Hillyer Art Space
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 2009, 6PM-9PM
Exhibition Dates: March 6 – April 24, 2009
Featuring music by DJ Gold
Food and refreshments will be served
La Vida Intensa by Gregory Ferrand
La Vida Intensa features Gregory Ferrand’s most recent works in acrylic. Ferrand’s background in film is evident in his strongly narrative paintings which usually capture a climactic moment in a character’s life. Through his exaggerated rendering and saturated colors, Ferrand aims to paint life. “No matter how exotic or mundane the setting of the painting or drawing,” says Ferrand, “I strive to tell stories about characters and situations that do, have and will exist…”
Gregory Ferrand is a native Washingtonian and self-taught painter. He received a BGS in film and English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997, and studied drawing at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Vida Intensa is Ferrand’s first solo show. Find out more at www.gferrand.com.
Squaring the Circle; Stretching the Clay by Judit Varga
Squaring the Circle; Stretching the Clay features a selection of Judit Varga’s newest ceramic sculptures. A native of Hungary who now calls Washington, DC, “home,” Varga uses malleable clay to speak freely and engage in interactions in a place that does not understand her mother tongue. Varga’s vocabulary, she says, “has been built from basic shapes like squares, circles and their universal, symbolic implications to communicate.” Using the power of colors and the inflections of rich surfaces, Varga plays with the meaning of the spoken words and their straightforward interpretations, deliberately creating visual misinterpretation to juxtapose the lost value in translation.
Judit Varga was born and raised in Hungary, where she completed her BFA at the College of Teaching in Szombathely and her MFA at the Hungarian Applied Art Academy in Budapest. After receiving her MFA, Varga moved with her husband to Oxford, England, where she studied English and continued her clay-work for three years. In 1993, Varga made the transition to the United States, first to Long Island, NY and then finally to Rockville, MD in 1996. In 2006, Varga became a permanent resident of the U.S. and is now a working and exhibiting artist as well as a ceramics teacher.
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