October 2022 Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery: Claudia Samper DREAMS & Protest! Group Exhibition

By East City Art Editorial Team on September 26, 2022

Wed, September 28 2022 — Sun, October 30 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1 from 4pm to 7pm
I Was Told You Were Coming, 30.25”x 40.25”, Acrylic, oil pastel, and graphite on canvas

DREAMS: A Solo Exhibition by Claudia Samper
Claudia Samper’s DREAMS is about the search for home–an urge to belong, a desire to open a window and let warm light in. She has always been interested in the different aspects that influence daily living, including contradictions, achievements, and relationships. Through different visual approaches and media, her career has continually explored these concepts.

All of Samper’s pieces in DREAMS are created from acrylic, oil pastels and graphite, and each piece sets a stage in which cartoon-like birds serve as the protagonists of a dream. These birds, through symbols, weave a story the dreamer longs to be real. The work is intuitive and playful, but also provides the viewer space to dialogue–provoking a feeling, a thought, or wonder.

Similar to previous work, Samper uses birds as a metaphor for people, stating “Birds, like humans, soar to new heights, search for where they belong, and settle down into their nests.”

Claudia Samper moved from Buenos Aires, Argentina to the United States thirty years ago. She holds a degree in architecture and is also a trained graphic designer. Her work has been displayed at the Embassy of Argentina (DC); Consulate of Argentina (NYC), William Paterson University, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, and galleries across the United States. Samper’s previous solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery was Urban Nest (2019).

Bucha by June Linowitz. 20.5”x 15”x 1.75”, Mixed media: handmade paper, fabric, copy toner, beeswax, pastel, crochet thread, yarn, and fabric dye.

ArtWatch, with support from Touchstone Foundation for the Arts, presents Protest!. Participating artists answer the dire issues facing our democracy with specific art pieces opposing the many subjects of concern in 2022. This exhibit celebrates vigorous political engagement with the American right to protest injustice.

A fluid collective of DC area artists, ArtWatch is dedicated to using the power of visual communication to support true democratic values including inclusion, freedom of thought and personal autonomy, equality under law, and stewardship of the environment. Created in response to the 2016 election and the subsequent threat to democracy, ArtWatch promotes a vision of unity in shared principles rather than division by race, religion, gender, sexual preference, class, or any other artificial means of defining “us against them.”

Protest! includes work by Evie Altman, Michele Banks, Liliane Blom, Shante Bullock, Anne Cherubim, Erin Devine, Barbara Frank, Jackie Hoysted,Sally Kauffman, June Linowitz, Shelley Lowenstein, Kathryn McDonnell, Gail Rebhan, Renee Sandell, Veronica Szalus, and Ellyn Weiss.

ArtWatch has mounted shows, events, art actions, and protests since their founding, including the One House Project–a collaboration of 300 artists celebrating the strength of diversity, which was first exhibited at Touchstone Gallery. Other interventions, actions, shows, and events have included Artwatch Accord, What Feminism Looks Like, Ms.Amer-I-Can, and Peace for Ukraine.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW.