Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22 from 5pm to 7pm
In this second exhibition of works by Washington DC-based artist, Mira Hecht, at Addison/Ripley one is struck by the profound painterly insight evident in these, mostly geometric, paintings. In her largest, most subtle works, like the iconic After Rain, Hecht makes use, consciously or unconsciously, of ancient, enduring geometric constructs, like the Vesica Pisces, the intersection of two or more overlapping spheres, variously described as the joining of god and goddess, the basic motif in the Flower of Life, a source of immense power and energy. Consistently, in each of these works, in fact throughout her career, the artist has continued to make use of the circle as an important focal point, whether as a prominent, center space, defining and anchoring the composition or as a complex, multiformed profusion of intersecting forms populating the surface. The more than 60 works in this exhibition range from large wall scale paintings to intimate sized paper pieces. In addition, two large multi-panel series explore different elements in the artist’s vernacular.
Deliberately meditative, tacitly spiritual and deeply considered, Hecht’s painting evokes a visual experience not unlike that expressed by Agnes Martin, a kindred soul, who said “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” However, where Martin kept her line straight and flowing towards the edges of the canvas or paper, Hecht, on the other hand, rounds it to consume itself, giving a strong suggestion of the spiritual or infinite. Many of these works are awash with gradient color, glowing with discreet hues and lit with an understated power and light source, giving them a potent presence. Others compositions such as to sky, to earth, to sun, to moon and Behold have a raw, more jagged edge, a network of threads or splinters; energy barely contained. Together these works make up in snow, blossom a sophisticated, visually satisfying new body of work by Mira Hecht.
The artist has shown extensively throughout the United States, particularly in California. Her work is included in public and private collections and is under consideration for international collections as well. The artist teaches painting at the Corcoran School of Art and Design at the George Washington University in Washington DC.
- Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 5:30pm
- and by appointment
The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For further information, contact Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.