Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective
Enlightenment, 36” x 34”, oil on linen
Paintings by Bradley Stevens
December 7, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Opening Reception to Meet the Artist:
December 7th, 5-8pm
December 8th, 2-6pm, Gallery Talk at 3pm
1429 Iris St NW Washington DC 20012
In this new series of paintings, Bradley Stevens honors the artists who have influenced him and the museum-goers,in this case, all women––whom he sees as the vanguard of art, culture, and progress in these times.
By returning to his theme of museum interiors, Stevens relives his student years copying Master paintings at the National Gallery of Art and implements the lessons these artists have taught him. With his mastery of color, composition, and gesture, he lures us into the gallery and creates the intimacy of experiencing art. Inspired by the resurgence of the women’s movement, he has chosen to feature women as advocates of these hallowed museum spaces. Their poses and expressions reveal complete captivation with and immersion in the art, such that the physical and psychological act of “looking” is the subject.
Stevens’ introspective museum studies are a meditation on the enduring power of art to educate, inspire, and transcend, and on women’s leadership to protect its place in our society.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12 – 6pm, or by appointment 202-783-2963
LENNOX F. CAMPELLO DARLENE DAVIS (PATERA KORI STUDIOS) ELISA FARROW-SAVOS MARGERY GOLDBERG STEPHEN HANSEN LEN HARRIS CHRIS HAYMAN PHIL HAZARD BERNIE HOUSTON HUBERT JACKSON JOAN KONKEL ANITA KUNZ ANNE MARCHAND KRISTINE MAYS CAROL NEWMYER KEITH NORVAL LARRY RINGGOLD SUZY SCARBOROUGH GAVIN SEWELL BRADLEY STEVENS CURTIS WOODY
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As part of a year-long celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BlackRock Center for the Arts, the nonprofit arts center presents “Recollection,” an exhibition featuring a selection of artists who have shown their work in their galleries during the past 15 years. On display in both the Kay Gallery and the Terrace Gallery, the “Recollection” exhibit includes pieces by 47 artists in a range of media from drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printmaking to works of sculpture, assemblage, glass, fiber, clay and wood.
The exhibiting artists are Fran Abrams, Christian Benefiel, Ronald Beverly, Sabine Carlson, Eric Celarier, Chris Chernow, Chayo de Chevez, Lesley Clarke, Bobby Coleman, Jacqui Crocetta, Joel D’Orazio, Catherine Day, Oletha DeVane, Lisa Egeli, Ric Garcia, Mark Giaimo, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Carol Brown Goldberg, Lee Goodwin, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Sean Hennessey, Ellen Hill, Scott Hutchison, Melanie Kehoss, Kit-Keung Kan, Zofie King, Chee Kung, Renee Lachman, Amy Lin, Tamryn McDermott, Anne Marchand, Greg Minah, Lincoln Mudd, Cory Oberndorfer, Beverly Ryan, Deanna Schwartzberg, Mike Shaffer, Bobbi Shulman, Ellen Sinel, Michael Enn Sirvet, Diane Szczepaniak, Marsha Staiger, Renee Van der Stelt, Sharon Wolpoff, Jenny Wu and Joyce Zipperer.
Drawings in the exhibit have often been developed through a stream-of-consciousness process where dense imagined foliage is outlined by black paint pen in “What We Cannot Touch” by Carol Brown Goldberg, improvisational ink lines define a space between gravity and weightlessness in “Riff I” by Chee Kung, delicate linked circles frame or are obscured beneath holes cut in the multi-layered “Melpomenia’s Edge” by Amy Lin, or graphite drawings of black rocks allow viewers a live comparison with the actual subjects in “Point, Line & Stone I & II” by Renee Van der Stelt. Paintings on display include those that freeze the action as when artists pour, spin and tilt the canvas to put paint in motion in “the very outset” by Greg Minah and “Lumen Naturae” by Anne Marchand, gentle brushstrokes of ink and watercolor on rice paper manage to momentarily halt the powerful flow of waterfalls in “Falling Water CXVII” by Kit-Keung Kan, and transparent glazes of oil paint capture the sequential motion of shifting glances in the portrait “The Decision” by Scott Hutchison.
Traditional brushwork dances across the reflective surface of a sublime waterscape in “Revisiting” by Lisa Egeli, or highlights the unexpected beauty found at the rear of a building in “Alley Back of Second Street” by Sharon Wolpoff, but bursts of spray paint encase a treat in a frozen haze in “Strawberry Shortcake” by Cory Oberndorfer. Photographs range from a still and quiet scene on the C&O Canal in the silver gelatin print “Lock 7 in Fog” by Lee Goodwin to the vibrant and dynamic swirl of light tracking movements made by dancers in “Aurora #7” by Ronald Beverly.
Collage and assemblage works transform found objects as they are combined to examine gentrification in “We Knew There Was a Plan” by Aziza Claudia-Gibson Hunter, or to explore the science and psychology of drug studies in “Nocebo” by Zofie King, and simply take on a visual role as wood and ivory piano keys removed from their instrument form a flared skirt in “Span” by Renee Lachman and the collection of circuit boards collected from discarded electronic devices create a topographical landscape in “Network AVC #1307” by Eric Celarier. Sculpture in the exhibit often gives new life to unexpected materials as do the pen caps used as handlebars for a sleek tricycle that doubles as an unwearable high-heel shoe in “Hell on Wheels” by Joyce Zipperer and the lengths of plastic weed wacker line that makes an elegant fashion statement when woven and burned at the ends in “Nina Chair” by Joel D’Orazio, or the 3D printed self-portrait cast in iron to form the “head” of a hammer that was used to pound the nail on display in “Studio, Practice” by Christian Benefiel.
Since opening in the fall of 2002, BlackRock Center for the Arts has been continuously presenting a vibrant series of solo and group exhibitions highlighting the work of hundreds of visual artists from across the Metropolitan Washington and Baltimore area and the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year the community has the opportunity to connect and engage with both emerging and established artists presenting their work in the nonprofit center’s two beautiful gallery spaces. This specialexhibition seeks to celebrate all of the talented artists who have shown their work in the galleries at BlackRock during the past 15 years by displaying a variety of works that is clearly only a small sampling. The exhibition “Recollection: Celebrating 15 Years of Exhibitions” was curated by Anne Burton the Gallery Director at BlackRock. This special group show will be on view through Saturday, October 13, 2018 in both the Kay Gallery, located on the main level, and the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Admission to the exhibitions and the galleries at BlackRock is always free.
To learn more about the exhibiting artists, please visit their websites:
ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 15 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 30 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.
FREE PARKING & RIDE ON BUS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO: BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks west, following Century Boulevard to our front door. Check routes and schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com
"Renée duRocher has taken her place in the Canadian visual arts community through patience and determination. Her exhibition, Diversity and Identity, is inspired by a recent visit to northern Vietnam and the literary work of Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thùy. Diversity and Identity tells the stories of this journey. Rice fields, lush tamarinds, and characters dressed in traditional costumes poetically illustrate her trip. Combined with literary snapshots selected by novelist Kim Thùy, the selected pictorial works are enhanced and focus upon the Vietnamese community."
The exhibition is open from July 30, 2018, through October 27, 2018. The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.
duRocher has another exhibit in D.C. at the Zenith Gallery, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Traveling Full Circle through January 5, 2019. FEATURING ARTISTS:Lisa Battle • Richard Binder • Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis) •Renée duRocher •Anne Marchand •Jerome Parmet
L-r: Coeur by Lisa Battle, Blue Fish-New Fish by Jerome Harris Parmet,
Bringing People Together by Richard Binder
L-r: Dusk by Anne Marchand, Sukos by Darlene Davis, Quâkhû (Past) by Renée duRocher
40 years in any business is a long time, 40 years in the Art Gallery Business is a lifetime.To celebrate forty yearsof Zenith Gallery we will have hosted a series of three different exhibitions at 1111 Pennsylvania Sculpture Space that will represent the different eras of Zenith Gallery. This exhibit will highlight recent artists from our current location at 1429 Iris St. and works by two long standing Zenith artist Renée duRocher, who will simultaneously be showing at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, and a rare sculpture series by Anne Marchand, fresh from the works of the Katzen Art Center.
Lisa Battle, inspired by nature’s forms and shapes, creates hand built ceramic sculptures that truly look like they have been cultivated in nature. Their ambiguous, biomorphic forms suggest rock formations found in the Southwest and gestures of modern dance, often reminding us of a detail shot of a bigger picture. The sculptures are fired in a wood kiln which leads to interesting variations of texture and color on the surface. “The result is both a visual and tactile experience in which the surface is inherently integrated with the form.”
Richard Binder a medical oncologist who spent more than 40 years caring for patients has undergone a metamorphosis from caring to creating. He has translated skills learned as an undergraduate in engineering school fabricating working models from metals into creating abstract metal sculptures. “I create vivid and dramatic metal sculptures from mild and stainless steel. My inspiration is the world and its beauty. My creative process begins with a cerebral concept. I close my eyes and visualize forms in 3-dimensions – and often in color. Then I either create a model, or I go directly to working with the steel.”
Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis) are a father and daughter duo who look to nature for naturally occurring spirals and incorporates those patterns in their wood sculptures. “The kinetic component introduces movements that communicate the ordered, balanced perfection of spirals in nature.” These spiral sculptures bring a sense of relaxation, calming and balance to the viewer.
Renée duRocher infuses historical aspects into the places she visits and depicts. Thus, translated onto the canvas, she maintains a contemporary artistic approach. She includes the modern-day community of Sa Pa, Vietnam and their traditional colors and historical garments to express concepts of time and history. “It is not only a question of history or remnants, but also, and primarily, a question of human nature and its relation to the ephemeral, the divine, and eternity. These are concepts that outlive ages and civilizations, and they are deeply anchored in Renée duRocher’s space-time.”
Anne Marchand long known for her expressive, other-worldly, colorful canvases continues her journey with these free-standing sculptures. Marchand relates to “the poet Garcia Lorca’s vision of duende, the soulful response to a work of art, infused with earthiness, the irrationality, and existential vulnerability” for her current body of works, but one could see duende’s influence beginning in her earlier years.
Jerome Harris Parmet owned an interior architectural design firm for 45 years before he turned to sculpting in steel. Parmet has been interested in the arts since his senior year of college. Working primarily in steel, Parmet discovered how the process of welding allows him to mold and shape while the steel stays firm. “My repeated theme is an examination of balance and stress. Each piece is original, achieved after hours of dreams, sketches, models and mock-ups, but they all seem to be an exploration into steel suspended in space.”
For four decades, Zenith Gallery has been a pillar in the D.C. art community. We attribute our success to our ability to transform with the ever-changing times. We do this by combining our longstanding commitment to inspired, unique artworks with our personalized, high quality customer service. This commitment to celebrating the creative spirit of our artists is the core value at the heart of Zenith Gallery. As the Owner, and celebrated artist in her own right, Goldberg is fond of saying, “With billions of people on the planet, for someone to come up with an original idea and execute it in an original way is what has kept me in business all these years.”
* On Saturday Enter on 12th Street ~ Knock and the guard will let you in *
Now celebrating 40 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.
Art is a vanguard industry that takes pride in its role to represent progressive ideology and risk taking, and yet the management lacks the representation that is vital to the arts’ dynamism. A 2015 Andrew Mellon Foundation report on diversity in art museums made clear that a preponderance of non-Hispanic white men dominate leadership positions. That says nothing of the lack of ethnic, religious, disability, sexual orientation, or geographic diversity. The Phillips Collection is committed to being a pioneer of change.
As you know, last March we welcomed Chief Diversity Officer Makeba Clay to our senior leadership team. In her short time here, she has already implemented a paid internship and fellowship program to help eliminate barriers to entry into the field, and continues to help the The Phillips Collection cultivate diverse artists and arts managers and incubate creativity and creation. Makeba is now in the running to be a panelist at South by Southwest Festival in 2019 to speak about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the arts industry and cultural institutions.
Panelists will be chosen by number of votes and we need your support to get this message out to the world and get Makeba to Austin.