Opening Reception: Friday, March 31 from 7pm to 9pm
Kayla Plosz Antiel
March 24 – April 23, 2017
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts
Kayla Plosz Antiel brings her interest in “impure abstraction” to her solo exhibition of paintings at VisArts. Her paintings dabble in representation but are non-committal. There are hints or intimations of images that are never fully revealed or completed. Plosz Antiel says, “I paint to play with color and form. I love the weirdness of color; how there’s a limitless number of possibilities.” In this group of small paintings, individual colors and their arrangements evoke particular emotional responses and provide a tipsy interplay between creation and destruction, linear and volumetric forms, flat and dimensional spaces.
About the Artist: Kayla Plosz Antiel (87’) was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, but has lived in the U.S. for the past 18 years. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including Burnet Gallery, Hillyer Art Space, and the Soo Visual Arts Center. Antiel received her M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2012. She currently lives and works in Fairfax, Virginia. www.kaylaplosz.com
Color and Light
March 31 – April 30, 2017
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts
Workshop: Painting: Color and the Senses
Thursday, April 6, 7 – 9 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2 – 4 PM
Diane Szczepaniak presents a suite of eleven large watercolor paintings and sculptures that explore the ways color, light, and movement fill space. Szczepaniak’s paintings evolve from multiple thin watery layers of color. Her sculptures are made of stacked colored or clear glass that allow light and color to travel through. With this exhibition she continues her long investigation of the relationship between the senses and the perception of forms in space. Szczepaniak refers to her paintings and sculptures as places where the forms are free of the meanings we assign to objects around us. Rather than fulfilling the human need to label and name, these forms exist as independent entities of color and light. Her process and choices of materials allow for gradually turning sensual experience into visible, tangible manifestations. “When successful,” she states, “the space in the painting becomes a sense experience that eludes description, but is felt in the body.”
Szczepaniak will present two workshops titled Painting: Color and the Senses at VisArts where creation is inspired by color.
About the Artist: Since the early 1980’s, Diane has been driven by the study of the dynamics of form. Initially focused on drawing and sculpting the figure, she worked through these media to an understanding of the physicality of objects in space, which has remained with her throughout her career and brought her directly to abstraction. Using this understanding of space as an inspiration, she creates paintings by layering translucent washes of paint on paper and canvas, in a process that reflects her early sculptural training. Inversely, her glass sculptures are a 3-dimensional representation of her painting process where each sheet of hand-blown colored glass represents a layer of paint. In both cases, each additional layer of color changes the whole.
Diane presents annual workshops exploring color, perception, and space to the Dudley Fellows at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a member of the board of the Washington Sculptors Group. For more information about her numerous exhibitions, awards and collections, visit her event page at www.dianeszczepaniak.com.
March 31 – April 30, 2017
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts
Kevin Labadie’s carefully calibrated abstract compositions upset the idea that paintings are static entities. In a standout solo exhibition Labadie presents a series of paintings that examine the circle as both focal point and moving vehicle. His paintings appear to open up holes in the wall, snap space into fixed crosshairs, turn, and roll. The paintings are often arranged in “sets.” As a lens or porthole, each painting offers entry into the space beneath its solitary surface. Once assembled into a larger constellation of elements, the form acts as a conduit passing its force through its outermost points of contact. In this way it becomes a wheel rolling against a neighboring wheel. With economical formal sophistication, Labadie shifts perception. As his paintings take a visual spin, possible narratives slip in and out hinting at worldly sources.
About the artist: Kevin Labadie lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. His work has been exhibited both regionally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Maryland State Artist Grant for Painting. He is professor emeritus at The Maryland Institute College of Art. www.kevinlabadie.com
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.