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Michael Enn Sirvet: Depth in a Transparent Solid

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, October 8  to  Thursday, November 6, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Concourse Gallery
Michael Enn Sirvet: Depth in a Transparent Solid

Michael Enn Sirvet, Red Rampart II, 2013, Powder-coated dissolving aluminum, 19 x 10 x 3 inches

Michael’s works are the children of an engineer and John Muir, with Walt Whitman as mid–wife. The engineering element, not surprisingly, is the first thing that hits you after a right brain wash of ‘These are really beautiful’. A 21st Century mind immediately sees the precision, the perfect geometry, the unblemished surface of much of the artist’s work. The logical side knows they are not the product of a carver’s tool or potter’s wheel. Past that admission, the alluring beauty that initially draws the viewer wholly flows through the sensibilities of the ultimate naturalist Muir. Where the language of the machined and that of the sensory-inspired aesthetic meet, lies the poet. To reconcile the seemingly opposed mechanical and natural worlds present in Sirvet’s sculpture, the viewer needs to allow themselves to be lulled into an openness of mind, where a perfect circle is a rain drop entering a puddle, the corona of an eclipse, the spot on a salamander. There is danger in solely focusing on the human crafted creation without allowing the beauty that only the ‘beyond our control’ simplicity of physics brings to the work. Thus the artist Michael Sirvet, the structural engineer and child of the woods, allows his work to be his poetry.

Lynn Silverman: Lookout

Gallery Show date:
Friday, October 17  to  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Lynn Silverman: Lookout

Lynn Silverman, Lookout #16, 1998-2012, Black and white gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches (framed)

Lynn Silverman presents black and white photographs of windows in United States, Great Britain, Australia, and the Czech Republic, countries where she has lived for extended periods of time. “Lookout” is a collection of observations into how we live in proximity to other people and nature, and how we strike a balance between the desire for contact, concern for security, and our need for privacy. Her minimal compositions place the window at the center. It functions as both a transparent boundary and an opening between inside and outside.

About the Artist: Lynn Silverman received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College in London, England. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Past projects include Furniture Fictions, 1:1, Corporation House, and Interior Light. In addition to publishing four books, her work may be found in public and private collections in Australia, US, and Great Britain. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and photograph in the Czech Republic. Recently her work was exhibited at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Goya Contemporary Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1999, she has taught photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. lynnsilverman.com

Artist Talk: Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.

Strange Bedfellows

Gallery Show date:
Friday, October 17  to  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery
Strange Bedfellows

Sebastian Martorana, Yours Mine Ours, Marble, stainless steel

Organized by the Washington Project for the Arts
Curated by Blair Murphy

The word intimacy refers most often to human relationships, acting as a metric of the physical closeness, emotional bonds, or personal knowledge shared by two people. It can describe the accumulation of knowledge about complex topics or–as in the phrase intimately aware–a familiarity with difficult truths. While intimacy is often reciprocal, it’s not unusual to be bound tightly to objects, people, or knowledge we would prefer to avoid or forget. Highlighting artists whose work touches on intimacy in complex and unexpected ways, Strange Bedfellows explores the way proximity to others–whether physical, emotional or intellectual­—shapes our individual identities, civic life, technological development, and physical spaces.  Included Artists: Ingrid Burrington, Bean Gilsdorf, Katie Hargrave, Leslie Holt, Benjamin Kelley, Jennifer Levonian, Sebastian Martorana, A. Moon, Dustin Nelson, Jacob Rhodes, Jenny Walton, Stephanie Williams

About the Curator: Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she spent seven years in DC working as an administrative jack-of-all-trades for various arts organizations, including Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC Arts Center (DCAC), and Provisions Library. She was Program Director at WPA from 2011 to 2013 and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DCAC, from 2008 through 2011. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University. She’s currently the New York City correspondent for Bmoreart and a contributor to M Daily.

Curator Talk: Saturday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.

Barbara Allen: Sticks and Stones

Gallery Show date:
Friday, October 17  to  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Barbara Allen: Sticks and Stones

Barbara Allen, 2012, Wood-fired vessel, 5 (H) x 15 (W) x 3 (D) inches

Barbara Allen exhibits recent wood-fired ceramics in her solo exhibition in the Common Ground Gallery.

About the Artist: Barbara Allen is an artist who works with several traditional artists’ materials to create tensions between beauty and imperfection. She seeks patterns or repetitions that are gradually changing. She received her BFA from the SUNY College of Art & Design at Alfred University, and her MFA from American University. Allen was selected for a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for sculpture in 2011, and painting in 2003. She was a grantee of the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission & NEA Creative Artist’s Fellowship in 2000, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998. Allen has been employed as a paper conservator and exhibitions conservator working primarily for the Smithsonian Institution, Yale Center for British Art, and Yale University Art Gallery. More recently she has been an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College in Rockville teaching drawing. Allen has exhibited her work regionally and nationally. In 2000 her work has appeared in New American Paintings and was reviewed in Art Papers Magazine. Since 1996 Allen has been represented by Marsha Mateyka Gallery in Washington, D.C. barbaraallen.net.

Artist Talk: During Reception Friday, October 17 from 7–9pm

Conversation with the Artist:  Tuesday, November 18, 12 noon.  Barbara Allen talks about the role of imperfection, observation and the choices that are evident in studio work. Allen will share examples of her work and process. Attendees are invited to bring their own work to the talk too.  Join the conversation.

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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