For artists Julia Wachtel and Wendy White, inspiration doesn’t need to come from much further than a Google Image Search. In a new show at Washington D.C.’s Von Ammon Co., titled Airlok or Gazing Into The Void, both artists culled generic depictions of familiar emotional states for those who are living, ahem, in these trying times. For Wachtel, that image was of a man with his head in a hole, representing at once feelings of shame, of isolation, of frustration, which she painted as a single-motif in several different styles. For White, that image was a more hopeful one: pixel art of an extra life from a video game in the shape of a heart, which she sculpted in steel and placed on a hanging mobile along with other ubiquitous, flat images that have existed for as long as the internet has.
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Love is in the air at the NOTO Art Center.
During the month of February, the art center’s new exhibit, “Art from the Heart,” will be on display in the Morris Gallery. It includes pieces from a variety of artists and businesses located in the arts district.
The exhibit opened Friday and will be up until the end of February. The art center, located at 935 N. Kansas Ave., is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Artists who have pieces in the show include Gwen McClain; Barbara Waterman-Peters, owner of Studio 831; Larry Peters; Kathy Pflaum; Lisa Underwood, owner of Glass Station; Michaela Butterworth; Dave and Gloria Horn, owners of Donaldson’s Jewelers; and Denise Selbee-Koch and Jennifer Woerner, owners of Compass Point.
The artwork that is part of the exhibit is mainly small pieces of work that “somebody could take as a forever
Still, when Andy Maus, director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum, says a new exhibit has some “rock stars,” it’s an understatement.
As the names indicate, “From Renoir to Kostabi” doesn’t just have rock stars — it has the monsters of rock. The exhibit includes the titans of the last 140 years in art, featuring Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.
Pablo Picasso’s 1959 linocut print, “Bacchanale au Taureau Noir.” Photo courtesy of Park West Museum / Special to The Forum
“It’s basically a journey through European and American modernism over 100 years,” Maus says. “It’s creativity through the ages.”
The show follows the development of art styles from the late 1800s into the 2000s, from Renoir landscapes to contemporary New York artist Mark Kostabi’s sociopolitical commentary.
While the 59-year-old may not be a household name, his work is in the collections at the Metropolitan