Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Encore Reception/Meet the Artists – Harvey Kupferberg and Janathel Shaw: Saturday, April 29 from 1pm to 3pm
Size Matters: Grand & Petite
Changing it up a bit, Touchstone artists pair up very large paintings with very small paintings this spring. Displaying together works that are opposite in size results in a dramatic exhibition. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, collages, clay works and hand pulled prints come in sizes 36 x 36 inches and larger. Small works are powerhouses 8 x 8 inches or smaller.
Art in Nature: Light to Dark by Harvey Kupferberg
Harvey Kupferberg’s exhibition Art In Nature – Light to Dark is a Black and White photographic essay of the landscapes of the arid Southwestern United States. It emphasizes graphic lines and curves, highlights and shadows that are found in nature. Art in Nature is always changing, never static, and filled with beauty.
Harvey Kupferberg spent 32 years at NIH in the field of medical research, and he brings that discipline to his work. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a doctorate in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmacology. He is now retired, but it’s that extensive background in chemistry that guides him in his experiments with exposure and development techniques. Harvey has won numerous awards and has had many solo and group exhibits in the DC region. Those awards do not come solely from technique, but from that inexplicable something that clicks emotionally in both the photographer and the viewer.
As a laboratory, medical scientist who is an avid photographer, the thought processes Harvey has used to explore scientific ideas and concepts has given him insights into the decisions he makes when he is capturing visual images. Harvey attempts to minimize the elements of the scenes he photographs to eliminate all but the essential components of a composition. He often distills works into lines and curves regardless of whether he is photographing architecture or nature.
Harvey is a member of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC, where he has had several solo exhibitions. Harvey’s works have been accepted for exhibition at the Frazer Gallery, the Maryland Federation of Art, Washington School of Photography, and Howard County Arts Council. Three of his B&W images have received 1st place awards in the Washington Post competition. In 2008, Live Oaks in Fog won the landscape gold award at the FotoDC 2008 competition.
SOLIDAREity! by Janathel Shaw
Janathel Shaw’s April solo show, SOLIDAREity! is an affirmation and statement about the status of Blacks in America. She will exhibit a series of figurative pieces and portraits of men, women and children looking boldly into the present and the future. The range of works will vary in size. The inspiration for this new series heralds to the lost souls, activists and community of people that have added to the richness of the American landscape. The portraits incorporate texture, rich deep lines and are anchored in contrast. Several pieces are rooted in a defiant solidarity of consciousness, soulfulness, and personal voice. Some of the works are dark in tone as a reminder of our recent travails.
To quote Niki Giovanni, “If Black History Month is not viable then wind does not carry the seeds and drop them on fertile ground rain does not dampen the land and encourage the seeds to root sun does not warm the earth and kiss the seedlings and tell them plain: You’re As Good As Anybody Else You’ve Got A Place Here, Too.” Yes the prose was written for Black History Month but the statement still resonates.
Our political climate is even more divisive, driven by fear and prejudice. What has birthed from this movement is a re-awakening of rebellion and solidarity on the grass roots level and national level. We are not going to return to periods of dark racist times. Jim Crow will not be embraced and our young are going to continue to keep marching.
- Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 6pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.