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Craig Kraft: Markings Graffiti from the Ground Zero Blues Club Series

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, March 5  to  Sunday, April 20, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Craig Kraft: Markings      Graffiti from the Ground Zero Blues Club Series

Craig A. Kraft, Ground Zero I, 2013, Found graffiti, neon, 2’ x 3’ x 3.5”

Curated by Claudia Rousseau, this is exhibit will feature a new series of work inspired by years of unrelated, overlapping graffiti on the walls of Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale Mississippi. The entire club is covered including, for example, lampshades, all of the woodwork, the felt on the pool table, and each slat on the window blinds. The years of overlapping graffiti tell stories of love, hate, exuberance and joy. Each mark is subject to an overlapping mark, until the messages become blurred and confused, only until someone makes an even bolder, broader mark, hiding the history below.

 

Curator's Talk: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm RSVP (free)

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Abstraction: Finding The Thread

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, March 5  to  Sunday, April 20, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery
Abstraction: Finding The Thread

Dan Dudrow, Ercolano, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches

Group exhibition of seven critically acclaimed painters committed to abstract painting. eschewing the depiction of realistic imagery, all have found continual fascination with abstraction as the thread to infinite possibilities. Their paintings tie the formal arrangement of the basic elements of art to a vast array of social, intellectual, emotional and perceptual influences. The results are exquisite individual paintings that are resounding visual experiences. Featuring: Timothy App, Dan Dudrow, Dennis Farber, Carol Miller Frost, Bill Schmidt, Jo Smail, and Michael Weiss.

 

Artist Roundtable: Saturday, April 5, 2:00 pm
Moderator: Jack Rasmussen RSVP (free)

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A discussion with artists in the group exhibition, Abstraction: Finding the Thread, on view now in the Kaplan Gallery through April 20.
Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, will moderate the conversation surrounding abstract painting and its relevance as a contemporary art practice.

Xiaosheng Bi Garden of My Mind

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, March 26  to  Sunday, April 20, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Xiaosheng Bi   Garden of My Mind

Xiaosheng Bi, Fish, Bone China Porcelain, 3 x 3 inches

VisArts Resident Artist Xiaosheng Bi’s work reflects his traditional Chinese influences, yet is infused with a contemporary aesthetic. Suffused with gentle colors, his delicate forms shine with the brilliant translucency of bone china porcelain and traditional Chinese motifs such as bamboo leaves or lotus blossoms are painted with dynamic, nearly abstract strokes. Through his life and work, Xiaosheng has formed a bridge between the introspective sensibilities of Chinese culture and the dynamism of modern Western culture. This exhibition features his recent series of vessels that balance complex detail and simple, elegant form.

About the Artist: Xiaosheng Bi was raised in the countryside near Xian, China, an area that was China's ancient capital for centuries and is replete with traditional Chinese art and culture. After studying graphic design, Xiaosheng worked at the Xian Craft Art Research Institute where he traveled throughout China to study and document classical and folk art. In 1989, he was admitted to the Ceramic Art Department within the College of Art at Qinghua University in Beijing, China where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and then taught ceramics for eight years. In 1997 Xiaosheng immigrated to the United States and soon established himself as a ceramist and teacher in Chicago. In 2004 he moved to the Washington, D.C. area and now lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and young daughter.

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Opportunities

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national and international artists for an 8 week residency at VisArts at Rockville. The Residency offers artists a dedicated studio, a supportive environment and the gift of time to plan, research, construct and present proposed projects.

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency

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