April Openings at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on April 6, 2015

Wed, 01 April 2015 - Sun, 26 April 2015

Walking by Michael Lang courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Walking by Michael Lang courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Opening Reception: Friday, April 10 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Encore Reception: Saturday, April 25 from 2pm to 4pm


Touchstone Gallery Member Show

CONNECT/DISCONNECT New Paintings by Marcia Coppel
Marcia Coppel’s new paintings are based first on her loose, sprawling, whimsical drawings and second on her sophisticated and rich colors. But underneath these two elements, she is concerned with communication and isolation.

Her new series Connect/Disconnect could have been located anywhere, but she loves Mexico. Colorful people connect in cafes and on benches where they gaze at each other or talk intently. In What’s On Your Minds, a blue woman is enjoying her conversation with a double image woman – one purple and one blue. In Ohhh, Yesss!, a couple sitting on a bench is unaware of anyone else.

However, in Beach Boyz, some of the people have blue faces or green faces and are in their own worlds. One of the men has been painted in triplicate in different colors. A figure may seem to be floating. In It’s 30 Degrees Below Zero In Canada, a group of men and women painted blue, green, and pinkish are wearing t-shirts with umbrellas and the faces of other beach people painted on them. They are either sitting without chairs or standing. In Looking no one is looking at another person but everyone is looking.

Narratives are suggested but are up to the imagination of the viewer.

Slow Walking in NY Photographs by Michael Lang
Michael Lang presents Slow Walking in NY, a photographic exhibit in which he utilizes his own disability advantageously to look at things slowly and creatively as he walks the streets of NY, one of his favorite subjects.

Lang’s previous shows at Touchstone Gallery and elsewhere typically focused on photo essays of marginalized groups of people with the most recent being The Drag Illusion, a dramatic study of drag performers. On April 1 Lang returns with a show of street photography entitled Slow Walking in NY.

Although based in DC, Lang regularly spends time in NY to feel the energy and inspiration of the city. Because he uses braces and crutches, a result of childhood polio, he walks quite slowly. This allows for more intense observation of his surroundings. He intuits the forms and composition of the city, the irony of messages, and the interactions of people and their surroundings.

The show begins with two images taken within the Museum of Modern Art. One shows two levels of the interior, contrasting order and disorder. The other image is a study of people observing and reacting to a painting by Jackson Pollock.

As viewers move among the walls of the exhibit, they will see images of contrasting messages pasted on public telephones, a couple on a bus seemingly in their own worlds but actually connected physically. A subway image shows a person looking for an escape from the crowd that engulfs her. Kenneth Cole’s store window speaks out for same sex marriage. People in Chinatown’s Columbus Park play a traditional version of chess while others perform their treasured Chinese opera. By walking slowly, Lang reveals with his camera the richness of the city.

Lang is a member of Touchstone Gallery where he has exhibited his work for more than 15 years. He is also a member of the faculty of Photoworks at Glen Echo Park.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. Please see the gallery’s website www.touchstonegallery.com for additional information, or call 202-347-2787. For more information contact Ksenia Grishkova, Director, 202-347-2787 or email info@touchstonegallery.com.