As part of a year-long celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BlackRock Center for the Arts, the nonprofit arts center is presenting “Recollection,” an exhibition featuring a selection of artists who have shown their work in the Germantown arts center’s galleries during the past 15 years.
On display in both the Kay Gallery and the Terrace Gallery, the “Recollection” exhibit includes pieces by 47 artists in a range of media from drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printmaking to works of sculpture, assemblage, glass, fiber, clay and wood.
The exhibiting artists are Fran Abrams, Christian Benefiel, Ronald Beverly, Sabine Carlson, Eric Celarier, Chris Chernow, Chayo de Chevez, Lesley Clarke, Bobby Coleman, Jacqui Crocetta, Joel D’Orazio, Catherine Day, Oletha DeVane, Lisa Egeli, Ric Garcia, Mark Giaimo, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Carol Brown Goldberg, Lee Goodwin, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Sean Hennessey, Ellen Hill, Scott Hutchison, Melanie Kehoss, Kit-Keung Kan, Zofie King, Chee Kung, Renee Lachman, Amy Lin, Tamryn McDermott, Anne Marchand, Greg Minah, Lincoln Mudd, Cory Oberndorfer, Beverly Ryan, Deanna Schwartzberg, Mike Shaffer, Bobbi Shulman, Ellen Sinel, Michael Enn Sirvet, Diane Szczepaniak, Marsha Staiger, Renee Van der Stelt, Sharon Wolpoff, Jenny Wu and Joyce Zipperer.
Drawings in the exhibit have often been developed through a stream-of-consciousness process where dense imagined foliage is outlined by black paint pen in “What We Cannot Touch” by Carol Brown Goldberg, improvisational ink lines define a space between gravity and weightlessness in “Riff I” by Chee Kung, delicate linked circles frame or are obscured beneath holes cut in the multi-layered “Melpomenia’s Edge” by Amy Lin, or graphite drawings of black rocks allow viewers a live comparison with the actual subjects in “Point, Line & Stone I & II” by Renee Van der Stelt.
Paintings on display include those that freeze the action as when artists pour, spin and tilt the canvas to put paint in motion in “the very outset” by Greg Minah and “Lumen Naturae” by Anne Marchand, gentle brushstrokes of ink and watercolor on rice paper manage to momentarily halt the powerful flow of waterfalls in “Falling Water CXVII” by Kit-Keung Kan, and transparent glazes of oil paint capture the sequential motion of shifting glances in the portrait “The Decision” by Scott Hutchison.
Traditional brushwork dances across the reflective surface of a sublime waterscape in “Revisiting” by Lisa Egeli, or highlights the unexpected beauty found at the rear of a building in “Alley Back of Second Street” by Sharon Wolpoff, but bursts of spray paint encase a treat in a frozen haze in “Strawberry Shortcake” by Cory Oberndorfer.
Photographs range from a still and quiet scene on the C&O Canal in the silver gelatin print “Lock 7 in Fog” by Lee Goodwin to the vibrant and dynamic swirl of light tracking movements made by dancers in “Aurora #7” by Ronald Beverly.
Collage and assemblage works transform found objects as they are combined to examine gentrification in “We Knew There Was a Plan” by Aziza Claudia-Gibson Hunter, or to explore the science and psychology of drug studies in “Nocebo” by Zofie King, and simply take on a visual role as wood and ivory piano keys removed from their instrument form a flared skirt in “Span” by Renee Lachman and the collection of circuit boards collected from discarded electronic devices create a topographical landscape in “Network AVC #1307” by Eric Celarier.
Sculpture in the exhibit often gives new life to unexpected materials as do the pen caps used as handlebars for a sleek tricycle that doubles as an unwearable high-heel shoe in “Hell on Wheels” by Joyce Zipperer and the lengths of plastic weed wacker line that makes an elegant fashion statement when woven and burned at the ends in “Nina Chair” by Joel D’Orazio, or the 3D printed self-portrait cast in iron to form the “head” of a hammer that was used to pound the nail on display in “Studio, Practice” by Christian Benefiel.
Since opening in the fall of 2002, BlackRock Center for the Arts has been continuously presenting a vibrant series of solo and group exhibitions highlighting the work of hundreds of visual artists from across the
Metropolitan Washington and Baltimore area and the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year the community has the opportunity to connect and engage with both emerging and established artists presenting their work in the nonprofit center’s two beautiful gallery spaces. This special exhibition seeks to celebrate all of the talented artists who have shown their work in the galleries at BlackRock during the past 15 years by displaying a variety of works that is only a small sampling.
The exhibition “Recollection: Celebrating 15 Years of Exhibitions” was curated by Anne Burton the Gallery Director at BlackRock. This special group show will be on view through Saturday, Oct.13 in both the Kay Gallery, located on the main level, and the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level, at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Admission to the exhibitions and the galleries at BlackRock is always free.
Top: Anne Marchand - Lumen Naturae, 48 x 48, enamel, ink, acrylic, glass beads on canvas.
Next Scott Hutchison - The Decision, 20 x 22, oil on linen.
Next: Sharon Wolpoff - Alley Back of 2nd Street, 38 x 30, oil on linen.
Next: Lee Goodwin - Lock 7 in Fog.
Next: Joyce Zipperer - Hell on Wheels, 16 x 6 x 11, aluminum, antique steel wheels, glass beads.
Next: Greg Minah - the very outset, 54 x 34, acrylic on canvas.
Images courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.