Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17 from 5pm to 7pm
Addison/Ripley Fine Art is once again delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Mira Hecht.
“mirror of the floating world” is an exhibition comprised of oil paintings, works on paper and a recent suite of five limited edition, screen prints created at Lily Press. Hecht’s painting technique of overlapping multiple transparent layers or “veils” of oil, laid down wet on dry, requires patience, and a gentle touch. The works are skillfully crafted, with exquisite surfaces and compositions reflecting the spiritual quality the artist has always brought to her work.
Like snowflakes, the paintings exist in an existential pneuma, a creative force that Hecht has breathed life into and whose variations seem potentially endless. We are reminded of the artist’s discipline in a line from Yamada Koun, a 20th century teacher who said, ‘the practice of zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something”. As the artist states, “my work mirrors the beautiful, mysterious world as a dynamic, kaleidoscopic display, complex and chaotic yet containing an underlying order and elemental interconnectedness.”
We can imagine, given the ongoing search for our place in the vast universe and the origins of life as we know it, that the “mirror” in the artist’s title reflects the fragility of our tiny planet and the dire necessity to help sustain it. The primary form in these paintings — a circle — symbolizes the unity of all beings. The borders of the paintings – a periphery – reveal something happening just on the margins of our perceptions. The colors melt and meld into one another, like mist. The layers create a shifting sense of pattern. The border gently embraces the central compositions.
For more information about the artist and her work, images from the exhibition or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Ms. Romy Silverstein, 202.338.5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue at Book Hill.