The ‘All Member Show: Bodies of Work: Art in Series’ is now open at Gallery Underground and runs through April 26. There is an opening reception: Friday, April 4, 2014, 5 – 8 p.m.
“In the Main Gallery this month Gallery Underground features “Bodies of Work: Art in Series” an exhibit of works by the gallery’s 43 members. Each artist will display a group of works with a central theme, or series. A variety of media and styles are represented as artists pursue an idea; pushing it to see how far it’ll go, trying out variations to see where they’ll end up. Some series are unified by subtle color palette similarities, others by obvious subject matter.”
When you experience “group shows” like this, it is difficult to consume and appreciate individual artists without applying specific focus. Surely some artists stand out, but to appreciate what they have accomplished requires study. Here is an example.
Bryan Jernigan often paints landscapes, from barns to broad endeavors. He champions a very specific style and technique. A few years ago, his excellent work and skills were intentionally boxed in and fixed as he refined his technique and process. Next, there were bursts of breaking out as he accommodated greater abstraction and new subjects.
In this exhibit, Jernigan embraces humanity with his distinctive approach.
Potential confronts us every day. Who do we want to be? Where do we want to go? And how do we get there? Potential stares us in the face. On rare occasions we are keen enough to see it, but most of the time it’s fuzzy or lost to us completely.
Potential can be scary. The future is an unknown and dark place, but it’s also where potential lives. I see potential in myself and in others, but I don’t have superpowers, so it’s just as unclear to me as it is to anyone else.
In my work, I try to capture in figurative abstraction what potential looks like to me. So many times, it’s grainy, undeveloped and obfuscated. I can see the forms, but I can’t see them in sharp focus – they are often stark and intimidating – unrealized potential always is. But I’m convinced the more effort I give to it, the more I work on bringing clarity to it, the more likely potential will be realized.”
See the list of paintings from “Potential.”
Located in the Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith to showcase the work of established and emerging regional artists. Over 40 artists exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass work, ceramics and jewelry.