Gallery Openings and Events

Long View Gallery Presents Networks

Work by Eve Stockton. Courtesy of Long View Gallery.

Work by Eve Stockton. Courtesy of Long View Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2 from 6:30pm to 8pm

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“Networkism is a growing artistic trend, characterized by the portrayal of figurative graph structures – illustrations of network topologies revealing convoluted patterns of nodes and links.” -Manuel Lima, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information

As our world continues to become increasingly “networked,” be it through social media, cellular data or the Internet, there is a strong desire to understand, and map, this interconnectivity. The plethora of ways to connect and the deeper complexity of connectedness create an overwhelming amount of information making the ability to meaningfully understand it impossible. Over the years we have seen designers, engineers, scientists and artists alike looking to simplify the clutter through creative visualization. Some of the most beautiful visualizations exist in art and Eve Stockton and Sondra N. Arkin are prime examples of artists working in this vein.

Eve Stockton is a master of large scale, woodcut printmaking. Her works depict patterns of nature while exploring concepts of interconnectedness and infinity. In Networks, her imagery of nodes and links has been printed and manipulated in ways that depict visions of nature at different scales alluding to microcosms and celestial bodies. Inspired by primordial origins, evolution and planetary health, Stockton strives to visualize complex networks in each 3’x3’ print and expands that narrative in her large Ensemble presentations. Stockton’s rinsed-prints involve printing white ink on white paper and then rinsing or staining the paper in a color bath often leading to unexpected results. This rare technique is best seen in the Zum/Bloom series.

Sondra N. Arkin is a curator of the world around her. Her work is directly influenced by what she sees, in nature, in science, or anything else that strikes her creative spirit. Familiar in form but a mystery in subject, her pieces present networked dots and lines, tightly connected but randomly placed. Arkin’s pieces reveal asymmetrical patterns that are peaceful and energetic at the same time, some seemingly star-maps of the night sky while others evoke microscopic cellular imagery. Her process-driven work, utilizing wax, shellac and opaque walnut ink, allows Arkin to build up layers of interest through mark making. Fire is her secret weapon; torching away portions of the shellac help to build depth through every applied wax layer. In addition to her encaustic and mixed media works, Arkin will be displaying wire sculptures.

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For more information visit longviewgallerydc.com. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

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