Gallery Openings and Events

Long View Gallery Presents Michelle Peterson-Albandoz

Photo courtesy of Long View Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Long View Gallery.

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 Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4 from 6:30pm to 8pm

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Why—Because as a girl growing up in the forests of Connecticut and the rainforests of Puerto Rico, I was most at home surrounded by the pattern, texture, feel, and smell of the natural world. It just took me a while to make that homeplace a site for my art.

How— Discovering the potential energy that’s still very much present in wood that has been shaped to human use, used, and then discarded. Repurposing found wood scavenged from dumps and junk shops, my goal is to rediscover its natural beauty while maintaining interpretive space for the human object it had become. Initially, this stemmed from a desire to make a political statement about our culture of waste. Over time, the political impetus has become a more nuanced exploration of time, texture, and the beauty of scars left by human use.

Inspired by—Minimalism and the simplicity of an initial impulse that gets sidetracked by additional questions raised during the process of construction. A cut, a burn, a pattern in the grain can refocus a work and lead it in directions my imagination never considered. My task is to get out of the way so the materials may speak for themselves. I do not attempt to create a narrative. Rather, the geometry and meditative pull of the work invite stories that have nothing to do with my intervention.

Lifespans—The wood I use is subject to repeated reincarnation, constantly re-becoming until it finds its place in my work—and perhaps beyond someday. The current show focuses on texture and a kind of elegiac mood. Much of what I’m using comes from buckets of end pieces and scraps I have saved over the years, so these works contain not only the ghosts of the wood’s former lives but also the echoes of my own past work. At the same time, I am aware of the limits of my time working with power tools and large heavy pieces. My ephemeral meat and bone against the inevitability of the wood.

Moods—In the end, the work is about providing a moment of visual and mental repose in the hold of abstraction and beauty — a reflection of the settings of life.

Business Hours:

  • Wednesday-Saturday: 11-6
  • Sunday: 12-5
  • And by Appointment

Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St., NW. For more information visit longviewgallerydc.com, email [email protected], or call 202.232.4788.

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