Gallery Curators:

Anthony Nguyen and Ariel Posh

About the Gallery

 Since 1971, Theatre Project has been providing a distinct cultural experience to the citizens of Baltimore by presenting new, innovative and diverse works in the arts.  The John Fonda Gallery is dedicated to providing the contemporary visual artist of Baltimore a vital venue to present shows featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and fiber arts.  This arrangement of gallery and performance space creates an opportunity for dialog as visual artists and performing artists exhibit their work side by side.  It was dedicated on January 14, 1993 to the memory of John Fonda, who served as curator of the gallery and nurtured Baltimore arts and artists.  It is open for viewing beginning one hour prior to performances or by appointment: 410-539-3091.

 

In the John Fonda Gallery through January 7, an exhibition by Heekyu Hong and Daniel Sullivan.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 17 from 5 – 7pm.

Show Statement:

Meeting originally some 25 years ago when Hong was an undergraduate and Sullivan a graduate student in The University of Maryland’s Fine Arts program, their lives and artistic careers have been like a binary star system with mutually oblique orbits – at times coming closer and at others receding. For over two and a half decades, they have challenged and supported, complimented and contrasted each other as their years have progressed and other relationships have blossomed or faded. This exhibition, the sixth they have taken part in together, chronicles a mutual rejuvenation in their aesthetic pursuits and upon viewing, the visitor will be able to sense the shared history on display and the ongoing discourse between these two artists – and between their work.

Heekyu Hong’s intentionally human-scaled works are vibrant assemblages of colored paper mounted on rigid supports. These brightly hued, architectonic pieces, speak to an imagined landscape and a possible untimely demise. They depict what could be every culture’s remnants and the billowing smoke of transformation… yet they seem transcendent – perhaps referencing instead a new course or beginning, with constructions erected from the remains.

Daniel Sullivan’s acrylic on cradled wooden panels, employ the traditional grid and color fields of modernism, which are actually sourced from color-averaged and pixelated photographs, which occupy that moment when an image ceases to be anything and becomes something quite specific… and it turns out that “something” is clandestine and disturbing.

Both artists’ work speaks to the transcendence of a particular moment and/or event, and like their multi-decade friendship, the works also benefit from an on-going dialogue – one the viewer is now also privy to.

To inquire about exhibiting your work, please e-mail thejohnfondagallery@gmail.com.

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