The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents: Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank Smith “Resonant Forms”

By Editorial Team on February 6, 2011


Reasonant Forms Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Frank Smith Brentwood Arts Exchange on East City Art

Opening Reception: Friday, February 11, 5-8pm

Reception generously hosted by The Links, Inc. Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter.

Co-presented by the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.

Public Programs:

Saturday, February 12, 2:00-4:00pm

Artist Talk with Alonzo Davis,
Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Frank Smith.

A rare chance to hear from three esteemed and dynamic artists as they relate and share their unique experiences of their art work.

Saturday, March 19, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Message in the Bottle:  A Discussion with
Martha Jackson-Jarvis and A.M. Weaver.

A major voice shaping the discourse and dissemination of information on visual artists of color and women artists, artist/curator/writer A. M. Weaver will engage in a discussion with artist Martha Jackson- Jarvis about her work.

Saturday, April 2, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Alonzo Davis & The Bamboo Muse.

Join artist Alonzo Davis for a discussion and poetic recitations featuring The Bamboo Muse, a book of Davis’ artwork paired with the poetry and prose of twelve writers inspired by his work.

About Resonant Forms

The Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. are pleased to co-present Resonant Forms, an exhibition featuring art work by Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Frank Smith. On view throughout both galleries, Resonant Forms is the first time these three widely accomplished artists have exhibited together, and also marks the first exhibition partnership between the two organizations.

Resonant Forms is intensely visually rich. Its works frame a spectrum of artistic modes that range between expressing through pure color and speaking directly through the conceptual weight of material. Both means are important in each artist’s work, while each artist approaches them in different ways. With that common thread, the exhibition takes pleasure in joining these three artists whose statements about their works may not suggest them as an obvious grouping, but when seen side by side reveal a complex kinship in form as well as content that viewers will find deeply rewarding.

Martha Jackson-Jarvis lends the exhibition an installation of stone and mortar sculptures as well as works on paper. Focused on themes of building relationships between people and our natural environment, her artwork harbors a sensuality which one connects with immediately. Material asserts itself yet remains mysterious as her artworks compel viewers into an exploration and a sense of awe of natural forms.

Frank Smith elaborates on a rich tradition of art that explores color and improvisation influenced by jazz music. His canvases combine syncopated patterns by painting and sewing patches of cloth together – emerging from the wall as if the lively, quirky, square dancing history of American quilt-making was suddenly liberated by an explosion into jazz and bebop rhythms. Viewers well versed in art history will see in Smith’s unstretched canvases touchstones in Kandisky’s “Improvisations,” American modernists such as Stuart Davis and Arthur Dove, and Washington’s own Color School. Viewers who experience his works more directly will find an uplifting and energetic experience of musicality and color.

Alonzo Davis creates highly-charged assemblage-like works that are rooted in a tradition of painterly abstraction. Made primarily from bamboo, painted and lashed together with copper, leather, twine, indigenous textiles and burn marks, Davis sometimes calls his artworks”paintings in the round.” Nonetheless, they are as much sculpture as evolutions from paintings, speaking through the language of color and form while using material to evoke a confluence of global cultural references.

A great partnership and a forward-looking exhibition, Resonant Forms coincides with Black History Month as well as Women’s History Month to celebrate a wealth of artistic culture from Prince George’s County’s past, present, and future.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange – exchanging ideas through art.  A facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

The Department of Parks & Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

Arts programs of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

The Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD  20722 301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802

Gallery Hours are as follows:
10am – 8pm Monday through Friday.
10am – 6pm Saturday.
Closed Sunday.

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, Inc. Gallery 110 301-209-0592

Gallery Hours are as follows:
10am – 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, except Thursday.
10am – 7pm Thursday
Closed Sunday and Monday.