Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 31 from 6pm to 11pm
Through June 30th.
Read an interview with the artists by Eric Hope HERE.
Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli showcase 20 pieces of their latest portrait work painted in latex house paint and charcoal on drop cloth canvas.
The duo paint together as one artist complementing each other’s styles turning their weaknesses into strengths, and pushing each other to their creative limits. Painting together allows them to move in any direction the other artist may choose, as they are sometimes reacting to one anothers brushstrokes and artistic expression. Matt and Kurtis challenge one another and create an unspoken dialogue within their paintings. Their pieces are never planned and executed, but a true collaboration created in real time on the canvas.
Projections and Essences similarly reflects Matt and Kurtis’ style in that it converses with their subjects as well as their audience. The inspiration for Projections and Essences are individuals that Matt and Kurtis know personally and are familiar with their work.
While portrait work is traditionally appreciated for its straightforwardness, Projections and Essences gives the viewer a lot of room for interpretation, personal narrative, social commentary, and much more.
Quote from the artist regarding Projections and Essences:
“Our show is about the essence of the human soul and how we interpret it. We capture a spirit or light and project it onto our model. Like painting itself, this interaction moves toward a life of its own with the help of the painters guided by something other than the human touch. It is not our goal to capture the likeness of the model although we don’t dismiss it. We try to discover an aura of the model. The interaction between an individual becomes the focal point where the two of us can relate to the model and create a connection between us. We read each others views and look in the soul of a model, and see things that we may have not seen otherwise.”
Editor’s Note: readers may remember Ceppetelli and Malone’s work from EMULSION 2013.
Gallery hours are by appointment.
Projections and Essences will be shown at the Brookland Artspace, 3305 8th Street NE.