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Monotypes – Cultural Discoveries through Color and Repetition
March 4-29, 2015
Kristine DeNinno, winner of the 2014 National Small Works juried exhibition and a new member of the gallery, is exhibiting a series of prints at WPG through March 29.
In a series of multilayered monotypes, she invites the viewer into an abstract space immersed in varying layers of texture, color and form. The prints are large in scale and leave much room for the observer’s own narrative and interpretation.
Kristine describes her approach: “I am fascinated with the manipulation of a two-dimensional surface to create a dialogue with three-dimensional space. The qualities of form, depth, and materiality of painting, design, and drawing inform each of my prints.”
In addition to being a busy studio artist, Kristine is deeply committed to her work teaching in local community settings. In the photo shown here she can be seen with students at THE ARC Community Center, a year-round museum outreach program that works with D.C. youth and families. (On the corner of the table you can see her little printing press she travels with.)
Kristine, who has also worked for several years in the field of Interior Design, holds a BA in Studio Art and is completing her Master’s degree in Teaching from the Corcoran College of Art and Design/GWU.
More information about the exhibit can be found on our web site.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5.
Depicta by Matina Marki Tillman
From October 26th to November 8th 2014, Melbourne meets New York in the Joint Exhibition of Intaglio Prints under the title 40° 42’ N / 37° 48’ S at the National Arts Club in New York City. Matina Marki Tillman will participate with “Depicta,”one of her solarplate etchings of real or imagined graffiti preserving messages nearly lost in the human landscape. In this particular print the messenger (Greek “angelos”) appears with his comment on a New York City street. The exhibition was sponsored by the New York Society of Etchers, with juror Dr. Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York. “Depicta” will also be shown at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in the upcoming November member’s exhibition.
Earlier this fall, Matina participated in another New York City show, the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition, where her print “Arabesque” was selected for the Perry Alley Memorial Award. The show took place from September 20th to the 26th at the Salmagundi Club Gallery on 5th Avenue in New York. This annual juried exhibition strives to preserve the character, craftsmanship, and respect for the natural form, color and design which distinguish fine arts, and encourages artists’ participation with a wide variety of media.
Diane Alire “Shaded”
From July 30th – August 31st, 2014, Washington Printmakers Gallery presents the 17th Annual National Small Works Exhibition. This exhibition displays thirty non-members’ works originating from across the country and selected by juror Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the Katzen Center at American University. Running concurrently is the solo exhibition Waiting for Godot by the 2013 grand prizewinner, Diane Alire. Alire’s exhibition features twenty unique photogravures, which “juxtapose and layer the female and male figures with landscapes, images of walls, graffiti, and textures found in natural and urban settings.”
Alire’s work explores the human figure in artistic ways. She makes the figure a part of landscape and the world around it. Portraiture and landscape come together to create contemporary prints that surprise and challenge the viewer. Her 2013 Small Works prizewinning piece, Waiting for Godot, sets the tone for the exhibition. This piece explores the costumed female dancer figure, while the rest of the exhibition explores figures in the nude, particularly Shaded. Shaded juxtaposes a female nude, waist up, against a window. The female and window alternate foreground with background, and in a sense, the piece surrenders those two labels. In one way, the female is the subject in the window, and in another way, the female stands before the window. How are human figures reflected in our surroundings and how do our surroundings house those figures? Alire contrasts soft human curves against hard angular structures. Shaded acts as a window into the artistic mind where wall and figure combine to create one subject matter, which Alire masters.
While Alire’s exhibition explores similar themes in various interpretations, this year’s National Small Works Exhibition takes on many artists with unique themes, few which are similar. From pears to numbers, the Small Works exhibition exemplifies subjects’ and printmaking’s variety and potential. Elizabeth Dove’s All Letters demonstrates the many levels that make a print. Dove layers letters A – Z to create a simple yet complex print. Solely black and white, this print allows the letters to act as the work’s main focus. The artist takes a familiar concept, letters of the alphabet, and makes it art. She complicates and plays with our preconceived idea of what the alphabet should look like on paper. In this print, components of literature become art and art becomes literature. Much like Diane Alire’s works, All Letters plays with two concepts that become one.
Diane Alire “Push”