Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matthew Malone, also known as Duly Noted Painters, work in tandem on largescale paintings, often three feet or more in height and length, using recycled canvases and household paints. They have spent much of their time over the years working on figurative painting, with subjects ranging from portraits to grouping of subjects often interacting in various settings.
In their latest series for Foundry Gallery, “The Hidden Figure,” the artists “focus on what’s left behind when the figure is gone,” according to the gallery’s press release. While the current series possesses the familiar elements of the duo’s previous work, non-human objects dominate the paintings. The figurative subjects, normally prominent in the duo’s compositions, appear ghostly in this series. Herein lie the contradiction in “The Hidden Figure”: the figures remain prominent despite their effaced rendering.
Hamiltonian presents “Ghost Chair,” a group exhibition combining the work of new and outgoing fellows. Artists include Sera Boeno, Heather Theresa Clark, Brian Dunn, Patrick Harkin, Luke Ikard, Kaitlin Jencso, Antonio McAfee, Curtis Miller and Ellen Xu. As each artist approaches the artistic process through a specialized medium, the exhibition reflects the diversity of approaches by the fellows and includes video, painting, photography, installation and sculpture. Curated by Deric Carner and Natalia Nakazawa of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the exhibition theme centers on “ideas of place, connection, ground and body,” according to the gallery’s press release.
The exhibition’s title, “Ghost Chair,” rather than suggesting the presence of a non-carnal entity, alludes to the body “and its absence or replacement with the sign of a body.” The artists approach the philosophical concept of the “post-human world” in a literal sense, their works altering the human body as a result of political, social or cultural norms rather than a situation in which machines have replaced humankind.
IDB Staff Association Gallery
Ibiza, the third largest of the Balearic Islands, located 150 miles off the Mediterranean coast of Spain, has long been a destination for European vacationers seeking sunny beaches. However, Ibiza also has a reputation as a party hub and is often considered the birthplace of club culture, discotheques and raves. In “Esto Tambien Es Ibiza” (This Too Is Ibiza), IDB Staff Association Art Gallery presents photography, installation and video-based works curated by Adrian Loving that offer a glimpse into the island’s world-renowned music scene.
Narrated by DJ Louie Vega, Club KU dancer Dwaine Byrd and Washington, DC-based DJ Heather Femia, contributors offer firsthand accounts of the island’s more recent dance-music culture alongside its autochthonous musical heritage. As the municipal government attempts to reshape the island from a riotous party scene to a more family-friendly beach destination, this exhibition offers a historical lookback of a soon-to-be-gone era that continues to influence music, dance and DJ-culture the world over.
“Glimpses” by Patricia Williams consists of a new series of watercolors centered on still-life. Brightly colored, the works offer a glimpse into the artist’s private life by way of using her personal effects as subject matter. Yet, each work is partially obscured, providing respite from a prying audience. “The transparency of the watercolor gives these paintings a feeling of light and airiness. They breathe,” says Touchstone Gallery Director Ksenia Grishkova. “It is as if the work continues to evolve and change as you look at it.” Ultimately the work feels familiar and intimate despite the abstract nature of the compositions.
Pamela Reynolds’ latest work, “On the Bright Side,” captures a vision of “urban signage, graffiti and psychedelia.” Influenced by the Washington Color School, particularly DC’s own Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis, Reynolds approaches her work with color as the primary focus and medium. On the theme of her latest series, Reynolds explains: “Recently, the world has felt pretty dark. I wanted to reach inside myself to create intuitive and animated paintings of joy and jubilance that might also feel a little wild. This is as good a moment as any to look on the bright side of things.”
Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s alternative art source. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com.
Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Through Nov. 16
Cianne Fragione, “Gate to the Sea”
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Dec. 1
Duly Noted Painters, “The Hidden Figure”
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Dec. 14
Sera Boeno, Heather Theresa Clark, Brian Dunn, Patrick Harkin, Luke Ikard, Kaitlin Jencso, Antonio McAfee, Curtis Miller, Ellen Xu, “Ghost Chair”
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
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
202-623-3635 | idbstaffassociationartgallery.org
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7p.m.
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
Rebecca Coles and Amy Genser
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. |
Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Through Dec. 1
GALLERY A: Touchstone Gallery Member Show
GALLERY B: Patricia Williams, “Glimpses”
GALLERY C: Pamela Reynolds, “On the Bright Side”