January 2019 Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on January 7, 2019
Tory Cowles, #990, Three kinds of metal roofing – copper, corrugated, and steel, burned wire, metal fencing, 76”x 50”x 22”. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Meet the Artist: Saturday, January 19 from 4pm to 6pm


Touchstone Gallery Member Show (January 1 – 20, 2019)

Hard Wired by Tory Cowles
Come wear the body sculptures and dance if you like. This installation of sculptures is meant to be interacted with.  Tory’s work is about the fierce joys in life.

Tory Cowles is represented by Touchstone Gallery, a resident artist in Studio 7 at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, and an abstract painting instructor at Glen Echo Park’s Yellow Barn. Her sculptures are symphonies of color, texture and shape that express her fierce joy in life. Her work evolves out of a spontaneous abstract expressionist process which depends on the rawness of the materials, the unexpectedness of the composition, and the mystery of how materials are transformed. Tory’s work expresses how she sees the world – dangerous, ancient, raw, out of control – but also interesting, unexpected, new and magnificent.

Many of her materials are found on her and her husband’s organic farm – portions of tractor tires, corrugated roofing, copper piping, chain link fencing – and are transformed by their juxtaposition with opposites – fine fabrics and lace, shiny plexiglass, and lithe human bodies. A blown-out truck tire with exposed sharp stainless steel wires becomes feathery and graceful when placed on top of a polished southern pine pedestal. Corrugated roofing looks mysterious and exotic when worn by a lithe dancer.

Tory tries to bring joy into the world by transforming everyday objects into something mysterious, maybe humorous, intriguing, and beautiful.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 11pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.