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Gene Davis,  Craig Dennis,  Christopher French,  Jae Ko,
Stephen Talasnik,  William T. Wiley,  Nancy Wolf

October 3 - November 28, 2015

Washington Post Review

Selected works

Nancy Wolf

Mountain Folly
, 2014
pencil on paper
29.25 x 21 inches

Open to the Public, 2014
pencil on paper
24.25 x 33 inches

William T. Wiley

Planet Dangerfield
, 2007
mixed media on paper
46 x 34 inches

Stephen Talasnik

Cross Section: The Homesick Engineer
, 2007
pencil on paper
29.5 x 22.5 inches

Stadia, 2010
pencil on paper
12 x 48 inches

     Stadia, detail

Craig Dennis

, 2011
ink on rag board
60 x 40 inches

       Fallout, detail

Transgressions, 2013
ink on rag board
40 x 60 inches

Gene Davis

untitled (GD1369)
, 1981
felt-tipped pen on paper
20 x 15 inches

untitled (GD1378), 1982
felt tip pen on paper,
15 x 20 inches

untitled (GD1341), 1981
felt-tipped pen on paper
15 x 20 inches

Christopher French

, 2010
acrylic, flashe and watercolor on paper,
24.25 x 24.5 inches

Jae Ko

Black & White #1
, 2014
glue and ink on paper
18 x 12 inches

Black & White #2, 2014
glue and ink on paper
18 x 12 inches

Black & White #3, 2014
glue and ink on paper
18 x 12 inches

Black & White #4, 2014
glue and ink on paper
18 x 12 inches


The Washington Post
Sunday, November 1, 2015, p E3
by Mark Jenkins

The seven artists in Marsha Mateyka Gallery’s “Drawing” are regulars there, and several are offering work whose style and concerns are familiar from recent shows there. That’s not detrimental to the fine pieces by Nancy Wolf, whose elaborate tableaux combine modernist architectural motifs with classical Western and Chinese elements; in one larger drawing, baroque formal gardens promenade atop a series of blank office blocks. Equally strong are Stephen Talasnik’s richly textured semi-architectural renderings, which combine precision and play, and Jae Ko’s white-on-black, glue-and-ink spirals, which mirror the contours of her better-known sculptures.

Less expected but just as expressive are drawings by Craig Dennis and Christopher French. French’s warping grid of red lines, punctuated by blue dots, suggests “Tron”, a non-Euclidean geometry and an expanding universe. Dennis’s large piece consists of multiple overlapping figures, each beginning with a tiny circle. Working freehand, the artist renders concentric lines that become increasingly eccentric as he magnifies each glitch when drawing the next orbit. If the artwork is in part an illustration of its own process, it also has a craggy, complex beauty that’s closer to natural forms than to the sterile perfection of an immaculate circle.

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