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Interplay - April 2008

April 2008

Interplay: Humanity & Nature

All-Media Membership Show

April 8 – May 5, 2008




Award(s):  The Carol Bruce Pastel Award, The Marshall Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, April 10, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.

424 entered, 142 accepted




Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler




"The art in this show serves the common good," stated juror Rosemary Luckett regarding the work she selected for "Interplay: Humanity and Nature" at The Art League Gallery. "This work draws the viewer in to think about what’s happening in our landscape. This is a crucial time for humankind. It is the job of the artist to present work that can inspire, spark discussion, change, action, and movement."

Luckett was looking for the human presence in nature in the works submitted. Whether through evidence of current activity or past activity, she wanted to see the impact of humanity on the environment, or how our actions toward the environment have in turn, shaped the way nature has affected us. In addition to speaking to the theme, works needed to be strong technically. In particular, Luckett was looking for works that had a "surprise" viewpoint, something unexpected.

"Many of the pieces submitted, and the ones I selected, are subtle. There are not a lot works where the message that the artist is trying to get across to the viewer is immediately obvious. Many artists chose to portray a positive interplay with nature with a strong sense of nostalgia, a longing for the way things used to be. Images of old industries, machinery, old country roads, as opposed to the massive over packed highways we drive on today, reoccur throughout the show. These images, though ever so pleasing, may reflect a form of denial of the magnitude of humankind’s impact on the land."

"Coal Mine Angels," by Deanna Boling, received the Carol Bruce Pastel Award. "This piece tells a really important story. Coal miners used to take canaries into the coalmines with them. The canaries served as an alert system. If they died, it meant that poisonous gas was present, or oxygen was absent, and the miners needed to evacuate. The artist, through her use of chalk pastel and subdued color, also asks the viewer some questions. Who or what are the ‘canaries’ in our environment today? As they die, one by one, what are they trying to tell us about poisons that surface and that are produced as the result of mining and burning coal?"

"Bonsai of Discard," by Marco Rando, received the Marshall Award. "This piece represents the impact of machinery on all life forms. It is simple and elegant, well balanced; yet torturously twisted, revealing what humans paired with machines do to living things."

Luckett is a working artist and instructor in the Washington, DC area. Her most recent work is inspired by the natural world and explores relationships between humanity and other living creatures. Her ink, watercolor, and collage pieces reveal a reality that goes beyond the natural world we perceive, because of the atypical juxtapositions of elements within each composition.

Luckett’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and art centers including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Franz Bader Gallery, Catholic University (Washington, DC), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Visions Gallery (Albany, NY) and numerous other galleries around the country. She is represented by the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC




Sample Work:








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