Opening Reception: Sunday, February 28 from 3pm to 5pm
Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Fields of Inquiry brings together the work of three artists exploring the concept of imagination: Mei Mei Chang, Pat Goslee, and Kathryn McDonnell. Each artist approaches the concept differently, pushing the limits of what the mind can conjure. Mei Mei Chang makes fun and spritely references to everyday objects, including the bendable forms of PVC tubing, masking tape, and vegetable dye. Pat Goslee’s acrylic paintings explore an internal universe, enchanting the viewer with luscious colors and fantastic forms morphing from solid shapes to dripping liquids. Kathryn McDonnell re-imagines insistent patterns found in nature, architecture, and information technology that have in some way piqued her fancy.
The realm of artistic and everyday material becomes a place of inquiry in the form of a collaborative work for the three artists. Each artist possesses her own creative “hand,” which defines her oeuvre. Contemporary painting, especially abstract painting, is rarely considered a collaborative workspace. In this case, each artist contributes equally in a non-hierarchical way, both adding and subtracting from the work of the other two artists. Assertion and submission play equal roles in the creation of art. Choosing to work collaboratively, a new field of inquiry is created where the intersection of reason and response offers new challenges and strategies for realizing a work of art that can only be completed — and considered whole — as a group effort.
Mei Mei Chang studied photography at Ohio State University. She was the artist in residence at Montgomery College in 2013. Her work was on view at the King Street Gallery, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, and Montgomery College in 2014, and at VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2012. More recently, her work was chosen for the Washington Project for the Arts Select 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. She also participated in Transformer’s “Locally Sourced” exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in January 2015.
Pat Goslee is a Washington, DC-based artist. Her work in public collections includes: US Embassies in Nepal and Ethiopia, the DC City Hall Art Collection, the National Institutes of ￼Health, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Documentation of her video art is included in the textbook “Art 101: Understanding Visual Images in Our World,” and her paintings are included in the publications 100 Artists of Washington, DC and 100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic. She holds an MFA from Catholic University and a BFA from the University of Georgia.
Kathryn McDonnell is an artist Board Member of the District of Columbia Arts Center. She is also a member of the Washington Project for the Arts and College Art Association. In 2014, she was honored to participate in the Vanderbilt University exhibition The Gift: 30 years of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award in Nashville, TN. She holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
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- and by appointment
The Popcorn Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD. For information call 301.634.2222 or visit http://GlenEchoPark.org/Exhibitions.