Opening Reception: Friday, May 8 from 6pm to 8pm
The exhibition runs May 8 – 30, 2015.
Studio 1469 with Dot Projects + Artwork presents new work from local visual artists Thom Flynn and Ian Jehle.
Evidence presents artworks which claim the obvious “mark” of the artist as the primary curatorial interest in each of the artists’ practice. In seeing the work as it is installed, imagine Jehle and Flynn having a lively conversation. Each’s approach to creating comes from a kind of collecting bits to create a new whole, then confidently letting the outcome be what it will. While Flynn paints with paper and Jehle currently draws in computer code, both create art that celebrates the hand of the artist and what that leaves behind in the finished piece.
Thom Flynn frequently roams the streets of Washington, DC and other cities in search of the raw materials for his compositions: wheat-pasted posters and billboards that have accumulated on derelict buildings and other structures. He has likened this critical part of his process to the Situationist fascination with the accidental stumble through the city. And, similar to acts of graffiti, he finds himself reclaiming public space as he peels away, as opposed to paints over, the scouted locations. Often necessitating the use of a cro-bar, Flynn literally pries the posters from their hosts and carts them back to his studio. In the studio, the material is simultaneously torn down and built up further as he creates compositions in relief, seeking to merge the opposing forces of creation and destruction. His artwork on view at Studio 1469 explores the more minimal territory of his found material through a series of monochromatic paintings.
Ian Jehle’s large-scale pencil drawings of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances examine personality from the second person perspective. A combination of photographs form the source for his subtly executed pieces, a process which highlights how isolated impressions combine to form our notion of who a person is. Jehle cobbles together disparate images into what is in one sense an idealized pastiche and yet reads as a fully integrated “whole.” By portraying those close at hand, these larger-than-life portraits present the viewer back to him/herself. The public setting further complicates our understanding of who is holder of the gaze. For Evidence, Jehle will be showing two of-the-moment pieces from a brand new body of work, which will be exhibited for the first time at Studio 1469. Continuing his focus on drawing, Jehle has moved from the pencil to computer aided design (CAD) software, typically used by engineers to create blueprints. “I was looking at some scans of my earlier work, and I became fixated on the idea of taking a drawing and disassembling it mark by mark, and then reassembling it on a much larger scale.” Jehle’s mother and a friend’s dog, both recently deceased, are the subjects of the two wall-mounted pieces created for this exhibition. Less composed that his earlier pencil drawings, the new works are striking in their scale and in their energetic mark making; his subjects seemingly just coming into focus or just on the edge of falling apart.
About the Artists
Thom Flynn began his “non-sanctioned recycling program” while still a student at American University in the late 90’s. Since then, he has continued to create abstract compositions comprised of torn street posters and billboards. Thom Flynn is a graduate of American University, where he received the Alma Thomas Award for painting. He has also been an artist-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution in New York and spent time painting abroad in Italy and France. Flynn has had solo shows at Nevin Kelly Gallery, DC and Osuna Gallery, MD. His work has been included in several group shows including Present Company, New York; Transformer Gallery, DC; Gallery Four, Baltimore; and Transport Gallery, LA.
Ian Jehle, who is based in Washington, DC, creates outsized drawings, which, in Jehle’s words, ask whether a portrait is “an act of impertinence or tenderness or more likely something in between?” Jehle’s solo exhibitionHere’s to You at Gallery-ef in Tokyo opened in November 2007. His recent group exhibitions include the 2014 National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; Flesh & Bone, Hillyer Art Center, Washington DC;Sapiosexual at Studio 1469, Washington, DC; Me, You and Those Other Folksat Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC; Works on Paper, curated by Carter Foster of the Whitney Museum of American Art, at Long Beach Foundation of the Arts, NJ; the Artscape/Baltimore Museum of Art Juried Exhibition, 2005, curated by the BMA’s Gary Simmons and Darsie Alexander; and Traveling with Gulliver, a group exploration of Gulliver’s Travels, at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Jehle received his BFA from American University and his MFA from Columbia University.
About Studio 1469
Studio 1469 (www.studio1469.com) is an artist studio, designed and created with multi-disciplinary uses in mind. The space is both a blank slate and a ready to use opportunity for rehearsal, instruction and creation. Gallery style lighting along with abundant natural light, combined with reinforced soundproof walls enables both choir or painter, ensemble or shutterbug to make things happen within this secluded yet wonderfully situated building. Over a century old, originally built as stables and storage for the neighborhood grocer, Studio 1469 emerges again to serve the community, now via artists, performers, thespians and musicians within The District and beyond. Studio 1469 is located just northeast of the intersection of 15th and Harvard Street NW, adjacent to the nexus of Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights, conveniently 2.5 blocks from the Green and Yellow line Columbia Heights Metro.
Studio 1469 is located at 1469 Harvard Street NW in the rear. For more information visit www.studio1469.com.