Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3 from 5pm to 7pm
Foundry Gallery presents Weight of The World, the Washington DC-based collaborative duo of Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matt Malone’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Ceppetelli and Malone capture emotionally charged aspects of living of which the majority of people tend to overlook or turn away from. The hardships that arise from a shared human experience and uncertain futures, this series of new paintings is informed by and embodies the struggles and uncertainty in the post pandemic world.
Both artists work together in the same space similar to jazz musicians. At times they work on the canvas simultaneously while at others one will step back and observe until inspired to take action again. The artists work on drop cloth canvas using charcoal and a collection of salvaged latex house paint which they call an “orphanage of color.”
This unspoken dialogue between the two artists results in intriguing compositions with multiple layers of meaning. Broken charcoal lines combine with loose painting to strike a balance between figurative and abstract elements. The frequently bright color palette masks and contradicts a tense underlying narrative of tough times. Ceppetelli and Malone’s process also parallels the Basquiat and Warhol collaborations from the mid 1980’s but takes it one step further as indicated by the quote, “I think those paintings we’re doing together are better when you can’t tell who did which parts” -Andy Warhol
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 – 8th Street NW.