Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann: Clove

Palimpsest, 2012. Woodcut, sumi ink, acrylic on cut paper.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the opening to DC-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s show, Clove at Project 4 Gallery located on U St in Northwest DC. I caught a preview of her work at the (e)merge art fair (which I did a post on here) so when receiving info about her latest solo exhibition I just had to see more of what she had to offer. Katherine is currently an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and has been in several solo and group shows throughout the east coast since 2006. This is her first exhibition at Project 4.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s paintings involve a process of her reacting to an ink stain that applies at the beginning of each painting, allowing it to take form and dry on the floor of her studio. Then the rest of the piece unfolds as she intuitively layers other shapes and motifs into the composition. The resulting piece is an organic mass of different forms and shapes that are rhythmically connected throughout the surface. Mann’s scaled paintings are truly arresting, as the viewer is able to be both overwhelmed and drawn into the worlds that she creates. One of the reasons I liked her work is because they were effective on any scale, and when viewed from afar or up close. In fact, I think it’s difficult not to walk up to get a closer look at the forms undulating before you. I know that I could lose myself gazing at her paintings, trying to decipher which elements were methodically placed by the artist and which were the random occurrences of the materials.

Nursery, 2012. Acrylic, sumi ink on paper stretched over canvas.

Nursery, 2012 (closeup). Acrylic, sumi ink on paper stretched over canvas.

Embroideries, 2012. Acrylic, sumi ink on paper.

I definitely recommend making a trip to Project 4 Gallery to see Clove by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. The show runs until Dec. 15. Read up on more about Katherine and Project 4 Gallery:
Katherine’s official website
Project 4 Gallery

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Art All Night DC

It’s like a bar crawl, but with art!

The Art All Night event in DC was held this past Saturday, with 8 different locations that were open to the public from 7pm to 3am. Each site offered a different experience and those with comfy shoes, drunk on caffeine, and had a strong will were able to see everything. I, on the other hand, only made it to about half of the venues because I opted for heels and occasionally drifted off the path because that’s just how I roll. Still, I was able to enjoy what I did see. The entire event was free, with some venues offering alcohol, live music, and even burlesque performances for the visitors well into the wee hours of the morning. Booze, art, and music…and I can get all of that even if I just bring a 20?! How could one NOT attend?

I did have a couple of favorites from the places I visited, Continue reading

(e)merge Art Fair (Photos)

Alex Podesta

I was able to take some time to check out some of the work at the (e)merge Art Fair that took place over the weekend at the Capital Skyline Hotel in DC. (e)merge brings together a collection of artists and galleries that are making moves in the contemporary art world.

I missed all of the performance art this year (dang) but there was still so many other things to enjoy. I thought that I’d share some of the pieces that I was able to capture. Enjoy!

RAW:DC Presents The Blend on 05/10

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Thanks to my twitter friend @Tommy_Picklz, I have gotten hip to an organization called RAWartists. RAWartists is an independent arts organization whose mission is to provide budding artists with all the tools and exposure they need to take their careers to the next level. They have different locations all around the country, and low and behold…there’s a chapter here in DC. Lucky!!

Tomorrow night they are having a showcase of several handpicked local artists from all types of media – music, performance art, photography, fashion…you name it! I will definitely be in attendance, looking to bring to you whatever I can share to spread the word about some of the DC talent in the arts. If you can make it, tickets are on sale now! Be sure to come dressed in some snazzy cocktail attire.

RAWartists presents The Blend
Thursday, May 10
8:00PM – 2:00AM
Cafe Asia DC
1720 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

For more on RAWartists and their mission, check out their website!