BlackRock Center for the Arts Presents Recollection Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on September 19, 2018
Sharon Wolpoff, Alley Back of 2nd Street, 38 x 30, oil on linen. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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Currently on view through October 13.

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As part of a year-long celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BlackRock Center for the Arts, the nonprofit arts center is pleased to present Recollection, an exhibition featuring a selection of artists who have shown their work in our galleries during the past 15 years. On display in both the Kay Gallery and the Terrace Gallery, the Recollection exhibit includes pieces by 47 artists in a range of media from drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printmaking to works of sculpture, assemblage, glass, fiber, clay and wood.

The exhibiting artists are Fran Abrams, Christian Benefiel, Ronald Beverly, Sabine Carlson, Eric Celarier, Chris Chernow, Chayo de Chevez, Lesley Clarke, Bobby Coleman, Jacqui Crocetta, Joel D’Orazio, Catherine Day, Oletha DeVane, Lisa Egeli, Ric Garcia, Mark Giaimo, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Carol Brown Goldberg, Lee Goodwin, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Sean Hennessey, Ellen Hill, Scott Hutchison, Melanie Kehoss, Kit-Keung Kan, Zofie King, Chee Kung, Renee Lachman, Amy Lin, Tamryn McDermott, Anne Marchand, Greg Minah, Lincoln Mudd, Cory Oberndorfer, Beverly Ryan, Deanna Schwartzberg, Mike Shaffer, Bobbi Shulman, Ellen Sinel, Michael Enn Sirvet, Diane Szczepaniak, Marsha Staiger, Renee Van der Stelt, Sharon Wolpoff, Jenny Wu and Joyce Zipperer.

Drawings in the exhibit have often been developed through a stream-of-consciousness process where dense imagined foliage is outlined by black paint pen in What We Cannot Touch by Carol Brown Goldberg, improvisational ink lines define a space between gravity and weightlessness in Riff I by Chee Kung, delicate linked circles frame or are obscured beneath holes cut in the multi-layered Melpomenia’s Edge by Amy Lin, or graphite drawings of black rocks allow viewers a live comparison with the actual subjects in Point, Line & Stone I & II by Renee Van der Stelt. Paintings on display include those that freeze the action as when artists pour, spin and tilt the canvas to put paint in motion in the very outset by Greg Minah and Lumen Naturae by Anne Marchand, gentle brushstrokes of ink and watercolor on rice paper manage to momentarily halt the powerful flow of waterfalls in Falling Water CXVII by Kit-Keung Kan, and transparent glazes of oil paint capture the sequential motion of shifting glances in the portrait The Decision by Scott Hutchison.

Traditional brushwork dances across the reflective surface of a sublime waterscape in Revisiting by Lisa Egeli, or highlights the unexpected beauty found at the rear of a building in Alley Back of Second Street by Sharon Wolpoff, but bursts of spray paint encase a treat in a frozen haze in Strawberry Shortcake by Cory Oberndorfer. Photographs range from a still and quiet scene on the C&O Canal in the silver gelatin print Lock 7 in Fog by Lee Goodwin to the vibrant and dynamic swirl of light tracking movements made by dancers in Aurora #7 by Ronald Beverly.

Collage and assemblage works transform found objects as they are combined to examine gentrification in We Knew There Was a Plan by Aziza Claudia-Gibson Hunter, or to explore the science and psychology of drug studies in Nocebo by Zofie King, and simply take on a visual role as wood and ivory piano keys removed from their instrument form a flared skirt in Span by Renee Lachman and the collection of circuit boards collected from discarded electronic devices create a topographical landscape in Network AVC #1307 by Eric Celarier. Sculpture in the exhibit often gives new life to unexpected materials as do the pen caps used as handlebars for a sleek tricycle that doubles as an unwearable high-heel shoe in Hell on Wheels by Joyce Zipperer and the lengths of plastic weed wacker line that makes an elegant fashion statement when woven and burned at the ends in Nina Chair by Joel D’Orazio, or the 3D printed self-portrait cast in iron to form the “head” of a hammer that was used to pound the nail on display in Studio, Practice by Christian Benefiel.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

*Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances are offered. Please call to confirm.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.