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Amy Kaslow Gallery

4300 Fordham Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20016

Community: Leesburg


A mixed media installation of painted, sculpted and assembled works that celebrates the way we see ourselves and one another.

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HumanKind is a mixed media installation of painted, sculpted and assembled works that celebrates the way we see ourselves and one another. The artists peel back what mars man, woman, and child to expose raw beauty we so often overlook. Our trust in ourselves, our personal resolve, our connectedness, our decency. Clearly, they want us to see it, too.

This exhibition has been two years in the making. As disease and war gripped the world, we concentrated on creatives who chronicle daily life with their paint brushes, chisels, wires, needles and threads. They capture struggle and triumph, retreat and reach. Consider the dignity of the uniformed porter, standing alone along the train track; Guatemalan families proudly dressed in their finest traditional textiles; a pair of feet, powerful in metal, all that’s still visible of the “persevering woman” who is moving through the wall. The artists offer us an elevated view of our world that might give us the confidence and the curiosity to step up and into it; to look for that pride, that decency in one another.

About the Artists

Esperanza Alzona is a metalworker whose anatomical sculpture is grounded in her life as a dancer and choreographer. Metal, she says, allows her “to render a certain weight, a material presence” to her 3-D creations. Nestor Madalengoitia takes what he calls a “Patternist” approach to his work — the subtext or the overlay, depending on your perspective, for his paintings and pastels. After easily getting lost in the maze-like graphics, the full pieces are particularly striking. Joseph Muzondo’s sculpture has long been prized by collectors in Europe, the US and the southern cone of Africa. In this series, he fuses his sculptural hand with paint on pliable paper, giving intriguing depth to a very familiar subject, the thumbprint. Steeped in Maya culture, Multicolores’ taps into world class folk art talent with women from the northern highlands of Guatemala who embroider detailed and superbly crafted self- and family portraits. Noah James Saunders says he “speak[s]in wire; and faces are my language” and the mostly self-taught master creates profiles and portraits that are feats of artistry and engineering. His sculptures move and cast shadows so ethereal, we must remind ourselves that they are strips of metal. Elroy Williams has enjoyed an award-winning career as a commercial artist, and he has a keen eye for what captivates. Williams says he creates what “can only be said through the visual,” which seems obvious when we examine his evocative pastels.

Opening Friday, May 20th at Amy Kaslow Gallery. Join us at 6pm for the opening reception. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, July 10th.

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