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Featured Artists: Jan Kirsh, Barbara Kobylinska, Cindy Winnick
Without laughter, life would be intolerable. In fact, laughter is so important to us, there are professions dedicated to making people laugh! Our next exhibit offers art that might uplift our spirits. Presenting Jan Kirsh, Barbara Kobylinska and Cindy Winnick, who turn objects and ideas into something humorous. Using unconventional materials these three women sculpt humorous shapes by exaggerating forms.
Jan Kirsh works in concert with nature. Her 30-plus years as a landscape designer with an eye for detail inspires her art , which captures that vitality of natural forms. Alive with possibility and powerful personalities, her fruit and vegetable sculptures are about joy and expression. With her recent exploration into 3D-printed jewelry, Kirsh’s pendants and earrings—miniature versions of her sculptures—further reflect the intimate wonder and whimsy of nature.
Barbara Kobylinska is influenced and inspired by Nature, a dominant factor in her artwork. Kobylinska feels and expresses her deep admiration for nature’s wonders: organic, rich forms and abundant colors in her flower, bird, bug and animal sculptures. As adventurous and inventive, she works on mixed media animal series incorporating found objects and recycled metal pieces. Her “animal kingdom” series displays her humor and imaginative whimsy interpretations of the natural world and humor, just as PT Barnum stated: “The noblest art is that of making others happy”
Cindy Winnick’s portrait and figure work are characterized by strong drawing skills honed by weekly work from the model. She uses a variety of media to create color and form. In sculpture, she uses clay, plaster or cloth to form shapes that become figures. She works similarly in paint – drawing, forming, adding, and subtracting with the brush or palette knife. Her fabric sculptures incorporate colorful materials and exaggerated gestures to evoke movement, personality, and humor.
Now celebrating 42 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven-Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.