6@35 – Fabricating Culture


Zenith Gallery & Washington Sculptors Group Presents
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6 @ 35 – Fabricating Culture
A Juried group exhibition Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group 35th Anniversary
Show dates: August 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Meet the Artists Reception: September 18, 2019 5-8pm
1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004

Artists: Luc Fiedler, Allen Linder, Mitra Lore, Vienne Rea, Gil Ugiansky, and Wilfredo Valladares

Washington Sculptors Group supports area sculptors by collaborating with other arts organizations,helping develop careers and exhibiting artwork. Celebrating Washington Sculptors’ Group’s thirty-fifth year, chosen by a jury comprised of Zenith Gallery Owner/Director and Sculptor Margery Goldberg;Washington, DC Department of General Services, Percent for Art Commissioner Sandy Bellamy, and Artscope and Something We Africans Got magazine’s art critic, Nancy Nesvet, Fabricating Culture recognizes six Washington Sculptors Group members and their creations.

Luc Fiedler’s work, inspired by natural or man-made objects show process. Tooling, hammer marks,flashes and splashes of foundry work, saw and carving marks are left intact. As the sculptures change, originally visualized ideas remain. Spontaneous decisions made during the developmental process result in entertaining meditative sculptures.

Allen Linder’s subtractive process of direct stone carving with hammer and chisel refine the emerging form. As Linder continues to reveal the emerging form, discovery leads to becoming. The moment of recognition, and of perceived finality leads to the finished sculpture.

Mitra Lore is a social activist who creates artwork to convey her message of “peace on earth.” Awarded American University’s Washington Area Peacemaker Award, Ms. Lore founded the Mideast 2000 Peace Foundation in 1991 with the goal; fostering peace in the Middle East. Mitra Lore’s collages and sculptures, often inspired by Rumi’s poetry, have been donated to benefit social causes and educate Masaai girls.
Vienne Rea’s Ladder Series, inspired by a dream, combines traditional and non-traditional materials using varied sculpting techniques. The use of ladder-as-symbol has become a vehicle for her expression of autobiographical and biographical stories spanning a lifetime of experiences.
Gil Ugiansky Creating non-representational artwork in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, iron, bronze and found objects, Gil Ugiansky’s geometric shapes and shiny objects capture the interest and curiosity of the viewer eliciting the question: “how is that possible?” or “how did he do that?”

Wilfredo Valladares Using bronze wood, bronze steel, cast iron rolling pins and other materials to explore the inter-connectedness of cultures, Wilfredo Valladares’ sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories. “Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space.” Cast and found objects become conduits that allow transformation of stories and memories into tangible visual information. In the casting process, seams in the molds become scars alluding to stories told in facial expressions. Fire infiltrates the materials, reshaping the original form leaving voids behind.

Celebrating 41 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject.  The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012.  Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven-Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.