Cultural Exchanges, a juried exhibition
Opening Reception: November 7, 5:30 - 7:30, Exhibition: runs November 7 - February 7
In an increasingly global culture, where the internet and travel link people across oceans and time zones, contemporary art has expanded its reach. This is especially true in Montgomery County, where the local population is more diverse than ever before, with more than 138 languages spoken in Montgomery County’s public schools.
Cultural Exchanges brings together the work of nine artists that refers to people, places, experiences and artistic traditions from across the globe. Some of these artists have lived and worked in Montgomery County their entire lives, while others have traveled here as children or adults, sometimes under duress. As a group, the work shares an abstract language that traverses cultural divides and probes themes of memory, loss, identity, and encounter.
A portion of the mixed-media installation, The Listening Room, originally curated by Sally Brucker, is reprised here, bringing together her painting, prints by Pauline Jakobsberg, poetry by Ann Becker, with Cubistic paintings by refugee artist, Ethiopian-born Fetunwork Amedie and a sand painting by Gambian artist Dawda Oliver. Pierre-Antoine Goho uses gourds and shells to evoke his native Cote d’Ivoire and Chinese-born artist Shanye Huang fuses Chinese calligraphy and folk arts with gestural painting. Linda Slattery Sherman responds to foreign travel in Peru with a mélange of symbols, and Winston Harris creates a series of prints that investigate cultural identity, cultural stereotypes and the hybridization of American culture.
- Michele Cohen, Ph.D.
Linda Slattery Sherman attended Carnegie Mellon University earning a BFA in graphic design. Her interest in abstraction flows naturally from being a designer. After forming her own marketing and communication design firm in 1977, she retired after 30 years to seriously pursue her lifelong interest in painting. Linda has studied painting at CMU, Montgomery College with Ed Ahlstrom and with private instructors, including Skip Lawrence and Susan Herron. She is currently working in open studio at the Delaplaine in Frederick with Calvin Edward Ramsburg. She has had solo shows at The Artists’ Gallery in Frederick, MD and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, and her work has been included in numerous group shows.
Dawda Oliver is a professional artist from The Gambia, on the coast of West Africa, where he created and sold sand paintings to support his large family. In The Gambia, he collected natural sand from local beaches and other locations. Since relocating to the U.S. with his wife and children, he works several jobs, but he hopes to return to his art full-time.
The hand pulled print has been Pauline Jakobsberg’s medium of expression for the last 33 years. She is co-founder of the Washington Printmakers Gallery and founder of the Graphic Workshop, an environmentally safe printmaking studio in Downtown, Silver Spring. Her works are in several private collections here and abroad and have been widely exhibited in the US and Europe, including two solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic. In the Spring of 2011, Jackosberg was featured on the cover of the Washington Print Club Quarterly.
Shanye Huang was born and raised in a Zhuang ethnic family in Guangxi, Southwest China; a region known for its vibrant folk arts. He has maintained a lifelong fascination with the power, mystery and beauty of Chinese folk arts and culture. Shanye Huang's art has earned him many national and international awards and has been collected by museums, galleries as well as private collectors, including the International Museum of Art in Texas, Andrew Art Museum in North Carolina, Brazilian Museum of Sculpture-MuBE in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the National Fine Art Museum of China in Beijing, and the New York Art Collection in New York.
Winston Harris earned printmaking degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, (BFA) and Howard University (MFA). Harris currently conducts artist in residencies and works with a selected group of established painters, sculptors and digital printmakers who assist with his growth as he strives to further his knowledge as a printmaker. His strategy has been to create a contemporary experiment in printmaking and to challenge his beliefs of conceptual breakthroughs from reading books related to historic and contemporary artists. He hopes from this inspiration he will continue
to develop artwork of substance.
Pierre-Antoine Goho was born in Côte d’Ivoire. He has been painting since childhood. He works in an intuitive way and draws inspiration from many unexpected places: a trip, a conversation or an event. His travels to Thailand, United Arab Emirates, France, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire have also shaped his art. He uses acrylic and oil paint, canvas, wood, paper, rocks, and natural materials. His paintings, murals, and mixed media works can be found in private collections throughout the United States, France, Norway, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Finland, and Ireland.
Sally Brucker is an art therapist and licensed clinical social worker, who worked with refugees first at the Medical Center for Victims of Torture in London, UK (2000-2002). She has worked internationally for many years as a psychotherapist, adjunct professor at Montgomery College, International workshop leader and most recently, a humanitarian ‘clown’ with Patch Adams, MD. Sally is also a mixed media artist and former member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. In 2003, she founded the Studio Downstairs, an art therapy program with adults with mental health disabilities. Her printmaking, painting, and sculpture have been exhibited in both the U.S. and Europe. She co-edited, with Anne Becker et al., the book, Inspired Results ( 2008: Lulupress.com).
The poet laureate emerita of Takoma Park, MD, Anne Becker is poet in residence at Pyramid Atlantic, a print-making and book arts studio and gallery in downtown Silver Spring, MD, where she is developing projects to promote collaborations between poets, visual artists, dancers and musicians.. Her books include The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin and The Good Body (chapbook). Since 2001 she has led a special poetry workshop, Writing the Body, for those who have experienced life-threatening or chronic illness as patient, caregiver or family member. For seventeen years she was senior producer of Watershed Tapes, audiocassette recording of nationally and internationally known poets including Alicia Ostriker, Sharon Olds, Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, Yehuda Amichai.