Please join us in the gallery this Saturday:

Artist Talks + Gallery Tour by Stephanie Garon + Michal Gavish
Saturday, February 2 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | FREE

STEPHANIE GARON: NATURE/NURTURE

Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE Artist Talk + Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM | FREE In her solo exhibition Nature/Nurture, Stephanie Garon exposes the frailty of humanity versus the environment while emphasizing the importance of sustaining both. Juxtaposing steel and organic materials, that change formally over time, the artist constructs sculptures which are a metaphor for human limitations in the face of nature. Fusing biological and emotional perspectives of form and function, her works concrete, honey, soil, wax, talc, paper, glass, clay, leaves and other natural materials in various stages of decomposition. Reflecting on the dichotomy of the visible world against invisible memories of it, Garon builds fragile pieces that capture traces of time passing as dried pine needles tenuously cling to a steel armature, or honey turns brittle between mounds of concrete. She also uses chemistry to manipulate materials, making a paste of talc and cloudberry oil or stirring Cabernet Sauvignon into a resin coating before applying the unstable mixtures to sheets of bent steel. In her dynamic natural forms, that continue to transform in the gallery, Garon captures the paradoxes of formalism and fragility, permanence and impermanence, nature and nurture. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Stephanie Garon is a Maryland-based artist who received dual degrees in Nutritional Sciences and Health Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY before studying Fine Art at Maryland Institute College of Art and Visual Arts Education at University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has been featured in more than 30 national and international juried exhibitions, including shows at the Ann Street Gallery (Newburgh, NY); CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea), Salisbury University Art Gallery (Salisbury, MD), Lubomirov-Hughes Gallery (London, UK); Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN), Visual Art Exchange (Raleigh, NC), Zenith Gallery (Washington, DC), Artists & Makers Gallery (Rockville, MD), and the Baltimore World Trade Center (Baltimore, MD). Garon is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Montgomery County. In addition to her studio practice, Garon currently teaches for Howard County Public Schools, the Maryland Institute College of Art Young People’s Studios program, and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Learn more about the artist at: www.garonstudio.com

MICHAL GAVISH: NANO PORTRAITURE

Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE

Artist Talk + Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM | FREE

Magnifying nanostructures from their original scale, Michal Gavish creates abstracted constructions which illuminate biological complexities generally invisible to the naked eye. Drawing upon her background as a research scientist, she presents sculptural installations of paintings and drawings depicting sub-micro biological systems based on specific scientific models and spectra from her ongoing collaborations with biologists and chemists. In her solo exhibition Nano Portraiture, Gavish explores the vulnerability of DNA and protein molecules to the changing environment in a series of multi-media works that reflect on the fragility of our inner biology. She invites viewers to adopt new perspectives as they experience the tiny complex bio-formations she has amplified to larger-than-life scale in structures which blur the definition of portraiture.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michal Gavish is a Washington, DC based artist and writer who received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from City University, New York then worked as a research scientist before earning her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Hungarian Jewish Museum (Budapest, Hungary), Humanities Gallery at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY), Sandra Lee Gallery (San Francisco, CA), LIA at the Spinnerei (Leipzig, Germany), and Zadik Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) as well as in group shows at IA&A at Hillyer (Washington, DC), National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (Stanford, CA), Sonoma Valley Art Museum (Sonoma, CA), and Cooper Union (New York, NY). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Gavish is a staff writer for SciArt Magazine, she lectures extensively and also teaches college courses in art and science. She was born in Israel and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Learn more about the artist at: www.michalgavish.com

 


MICHAEL BERRY: THIS MOMENT, THIS PLACE

Meet the Artist Reception + Gallery Talk : Sunday, January 27 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE

Racking his large-format camera, Michael Berry carefully controls the plane of focus and depth of field before capturing ethereal landscapes on 4×5 sheet film. The slow process requires patience, as the Maryland photographer revisits his chosen sites multiple times, studying the location from various angles and waiting for just the right weather conditions before setting up his tripod. Berry’s compositions are often dominated by vast expanses of cloud-filled skies above mountain ranges, bodies of water, or agricultural fields. He develops his own film then scans each negative on a drum scanner before adjusting contrast in the digital darkroom. In his solo exhibition This Moment, This Place, Berry explores the landscape, both near his home and on his travels, in a series of black and white photographs documenting the experience of a specific moment in a unique place.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Berry earned a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a BA in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver, CO. His award-winning photographs have been exhibited regionally and nationally, including a recent solo show at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD, and have been selected for juried group shows which include “Illumination: An Exhibit of Fine Art Photography” at Agora Gallery in New York, NY, “5 Photographers, 5 Visions” at the Frederick Arts Council, and “National Juried Photography Exhibit” at The Delaplaine. Berry, who is an Illinois native, worked for many years in New Jersey as a commercial photographer specializing in the field of advertising and won numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. He has also taught college courses in photography as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. Berry currently maintains his fine art photography practice in Ijamsville, MD, which is located in Frederick County. Learn more about the artist at: www.michaelberryphotography.com



Gallery Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain dates when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.

Galleries Closed

Galleries are closed to the public on the following dates:

Closed for Holiday:
Monday, February 18, 2019
President's Day

Closed for Art Installation:
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Friday, February 22, 2019