Opening Reception: Friday, July 14 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Touchstone Gallery Member Show
I Belong Here
Art of the Shaw Community
July 5-30, 2017
In April and May of 2017 Touchstone Gallery artists worked with youth and adults at New Community ArtSpace to create works of art in a variety of media through a program called Touchstone@ArtSpace. Our kid workshops included painting Mondrian style with Shelley Lowenstein and Claudia Samper, Rock City sculpture with Ann Gordon and Paula Lantz, story cloth printing on clay slabs with Susi Cora, and foam prints with Ellyn Weiss. Our adult workshops included intro to intaglio printmaking with Carol Moore, monotype printing with Mary D. Ott and landscape painting with Judith Guiliani. A vibrant selection of the work produced during those workshops will be on display at the Touchstone Gallery through the end of July. Now in its third-year Touchstone@ArtSpace is funded by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Connecting the Dots by Claudia Samper
Connecting the Dots is a series of drawings, paintings and transparencies seeking to explore the perception of human communication through avian imagery as a metaphor.
Objects are de-contextualized and re-arranged in an attempt to create a new reality. Opaque/transparent, color/black and white, soft/hard, are some of the opposite pairs I use in my work in an attempt to reflect conflicting communication. Every day we interpret contradictory narratives looking for some clarity and coherence. With this series I try to make sense of the correlation between assessing information and its perception and interpretation, connecting the dots in a world of mixed messages.
In my last works I’ve been using birds as a metaphor. They wake me up every morning and we have coffee together. I listen how they communicate with each other, gather straws for their nests, and fight. Birds are not that different from us after all. We, humans, also communicate and fight, share and posses. This humanness is what intrigues me the most. I try to reflect on that with my work, to question our sense of humanity.
More than twenty years ago I moved from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the United States with my family, settled in Virginia and started anew. I hold a degree of architecture and was trained as a graphic designer. But after being involved in the design field for many years, my interest went beyond that into fine arts. My work has been displayed in the Embassy of Argentina, Washington, DC, Consulate of Argentina, New York, NY, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, Aljira Contemporary Art Center, Newark, NJ, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts”, Las Vegas, NV and several art galleries throughout the US and in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
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