Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 11 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Hill Center Galleries announces the opening of six single artist exhibitions that will run from October 5-December 30, 2017. An Opening Reception with the artists will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. In addition, the conclusion of the shows will be celebrated during the Hill Center Galleries Holiday Reception & Gift Sale on Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Joanathan Bessaci: Maps
Joanathan Bessaci is a French artist who moved from Paris to Washington DC in 2016. In his new exhibit Maps, he uses French Michelin maps from 1920-1970 and cuts into them to create portraits and other images. Bessaci carefully integrates rivers, lakes, highways, parks, oceans and smaller roads into his images to highlight certain elements of his subjects. Each of his pieces are made up of multiple cut-outs which are placed on top of each other, with a layer of glass in between each map, to create depth and texture.
Rachel Bohlander: Art of Empowerment
Rachael Bohlander, a painter and mixed media artist, currently resides in Washington, DC. Now a student at the Washington Studio School, she combines a legal background in international public law and public policy with a strong interest in social justice issues, to create expressive, urban-influenced works based on democratic iconography and photographs the artist has taken throughout DC and when traveling. According to Bohlander, “I hope for my work to start a conversation, to help lead people to think, and perhaps reevaluate, their assumptions about inequality, discrimination, privilege, and stereotyping. Found materials, newspaper, and recycled/repurposed artwork, add a sense of timeliness and urgency, grounding the work in the challenges faced by too many people in an inherently unequal and profoundly exclusionary system.”
Karin Edgett: Truth
Karin Edgett has a degree in fine arts, many years experience as a graphic designer, 20 years as owner and creative director of an advertising agency, and is a long time resident of Capitol Hill. In her new exhibition Truth, Edgett calls these series “truth seekers for me. At first they challenged what is truth in a painting when imprinted from a whimsical brush stroke, but they soon became an obsession to see what is not yet known as truth. I keep painting and looking until a new truth is obvious and I am evolved.”
Michael Ford: Homeplace
During the early 1970s, filmmaker Michael Ford lived in and documented traditional music, farming practices, blacksmithing, molasses-making, and other aspects of community life in several Mississippi counties. Portions of this material featured in his documentary film Homeplace (1975). In 2015, Ford‘s important collection of films and photographs depicting grassroots community life in northern Mississippi was acquired by the American Folklife Center archive. Ford‘s solo show at Hill Center spans photographs he took between the early 1970s and mid-2010s. To celebrate the show at Hill Center, Ford joins American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey for an on-stage discussion about his experiences in the 1970s and his on-going work documenting life and culture in contemporary Mississippi on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm.
Judith Peck: Gathering Shards
“Although we can all be overwhelmed and feel helpless, the human spirit always possesses hope, even in the most desperate of circumstances. I would be happy if I can show a glimmer of our broken yet beautiful human experience. I use an individual model to represent a life’s broken path and paint with oils and imbedded gessoed plaster shards,” says Judith Peck of her new show Gathering Shards. Peck is an allegorical figurative artist who has exhibited her work in venues nationwide.
Scott Warren: World Views
While traveling to various places around the world for assignments, Scott Warren has been inspired by paintings in such museums as the National Gallery and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, the Met and MOMA in New York, Centre George Pompidou and Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Pushkin Fine Art Museum in Moscow and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. A professional freelance, Warren has traveled extensively overseas while on assignment and “I find that the experience of visiting distant locations has become an important part of who I am. Consequently, many of these places have made it onto my canvases.”
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