SCULPTURE AND MIXED MEDIA EXHIBITION
Julie Girardini David Hubbard Joan Konkel
Barton Rubenstein Paul Martin Wolff
September 8, 2011 – January 7, 2012
at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Meet the Artists: Wednesday, October 5, 5:30-8:00 PM
Arts on Foot: Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, noon-6:000 PM
WASHINGTON, DC – September 1, 2011 – Form, color and highly polished material, ranging from bronze, steel, glass and mixed-media will transform the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW and capture the eye and imagination of visitors in this show featuring monumental and pedestal sculpture and three-dimensional wall art. The show opens on September 8 and will remain on display through January 7, 2012, with a “Meet the Artists Reception” on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Julie Girardini has been working as an artist for more than 20 years, using cold rolled steel as her primary medium, adding glass, paper, other metals and imagery to evoke emotion. She has shown her work at American Craft Council shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul and San Francisco; at the Washington Fine Craft Show since 1994 and at craft and fine art shows in St. Louis, Philadelphia and beyond. Girardini’s pieces have also been exhibited in galleries and collections, including the American Embassy in Canada and the International Craft Collection.
David Hubbard has operated his own business since 1987, and his work experience prior to that includes stints at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and Hirschhorn Museum, and at Superior Iron Company. An award-winning sculptor, Hubbard ahs exhibited in the Washington area at the National Building Museum, the National Museum of American Art, various art centers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and in local galleries. His work is also held in individual and institutional collections.
Joan Konkel’s work explores the optical effects of color transformation, moiré patterns, reflection and refraction. Layering aluminum sheet metal, acrylic and mesh on canvas, Konkel takes a sculptor’s point of view, creating low-relief art that is abstract and architectural. As light penetrates the layers, her art takes on luminosity and illusions of depth. Konkel has exhibited at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, at the Department of State’s embassies in Paris and Albania, and in galleries in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis and Palm Desert. Konkel’s pieces are also held in private and corporate collection in the United States and Europe.
Barton Rubenstein designs and fabricates his work, creating monumental sculpture for public spaces, academic institutions, parks, commercial and corporate venues, and private residences. Most of his commissions are unique creations, designed for a particular site, and each gives him the opportunity to work with other professionals, including architects, engineers, landscape architects and subcontractors. Rubenstein exhibits around the country and lectures frequently about his art. He has won numerous awards and be a finalist in over 25 national competitions in California, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia. He attended the Corcoran School of Art.
For Paul Martin Wolff, form and texture reign and manipulating the medium is his message. A successful attorney and senior partner at Williams & Connolly, Wolff took up sculpting at the Corcoran School of Art at age 58, and he has continued to develop his craft, moving from bronze to translucent materials such as glass and acrylic. His work is in private collections in Washington DC, Illinois, Maryland, Idaho, California, and Connecticut.