Chiaroscuro: Out of the Shadows -- Touchstone member artists explore the interaction of light and dark and the emergence of form through tonal expression. They articulate a multitude of views in painting, hand pulled prints sculpture, collage, drawing, and photography.
May 1-31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8:30pm
Carolyn Johnson has worked as a photographer in Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma over the last twenty years. She has studied photography both in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at Glen Echo Photoworks in Maryland, and independently with Washington, D.C., photographer Charles Rumph. Her early photographic work was in black and white, and included theatre photography that was published in The Washington Post. When she began to work in color, she also developed a strong interest in architectural images and these have dominated her exhibited work.
Harvey Kupferberg has been a fine arts photographer for many years and has exhibited in numerous photographic competitions. His primary interests are in landscape, and the design components of architecture. The majority of his work has been done in the southeast and southwestern United States. As a trained medical scientist, he excels in the use of black and white film to produce silver gelatin prints, an extension of his professional life. His well-honed technical development skills interact with the creative expression of his photography when he maximizes the visual effect by adjusting film exposure to create his abstract-like images of a scene.
Michael Lang is an accomplished social documentary photographer living in the Washington area. His 1957 photo-essay, A Nice Clean Room, focused on a Baltimore poolroom known as Benny’s. He approached the subject as an outside observer, presenting atmospheric images of the poolroom and the people who hung out there using a hand held camera, available light, and black and white film. Lang has returned to the genre 50 years later with an essay, Be: There, about the Be Bar, a lounge in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, now undergoing a rebirth after the riots of the 1960s. Again Lang uses available light and a hand held camera; but now he employs digital techniques to capture the stark raw, color of the place and the people. He’s always there and not there at the same time, observing the community - the bar tenders, the drag queens, the go-go boys, and the people who gravitate to the atmosphere of the place. BE: THERE.
Rosemary Luckett's mixed media drawings, collages, and sculptures reveal a lively interplay between real and surreal expression. Her works are metaphors for American culture and commerce and how they impact the natural world in unintended but negative ways. Each piece is built around a single real or symbolic object or group of items that seem unrelated to each other. But things are not always what they seem to be.
Newton S. More - The line that some say distinguishes photography from art seems to be blurring as technological advances, especially in photography, computer programs and printing, have enabled experimentation and creativity not historically available. It is part of a social evolution, and what qualifies as art, as a reflection of society, also grows and changes to accommodate such expression. Thus, while always open to debate, what is and what is not art remains a highly subjective facet of our changing social environment.
Currently, my work consists of three broad techniques: Traditional and digital lensed photography, Pinhole based imaging, and Polaroid SX-70 and other color manipulations.
Pete McCutchen - My work is an eclectic blend of different subjects: Las Vegas architecture, roller coasters, rusty objects of all varieties. Some is traditional realistic photography; other works are abstract studies of form, shape and color. Some is in equipoise between realism and abstraction, exploring the dynamic tension between those modes. Although I began life as a black and white photographer, most of my current work features vibrant and intense color combined with the strong lines found in traditional black and white work.