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Hillyer Art Space – April exhibits

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What: April Exhibitions featuring solo exhibitions by Glen Kessler and J.D. Deardourff,

and a group exhibition Beyond Layers featuring Leda Black, Anna Fine Foer, Ruth Pettus, Judith Pratt, Marie Ringwald, and Sylvie van Helden

When: 
 April 3 – 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd, 6-9pm; during Dupont Circle’s First Friday ($5 Suggested Donation)
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 26th, 3-5pm
Where: Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008   http://www.hillyerartspace.org
Description:

Hillyer Art Space presents solo exhibitions by Glen Kessler and J.D. Deardourff.  Also opening, Beyond Layers,a group exhibition featuring work by local artists Leda Black, Anna Fine Foer, Ruth Pettus, Judith Pratt, Marie Ringwald, and Sylvie van Helden. Kessler’s CircuitScapes will feature paintings that initially appear to be atmospheric urban and industrial landscapes, but are, in truth, manipulated views of computer circuit boards.  Doritos Locos Tacos: New Work by J.D. Deardourffwill feature bright, screen prints in the artist’s signature style inspired by his comic book collection. Beyond Layers, presents howartists today are using both the traditional methods of paper layering and found objects, as well as newer digital techniques to create contemporary collage and assemblage. Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, April 3rd from 6-9pmduring Dupont Circle’s First Friday, sponsored by The Gryphon.
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(Washington, DC) Hillyer Art Space presents two solo exhibitions by local artists Glen Kessler (MD) and J.D. Deardourff (DC).  Also opening is Beyond Layers a group exhibition featuring contemporary collage and assemblage work by Leda Black (DC), Anna Fine Foer (MD), Ruth Pettus (MD), Judith Pratt (VA), Marie Ringwald (DC), and Sylvie van Helden (MD). The exhibitions open on Friday, April 3rd and will run through Saturday, April 26th, 2015.  The artists will be present to talk about their work with visitors at our opening reception on Friday, April 3rd from 6-9pm, during Dupont Circle’s FirstFriday, sponsored by The Gryphon. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, April 26th from 3-5pm. 

Glen Kessler - CircuitScapes

Glen Kessler paints images that initially appear to be atmospheric urban and industrial landscapes, but are, in truth, manipulated views of computer circuit boards. These ‘CircuitScapes’ illuminate the microcosmic world inside of our computers under lighting conditions and from angles that make them appear uncannily familiar. By invoking compositional devices from early American landscape painters like Bierstadt and Church, the work references a new Manifest Destiny—the uncharted world that computers have already begun to usher in. It is a landscape both glorious and ominous, filled with uncertainty about a future where computers reshape our world literally and figuratively.

 

Beyond Layers
Beyond Layers is a group exhibition featuring Leda Black, Anna Fine Foer, Ruth Pettus, Judith Pratt, Marie Ringwald, and Sylvie van Helden. These six local artists will show work that presents how artists today are using both the traditional methods of paper layering and found objects, as well as newer digital techniques to create contemporary collage and assemblage.

 

Doritos Locos Tacos: New Work by J.D. DeardourffDoritos Locos Tacos, DLTs, are a hybrid of powerful, volatile forces. Taco Bell sells over 1 million DLTs daily in the United States alone. The result is both tasty and hazardous. The same could be said about the screen prints and collages in this show. Inspired by his love for the lurid comics of the 1960’s, J.D. Deardourff uses the energy and colors found in his comic book collection to create his new series. These painterly screen prints appropriate the vocabulary of the art of comic books: artificial color, line, exaggeration, movement, energy, and the interplay and relationships between sequential images. Deardourff culls bits and pieces from throughout his comic book collection, and collages, crops, layers, embellishes, and reconstitutes them into unpredictable new compositions. These collaged compositions, or sketches, become the basis for his prints. He envisions the gallery space as a blank comic book page, with each of his prints acting in the manner of a comic book panel, both as an independent image and as part of some ongoing, connected, melodramatic momentum.

 

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Gallery Information
Hillyer Art Space is a contemporary gallery dedicated to serving the public with quality exhibitions and programming. Established in April 2006, Hillyer is a program of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. Each month Hillyer presents three solo exhibitions featuring artists from the mid-Atlantic region—particularly the DC area—as well as works by international artists. Our focus is on showing under-represented artists, both emerging and established. We are located in Dupont Circle, next to the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC. The gallery is open Monday 12-5pm, Tuesday through Friday 12-6pm, and Saturday 12-5pm, or by appointment.


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