A Midsummer Night’s Gallery Guide
A guide to this month’s standout gallery exhibits around the city, for those of us who could use some time gazing at a good painting or piece of sculpture on a warm summer evening.
1515 14th St., NW
In her exhibit “Interconnected: Science, Nature, and Technologies” (through August 31), Yuriko Yamaguchi created a sculptural installation titled Cloud, which balances fantasy and dreams with the overlapping web of common forces that affect the human condition: ancestry, economy, religion, nature, time, technology and place. This mixed-media work reflects its namesake both literally and metaphorically: it is beautiful from a distance, and evermore difficult to see as we get closer, until suddenly we are lost inside of it.
2026 R Street NW
The painter Mary Armstrong creates ethereal landscapes that shift between the ground, water and air, exploring the symbiotic relationship between the earth and it’s atmosphere, evoking a sense of both serenity and turmoil. Her abstract interpretations of a landscapes are informed by 19th century painting approaches, yet her method of scraping through luscious wax and oils on panel in order to reveal hyped-up colors from underneath lend her work a decidedly contemporary resonance.
2025 Hillyer Place NW
The renowned landscape artist Billy Morrow Jackson is on view through the end of September in “A Clear Eyed Poet of the Prairie.” Jackson is best known for his paintings of rural buildings and their environs, in which nearly all the canvas can be devoted to dramatically lighted sky. For those with a love of the American Midwest, this is truly an exhibit not to be missed.
1666 33rd Street NW
All We Art is a new, multidisciplinary space dedicated to promote international cultural exchange between Venezuela, other Latin American countries, and the United States, through exhibitions and cultural programs. The inaugural exhibit, “Tierra de Gracia/Land of Grace,” celebrates the exuberance of the artistic production in Venezuelan contemporary art (through September 14). Through painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry and handcraft, the group exhibition features Venezuelan artists that together highlight the complexity of Venezuelan contemporary art.
1353 U St NW
Washington based artist Billy Friebele translates the bustle of the U Street corridor into abstract images and sound in “U Street Chromatic (for Duke),” on view through August 23. Paying homage to Duke Ellington’s early piano composition, Soda Fountain Rag, he has created an interactive drawing and sound-making machine. Planted in locations along the U Street Corridor that were important to Ellington’s artistic evolution, Friebele’s playful machine translates the motion of passersby into sound and abstract images using sonar sensors.
1353 U St NW
Through August 16, Project 4 Gallery will present “Everyware,” a show dedicated to exploring handheld digital art by a group of three artists connected and sharing their work and ideas through social media. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan and Lynette Jackson explore context with mobile technologies and reflect on these new, contemporary conditions. For instance, Cahill’s geometric, design-like work is created entirely on his mobile device, utilizing multiple photo-sharing and fine art apps.
1643 Wisconsin Ave NW
Mix egg yolk with powdered pigment and you have egg tempera, a painting medium that has been used for over 1,000 years. A successful Kickstarter campaign provided the funding for Washington artist Caroline Adams’s project to make 50 paintings in egg tempera, combining 21st century crowdsourcing with ancient artistic traditions. Throughout the year, Caroline has documented her progress, building layers of color slowly and sharing her struggles and successes through her Kickstarter site. The project has culminated in a wonderful, intimate exhibition of these fifty small landscapes, on view through August 30.