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JASON SHO GREEN & VICTORIA SHAHEEN’s exhibition “Reveries” Editor’s Pick in the Washington Post

14 Feb

WASHINGTON POST

By , Published: January 31

SPECIAL REPORT

SPRING ARTS PREVIEW

From music to dance, the arts are in bloom. Here are our picks for the season.

REVERIES: NEW WORK BY JASON SHO GREEN AND VICTORIA SHAHEEN

This may be the ticket for those with a taste for the surreal. Green’s sculptural installations, which incorporate toylike robotics, hover between twee and disturbing. Shaheen, a ceramicist, also walks a fine line between the accessible and the outré.

Feb. 21 through March 18 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW . 202-628-2787.www.mortonfineart.com.

 

KESHA BRUCE “The Guardians” featured in the Washington Post

3 Jan

Galleries Section, The Washington Post, January 3rd, 2014

by Mark Jenkins

Kesha Bruce

Spurred by a vision of a figure she saw standing at the foot of her bed, Kesha Bruce has executed nearly 200 mixed-media paintings of creatures she calls “The Guardians.” The Iowa-bred artist, who lives in France, draws on African iconography for these pictures, some of which are at Morton Fine Art. Most of the figures are ghostly, often faceless, like things seen in a half-awake state. Such guardians as “Thanos,” its blue head atop an elongated neck, evoke Africa’s traditional sculpture and decorative motifs. “Kiska,” its head apparently on fire, seems an outright hallucination.

Thanos, 24"x24", mixed media on canvas

Thanos, 24″x24″, mixed media on canvas

Yet the specters become palpable because of their hot, earthy colors and forceful brushwork. Indeed, the vigor suggests another tradition altogether: abstract expressionism. While the pictures are clearly representational, they’re also exercises in sheer painting. Areas of clean, bold color abut mottled regions; scraps of collaged fabric and textile-like circular patterns contrast the figures’ streamlined forms. Brown’s guardians may be dream-time wisps, but her painting makes them solid and potent.

Kesha Bruce: The Guardians

On view through Jan. 8 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW; 202-628-2787;mortonfineart.com

 

THE GUARDIANS, a solo exhibition of new work by artist KESHA BRUCE. December 14th, 2013-January 8th, 2014.

19 Dec

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About the Guardians:

In the winter of 2011, Kesha Bruce awoke in the early morning hours to see a figure hovering silently at the foot of her bed. This brief moment of fascination, terror, and eventually wonder, has beenthe obsessive focus of her work for nearly three years. To date, Bruce has completed nearly 200 works based on The Guardians – a group of solemn, mysterious figures who act as watchers, keepers, and protectors.
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About Kesha Bruce:
Sidestepping the weight and implications of formalized religion forthe better part of her career, Bruce’s work has explored the fertile territory of memory, mythology, African-American folklore, and magical-spiritual belief. With The Guardians her work makes a shift towards questioning not only the place of spiritual practice in contemporary culture, but also the place of genuine spiritual experience in contemporary art making.

THE GUARDIANS Opening Reception and Artist Talk

18 Dec

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About the Guardians:

In the winter of 2011, Kesha Bruce awoke in the early morning hours to see a figure hovering silently at the foot of her bed. This brief moment of fascination, terror, and eventually wonder, has beenthe obsessive focus of her work for nearly three years. To date, Bruce has completed nearly 200 works based on The Guardians – a group of solemn, mysterious figures who act as watchers, keepers, and protectors.
Sidestepping the weight and implications of formalized religion forthe better part of her career, Bruce’s work has explored the fertile territory of memory, mythology, African-American folklore, and magical-spiritual belief. With The Guardians her work makes a shift towards questioning not only the place of spiritual practice in contemporary culture, but also the place of genuine spiritual experience in contemporary art making.
The show will run through January 8th, 2014

Preview LAUREL HAUSLER’s “Ghost Stories” – New Work

21 Nov
GHOST STORIES
A solo exhibition of new artwork by LAUREL HAUSLER
November 8th, 2013 – November 29th, 2013
EXHIBITION LOCATION
Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009
HOURS
 
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm
About  Ghost Stories:

 

To create her newest body of work, Laurel Hausler worked with oil, wax, spray paint, fiber, resin, rust, bleached velvet and other unusual material.  The result of her mixing unconventional mediums is a rich and highly textured artwork surface.
In her solo exhibition, Ghost Stories, her imagery is inspired by unsolved mysteries of Old Hollywood, 19th century spirit photography, and ghost stories in literature and film.
Belying the dark beauty of the paintings is a sense of optimism for the perseverance of spirit and remembrance of characters otherwise fading into obscurity. Hausler portrays these “ghosts” in her paintings as they come to life through repeated addition and removal of material and pigment. The result leaves them enshrouded in many layers;  relics, like mosquitoes encased in amber.
About LAUREL HAUSLER:
A Washington, DC native, Laurel Hausler’s love of literature, antiquity and the obscure inspire the stories behind her work.  Working in a subtractive and additive process, she first covers the surface of her paper or canvas with multiple layers of paint, and then removes the layers to reveal the subject, only to then veil it with resin or wax. Admired for resisting a self-conscious approach to process, Hausler reveals lines, scratches, rips and gestures on her surfaces that demonstrate her decision-making process through the work’s evolution to its finished state.
Anima Sola, wax paper oil mixed media on cradled panel, 48"x36"

Anima Sola, wax paper oil mixed media on cradled panel, 48″x36″

Blue Marilyn, mixed media on paper, 42"x40"

Blue Marilyn, mixed media on paper, 42″x40″

Debutante, oil, wax, rusted silk, acrylic, spray paint on panel, 48"x36"

Debutante, oil, wax, rusted silk, acrylic, spray paint on panel, 48″x36″

Dorothy, watercolor on paper, 57"x56"

Dorothy, watercolor on paper, 57″x56″

Emily, bleach on velvet, 30"x24"

Emily, bleach on velvet, 30″x24″

Spirit Photo #1, bleached fabric and wax on panel,40"x40"

Spirit Photo #1, bleached fabric and wax on panel,40″x40″

Red Horizons, oil, acrylic, ink, fabric, bleach on panel, 30"x40"

Red Horizons, oil, acrylic, ink, fabric, bleach on panel, 30″x40″

The Seekers, oil and resin on canvas, 48"x48"

The Seekers, oil and resin on canvas, 48″x48″

Shirley Ann, oil, spray paint, wax, fabric on wood, 36"x36"

Shirley Ann, oil, spray paint, wax, fabric on wood, 36″x36″

Silhouette, mixed media on canvas, 30"x30"

Silhouette, mixed media on canvas, 30″x30″

Spirit Photo #4, oil and ink on canvas, 48"x30"

Spirit Photo #4, oil and ink on canvas, 48″x30″

Spirit Photo #2 bleached fabric on panel, 48"x36"

Spirit Photo #2 bleached fabric on panel, 48″x36″

Spirit Photo #3, bleached fabric on panel, 36x36"

Spirit Photo #3, bleached fabric on panel, 36×36″

MAYA FREELON ASANTE – behind the scenes photo shoot for Luxe Interiors & Design Magazine

23 Jul

Photo credit: Sophia Guerci

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We Love Arts: Rosemary Feit Covey’s Red Handed

27 Jun

By , 26 Jun 2013

Sometimes we experience works of art that embody both beauty and horror. The old word for this, now sadly devalued, was “awesome.” I hope artist Rosemary Feit Covey will forgive me for using that word to describe her current complete gallery installation, Red Handed. It is simply awesome.

Recently I visited Morton Fine Art to watch as Covey installed the work under the gentle eye of curator Amy Morton, spreading vinyl pieces across the floor. Even in that unfinished state before opening, it had undeniable power. Swirling vortexes of bald, nude figures, mouths open and arms red to the fingertips, soon covered the floor. I stepped gingerly over their faces, having no other option but to participate in their torture. It’s impossible to look away from the unsettling mass of bodies under your feet. It feels disrespectful. Jarring.

Guilty.

There’s no rest for your eyes on the walls either, which are also covered in variants of the twisting, stumbling figures. It’s difficult not to continually look down and dive into the pit. The vinyl floor pieces began as drawings, then printed both commercially and by hand, and finally overlaid in places with paint. Some prints were also made into wall paintings or just printed on basic paper. Covey got “housemaid’s knees” working on them (an old Victorian term that struck me as a cheeky metaphor for this quietly contained artist serving to bring these figures to life).

“Red Handed.” Art installation by Rosemary Feit Covey at Morton Fine Art. Image: MFA.

“Red Handed.” Art installation by Rosemary Feit Covey at Morton Fine Art. Image: MFA.

It’s an intensely visceral piece. Covey hopes it compels strangers visiting the gallery to engage with each other, to open up about their own distinct reactions. Though the work has its genesis in ideas of guilt, both individual and collective, viewers (or rather, participants) are encouraged to let their own interpretations germinate. Suicide, depression, isolation amongst the many, illness, the Holocaust, even zombies…whatever the dialogue that ensues, it has value to the artist.

“Red Handed.” Art installation by Rosemary Feit Covey at Morton Fine Art. Photo credit: Sophia Guerci.

“Red Handed.” Art installation by Rosemary Feit Covey at Morton Fine Art. Photo credit: Sophia Guerci.

Emotional reactions ran the gamut at last Friday’s opening (the crowd also went through “40+ bottles of wine,” Morton noted, and you may feel the need for a cocktail after visiting!) and will no doubt continue. The installation is on view now through July 5, and I encourage you to immerse yourself in the beautiful horror, facing the abyss both internal and external. Covey’s work is well worth the discomfort.

Rosemary Feit Covey’s Red Handed, now through July 5 at Morton Fine Art, located at 1781 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009. Gallery hours: 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. For more information call 202-628-2787.

To view the full online version please visit: http://www.welovedc.com

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As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn Larsen’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

Scattered to the Wind by MAYA FREELON ASANTE

16 May

A one-of-a-kind kinetic art performance by artist MAYA FREELON ASANTE which boasts free-falling art for all.

Accompanied by the natural environment of Baltimore City, ‘Scattered to the Wind’ took place on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at the Bromo Selzter Arts Tower in Baltimore, MD.

Let go with me
Make room for Joy!
The weightlessness
of forgiveness
Seeks peace
With love

– Maya Freelon Asante

Morton Fine Art & *a pop-up project – “FAIR FOCUS” Opening Reception Photos

16 Apr

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A group exhibition of artwork by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER
April 4th, 2013 – April 27th, 2013

EXHIBITION LOCATION Gallery B 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E (across from The Original Pancake House) Bethesda, MD 20814

Join MFA & its mobile art gallery *a pop-up project for “FAIR FOCUS” exhibition in Bethesda

9 Apr

FAIRFOCUS web

FAIR FOCUS

A group exhibition of artwork by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER

 

April 4th, 2013 – April 27th, 2013

 

EXHIBITION LOCATION

Gallery B

7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E

(across from The Original Pancake House)

Bethesda, MD 20814

 

HOURS

Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, April 12th from 6pm-9pm

*in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk

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Morton Fine Art and its mobile fine art gallery, *a pop-up project, are pleased to present an exciting exhibition of work by artists MAYA FREELON ASANTE, OSI AUDU, KESHA BRUCE, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, NATHANIEL DONNETT, VICTOR EKPUK, KATHERINE HATTAM, WILLIAM MACKINNON, JULIA FERNANDEZ-POL and VONN SUMNER.

The exhibition will be on display from April 4th, 2013 through April 27th, 2013. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 12th from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Several featured artists will be in attendance.

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About FAIR FOCUS:

Morton Fine Art and its mobile gallery, *a pop-up project, bring “home” our national fine art fair booth to our regional DMV collectors.

 

The exhibition displays substantive, museum quality contemporary artwork promoted in MFA’s booths in national fairs including Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF), Aqua Art Miami and Art Hamptons.
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