exhibition
Artist talk: Tues., Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 |
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through Nov. 16
Julie Wolfe, “Under Their Gaze, We Become Creatures”

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Ave. NW
Entrance on 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20577
202.623.3635 |
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7 p.m.
Through Oct. 30
Ariane Hafizi, “Light Arrow: A Posthumous Exhibition”
Moderated artist talk with Phil Hutinet of East City Art, with artist’s mother and friend, Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 |
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Oct. 27
“The District Creates” group exhibition with Courtney Kolker, Susan Goldman and Jordann Wine

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.
Spotlight Art Series@Touchstone Guest Artist: Hsin-Hsi Chen, “ABOUND”

GALLERY A: Touchstone Gallery Member Show

GALLERY B: Timothy Johnson, “Fables of Decapitation: I knew I would die long ago”

GALLERY C: Claudia Samper, “Urban Nest”

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s alternative art source. For more information visit