October Mid City DC Art Galleries Previews and News

By Phil Hutinet on October 7, 2015
Dominic Green Lulu. Image courtesy of the artist.
Dominic Green Lulu. Image courtesy of the artist.

Dominic Green’s Contrasting Vision

Videographer and photographer Dominic Green began his artistic career producing a documentary on the making of a 40×40 foot mural on Sutherland Place NW near Dupont Circle titled Toy Theater. Artist Peter Waddell spearheaded the project by way of a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grant. Since the making of Toy Theater, Green’s production company Green Visionz has also realized a number of short films shot in DC.

However, when it comes to photography, Dominic Green looks to the past for inspiration with his work. “I’m a fan of more candid photography, a big fan of LIFE magazine and of their photographers—I love those images. You have to be out among people to be able to capture those kinds of images” explains Green. This past summer, Green agreed to help a friend, who works with DC’s homeless population, at Franklin Square downtown. Green brought his camera along to document what he saw. In hindsight, Green admits that the whole experience “was spur of the moment.”

One particular homeless person who caught Green’s immediate attention was an older woman named “Lulu.” Lulu became homeless more than 10 years ago due to her inability to pay costly medical bills. “She’s been living on the streets ever since. She had a stomach ailment and surgery. She explained how difficult it is to live on the street” laments Green. Green captured Lulu’s plight with tragic eloquence. As he describes it, “Her pain is visible in her eyes and the marks on her skin combine to show her suffering.” Green hopes his work can draw much needed attention to Lulu’s fate and the countless other homeless people living on the streets of DC.

Renée Stout   Soul Catcher Regenerator 2  archival pigment print.  Image Courtesy Hemphill
Renée Stout
Soul Catcher Regenerator 2
archival pigment print.
Image Courtesy Hemphill

Renée Stout’s Wild World

Stout’s recent body of work, currently on view at Hemphill Fine Art through December 19, attempts to address the incredible disparities that exist in the world today such as income and racial inequality. Simply put, the artist believes, we are “at the Crossroads, embroiled in a storm of conflicting viewpoints, social and economic inequality, and political and religious conflict.”

However, unlike many photojournalists who have documented these same contemporaneous contradictions through the mechanical eye of a camera, capturing an event one frame at a time, Stout has produced a body of work which seemingly attempts to make sense of the world not by gathering empirical evidence but rather, through divination. Stout seeks a higher, universal and more “enlightened power” to make sense of the world she sees today.

Stout has created a series of sculptural works using found items such as radios and wires to tap into a magical energy that “lies beyond the self”— and the result is stunning. The success of this exhibition depended largely on the masterful curation of the artworks as sculptures and two dimensional works dovetail perfectly in the gallery space weaving a narrative that simultaneously blends spiritualism with archaic radio technologies.

Pete McCutchen Five Lights.  Image Courtesy Touchstone Gallery
Pete McCutchen Five Lights. Image Courtesy Touchstone Gallery

The Quality of Light & Husk at Touchstone

Photographer Pete McCutchen’s current body of work examines light’s wide spectrum and examines its effect on his subject matter. McCutchen attempts to “draw with light,” producing a series of landscapes photographed at Yellowstone National Park, the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming as well as abandoned factories and cities in the Midwest.

Anthony Dortch’s series of figurative drawings strip man’s rough outer layer—the husk—to expose that which lies beneath in an attempt to focus on his subject’s “inner self.” At first glance, Dortch’s strong masculine figures appear imposing but, upon further reflection, Dortch has actually deconstructed the virile comic-book super-heroes of his youth, exposing their vulnerabilities.


October Mid City DC Art Galleries Current Exhibitions on View:

Gallery Neptune and Brown
1530 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Through October 17
Picasso to Kentridge—Prints by modern & contemporary masters

1353 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
202.332.1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Through October 31
new. (now). 2015 Fellows Group Exhibition

1515 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202.234.5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Through December 19
Wild World by Renée Stout

901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
202.347.2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Through November 1
Monthly Member Artist Exhibition
The Quality of Light by Pete McCutchen
HUSK by Anthony Dortch

1234 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
202.232.4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Through October 18
Work by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz