Addison/Ripley Fine Art Presents Jackie Battenfield: White Light and Cindy Qiao: Our Land

By Editorial Team on December 14, 2020

Sat, December 12 2020 — Sat, January 23 2021

Jackie Battenfield, Leafy Green, 2017, oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches
On View: December 12, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is pleased to be able to welcome you into the gallery as they mount their December exhibition. They will be offering gallery visits by appointment for you, your family or your pod, at which time there will be no other gallery visitors. These forty-five minute sessions will be available Tuesday-Saturday, 11 – 4pm.

Please contact us to schedule your visit: or 202.338.5180
*Masks/face coverings will be required to enter the gallery, and for the entirety of your visit.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is thrilled to welcome artist Jackie Battenfield back to the gallery for her eighth exhibition, White Light. Due to current circumstances, and in combination with our familiarity with the artist’s work, this show was curated via Zoom, a first for the gallery. This visually arresting work, of acrylic on mylar panel, is a familiar style that never seems to exhaust the artist’s imagination. Each work appears as though light is shone from behind, illuminating the painted image. Subtle, highly selective palettes make the work appear, at first glance to be minimal, with titles such as, “Peeking Through” and “Incandescent” in fact, they are sophisticated explorations of nature neither bound by photographic observation nor by their subjects.

Battenfield is a prolific, successful artist working in Brooklyn, whose paintings have an Eastern aesthetic. Spare, gestural paint strokes generate branches, leaves and flowers that are at once ethereal and visceral. The artist’s work is widely exhibited and collected in the United States and abroad.

Cindy Qiao, black on black, 2019, pigment print on paper, 40 x 30 inches

At the same time, Addison/Ripley is pleased to present, in our projects room, selected works by a young artist working in Long Island City, New York, Cindy Qiao. The works on display are from her “Our Land” series. Although captured on an iPhone, the photographs are highly detailed and invite viewers to immerse themselves in the image. Of the work, the artist says, “….the topology of the ground shifts in tonality, structure, density and luminance, mirroring the the paradoxical feelings I have land, feeling displaced, geographically, culturally and emotionally…”. The artist explores the human/nature relationship in urban areas such as New York, London and Los Angeles through her photographs. This work was featured in 2020 Urban Soils”.

In the space of two steps, Qiao’s photographs of ground textures present as abstract fields of contemplation, punctuated by small, variant details, an acorn, a flower or a twig. Fallen, crushed, blown and decayed, the layers of ground cover represent an element of nature often overlooked in an urban setting. Surely the artist’s college training in Philosophy is, in part, responsible for these portrait.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW.