January-February 2022 Exhibitions at Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries

By Editorial Team on January 10, 2022

Sat, 15 January 2022 - Sun, 20 February 2022

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James S. Terrell Discombobulation: A Collide of Scope
January 15 – February 20, 2022 // Popcorn Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 4pm-6pm (Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for this in-person event).
The Popcorn Gallery showcases work by artist James S. Terrell in his solo exhibition Discombobulation: A Collide of Scope. In this series of paintings, Terrell explores the use of color from a cultural and emotional lens. Combining the traditional style of color blocking popularized by Josef Albers and images from his everyday life, Terrell demonstrates the advancements of color theory as approached by his art education and art experiences from the Howard University and Parsons School of Design art departments and culture. His work introduces an array of fluorescent tones and color blocking that explores the unique relationship to color expressed by his culture and emotional intuition. Heavily inspired by quilt design patterns and stained glass, his moving acrylic and sharpie paintings create illusions that tell a story.

Terrell writes of his work: “In these days and times, new sets of norms have been expressed. Many are perplexed, jumbled, confused, muddled, mixed-up, puzzled, confounded, bewildered, befuddled and dizzy with thoughts of anxiety. Collide of Scope addresses the feelings we all encounter despite race, color or creed. Collide of Scope uses lines, color blocking, geometric patterns, infused over figures to address the emotions of social unrest, isolation and mental health. My paintings present and examine the question: ‘how did we as a race of humans manage in times when our foundations seem to be shaken, fractured and at times shattered?’ Collide of Scope seeks to show the viewer how an artist uses color to convey the importance of having an opportunity to focus on creating, contemplating and documenting our existence in these times.”

Artist Bio
James S. Terrell is a prolific artist and educator. He currently teaches Pre-K through 12th grade Art at Friendship Public Charter online virtual academy. Terrell taught art for 7 years at Friendship Woodridge IB Public charter school, 3 years at Perry Street Prep Public Charter School, 4 years at Spingarn Senior High School to students from grades 9th to 12th. He also taught art and theology at the Washington Baptist seminary.

His work investigates the physical and spiritual experience and our very existence. As people we all sit and wonder what is, what was, what is to come and what will be. The experiences, although individual to one’s own heart, are experiences that bind us and bring us together like the fingers of an open or closed hand. Like the lines placed on the canvas, we are intricately woven together by the strands of the human experience notwithstanding the age, race, color, ethnic, religious or creed of the viewer.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm – 6pm

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Michelle Lisa Herman: Always, Already, Never, Better, Faster, Stronger
January 22 – February 20, 2022 // Stone Tower Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 4pm-6pm (Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for this in-person event).
The Stone Tower Gallery presents Always, Already, Never, Better, Faster, Stronger, a solo exhibition of work by artist Michelle Lisa Herman. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our relationship to technology and space has shifted. We have had to redefine how we navigate space publicly (limiting our interactions with each other), privately (spending more time at home than ever before), and virtually (employing systems like Zoom for work, school, and personal interactions). While technology has always served as a filter—mediating and presenting a version of reality to us—the effect has been heightened by the pandemic. Always, Already, Never, Better, Faster, Stronger explores the new realities produced by technology and the new ways that hidden structures of power permeate them.

Through installations, soft sculpture, video, print, and kinetic work, an absent-but-always-present force threads its way through the exhibition. Because these invisible systems of power are never singular in their sources, the works, likewise, explore this idea through an intersection of various threads: the question of agency, technology and the body, and the relationship between commodity and value production to labor.

Drawing references from art history, the contemporary art world, tech culture, consumerism, and feminism, the works provide juxtapositions of incongruent ideas or materials aimed to destabilize the viewer’s assumptions and reveal new possibilities of being and embodiment. This method also relates to two ongoing interests in the artist’s work: humor (which often employs unexpected combinations of ideas) and the sublime (that which is both compelling and terrifying at the same time).

Artist Bio
Multidisciplinary artist Michelle Lisa Herman creates installations, sculpture, and video to initiate conversations about agency within invisible systems of power. Drawing from theoretical and philosophical research, feminist and disability politics, comedy, and conceptualism, Herman explores the performativity of everyday life in technologically-mediated society, the way that value is produced through an interchange of desire and objectification, and how agency is unwittingly surrendered to technology and larger systems of power.

Herman has shown nationally in both group and solo exhibitions at locations such as the Hillyer Art Space, Arlington Art Center, VisArts, the Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Kennedy Center. Herman’s work has been written about and featured in Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, NPR, and East City Arts. Herman is an alumna of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA, 2020) and the Sparkplug artist collective sponsored by the DC Arts Center.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm – 6pm

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An Xiao & Feng Zhou: Landscape Around Us
January 15 – February 20, 2022 // Park View Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 4pm-6pm (Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for this in-person event).
On display in the Park View Gallery, artists An Xiao and Feng Zhou celebrate the landscape of Frederick County, Maryland. With the Catoctin Mountains to the east, South Mountain on the west, the Pennsylvania border to the north and the Potomac River and Virginia to the south, the Middletown Valley serves as the setting for the paintings in this exhibition. In this exhibition of oil paintings, An and Feng capture the serene light, colors and landscape of the beautiful farmland and the historic township.

Artist Bios
An Xiao has loved visual art since a young age. She is an active oil painter and amateur photographer. who works as a Financial Analyst in a government agency She began learning to paint after moving to Maryland, and her passion for art has been developing since. She has won multiple awards from the Rockville Art League. She has had a solo exhibition at the Rockville public library and recently participated in a group show, The Spirit of the Landscape, in the Yellow Barn Gallery. Following various art teachers, she has recently studied with Walter Bartman at the Yellow Barn.

Feng Zhou was born in China and first came to America for graduate education in the 80s and has been working here ever since. From a young age, she has loved painting and has continued painting into adulthood, but gradually her work in statistics and parenting became her focus. Now in her 60s, Zhou is picking up the brush again seriously. Her interest in art is broad: from Chinese brush painting to calligraphy to watercolor. Most recently, she started painting still life and en plein air in oil. Last year, she took oil painting classes at the Yellow Barn with Walter Bartman, where every Sunday afternoon she painted on location the beautiful Maryland countryside bathed in golden afternoon sunlight. Nature is her inspiration and where she draws energy. She recently took part in a seven person show The Spirit of the Landscape at Yellow Barn Gallery.

Gallery Hours: Mondays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Glen Echo Park Partnership is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.