Opening Receptions: Friday, December 2 from 7pm to 9pm
December 2 – January 15, 2017
Fashion Show: Sunday, December 11 from 2pm to 4pm, Tickets $8.00, RSVP
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts
In the darkest season of the year, Liliane Blom transforms the gallery into an immersive dreamscape of floating cherry blossoms, sound, video and digital paintings. There will be an opening reception, artist talk, and performance on Friday, December 2 from 7pm to 9pm.
About the artist: Liliane Blom is a classically trained painter and award winning photographer who combines both media in digital paintings that are printed on canvas or watercolor paper and enhanced with oils/pastels and often with gold or silver leaf. Blom is also an installation artist who attempts to bring the vastness and beauty of the outdoors indoors through multi-sensory experiences. Based in Rockville, Maryland of French/Norwegian extraction she is a frequent exhibitor in the Washington region. www.lilianeblom.com
About Isagus Tausch: Isagus Tausch’s clothing art is constructed from things that are unwanted or deemed no longer useful. Isagus’ choice of fashionable dresses as her canvas subverts this consumerist culture.
About Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group: Nancy Havlik has directed and choreographed for the past 25 years. She formed Dance Performance Group in 1989 as a vehicle to explore choreographic ideas with a small gathering of dancers and musicians. Dance Performance Group has performed extensively in the Washington DC area, in New York and in Eastern Europe presented by both formal venues and alternative spaces.
About musician Gary Rouzer: Gary Rouzer seeks to investigate the boundary between music/noise, sound/silence, and instrumental technique/gesture using cello, prepared bass, clarinet, amplified objects, record player, and field recordings. In performance the music is presented as live collage and combines scored actions with improvised composition.
November 30 – January 8, 2017
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts
The French phrase for still life, “natura morte”, means “dead nature”. Historically the genre of still life painting included tableaus of objects paired with a bounty of food, drink, and flowers that looked extravagantly luscious yet precariously close to going bad. Flies, dead animals, crawling bugs, or skulls were often included underlining the message that eventually life comes to an end. In a contemporary exploration of still life, Milana Braslavsky’s photographs are subtle, restrained arrangements of common household objects. Contrary to historical still life paintings of fleshy, over ripened abundance and glistening tableware, Braslavsky’s still life photographs veer toward the ascetic. She gives us a very straightforward view of everyday objects in undramatic light. They cast only a whisper of a shadow. Her compositions put the viewer at an objective distance to observe carefully. There is not so much a sense of fleeting time, but a hovering of time around what is present and absent. Braslavsky’s move from the Soviet Union to the United States at a formative age stirred feelings of alienation and detachment mixed with the desire to assimilate and belong. She examines that tension in her artwork burying disruption within order.
About the artist: Milana Braslavsky was born in the former USSR, and is now based in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Selected exhibitions have included the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, D.C., the Maryland Art Place, School 33 in Baltimore, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Fountain Art Fair in Miami, Florida. She has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, a Trawick Artist Award, a Baker Artist Grant, a Full Merit Scholarship for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, has been a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist, and is an alumnae of the Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She currently teaches college courses in Maryland. www.milanabraslavsky.com
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.