bits of elsewhere
opening reception for the artist
Saturday, March 31st, 6-8pm
Addison/Ripley Fine Art
"Bits of Elsewhere" is Isabel Manalo's second exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. Her characteristic white space is still prominent in these new paintings and drawings, but the artist's exploration of textures has literally exploded onto her surfaces, barely contained by the limits of edges. The artist balances chaos and order in the new work, fracturing, dripping, collaging and entwining material onto Yupo and Mylar. Continuing to work from photographs and distilling primary source materials in Photoshop, Ms. Manalo offers a vision that, on the one hand reduces her imagery to monochromatic shadow-like forms in alizarin and burnt umber tones while, on the other, presents a bright, fractal complexity. There are moments of quiet here set beside a passionate intensity and presented with the artist's sure, careful hand.
Ms. Manalo's involvement with and recognition by the Washington art com-munity marks her as an important voice both through her art and her web-based presence with The Studio Visit. Her curatorial vision and generous acceptance of other artists was evident in her exhibition last year at this gallery, CultureScape. In addition, a recent retrospective of the artist's work was presented at the German Marshall Fund in 2011.
top: Another, 2011, enamel and cut photographs on Mylar, 38 x 30 inches
Addison/Ripley Fine Art | 1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW | Washington, DC | DC | 20007