HHMI Gallery

Gallery Openings

Wordfall II was a site specific installation for the gallery at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute — Janelia Campus.

March-August 2015

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Text is a catalyst and integral to the concept behind Wordfall. Brendan Ogg was an aspiring writer with a love of poetry from bygone eras; John Keats and TS Eliot among them. It was heartbreaking when Brendan succumbed to brain cancer at the tender, yet insightful, age of 20. His death left a community of friends, family and colleagues devastated.

Brendan’s poetry from his book Summer Becomes Absurd was woven together as a tribute to his life and spirit. Friends, family, and even some who did not know Brendan, wrapped more than 40,000 paper clips with his words. A new community emerged as those who wrapped connected through shared stories of sorrow and of hopes. The wrapped paperclips transformed the written work, so easily lost, into a living memorial — linkages of words, random at times, but with inherent messages.

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“What else do we have except remembrance and memory?
Without memory we are lost.” — Elie Wiesel


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Wordfall includes five poems from Brendan’s collection in Summer
Becomes Absurd. Each abstracted poem is a set of woven words
moving from dark to light, confusion to clarity.

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Words as Legacy: Wordfall

Gallery Openings

Words and Letters Exhibition at the Athenaeum

Francie Hester and Lisa Hill’s new installation Wordfall is part of the Words and Letters exhibition at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia. The exhibition represents regional artists’ fascination and explorations of text as a component of visual art. The exhibition runs from May 8 through June 22, 2014.

About Wordfall

Diane Granat Yalowitz had a gift for words. As a journalist and senior editor of theWashingtonian magazine, Diane’s words gave advice, comfort, and guidance. Brendan Ogg was an aspiring writer with a love of poetry from bygone eras; John Keats and TS Eliot among them. Brendan was a beloved friend of Diane’s son, Adam. It was a heartbreaking coincidence when Diane succumbed to brain cancer and six years later, Brendan did as well. Their deaths left a community of friends, family and colleagues devastated.
In separate efforts, Diane articles and Brendan’s poetry from his book Summer Becomes Absurd were woven together as a tribute to their life and spirit. Friends, family, and even some who did not know Diane or Brendan, wrapped more than 60,000 paper clips with their words. A new community emerged as those who wrapped connected through shared stories of sorrow and of hopes. The wrapped paperclips transformed the written work, so easily lost, into a living memorial — linkages of words, random at times, but with inherent messages.

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 11, 4 to 6 p.m.

Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm
and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm.

 

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Grand Obsession at Capital Arts Network in the Month of June

Gallery Openings

 

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An exciting new art center has just opened its doors — Capital Art Network — under the leadership of Judith HeartSong, a wonderful artist and supporter of our local arts community.

 

Judith has curated the inaugural exhibition that will be opening on June 7th 6-9pm.

 

I am pleased to be showing with Martha Jackson Jarvis, Michael Enn Sirvet, Betsy Stewart, and Eve Stockton.

 

Hope you can join us for the opening, or stop by during the show to see the gallery and the art center in action with artist studios and classrooms. They are located in Rockville, MD on Wilkins Ave.

Fluid: Rhythms, Transitions & Connections

Gallery Openings Video

FLUID tackles the oft-unexplained complexities of human existence and visually ponders questions relating to loss, memory, and out connections to nature and one another. The artists; unique points of entry are each based on scientific exploration. Francie Hester focuses on the complexity and transitory nature of memory. Rebecca Kamen, with sound artist Susan Alexjander, explores the metaphysical relationship between water and the human body. Lisa Hill Charts her parents’ signatures through the course of their lives, to examine how identity is formed and altered by the ravages of time and health.

FLUID also features Words as Legacy — A Leaf of Knowledge, an installation by Hester and Hill inspired by the words left behind by Brendan Ogg, a young poet who passed away from brain cancer at age 20. An integral element of the work  includes community knitting by more than a hundred participants.

Together, this work forces us to step away from our routines, seek the unknown, and create connections to one another, our past, and nature.

Exhibition: Aqua Art Miami

Exhibition: Aqua Art Miami

Gallery Openings

 

Contemporary Art Fair

I will be showing my paintings with the Susan Eley Gallery, NYC, at the Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami.

 

EXHIBIT OPENING

December 6 – 9, 2012

1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

 

VIP PREVIEW OPENING:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 7:30PM – 11PM

 

Museum Day:

Thursday, December 6, 2012: 12PM – 9PM

free entry to the fair for all art museums members worldwide

 

Public Hours: Thursday, December 6: 12PM– 9PM

Friday, December 7: 11AM – 9PM

Saturday, December 8: 11am – 9pm Sunday, December 9: 11AM – 4PM