Artist Talks

August 2019 Exhibitions at BlackRock Center for the Arts

Michelle Dickson, Untitled 9, 20×16, mixed media. Courtesy of Kay Gallery.

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Artist Talk + Gallery Tour: Saturday, September 7 at 2pm
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Kay Gallery
Michelle Dickson: Neither Mine Nor Yours
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Michelle Dickson: Neither Mine Nor Yours. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the Kay Gallery, located on the main level of the nonprofit arts center. Michelle Dickson, who maintains a studio in Baltimore, MD, will return to BlackRock to deliver an Artist Talk + Gallery Tour on Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries is free.

Exploring the effects of time, memory, and our relationships with one another and our environment, Michelle Dickson presents a new series of mixed media drawings alongside an ongoing series of sculpture in her solo exhibition entitled Neither Mine Nor Yours. The nine sculptural works on display combine found natural materials, including driftwood, with hauntingly life-like plaster casts of her own face. Dickson begins her sculpting process on hikes in nature to find unusual pieces of wood which she then brings to her studio to begin the intuitive process of building then carving away layers of plaster, wax, and oil paint. In Dickson’s series of six untitled mixed media drawings, she combines skillful use of colored pencil, watercolor, and both additive and subtractive sculptural techniques to create layered portraits of women at various stages of life which she seals in a thick layer of resin as if to stop the aging process. Her sculptural works and drawings simultaneously dip back and forth across lines that separate presence and absence, tension and release, the beautiful and the grotesque, producing work that often lands in the overlap of attraction and repulsion. The textures of skin and bark weave seamlessly in and out of each other, as she melds human and natural forms to emphasize our dependence on nature and the paradox of our abuse and destruction of the environment.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michelle Dickson is a Baltimore, MD based artist who works in sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in 2011 and her BFA from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 2008. Dickson has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally at galleries which include School 33 (Baltimore, MD), The Crypt Gallery (London, UK);  Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY), International Arts & Artists at Hillyer (Washington, DC), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), King Street Gallery at Montgomery College (Silver Spring, MD), Silber Gallery at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD); Falk Gallery at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA); Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University (Baltimore MD); The Box Gallery (Galesburg, IL); Jordan Faye Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), ArtHouse Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Delaplaine Arts Center (Frederick, MD); Whitdel Arts (Detroit, MI); Dundalk Gallery at CCBC (Baltimore, MD); SM&KK Studios (Chicago, IL); Maryland Federation of Art (Annapolis, MD); Gallery O on H (Washington DC); and Boston University (Boston, MA). She recently completed a five-year term as a resident artist at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore MD and has also held residencies at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY (2017), Teton Art Lab in Jackson, WY (2016), and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD (2013) among others. To learn more about the artist, please visit her website: https://michelledickson.com

Frank Cole, Three Mile Sanibel, 36×49, mixed media. Courtesy of Terrace Gallery.

Terrace Gallery
Frank Cole: Rebuilding The Sky
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Frank Cole: Rebuilding The Sky. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level at the nonprofit arts center. Artist Frank Cole, who maintains a studio in Rockville, MD, will return to BlackRock to present an Artist Talk + Gallery Tour on Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries is free.

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: Using bold and expressionistic brushstrokes, Frank Cole paints images of sky and ocean in an effort to communicate his feelings about human arrogance toward nature and indifference regarding environmental threats and climate change. In his solo exhibition Rebuilding The Sky, he presents 26 works which include 15 selections from his ongoing series of large-scale, mixed media paintings which explore the folly of trying to rebuild a sky carelessly destroyed and underlying themes of both human and environmental vulnerability. The artist stretches canvas over panels to support the addition of strips of wood, metal rods, shards of stone and other collaged materials. Cole, who generally works with acrylic but also uses oil, incorporates the titles of each painting — which include “Replacement Sunset” and “Dismantling the Storm” and “The Installation of Rainfall”— by stamping individual letters to clearly imbed text directly on the canvas to be sure his message clear. Cole, who was a Finalist in the 2017 Bethesda Painting Awards, has shown in galleries in Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC and his work is in numerous corporate and private collections. He earned his MFA at Yale University in New Haven, CT and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Cole, who has been a resident of Rockville, MD for more than 20 years, grew up in Virginia and has also lived in Florida and Thailand.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Frank Cole was born and raised on a dairy farm in Purcellville, VA. He earned his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and his MFA in Painting from Yale University in New Haven, CT. He worked as a landscape designer for more than 30 years while also teaching courses in painting, drawing and design as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. Cole was a Finalist in the 2017 Bethesda Painting Awards in Bethesda, MD, he has shown his work nationally in solo and group exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Gallery B (Bethesda, MD), Artspace Gallery (Richmond, VA), UnderCurrent Arts (Miami, FL), Arts Showcase (Sarasota, FL), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), Portsmouth Museum (Portsmouth, VA), Gallery K (Washington, DC), 1708 East Main Gallery (Richmond, VA), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston Salem, NC) and his work is in numerous corporate and private collections, which include the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Federal Reserve Bank, Best Products, Wheat First Securities, and Ethyl Corporation, and City of Portsmouth, VA. Cole currently maintains his studio practice in Rockville, MD. To learn more about the artist, please visit his website: www.frankcolestudio.com

Craig Moran, Subterfuge, 30×40, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Kay Gallery.

Kay Gallery
Craig Moran: Spaced Out
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Craig Moran: Spaced Out. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the Kay Gallery, located on the main level of the nonprofit arts center. Artist Craig Moran, who maintains a studio in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, will return to BlackRock to present an Artist Talk + Gallery Tour on Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries is free.

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: Captivating the eye and the imagination, Craig Moran’s paintings use exuberant colors and a whirlwind of energetic shapes to evoke elements of the natural world and portraiture in a dynamic flattened space. Before the Washington, DC artist puts brush to canvas, he spends time cutting out forms from a variety of source material — street art, photographs, old paintings, decorative papers, and nature books — which he then collages into the basis for the compositions that will dominate his abstract oil paintings. In the process of making the 10 paintings on view in his solo exhibition entitledSpaced Out, Moran adds extra steps by photographing the manually assembled collages and then further manipulating the arrangement using computer image editing software. When he is pleased with the digital improvements that allow him to boost the tension between shapes and carefully adjust color relationships, the artist finally sets out oil paints, picks up a brush and begins to translate his abstractions onto canvas. Moran earned his BA in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia and a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He maintains a studio in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington, DC and has shown his work regionally and nationally, with recent solo exhibits at Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC) and Artworks Gallery (Bethesda, MD).

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Craig Moran was born in Washington, DC and received his BA in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA. He received a fifth-year Arts Fellowship at UVA, and went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (SAIC). Moran has presented solo exhibitions of his work at Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC) and Artworks Gallery (Bethesda, MD). His work has been included in group exhibits at Limner Gallery (Hudson, NY), Greater Reston Art Center (Reston, VA), Art House (Chicago, Illinois), and Porter Mill Gallery (Beverly, Massachusetts). Moran, who currently resides in Washington, DC, has also lived in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL and various parts of Virginia. He currently maintains a studio in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. To learn more about the artist, please visit his website: www.craigsartwork.com

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