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VONN SUMNER featured in Hi-Fructose

22 Dec
by Andy SmithPosted on 

Vonn Sumner’s ambiguous characters, often seen in makeshift costumes, are part of an ongoing narrative that the viewer is invited to dissect. Are they enthusiastic hobbyists? Deadly serious vigilantes? What is obvious is the painter’s ability to evoke mystery and elegance through these unlikely heroes. Sumner was last featured on HiFructose.com here.


“Through this playful ambiguity, Sumner’s cast of characters draws us into their cryptic narratives, as seen in the cabal series of wall portraits,” a recent statement says. “Defined as a group of people united in some close design together, a cabal promotes their private views or interests, often through intrigue and in secret. This plays into the idea of secret societies, although Sumner’s series of portraits are more humorously enigmatic than sinister.”

See more of Sumner’s recent work below.

 

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VONN SUMNER’s “Bread and Circuses (and Walls) reviewed in The Washington Post

4 Oct

VONN SUMNER, A Big Fat Beautiful Wall, 2017, 80″x65″, acrylic and collage on linen

Vonn Sumner

A Californian whose ancestors lived in that state when it was still part of Mexico, Vonn Sumner is not one of the “build the wall” crowd. His response to that chant is the series of paintings in “Bread and Circuses (and Walls).” The biggest piece in the Morton Fine Art show, “A Big Fat Beautiful Wall,” stacks bricklike blocks of bright color, each rectangle graced with a traditional Mexican decorative paper appliqué. The painter also depicts barriers that almost hide the carnival-style festivities behind them.

Updating a phrase that dates to Juvenal, who satirized life in Rome almost two millennia ago, Sumner paints jesters in colorful, bellfestooned hoods. Many of the performers have loaves of Mexican-style sweet bread balanced on their heads. The clowns look sideways at the edge of the pictures, skeptically avoiding the viewer’s gaze. They don’t want to join the circus parade.

Sumner paints in a realist style, deftly employing modeling and shadow to simulate roundness and depth. Yet he intentionally simplifies, notably by using areas of intense, simple hues that suggest both comic books and color-field painting. The effect is to invoke universal forms — things that will outlast the biggest, most beautiful wall. Vonn Sumner: Bread and Circuses (and Walls) On view through Oct. 3 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW. 202-628-2787. mortonfineart.com.

Click HERE to view available artwork by VONN SUMNER.

VONN SUMNER’s solo “Bread and Circuses (and Walls)”

24 Aug

Currently On View: VONN SUMNER’s “Wall”

19 Jan

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Wall, casein and tempera on panel, 16″ x 16″

I’ve been using walls as a motif in my paintings for about 13 years, but I never thought of them as something sinister before this last year. Initially, walls were expedient for my pictorial and psychological purposes: they help define what we reveal and what we conceal; they become visual metaphors for the many mysteries that we carry.
 
Some walls are very beautiful-old brick walls in New York, brightly colored walls in Mexico and Guatemala, ancient walls in Rome-I have loved looking at all of these.I live in the Los Angeles area and there are many interesting walls between the street and buildings, with glimpses of trees sticking up, and I like imagining what is on the other side as I drive past. I love the walls in the backgrounds of paintings, especially those in early Sienese and Florentine Renaissance paintings. Most of the walls I have painted were based on my memory of a brick wall in the backyard of the house I grew up in. So my association with walls was personal and very positive.
But that has, of course, changed in the past year when talk of walls was suddenly and unexpectedly in the news. At first it sounded ridiculous, even humorous, as I did not really take it seriously. Then I was reminded that as long as we have been building walls, we have been using them to keep people on the other side of them-out of fear. I realize now that my romantic relationship to walls is a very privileged one. Now I am very sad that this wall idea, long a cliché, has become current once again. They are, of course, pointless in the end, merely symbolic-always begging to be toppled.
-VONN SUMNER, January 2017

RACHEL DOUGAN of ViVi Interiors (with Vonn Sumner’s “Neo-Byzantine”) in DC Modern Luxury Magazine

18 Oct
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Interior designer Rachel Dougan believes in taking risks with color and patterns, something she learned as a graphic designer.

FEATURES

Fine Design

By Michael McCarthy

Photography by Greg Powers

10.03.16

Rachel Dougan, one of the minds behind this year’s Design House, creates a woman’s comfort zone.

   

Rachel Dougan isn’t shy about her brilliant room in this year’s DC Design House. “The lady lair is the antidote to the man cave,” says the principal of local firm ViVi Interiors. “After all, why shouldn’t she have an escape within the house?” With four different wall treatments in the space, Dougan says the room was inspired by the Orient Express. Bathroom fixtures hail from French luxury company THG. A chic bar emerges from a converted closet. And a mammoth TV hides in plain sight with a custom circular frame faced with black glass. “I kind of went all out, aiming for a balance of the tender and fierce, bonded together with a heavy-duty layer of glam.”

Dougan began her career as a graphic designer, and her skills in that field not only translate to making grand interiors spaces, but also take her work to bolder levels. Her rooms are often parades of color, style and eclectic ephemera. In graphic design, “two individually lovely shades can be either absolutely stunning or absolutely ghastly when one surrounds the other,” says the designer, who was born in Vietnam and spent time as a child in the Far East and Europe. “I’d say these ideas easily translate to the work I do for interiors.”

DC residents are straying from the trappings of traditional design, says Dougan. “We’ll see expectations rise among homeowners that will go beyond the safe-zone preppy and plaid. But I wouldn’t want to see things swing completely off the pendulum by mimicking the latest fashion in New York or Los Angeles. A tad of historical reference and a good smack of soul would help preserve the DNA of this city—being true to the way you live can set trends.” Oct. 1-30, $35, 2509 Foxhall Road NW

DOUGAN’S HOTS
Rooftop dining, New Washington Orchestra, libraries, Drop Electric’s albums, Leo Villareal’s installations, Tail Up Goat’s brown rice bread

DOUGAN’S NOTS
No-reservation restaurants, parking tickets, flourescent lighting, overly industrial decor, artifical foliage

VONN SUMNER’s “Neo Byzantine (Square)” featured in Houston Chronicle

15 Sep

Fall art fair fever

September 8, 2016 Updated: September 8, 2016 2:25pm

Forecast for the last weekend of September: a hurricane-force whirlwind for collectors, now that both of Houston’s 6-year-old art fairs are running concurrently, and a third – from France – has entered the fray.

Vonn Sumner's "Neo Byzantine Square" will be at the Morton Fine Art booth at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Photo: Courtesy Of The Artist And Morton Fine Art / Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer

Photo: Courtesy Of The Artist And Morton Fine Art
Vonn Sumner’s “Neo Byzantine Square” will be at the Morton Fine Art booth at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair.

Morton Fine Art in Texas Contemporary

23 Aug

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Fair Dates/Hours/Location

September 29 – October 2, 2016 – George R. Brown Convention Center – 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, Texas 77010

OPENING NIGHT: TEXAS CONTEMPORARY PREVIEW

Thursday September 29, 2016

6:00pm to 10:00pm

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Early Access: Exclusively for those who have paid to receive a Patron VIP Pass

8:00pm – 10:00pm| The Preview opens to VIP Pass and Fair Pass holders

PURCHASE TICKETS

PUBLIC FAIR HOURS

Friday, September 30
11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, October 1
11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, October 2
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Featured Artists

Maya Freelon Asante, Osi Audu,Victor Ekpuk, Nate Lewis, Julia Fernandez-Pol, Vonn Sumner & Charles Williams