King Street Gallery Presents Artemis Herber and Michelle Dickson Shifting Identities/Humanity and Nature

By Editorial Team on October 23, 2017

Thu, 26 October 2017 - Wed, 22 November 2017

Neither Mine Nor Yours by Michelle Dickson. Courtesy of King Street Gallery.
Opening Receptions: Thursday, October 26 from 6pm to 8pm

Artists’ Talk: Thursday, October 26 at 5pm

The King Street Gallery presents Shifting Identities/Humanity and Nature: Artemis Herber and Michelle Dickson from October 23–November 22, 2017. The exhibition was organized and curated by Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. Both artists deal with environmental change and human relationships to nature. Herber uses cardboard to create paintings that are also three dimensional, dealing with the impact of the “anthropocene:” the period of human impact on the planetary environment. Dickson works with clay-fired sculpture exploring how our uneasy relation with environmental change impacts human lives. For more information, visit Admission is free and open to the public.

Michelle Dickson’s series of sculptures uses the form of the self-portrait to investigate identity and her place in a world where the future seems more uncertain than ever. The effect of time on nature, with its cycles of growth, death, and decay have been recurring themes. In the series Neither Mine Nor Yours, the effect of the human footprint on the environment is investigated. The paradox of “man’s destruction of the environment, he needs to survive” rises to the forefront. And with that there is an overarching sense of fragility- both of the body and of the world around us. Dickson is a Baltimore based mixed media artist working in drawing, printmaking, and sculpture who has had solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom and across the United States among them: Baltimore MD, Chicago IL, Boston MA, Detroit MI, Providence RI, and New York City NY.

Artemis Herber has mastered the art of “scoring,” having devised a way to manipulate her corrugated muse in any direction she desires. Through the process of folding and bending, cardboard is transformed and takes on a delicate body language. Herber has exhibited widely throughout the United States and on an international scale in countries such as Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. She was recently appointed as president of the Washington Sculptors Group and became a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

About The King Street Gallery:
The King Street Gallery’s exhibitions compliment the academic programs of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring while enriching the Silver Spring arts community. Exhibitions focus on current work by contemporary artists. The gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, located immediately behind the center.

King Street Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit