March 2019 Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on February 25, 2019
Half by Pete McCutchen. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
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Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 from 6pm to 8:30pm
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GALLERY A
Touchstone Gallery Member Show

GALLERY B
Pattern + Texture II by Pete McCutchen
Photographer Pete McCutchen captures mesmerizing patterns found in rock, ice, and sand, and even mud, transforming natural scenery into abstract alternate realities. Presented in monochrome and printed on metallic paper, McCutchen’s photographs bewitch the eye with their ability to evoke pattern: jagged rocks become houndstooth; sand dunes pose as pinstripes; ice becomes tiger-stripe. McCutchen’s Pattern + Texture II opening Friday March 1 at Touchstone Gallery.

The photographs’ locations are ambiguous and dream-like; so deft is McCutchen’s ability to de-contextualize. Photographs from this series were taken at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, The Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Alaskan wilderness, Death Valley, the Anzo Borrego Desert. Yet they suggest scenes of fantasy, from under-sea landscapes to maps of intergalactic topography.

In images captured at The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Jockey’s Ridge, the subtle tonalities in the sand evoke the soft charcoal strokes of an old master drawing, while the photographs of craggy Alaskan crevices render a glacier’s icy geometry in stark almost violent terms. In Half, McCutchen has captured a dramatic confluence of sands, as one dune’s smooth basin meets the rippled, wind-blown ridges of its neighbor, forming a crescent-shaped division. In contrast to the graceful monochrome spectrum in Half, in Candle, a black streak juts into the sky, cutting through the vivid white ground in like a dark flame. In Remembrance of Things Future, a textured pattern fades to soft obscurity.

McCutchen hopes to pique the imagination of his viewers. “I want them to leave with questions…there’s purposeful ambiguity to the images. My biggest strength is my ability to take the familiar, to isolate and abstract, to create pure composition. This is my most ambitious project yet: to combine that graphic abstract quality with what I like to call ‘traditional photographic virtue’ – light and shadow, precise composition.”

Pete McCutchen has had his work shown in more than 150 juried and curated shows, and his work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Athens, Berlin and elsewhere. He has won more than 40 awards in international photography competitions, including the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the Neutral Density Awards the Monochrome Awards, The Spider Awards, the Monovisions Awards, and the International Photography Awards.

Cedar Breaks by Harvey Kupferberg. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

GALLERY C
Daylight Reflections. From Sunrise to Sunset by Harvey Kupferberg
“Daylight Reflections” is a photographic illustration of the sun’s influence on its colorful reflection on earth’s landscape, specifically at sunrise and sunset.

Daylight photography starts early morning before the sun reaches the horizon. The sky is dark blue and
the black of night has gone. The sky starts as a deep blue followed by a warm purple glow. Then colors
changes to rich yellow-orange. As the sun rises in the morning sky landscape photography starts to end.

At mid-day, when the sun is at its highest, shadows disappear, and colors lose their saturation. Most
landscape photographers start thinking about where continue photographing during late afternoon as the sun moves to the western sky. Shadows predominate dominate again and the sky becomes orange. As
the sun gets closer to the horizon, the sky can become intense orange red. The sky continues to glow
long after it sinks below the horizon.

This photographic exhibition is Kupferberg’s documentation of sunrise and sunset in diverse venues. They were taken over the last 20 plus years . His early photographs were taken using film cameras.
The last 10 years he used digital cameras. All the photographs were digitally reproduced.

Harvey Kupferberg has been a member of Touchstone gallery for the last decade. During this time he had demonstrated his preference of landscape and architecture photography. His early work using film was acclaimed by winning three 1st place awards by the Washington Post and the Gold Award for Landscape in the FotoWeek DC. His images have also been accepted for exhibition at several area
galleries, such as, The Art League Torpedo Factory, Maryland Federation Art, and the Capital Hill Art League. Recently, one of his Black and White photographs won “Best in Show” at the Glen Echo 47th Labor Day.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 11pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.