work by Joanne Kent
February 28, 2020 – May 17, 2020
Reception with the artist: March 13, 2020, 7-9pm POSTPONED
Talismans invite us on a path to introspection, to meditate and to conjure. Any object made with specific intentions can serve as such. Because art is imbued with the energy of its making, it can act as talismans and energize the space it inhabits. The sculpted and textured hues of the small works in this show are organic and visceral, and hopefully will assist the viewer in a reconnection with and respect for the manifested power contained in art and the nuanced abstractions of nature’s and life’s bits and pieces.
Kent, a Minnesota native, holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has been living and working in DC for several decades. Her work is mostly heavily impastoed and reductive in nature, crossing the lines between painting and sculpture. In addition to oil paint on canvas, this show contains several of her constructed wall sculptures. Her work is non narrative and focuses on the intrinsic qualities of the materials and its materiality, in addition to the process of making the work, which often takes months or even years to complete.
***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THIS RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. OUR GALLERY HOWEVER, WILL REMAIN DURING OUR REGULAR HOURS 2-7PM, WEDS-SUN. PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***