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IN THE GALLERIES: Artist Francie Hester’s Pieces Show Allure Of The Old

For more than a few contemporary artist, the sensation that art critic Robert Hughes once described as “the shock of the new” has given way to the allure of the old. Among the inspirations for Francie Hester’s “Symbolic Spaces,” at the Athenaeum, are bi discs, unearthed from Chinese graves bug as many as 5,400 years ago. Where the originals are mostly jade or glass. Hester’s freshly manufactured “Relics” are aluminum, covered in acrylic and wax. The same shapes and ingredients recur in most of the other work.

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ELEGANTLY RENDERED

Francie Hester’s work explores the concepts of time and memory

Rooted in science and math, Maryland-based artist Francie Hester’s works are cerebral ruminations on memory and time and the phenomenon of patterns that emerge from within seemingly random events. “With each series I begin, I find science offers invaluable perspective when digging into life’s most challenging questions — the study of the brain for example, of the perception of time first as linear and then fluid. Once I have done a body of research and reading, my own artistic interpretation and perceptions take over.” Hester’s newest show will run June 26 – August 3 at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria.

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Washington Post: Art takes on a language of it own

Washington Post: Art takes on a language of it own

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Art takes on a language of it own

“Words and Letters’ exhibit speaks in ways that are verbal and visual”

A group established at the Athenaeum puts its on spin on philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s mantra “The medium is the message.” For the 12 artist in “Words and Letters” — each of whom uses language, or in some cases merely jumbled letters — the role of the written symbol varies widely. A few works contain snatches of actual poetry and are meant to be read. For many others, the building blocks of language have been put into a blender and spread around like paint ..

 

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