The Arts
Angie Newman Johnson Gallery

In Conversation: Where Drawing and Sculpture Meet - November 7-December 14, 2017

Susan Hosteler and Jean Sausele-Knodt
Reception: Friday, December 1 at 6:30
Please join us on Friday, December 1 for an Evening of the Arts. An artist’s reception celebrating In Conversation: Where Drawing and Sculpture Meet will kick off the night at 6:30 with cello music by Senior, Doris Li. Liz Lane’s piano students from EHS, along with her off-campus students, will have a piano recital at 7:30. The whole event will be capped off with a reception for all at 8:30.

Hostetler and Sausele-Knodt keenly embrace drawing and sculpture in their respective practices. A level of intuition and intensity guides each artist in the unearthing of form in their 2-D compositions; this is critical to their work as sculptors. Each artist works to transform space in multiple dimensions. In Conversation gave two artists the forum to bring their work to the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, and build on a dialogue.
Susan Hostetler’s Northeast DC studio, in the thriving Off the Beaten Track warehouse, is all windows. On the walls of the airy, industrial studio, birds playfully beat their wings, and cut through space in a calligraphic dance of flight. This ethereal canvas captures the mixed flock: drawn, sculpted and transformed from graphite to gestural wing beats in the air. Moments of flight, song and the convergence of the two are held within these installations. Hostetler’s drawing process begins with building up dense layers through the use of stencils and mark making. Initially, bird song worked as a launch pad for this process, and gradually she started to create her own marks in homage to the original bird song notations. The visceral and metallic, graphite gestures built up in her highly developed, mylar compositions are compelling. The negative space in her drawings create a place for pause, and set a stage for nesting, song and flight: captured but not contained.    
At Jean Sausele-Knodt’s home studio, set amongst a robust canopy of trees, her relief sculptural works danced around the walls, playfully projecting from the surfaces in “parallel and pitching planes.” The organic forms reached out in a gracious dialogue of color, texture and form. Many parts create a whole, in collage-like assemblages; containing multiple speeds of activity, from quiet and velveteen embroidered surfaces, to gestural graphite marks racing within her shapes. Metal and wooden dowels work to toggle together components and create grid like systems from which her abstracted forms burgeon and bloom up into lively and cohesive worlds. These 3-D worlds are then captured by the artist in 2-D and used for studies for new sculpture: creating a breathing, process driven continuum. Sausele-Knodt’s buoyant works on Bristol paper are a way for her to lean into the process in a “leading energy”. Multiple layers of buzzing activity are grounded in the pensive and methodical ink drawing. A type of magic happens in the Chine-colle¢ and collage process, where the illusion of floating, nest like formations emerge. 

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