In the Press: Wash. Post Reviews “Nano Portraiture” and “Nature/Nurture”

The Washington Post reviewed BlackRock’s dual Kay Gallery exhibitions “NANO PORTRAITURE” by Michal Gavish and Stephanie Garon’s “NATURE/NURTURE” in a roundup of local exhibitions inspired by science and nature.

The microscope is an essential tool for Michal Gavish, a former research chemist who now specializes in “Nano Portraiture,” the title of her show at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. The D.C. artist renders DNA sequences and protein samples in large 3-D constructions, which are echoed by smaller paintings of the same or a similar subject. … Gavish gives tiny things an outsized presence.

Separate yet thematically linked, Stephanie Garon’s BlackRock show gives the natural world a spine of steel. “Nature/Nurture” consists mostly of metal forms the Maryland artist has impregnated with organic materials, including dirt, pine needles and red wine. Like Gavish, Garon offers a few paintings that give one-dimensional form to the 3-D works. … Garon employs decaying natural artifacts primarily as symbols of humanity’s fragility. But her contrasts of hard and soft intrigue the eye as well as the mind.

Mark Jenkins, Washington Post January 18, 2019

The dual exhibition will be on display until February 16, 2019. Garon and Gavish will both be on hand for a free Artist Talk and Gallery Tour on Sunday, February 2 from 2-4 p.m.

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