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Art NOW - October 2014

In celebration of The Art League's 60th Anniversary in 2014, the Gallery is revisiting and reflecting upon the major art movements from the last six decades.

October 8–November 3, 2014
Juror: Cory Oberndorfer
Reception: Thursday, October 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

Links: exhibit program (PDF)

Nicole Stewart
Young Gentleman and Gentlewoman, oil on linen by Nicole Stewart

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Cory Oberndorfer, a successful artist and educator whose own artwork is very “now” on the DC art scene, juried our October “Art NOW” exhibit. When we asked Oberndorfer what is “art now,” he replied, “Everything. We aren’t in the middle of a particular art movement or a predominant genre; everything is happening. Anything goes.”

As a first time juror, Oberndorfer knew that he was going to encounter a lot of work that spanned a variety of media, skill levels, and content, and that’s exactly what he found.

He noted that he wasn’t looking for any one thing in particular for a piece to make it into the “in” pile. Qualities Oberndorfer regularly appreciates and looks for are originality, technical proficiency, and humor.

Unselected works had an element missing or felt unfinished. For example, perhaps a photograph was out of focus, or a painting needed to be pushed a little farther before it was finished.

Oberndorfer presented The Gilham Award for Best in Show to Young Gentleman & Gentlewoman by Nicole Stewart. “This really shows that there is no definition of “art now.” This feels like a period piece, but the faces and the style of painting are very contemporary. It’s fresh. Many artists are doing work that references older historical styles.”

The Sid Platt Award for Watercolor was awarded to Pamela Patrick for From a Distance. Oberndorfer was drawn to the intimacy of this small painting and the incredible detail. “The longer you look at this piece the more you see and discover. Whenever I see something I feel like I couldn’t do it’s a bonus!”

“You can really see the time and care the artists put into these works. I hope viewers walk away with an appreciation for the diversity of what’s in the exhibit and what’s happening now in the art world.”

Oberndorfer is currently an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Washington University, Prince George’s Community College, and Montgomery College, as well as an active artist, known for his lollipop reliefs, popsicle paintings, and vividly colored juxtapositions of candy and roller derby girls. “Pop: Everlasting” an exhibit of his popsicle paintings, just wrapped at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Oberndorfer received his BFA from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and an MFA from American University. Check out his work at www.coryoberndorfer.com.

Promotional support for our 60th Anniversary has been generously provided by the Alexandria Marketing Fund.



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