Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Judy Rushin’s Great Idea Falls Flat at Flashpoint Gallery

Even the most compelling conceptual art can be difficult to display in a traditional gallery setting. “Between Us: Variance Invariance Project by Judy Rushin &” suffers that fate.
The idea is promising. Rushin created a series of abstract paintings, designed to attach or detach in modular form. She then shipped them around to a variety of [...]

Genius or Gobbledygook? “Real Beauty” at Carroll Square Gallery

Art theory is often inscrutable, and it’s doubly so for abstract painting. That’s why the framing of the “Real Beauty” at Carroll Square Gallery needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
“Abstraction is arguably the truest representation of how the world feels, though by definition it obscures how the world actually appears,” reads the [...]

Local Artists Interpret Beijing in Transformer’s “Atmosphere”

Befitting the shoebox-sized Transformer gallery, the current exhibit “Atmosphere” is small, but it packs a punch.
The exhibit, which consists of just seven works by four artists, stems from a two-week visit to China last summer organized and funded in part by a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Sister Cities International Art Grant. (Beijing [...]

Reviewed: “Cardboard City” at Goethe-Institut

Cardboard doesn’t seem like the most auspicious of art materials, but three far-flung artists—Artemis Herber of Germany, Steve Keene of the United States, and Valery Koshlyakov of Russia—separately gravitated to it, and they now find themselves drawn together in the exhibit “Cardboard City.”
Each of the artists embraces their shared material’s creases and curls. Herber offers [...]

Reviewed: Adam Lister at the Heurich Gallery

Adam Lister, a painter, sculptor, installation artist and gallerist from Fairfax, Va., has produced some inspired work, particularly a series in which he riffs on immediately recognizable paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, Munch, Magritte, Seurat and other giants by painting them as if they had been sucked into a Wreck-It Ralph pixilated vortex. (Really; they’re [...]

Reviewed: Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky at Hamiltonian Gallery

For an exhibit titled “The Salon of Little Deaths,” this dual-artist show at Hamiltonian Gallery doesn’t include much in the way of orgasm art, though at least in the works of Milana Braslavsky, there’s a not-too-subtle sexuality at play.
Braslavsky’s still-life photographs, which have a painterly cast, feature pears, peaches, tangerines, yellow plums, and nectarines in [...]

Reviewed: Lara Bandilla, Melanie Kehoss, and Millennium Arts Salon at Hillyer Art Space

This month, Hillyer Art Space is shoehorning a trio of wildly divergent exhibits into its three galleries.

Reviewed: “Currents” at Carroll Square Gallery

The Hemphill-presented exhibit now on view at Carroll Square Gallery, "Currents," features four artists labeled “emerging talents in the mid-Atlantic region,” each of which “plays with the boundaries of abstraction and representation.” But on balance, there’s more abstraction than representation.
Alex Ebstein offers mixed-media works featuring wood, paper, yarn, twine and dirt; some (loosely) suggest masks, [...]

Reviewed: Avi Gupta and Judy Jashinsky at Civilian Art Projects

The photographs in Avi Gupta’s exhibit at Civilian Art Projects tend to be domestic in nature – images taken in bedrooms, living rooms and back yards. But their lack of specificity lends a sense of universality.
Gupta, a D.C.-based photographer, has a special affinity for creased fabrics. He offers depictions of unmade beds, draped shirts, and [...]

Reviewed: Thomas Drymon and Julie Wolsztynski at Adah Rose Gallery

The two artists on view at Adah Rose Gallery both use cities as their source of inspiration, but their approaches couldn’t be more different. Thomas Drymon paints abstracted architectural forms in washed-out hues with thick, creamy strokes, often returning over and over again to the same canvas in order to capture subtle changes he sees [...]