Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5 from 5pm to 8pm
David Therriault’s sculptures use reclaimed stone from residential and commercial properties. These stones were appropriated from nature and asked to change. They were ripped, chopped, moved, and piled for consumption. Therriault attempts to bring these stones back to nature, where they want to be. From the stone, the sand turns into glass, the iron to liquid. It all returns to the stone they began with and all form the silent whisper of a soul unchangeable. The natural progression of Therriault’s transition from landscaper into a sculptor, was inspired by Japanese landscapes.
Carolyn Goodridge’s abstracted landscapes are inspired from music and color through an historical approach, which she calls Visual Songs. To Goodridge, the radiance of nature is audible as well as visual. The paintings are emotional attunements to nature’s elements: sun’s fire, the wind, water, and Mother Earth. Each work whispers a glimpse of a relentlessly churning life. Additionally, her work is a marriage of Eastern philosophy and Western science. She accomplishes her paintings with a patient process of orchestrating colors, mixing finely ground raw pigments with melted beeswax in the ancient process of encaustic.
When Hubert Jackson arrived in Washington, DC in 1965 to begin his teaching career at Wilson High School, Aretha Franklin was beginning her rise to international stardom. Learning that the Aretha Franklin Trio was going to perform at the Bohemian Caverns on U Street in October of 1966, he went there to catch one of her show. Well, they were able to squeeze him in at a little table right beside the piano at nearly arm’s length from Aretha herself! Leaving a memorable impression. Hubert creates abstract and historical works, wherein he incorporates organic and found materials on the canvas or panel that are relics from the places that are the subjects of his work. Known for his “Spirits of the Battleground” series, Jackson collected pieces from specific Civil War sites in Virginia to integrate into his paintings. These works evoke “the spirits of those who have come and gone but remain anonymous and unaccounted for through war, slavery, poverty or the passage of time.”
Zenith Gallery is located at 1429 Iris Street NW.