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Real/Unreal - March 2009

March 2009

Real / Unreal

All-Media Membership Show
March 4 – April 5, 2009

 



Award(s):  The Evelyn Turner Award, The Jane McElvaney Coonce Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, March 12, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.


521 entered, 129 accepted

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler


 

The concept of a work of art and its impact on the viewer were the elements juror Judy Jashinsky looked for in a successful work while jurying the March "Real/Unreal"show at The Art League Gallery. In making her selections, Jashinsky looked for pieces that fell somewhere "between abstraction and reality." Sometimes a piece achieved this combination by creating a mood or having an affect on the viewer in a distinct way. While technical skill was a consideration, a piece still needed an intriguing idea. Many of the works Jashinsky chose took simple subjects and injected an interesting, often humorous element. Jashinsky feels that often a minimalist approach is best for the most complex subjects. "The longer you paint, the more you eliminate things; the more simple you get," commented Jashinsky.

For the award winners, Jashinsky chose pieces where, "technique is equally as powerful as the image itself." High Clouds Over Broom Grass by Wendy Donahoe received The Jane McElvany-Coonce Award. The piece is "simple, yet powerful," observed Jashinsky. Its photorealism makes the work deceptively simple, but a closer look reveals the complexity of its makeup. "The clouds have almost as much personality as the plant."

Jashinsky chose Another Place #3 by Maria Somogyi for The Evelyn Taylor Award. She was intrigued by the ambiguous subject matter. "It reminds me of a combination of outer space and under water." She found the technique to be just as significant and "very interesting for a woodblock print." Jashinsky was especially impressed by the subtle tonal gradation, which is so difficult to achieve.

While this was Jashinsky’s first time jurying for The Art League, she has visited the gallery before and was prepared to see a wide range of styles and skill levels. She was pleased to find that members are "exploring their own thing" and taking personal risks. Although there were many works, which were technically well done, a number depicted common subject matter such as landscapes and still-lifes. These subjects, said Jashinsky, "are really hard to do because they’ve been done so many times." In these cases, she was looking for a new approach. She also advises artists that simple frames are best, and she cautions against using gold frames and double colored mats, which can detract from a otherwise great piece.

Jashinsky is a world-renowned artist living in the DC area. Her works are in many major collections including The National Gallery of Art, The Corcoran, The Museum of Women in the Arts and the Chicago Art Institute. She has been featured in magazine and newspaper articles, such as Art in America and The Washington Post. Her 2004 installation at the McLean Project for the Arts, "Artemisia Gentileschi: An Artist’s Life" was widely reviewed and has been exhibited throughout t
he country.

 

 

  Sample Work:

 

        

         

         

         

         

         

    

    


To view all of the images from the show, please click here.

 

 

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