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STUDIO H Presents Two Solo Concurrent Exhibitions: Katherine Mann “Slurry” and Pam Rogers “Autumnal Equinox”

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Katherine Mann Pam Rogers at Studio H on East City Art

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Opening Reception: Saturday September 17 from 4pm to 8pm
The exhibitions run through October 19, 2011

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Katherine Mann Pam Rogers at Studio H on East City Art

Katherine Mann. Truss. Mixed Media on Paper. 2011. Photo courtesy Studio H.

KATHERINE MANN: SLURRY

Katherine Mann’s paintings show how patterned, highly-wrought, decorative elements coalesce from the chaos and contingency of an organic environment–and how they dissolve into that environment again. Each painting begins with a stain of color, the product of chance evaporation of ink and water from the paper as it lies on the floor of the studio. From this shape, the landscape of each painting is nourished, coaxing from this organic foundation the development of diverse, decorative forms: braids of hair, details from Beijing opera costuming, lattice-work, sequined patterns. Although founded in adornment, these elements are repeated until they too appear organic, even cancerous… and they at once highlight and suffocate the underlying ink stained foundation.  Each of Mann’s paintings is tense with the threat of disunity and incoherence as nature and artifice spring from and merge into one another, and as different elements multiply and expand like poisonous growths.

Each one of Mann’s paintings are utter hybrids; man-sized fields punctuated by moments of absurdity, poetry, mutation, growth and decay that are both suffocating and fabulous.  They glory in the sensuous and the rambling, but intersperse the chaos with moments of neurotic control. They explore the potentialities of growth, but also of overabundance.  Mann thinks of her work as baroque abstract- a celebration of the abundance of connections and clashes that can be found in the disparate mess of matter in the world.

About Katherine Mann

Katherine Mann received her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and two Bachelors of Art, both with Honors and Magna Cum Laude, in Visual Art and in Human Development from Brown University, Providence RI.  Mann has completed numerous residencies, received several grants including a Fulbright in 2005-2006 and was the recipient of numerous fellowships including a fellowship at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC in 2010.  She has shown extensively in the Washington-Baltimore area, New York, New England and internationally in Taiwan and Cameroon.  Mann will be exhibiting at the 2011 (e)merge art fair in Washington, DC.  Her work has been reviewed in many publications including the Washington Post, The Baltimore City Paper and the Taipei Times.

Pam Rogers. Mr. Ford's Birds. Ink and plant pigment on paper. 2011 Photo courtesy Studio H.

PAM ROGERS: AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

Autumnal Equinox is a body of work based in the examination of the relationship between people, plants and place as she continually tries to weave the strings of art and agriculture, myth and magic, and healing and hurting into an ongoing inquisitive whole.  Rogers believes that natural elements define place for us, evoke memory and comfort and have historically been part of a visual narrative. Often she looks beyond the beauty at what lurks below. This examination allows the work to take on the persona of botanic magic realism, forcing exploration of personal relationships and events in an alternative context.  The exchange that takes place with visual images, memory and perceived past relationships converges within this new body of work in ways that suggest the convergence of natural cycles during the Autumnal Equinox

An additional layer found Rogers’ work is her interest in how human encroachment over time has assisted in the redefinition of nature. Rogers has explored this in a more tangible way, within the materials and in her process. In an attempt to relate the materials directly to the work,  Rogers experiments with the creation of pigments from natural elements such as plants and soil and integration these into her process as well as making various papers from local invasive plants.

By using painting, drawing and sculpture to engage the viewer, Rogers works to create a continual journey that wanders between actual reality, what we desire and hope is reality and what we fear is reality.

About Pam Rogers

Pam Rogers’ work examines the conceptual evolution of relationships. Using actual plant materials, including handmade pigments from soil, minerals and plants as well as handmade paper, she examines the conceptual evolution of relationships in through various 2-deminsional and installation work. Born in Boulder Colorado, Pam received an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts where she was also the Curator of Visual Resources.  Additionally, she has studied Art History and Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder as well as completed a certificate in Botanical Illustration through a program based in Kew Gardens, England. She exhibits her work regularly regionally, nationally and internationally including recent solo shows at Stokes Gallery in Atlanta GA, The Hillyer Space Gallery in Washington DC and Fisher Gallery in Alexandria VA. Pam has worked on numerous curatorial projects and has received fellowships at multiple artist residency programs including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-Bow Art Center, Virginia Center for Creative Art, the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations.  She was the 2010 Curatorial Initiative Fellow at the DC Center for the Arts. She currently works as an independent illustrator on a project for the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. In 2011, Pam was awarded a Resident Fellowship at the Arlington Arts Center Studios where she currently bases her practice.

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Studio H is located at 408 H Street NE, second floor, Washington, DC 20002.  Contact the gallery at 202.468.5277 or [email protected] Visit the gallery online at www.studiohdc.com

Gallery Hours are by appointment.

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