Catalyst Projects Announces The Straight – Contemporary Geometric Abstraction.

Gerrymander, 2013 by Rushern Baker IV. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

Gerrymander, 2013 by Rushern Baker IV. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14 from 6pm to 9pm


The exhibit runs December 12 through January 4, 2014.

Expanding on the pictorial language of geometric abstraction, the artists in The Straight embrace a contemporary view of the genre.

Rushern Baker IV (Maryland) Baker’s abstractions emerge from his observation of the urban environment, the spectacle of war, and the dreary state of American society.  Shards of glass, concrete, smoke, and debris combust on the surface of his canvases. A recent graduate of the Yale art program, Baker cites as influences the Black abstractionists Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Felrath Hines and Jack Whitten; and the Russian Constructivists.

Allison Long Hardy (Virginia) Communication, real or imagined, good or indifferent connects us all. Hardy’s drawings link together shapes and objects along a clothes line of hit and miss discussion.  Intuitive and deliberate mark making are the tools of choice she uses to keep the thread open.

J. T. Kirkland (Virginia) Perhaps growing up the son of a carpenter influenced Kirkland in his choice of wood surfaces and common house paint as mediums to create elegant panels that challenge perceptions of surface and space. Finding “clarity and resolution” in line, color and form has been an ongoing focus in his work.

Kathryn McDonnell’s (DC) works for this exhibition were inspired by the light, space, and geometry she witnessed inside the great mosques of the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. As a practitioner of meditation, McDonnell applies many of the same principles to painting allowing gravity and bodily force to drip, drag, and pour the medium across the surface resulting in an “unpredictable expression”.

Marie Ringwald’s (Maryland) small geometric wall mounted constructions are inspired by her fascination with utilitarian buildings of simple vernacular architecture. Ringwald uses every day construction materials to patch together multi-layered objects that range from the representational to the abstract.

Jason Rohlf (New York) presents his “shop rag” paintings for this exhibition. Countless layers of collage, mediums, and acrylic paint on common shop rags undergo many revisions resulting in a complex geometry of obscure memories and hidden elements.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday – Saturday: noon to 7pm

Catalyst Projects is located at the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route at 716 Monroe Street, NE, Studio 13. Street parking is available. For more information email [email protected] or visit

Mission: Catalyst Project’s mission is to present the DC arts community to the world beyond the DMV. By presenting arts programming with a focus on exchange, we hope to cross-pollinate with arts communities outside of the DC metro area. It is our goal to make contemporary art accessible through educational programs such as panel discussions, artist workshops, and contemporary art exhibitions.





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