Below is a quick introduction to each of the artist pairs in Director’s Cut. A version of this write-up will be in our first-ever quarterly client newsletter, coming soon!
September’s Director’s Cut Exhibition features 44 prints by 10 different artists. Techniques include intaglio, chine colle, collagraph, screenprint, mezzotint, and monotype. These artists were grouped into pairs based upon complementary aspects of their work.
Kristen Necessary and Pauline Jakobsberg both use memory and remnants of past lives for inspiration in their prints. Kristen draws upon the abandoned houses in rural southwest Virginia, where she grew up, while Pauline uses clothing. While Pauline has explored memory through her collagraph clothing prints for some time now, she recently began cutting these prints out, making them into unique art objects. Both artists create work that is intimate, beautiful, and sometimes eerie. Kristen lives in Iowa City, IA, and Pauline lives in the DC area.
Andrew Kozlowski and Fleming Jeffries both create strange and fantastical scenes in their prints. In this exhibition Andy’s two silkscreens (he does use a variety of media not included in this show) look like they could be the aftermath of one of Fleming’s landscapes. Fleming’s landscapes use common elements, such as rock formations and rivers, but in a way that makes the space alien and uninhabitable, and almost self-destructive. The debris floating in Andy’s alien space speaks to the world already destroyed. Andy lives in Richmond, VA and Fleming lives in The Plains, VA.
Jake Muirhead and Julie Niskanen were both included in this exhibition for their exceptional draftsmanship in their still life. Still life is a genre centuries old, but Julie and Jake both breathe new life into it. Jake starts with a quick sketch on the copper plate and builds his image up with subsequent aquatints and etching, creating an image that is both free and precise at the same time. After the time-consuming process of rocking a mezzotint completely black, Julie carefully scrapes the image back in. Jake lives in the DC area and Julie lives in Raleigh, NC.
Lindsay McCulloch and Yolanda Frederikse are both landscape artists, and both have worked with DC imagery (though not all of Lindsay’s prints in this show are of DC). Their similarities stop there, but both their landscapes are still enjoyable. Yolanda uses a unique water-color based monotype to depict everyday scenes at recognizable landmarks, while Lindsay uses silkscreen to draw the viewers’ attention to the design in everyday infrastructure. Lindsay and Yolanda both live in the DC area.
Mike Hagan and Glenn Fry are both silkscreen artists. Silkscreen is strongly tied to graphic design, which Glenn has a background in. This influence can be seen in his poster size prints with bold but limited use of color and heavy reliance on text. Mike’s prints have many references to pop culture, including Marilyn Monroe and comic books. Both artists’ prints have an immediate aesthetic appeal, but deeper levels of meaning can be obtained from both of them upon a second look. Both Mike and Glenn live in the DC area.