Form and Energy brings together art and science in evocative visual interpretations of forms and energies, both known and unknown, that permeate our universe.
Betsy Stewart's paintings explode with depictions of teeming natural life forms hidden from the naked eye as they undergo processes of transformation. Richard Dana's work poetically suggests energies and transformative processes which could be the animating forces for Stewart's life forms. Viewed together, their works address the concept of order and disorder: the forces that cause matter to come together, to transform and to fall apart in the natural world.
It is ambiguous as to whether the artists are portraying the dynamics between form and energy in microscopic or macroscopic universes: in a drop of water or a galaxy? Or both?
The viewer is invited to ponder and imagine.
Stewart and Dana have exhibited together for many years in larger group shows nationally and internationally. This is the first exhibition where the two artists have the opportunity to generate a sustained conversation between their work. While drawing on a different aesthetic and medium, together their art creates a coherent dialogue about form and energy in art and science.
Washington, DC artist Betsy Stewart creates paintings of microscopic and macroscopic nature: origins of life from a drop of water to systems in the cosmos. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Stewart’s recent solo exhibitions include venues in Denver, CO, Vancouver, BC, Richmond, VA, New Orleans, LA, and Washington, DC, as well as group exhibitions in New York, NY, Art Basel, Miami, FL, Toronto, CA, Istanbul, TR, Aix-en-Provence, FR, and Montevideo, UR. Her work is represented in numerous private, corporate and museum collections such as Corcoran Gallery of Art, Kreeger Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Adirondack Museum, Bellagio Hotel, Embassy of Finland, Washington Convention Center and World Bank Headquarters. As part of the US Department of State’s Art In Embassies Program, her works has been exhibited in worldwide American embassies. In addition to other awards, Stewart has been a recipient of four Award Grants from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Her upcoming exhibitions in 2017 include “Take Me to the River”, Tsing Hua University in Beijing and Shanghai, and “Microscopic Cosmos”, The Arts Club of Washington DC.
Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Washington, DC, who creates art using a variety of media, including digital prints, mixed media painting, drawing, and installations. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally in museums, biennials, galleries, and alternative spaces. Mr. Dana has had 25 solo exhibitions and participated in over 120 group exhibitions. In the United States he has exhibited in New York, Washington, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, among other places. Internationally Mr. Dana has exhibited in Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. In 2017 he is exhibiting his work at: Hillyer Art Space and Hisaoka Art Center in Washington, DC; School of Fine Art at Tsing Hua University in Beijing; School of Fine Art in Shanghai, and; Livingston Center for Art and Culture in Livingston, Montana. In a former life he was a Soviet Affairs expert.