Sparkplug: Light Liminal
February 22 – March 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 17, 5pm Artists & Curator Talk
Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth H. Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, and Steve Wanna.
Curator: Karen Joan Topping
Sparkplug: Light Liminal illustrates how these ten artists literally and symbolically employ light and darkness in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition takes place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 Sparkplug Collective, and explores themes of communication and empathy.
Karen Joan Topping moved to DC the same year DCAC opened (1989) and has been participating in what goes on there since getting her BFA from American University 1993. In 2007, she was one of the founding members of Sparkplug. She has an MFA from University of the Arts and is an artist and curator that create objects, images and experiences that encourage participants to reengage with the richness and empathy inducing reality of the experience of play. She is elated to be working with this new group of Sparkplug artists as they experience the joys and challenges of ‘playing’ together collectively.
January 18, 2019 – April 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 7, 5pm Artist & Curator Talk
Artist: Wayson R. Jones
Curator: Eames Armstrong
Lush: Reinvention presents a small new body of richly textured and brilliantly colored paintings. A departure from Jones’ extensive grayscale work, the introduction of vivid color is a new dialect in his personal visual language. Themes of weight, presence, and beauty emerge through abstraction.
Image: Wayson R. Jones, Meadows, 2018, (detail) Extra-course pumice gel, acrylic, Flashe on wood panel, 6”x6”x1.5” .