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Gallery 1448 presents: Fletcher/Schwing: New Work

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October 2 – October 18
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm
Included in School 33 Open Studio Tour, October 17-18

Leslie Schwing and Greg Fletcher, longtime residents at Artist Housing, continue their exploration of the worlds that surround and shape us. This exhibition features a selection of their newest work. Their varied subject matter encompasses the natural world, the cultural world, the world of the mind, and the urban landscape.

Leslie Schwing brings her playful, lyrical line-work to a range of subjects and mediums. Her charming scratchboard drawings, like the ink drawings of Van Gogh, are a tour-de-force of linear pattern and texture. They may coalesce into a charming evocation of a country landscape or a light-hearted rendering of alpacas enjoying their day on a farm.

Her new “glyph-work” is part of her continuing investigation into how marks and lines develop into symbols of communication. Like mysterious cuneiform lettering or numerical systems, this enigmatic series of designs pique our curiosity about the meaning and method behind their invention.

In her new cityscapes, Leslie employs layer upon layer of color and pattern to define her response to urban space. She constructs compositions that create exuberant order out of chaos. Her vibrant depictions of Baltimore overflow with the sights, sounds and smells of the city she knows and has lived in for almost a quarter of a decade.

Greg Fletcher also exhibits his latest work in which he re-visits old subject matter with new vitality. He builds on his past deliberations of how light effects the specific mood of a landscape in his carefully considered views of the countryside around Darlington, Maryland in Harford County. In contrast to these more traditional works, he has begun a series of brightly colored abstract collages based on the dynamism found in the music of Jazz. This more spontaneous, joyful and experimental work continues and adds to his body of abstract painting and 3-dimentional compositions relating to his African heritage.

Both Greg and Leslie’s work is represented in major local and national collections. We hope you will visit the gallery to view their on-going evolution.

To view some work from the show, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/schwingart/sets/72157622209348182/

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