July 2012 All-Media Exhibit
Juried by Katie Dell Kaufman
July 5-August 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sheila Delaquil, Just Waiting, Winner of the July 2012 Larry Kirstein Award
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler
“The pieces in this exhibit have many layers of visual experience,” stated Katie Dell Kaufman, juror for the July 2012 All-Media exhibit at The Art League Gallery. Though this is an “all-media” exhibit, once Kaufman began to reflect upon her selections she recognized that some strong themes had emerged in the exhibit – pattern, texture, and layers, both actual and visual. Kaufman noted that most pieces she selected warrant at least a second look in order for the viewer to have a full visual experience.
Kaufman said she knew the work would be strong, but she didn’t realize there would be so much. “I didn’t know the extent of the community – The Art League has a lot of well-known, well-respected artists represented here from all over the DC area.” She remarked that there was a wonderful “international feel” to the submissions.
“When you look at a piece, you have a sense as to whether or not it’s complete. And that’s what I was looking for: completion, for a work to be resolved. All of the parts need to be integrated (color, line, composition, etc). It’s important for the piece to make a visual statement – a statement that’s individual to the artist. I also look for a rhythm and a texture (either visual or actual), as well as a twist, a funny surprise, or an ah ha! moment.”
Kaufman was pleased to see so much sophisticated concept development, as well as such a range of media techniques and styles. “I really responded to the depth and breadth of media. There are so many skilled artists who are really pushing the traditional uses of many media. This is exciting and inspirational to see.”
Kaufman awarded the Larry Kirstein Award to “Just Waiting,” a mixed media piece by Sheila Delaquil. Kaufman was attracted to the subtlety in the piece – the soft and surprising color choices, minimal line and gesture. “I like the mixed media approach, and I love how the eye is in constant motion.”
The Honorable Mention recipients span a variety of media and styles, but all have strong patterns, veils of texture, multiple layers, and dimension in common.
Kaufman is a native of Washington, DC. An award winning assemblage and collage artist, Kaufman creates two and three-dimensional work out of wood, paper, found materials, and wax. She was a member of the Drawing and Painting Department faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for 21 years, and now maintains a studio at the Gateway CDC Art Center in the Gateway Arts District in Brentwood, MD.
The Larry Kirstein Award ($125) is given in honor of Art League student and supporter, Larry Kirstein – an artist, art appreciator, and collector. Larry was a philanthropist in many ways and active in local charities. His career began in residential planning, then he moved to clinical therapy, and then he later found his voice in art.
Click here to view the works in this exhibit.
For a complete list of accepted works click here.