Washington Studio School Presents The Secret Life of Things Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on October 30, 2017

Fri, 03 November 2017 - Sat, 16 December 2017

Matt Klos, Sophisticated Machines, oil on panel, 24” x 24.” Courtesy of Washington Studio School.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 from 6pm to 8pm
Second reception with a participatory event: Friday, December 1 from 6pm to 8pm

Artists’ panel discussion: Saturday, November 11 at 4pm
Second reception with a participatory event: Friday, December 1 from 6pm to 8pm

The Secret Life of Things, an exhibit of contemporary still life paintings beginning November 3 through December 16, 2017, featuring artists: James Fitzsimmons, Carlton Fletcher, Matt Klos, Rosaline Moore, Lee Newman, Erin Raedeke, Marie Riccio, Daniel Riesmeyer, Nicole McCormick Santiago, and Maggie Siner. This diverse group of still life painters will offer a compelling cross section of what is happening today in the contemporary observational still life painting community. They express a wide variety of styles from representational realism to abstract expressiveness, although all their work is grounded in the direct observation of painting from life.

These artists possess a commitment to look and see again and again, often painting the same objects and subject matter many times. They know the process and experience of seeing and, with great patience, seek to discover the secrets that their unique and individual processes reveal. Through their patience, practice, and commitment these artists bring objects to life, draw out their beauty, give meaning, and discover The Secret Life of Things.

Commenting on their view of still life painting, participating artists said:

“I am interested in the ways a painting can be a manifestation of one’s mind. Through assembling fragments from my surroundings and past experiences, the still life provides a concrete arena in which to explore my thoughts and memories, both conscious and latent.” -Erin Raedeke

“Painting Still Life is a way to access the mystery of things and quite often it’s in looking at objects of a bygone era that interest me most. The mystery of our handheld supercomputers interest me much less since the objects themselves are less visually stimulating. They are portholes to things but ultimately serve as a foil to real experience. I like an object with weight that is marked by time. These objects have lost usefulness but are not without dignity.” -Matt Klos

“I have discovered that I need to find something to hold onto in my work. Objects fill that need for me. The core structure of the composition and subject matter keep me grounded as the objects in the painting become players on a stage that I direct, each adding their own character to the mix, playing out scenarios and sometimes surprising me with what is revealed during the process.” -Marie Riccio

Gallery hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 am – 4pm
  • Saturday: noon – 4pm

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW. For more information, call 202.258.5404 or visit www.washingtonstudioschool.org.