Opening Reception: Friday, June 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Landscapes of the Heart-Land Captivated by outer and inner landscapes, each Touchstone artist sets out on a journey to explore America’s wide open land or to explore psychological forms found only in their hearts. A variety of media express their travels: painting, clay, photography, hand pulled prints, sculpture, collage, and drawing. While some are representational, others are abstract. From sweeping landscapes of mountains, the sea, to intimate interior landscapes, all articulate a multiplicity of views through unique shapes, colors, and tonal expression.
Veiled Consciousness by Lionel Daniels (Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow 2015-2017)
Putting the brushes aside in his first Solo Show in D.C, TFA Fellow, Lionel Daniels, paints with his hands to gain a deeper connection with his work.
In his show entitled Veiled Consciousness, Lionel’s large and small figurative paintings explore the double consciousness and veil worn by African Americans from past and present as expressed in W.E.B Dubois’s Souls of Black Folk. Lionel’s use of intense vibrant colors, thoughtful composition, and boasting energy allow his figures to dominate the picture plane.
The Morehouse Man and Son of Oprah from Atlanta moved to DC three years ago to further pursue his career in art. Whether painting live in front of large audiences or the solitude of his studio, Lionel creates an unforgettable experience. Not only is he a full time artist, but also an art teacher at Rocketship RISE Academy and sip and paint instructor at Uncork’d Art.
To view further work or updates of future events from Lionel, please view Lioneldapainter on I.G.and FB.
Jane Doesn’t Need Dick: Origin of Love by Jo Ann Block (Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow 2015-2017)
Jo Ann Block’s work extols the complexities of sexual and gender identity and stands in defiance of what we are witnessing as the emerging ‘oppression of difference’ in America. Her work creates a personal and political narrative via insights into parts of lesbian experience over the last half century.
This show grapples with various issues such as: identifying as butch while so many queers are transitioning genders; body dysphoria; and guarding queer culture in times of assimilation.
Block considers herself in dialogue with artist Kerry James Marshall, whose work reasserts the black figure into the art canon by countering archaic stereotypes. All of the pieces in the show are collaged. Block uses a wide range of materials to collage together a personal history.
Jo Ann Block currently resides in Washington, DC. She moved to the area 7 years ago from California. She received her B.F.A. from UCLA, and M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She holds a fellowship with Touchstone Gallery (DC), and two summer residencies at SVA in NY. Her work has been exhibited at American University Museum (DC), Transformer Gallery (DC) Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (NY) Metrospace (MI), Baum Gallery of Fine Art (AK), Thompson Gallery (MA) and Ventura College Art Gallery (CA).
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