Receptions: Friday, April 24 from 7pm to 9pm
Edge of the Forest by Stephanie Garmey
VisArts presents Edge of the Forest, an installation by Stephanie Garmey in the Gibbs Street Gallery from April 22 to May 24. A reception is scheduled for April 24 from 7pm to 9 pm The artist will give a talk on Friday, April 24 at 8:15 pm. Working with cut paper, drawing, encaustics, wood and glass, Stephanie Garmey creates a vignette that explores the solitude of travel and the memory of specific natural environments. Of her current work, she says, “I am interested in the slowing of time through the meditative recollection of the regenerative and corroding events of nature.”
About the Artist: Stephanie Garmey grew up in Rockville, Maryland and has continued her career in the Mid-Atlantic region. She received her MFA in 1995 from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied with Grace Hartigan. She also has a MA in Painting, 1985, from Purdue University. A one-person exhibit entitled “Forest Floor” was mounted at Stevenson University, Maryland in 2010. “Wetlands” was installed in the Bunting Gallery of the Maryland Institute in October 2013. Garmey has been included in recent group exhibits at Goucher College and at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in Chelsea, New York. She participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center (1999) and Rochefort-en-Terre, (2002, Brittany, France). Garmey teaches in the Drawing and General Fine Arts Departments at the Maryland Institute College of Art teaching a variety of upper level drawing classes as well as Mixed Media Book Arts and Paper Cuts.
Iterations by David A. Brown and Jowita Wyszomirska
A reception is scheduled for Friday, April 24 from 7 to 9 pm. The artists will talk about their work on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm.
VisArts presents Iterations, a two person exhibition featuring the drawings and paintings of David A. Brown and Jowita Wyszomirska in the Kaplan Gallery from April 24 to May 24.
Iterations makes a case for the human hand as an elegant and distinctive tool of repetition. Both artists repeat and accumulate marks or shapes in their drawings and paintings. At a distance the repeated elements become active fields suggestive of natural forces or emerging patterns. Scale seems to shift between the microscopic and the infinite. In an era of the mass-produced, machine-made, and digitally iterated, the imperfections and individuality of their hand drawn marks or hand cut shapes are reminders of the physicality of touch and actions made in real time. Repetition sets up the conditions for predictable order, however, Brown and Wyszomirska’s work rebels with moments of chaos. Patterns are broken. Linkages are implied and left incomplete. The repetitive marks flow together in a unified field only to disintegrate into particles and space.
Brown covers monochromatic grounds with little ovals. A small dot rests inside each oval like the nucleus of a cell or the iris of an eye. The marks accumulate and cluster on individual panels arranged in a grid. Silver on Dark Blue consists of seventy panels. It braces the corner gradually moving from shimmering silver at the outer edges to a dark blue at the center. Brown’s repetitive process requires patience, concentration and endurance. He views his art as functional mandalas of a sort. “During the creation of each piece, in the repetition, I gain the opportunity for personal meditation. Thus, the process allows me to be in the moment, to breathe, to reflect, to relax,” he states. Each mark is a completion in and of itself in Brown’s work. With subsequent iterations and subtle variations of placement and spacing, he arranges systematic compositions that vibrate with infinite possibility.
Jowita Wyszomirska’s drawn and cut paper shapes swoop across the wall and out into space in a large-scale, fluttering drawing. Composed primarily of mutations of a repeated motif, her work draws inspiration from swarms, murmurations of birds, smoke and other phenomena. She says, “I try to capture a moment of spontaneous growth and create open-ended systems, expanding and contracting through space.” The organic, natural gestural patterns and energies that attract Wyszomirska’s attention must contend with the human-built environment. “The edges of buildings, windows, car windshields, and power lines provide a fragmented framework to look through and experience place as a landscape both natural and unnatural,” she states.
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.
VisArts is located at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, images or to arrange an interview or preview of the exhibition, please contact Susan Main at (301) 315-8200 ext. 110 or [email protected]