Opening Reception: Friday, February 10 from 6pm to 9pm
Pathfinders | Michael Platt
February 10 – April 9, 2017
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 25 from 2pm to 4pm
Michael Platt celebrates trailblazers, knowledge-seekers, problem-solvers, and revolutionaries with larger-than-life prints on canvas in his new solo show Pathfinders. Foreground and background, past and present, pattern and figure all overlap in Platt’s pieces to reveal the strength, resiliency, and grace of individuals who break with tradition. Platt is a Native Washingtonian and self-described “image-maker” who combines photography, digital imagery, and printmaking for this series of haunting, transcendent work.
Michael Platt is widely recognized for his fusion of digital and conventional photography, drawing, and printmaking as a means to explore/expose “the human condition…in particular, the history and experiences of African and African Diaspora culture.” Long known as a printmaker, Platt now prefers the more encompassing designation, “image-maker.” His artwork centers on figurative explorations of life’s survivors, the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition. He has turned to digital imagery and book art that combines image and text contributed from his wife, poet Carol A. Beane. Pathfinders is a continuation of Platt and Beane’s Time Travelers series which was exhibited at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History in 2015. Most recently, he collaborated with Beane on an outdoor installation at the Old Soldier’s Home in summer 2016.
Platt was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where he currently works and resides. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 1970, and a Master’s from Howard University in 1973. He has held residencies at Bob Blackburn’s The Printmaking Workshop in New York City and Pyramid Atlantic. Platt has received numerous grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and received the Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts in 1999. Platt is represented by Tim Davis of International Visions Gallery.
Honfleur Gallery is contemporary fine art gallery that opened in 2007, located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. For more information, visit https://www.honfleurgallery.com/.
Reclamation | Ric Cunningham
February 10 – April 9, 2017
Artist Workshop: Sunday, April 19 from 1pm to 5pm
In his first solo show, DC-based Artist Ric Cunningham examines rebirth, longing, and loss by combining decades-old materials and photographs with his own imagery and mark-making. Cunningham’s series shows vintage female forms on soft, pastel landscapes, juxtaposed against gritty, asymmetrical boards. Reclamation reflects the hope and beauty in second chances and the nostalgia and sorrow that surfaces when revisiting personal history and memories.
Ric Cunningham is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Media Studies. He grew up in a small town in West Virginia where he spent his time making art and playing music.Long interested in the culture of DC, Cunningham has called the nation’s capital home for the past 3 years. Drawn to the idea of capturing the past in the present, his work is characterized by the use of reclaimed materials and imagery that conveys longing, passion, and hope amid deterioration.
Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. For more information, visit https://www.vividsolutionsgallery.com/.