Reviews

April Mid City Gallery Exhibitions

April-SilverNetworkDiptych1left | Work by Eve Stockton.  Image Courtesy Long View Gallery

Work by Eve Stockton. Image Courtesy Long View Gallery

Network at Long View Gallery
Science and art have often influenced one another since the Renaissance. Network at Long View gallery exemplifies one of the most contemporaneous scientific influences on the art—the technological communication networks which so permeate our daily lives affecting the way we interact socially, the way we make decisions, find information and the way we do business. In Network, two local artists, Sondra Arkin and Eve Stockton, expressively map these connections through discontinuous patterning, visual nodes and seemingly familiar shapes.

Stockton describes our newfound interconnectivity through large-scale prints, a medium she is well known for, and explores the connection between the microscopic and the infinitely large. Her process uses white ink on white paper which she then plunges into a color bath creating “rinsed prints.”

Influenced by science, technology and other forms of networking, Arkin employs wax, shellac and walnut oil to create layers of visual stimulus which she repeatedly removes by burning the shellac on the surface of her works. She serially reignites her torch and repeats the process again and again until desired forms emerge.

Walking by Michael Lang.  Image courtesy Touchstone Gallery

Walking by Michael Lang. Image courtesy Touchstone Gallery

Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery Examine Anomie
Two concurrent exhibitions at Touchstone gallery explore what sociologist Emile Durkheim would call anomie, which among other definitions, most commonly involves a breakdown of social bonds between an individual and his or her community.

What better place to explore the breakdown of social bonds between people than in New York City, the wellspring of inspiration for photographer Michael Lang. In his current exhibition Slow Walking in NY, Lang displays a series of anomic portraits of New Yorkers who find themselves simultaneously connected by proximity yet completely disjointed from one another.

Conversely, Marcia Coppel uses bright vivid colors to paint her series CONNECT/DISCONNECT. The paintings’ colors and the figures’ whimsy create an aura of vivacity and humor despite the underlying disconcerting premise of the works which describe a series of subjects who either “live in their own world” or appear conversant when in fact they are actually dissociating themselves from those in their immediate vicinity.

Steven Cushner, Untitled, 2009, acrylic on paper.  Image courtesy Hemphill Fine Arts

Steven Cushner, Untitled, 2009, acrylic on paper. Image courtesy Hemphill Fine Arts

Cushner’s Visual Language Decoded at Hemphill Fine Arts
Steven Cushner returns to Hemphill Fine Arts for his eleventh exhibition with the gallery. Cushner paints for the sake painting and creates non-representational work which comes from the simple act of painting itself. That said, this act, which one should interpret as “performance”, results in forms simultaneously complicated and simple. This contradiction systematically holds Cushner’s work in the balance. To experience Cushner’s work, one should channel the ebb and flow of the tides or the progression of the seasons. Cushner’s “acts” result from finding unity with these natural rhythms, revealing a visual language in which one finds both the artist present through created forms and nature present through the artist’s acts.

March Mid City Gallery Exhibitions on View
GALLERY PLAN B
1530 14th Street NW
202.234.2711 | www.galleryplanb.com
Africa by Freya Grand
Through May 23

LONG VIEW GALLERY
1234 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
202.232.4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Network
Featuring Eve Stockton and Sondra Arkin
Through May 3

HEMPHILL FINE ARTS
1515 14th Street NW
202.234.5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
CUSHNER
Through May 30

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY
901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
202.347.2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Michael Lang Slow Walking in New York
Marcia Coppel CONNECT/DISCONNECT
Through April 26
ENCORE RECEPTIONS: Saturday, April 25, 2 -4 p.m.

 

Phil Hutinet
Authored by: Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art which he began in 2010 to document and promote the growing contemporary art movement in the eastern communities of Washington, DC. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. He currently produces EMULSION, East City Art's annual regional juried show. In 2015, he coordinated the Gateway Open Studio Tour and continues to consult on numerous regional art projects. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WOL Radio, WJLA ABC News Channel 7/Channel 8, WTOP and other local and national media.