Last weekend was the fourth year of (e)merge, D.C.’s homegrown art fair. I’ve been to each of its manifestations, and every year there are artists and experiences to appreciate, admire and even in some cases, swoon over. But every year, the quality of the fair seems to diminish, and it feels…
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Using vibrant color and spirited marks with brush and palette knife to “create an essence of place,” Kate enjoys the challenges of plein air painting, then likes to reinterpret her impressions in the studio, exploring the emotional content and the imagined.
Inspired by the elements of our natural world, Kate’s art reflects this appreciation from representation to abstraction.
Born and raised north of Pittsburgh, PA in rural Amish country, Kate spent her youth where wide open fields, the sweep of sky, and forests were second nature.
Adding to her influences is the incomparable beauty of Cape Cod, MA, where as an adult Kate has returned for 25 years to further study and paint.
Kate paints, exhibits and resides in Washington, DC and Province-town, MA.
John (b. 1989) is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Washington, D.C. He received his BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. A recipient of an artist residency with FABRICA: United Colors of Benetton’s Research Center and 2013 Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, he has lived and made work in France, Italy and the United States. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally at Photography Festivals such as Photo LA, Fotoweek DC and Pingyao International Photography Festival and his self-published books are in permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Indie Photobook Library, The National Library of Australia and FOAM Museum Amsterdam.
His ethereal, intimate and lushly colored portraits of men belonging to marginalized backgrounds—African Americans, Gays and urban young men with tattoos and aggressive, hyper-masculine dispositions—explore the intersections of masculine identity, beauty, race and sexuality. Fascinated by the veiling and unveiling of these identities, his work is as personal as it is universal, social and political.
My current artistic focus is the use of reflections in glass to create layered images of landscape, thus pushing photography into the realm of abstraction.
I create these images on location, bringing reflective and refractive objects with me. I work intuitively, moving around my glass construction, looking for the view that depicts the emotion and beauty I seek to convey. The process is about letting go of labels like tree, sky, house, and allowing things to become shapes and color. By using reflections I am able to capture vivid colors and unusual abstract views of my subjects.
My goal is to give objective expression to inner experience.
Originally the photograph was intended as an aid to the artist wishing to depict the world accurately. Even as painting, and other art forms were becoming increasingly abstract, photography remained tied to pictorial realism. I am pushing photography further into the realm of abstraction.
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We are looking for artists in the DMV area ages 18-29 to be a part of our 2-year fellowship program. This program is designed to help emerging artists to develop professionally through a two-year membership in the Touchstone Gallery, mentoring by established artists, participation in gallery group shows, and a culminating solo show at the end of the two year fellowship.