Wednesday, October 14, 2009


October 17 – November 14, 2009

Artists’ Reception October 17, 7 PM

October 24, 7:30-10:00 PM

Bethesda Art Walk, November 13, 6-9 PM
Artists’ Talk, November 14, 2 PM

 MARDI GRAS by Joyce Zipperer
aluminum, brass and crocheted copper wire
8"h x 4"w x 10.5"d.

An intriguing exhibition of metal and fiber graces Gallery Neptune this fall with the outstanding artwork of Joyce Zipperer and Rania Hassan. Both artists excel in their mediums and both use their art to define communities that are personal to each of them. Joyce Zipperer has been producing art in the Washington, DC area for more than twenty years and fashion has played a major role which informs her work. Her history of women’s undergarments has been expressed through hand crocheted metal wire or sheet metal sculptures and covers everything from corsets to bloomers to brassieres and “Days of the Week” underwear. Woman’s accessories have also made their way into Zipperer’s portfolio. In 2007 she was featured in Neptune’s “Brand New Talk Collection” with oversized jewelry, hats, gloves and high heeled shoes in metal, fabric and wood. In the gallery’s current exhibit, she returns with her focus strictly on high heels: “Throughout history, women have been influenced by trends in fashion, often discounting comfort and health issues. Some of my work addresses issues concerning bound torsos and cramped feet in shoes of exaggerated styles.” Acknowledging its allure, Zipperer agrees that fashion design sometimes weakens our sensibilities; a difficult thing to reckon with when trendy is hip and fun. In 2003 Joyce Zipperer was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in New York, for sculpture.

Rania Hassan is an emerging artist who has been steadily producing art from her Washington, DC studio for the past ten years. Recently named an outstanding artist in the field of fiber by the James Renwick Alliance, Hassan has combined her painting and knitting skills to create a unique presentation of art that honors the community of knitters that share her passion and communicate with her regularly through her blog Hassan also views her art as a symbol of universal connectedness: “I am fascinated by the connections we find in our everyday experiences: from the isolation of communities on the subway, to the solitary experience of introspection, to the feelings of deep communion. How do we think of our place in this world? How do we fit in it?”

gallery + studio

5001 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Md. 20814

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