Catalyst Projects Art Exhibit ‘Identimorph’ Opening Reception – Saturday, January 11

Sharon Shapiro, Vixen, 2011, acrylic on canvas. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.
Sharon Shapiro, Vixen, 2011, acrylic on canvas. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

The good folks over at Catalyst Projects (located in Monroe Street Market’s Artwalk) always seem to have something new and interesting to see. Their latest exhibition is entitled Identimorph – Identity Portraits and runs from January 9th through February 1st, 2014. The opening reception for this show will be on Saturday January 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Here are the details from their press release:

Identimorph features portraits by two artists who transcend the visible and hint at the underlying psychology of the subject. Faces split into multiples, vibrating, morphing into other beings, or accompanied by symbols carrying hidden meaning – all these allude to different facets of a person. The result is a complex representation beyond the purely aesthetic.
 
Sharon Shapiro (VA) Shapiro’s portraits examine the human psyche by blurring boundaries “between the human and animal world, causing the viewer to question these borders – where they came from, why they’re important, and why trespasses upon them are both disturbing and compelling.” The result is an emotional characterization that portrays the inner struggle “between a person’s placid exterior and their churning, riotous core.”

Jessika Dene Tarr, Melancholy Bliss I, 2013, gouache and ink. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.
Jessika Dene Tarr, Melancholy Bliss I, 2013, gouache and ink. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.
Jessika Dene Tarr (MD) Tarr’s playfully dark portraits were inspired by 19th century German children’s book art. Using mixed media, she continues the narrative tradition by illustrating sometimes humorous and at other times apprehensive characters. Fluid lines add a “graphic aesthetic” to her pieces, in which Tarr “intends to remind the viewer that one can be inspired and intrigued by unhappy endings.”
 
Catalyst Projects’ 500+ square foot gallery and project space is located at Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, the center of a fast growing arts community.
Gallery hours are Thursday thru Saturday, noon to 7 pm, and by appointment. Catalyst Projects is located at the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route.  Street parking is available.
 
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Contact us at catalystartprojects(at)gmail(dot)com
 
Mission
Catalyst Project’s mission is to present the DC arts community to the world beyond the DMV.  By presenting arts programming with a focus on exchange, we hope to cross-pollinate with arts communities outside of the DC metro area.  It is our goal to make contemporary art accessible through educational programs such as panel discussions, artist workshops, and contemporary art exhibitions. 
 
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