Caged In: DC Painters Explore the Aesthetic Influences of John Cage

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Washington DC – Gallery 102 at The George Washington University is delighted to present Caged In: DC Painters Explore the Aesthetic Influences of John Cage, an intriguing exhibition featuring new work by seven exceptional painters working in the greater Washington, DC area.Caged In will open at Gallery 102, 801 22nd St. NW, on Monday, September 16 with a public reception on Thursday, September 19 from 6:00- 8:00 PM, and will show until Friday, October 4.

On October 2, at 6:30 PM, Gallery 102 is pleased to host Cage and the Contemporary, a panel discussion with Co-Director of the John Cage Centennial Festival, Steve Antosca, Director of the John Cage
Trust, Laura Kuhn, and Black Mountain College Scholar, Katherine Markoski. Caged In also includes a full-color catalog with introduction by Markoski and reflective essays by each participating artist.

Caged In challenges seven DC-based painters to create original large-scale paintings while listening exclusively to Cage: The 25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage, which was
famously performed by the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble in the NYC Town Hall in 1958.

Each invited artist works in a unique style and all are coming to Caged In at varying points in their careers. However, each participating artist was specifically chosen for his or her remarkable likeness to or understanding of, the complex and onerous philosophies of the influential 20th century composer. An interest in multiplicities of material and form, is shared between Corcoran College of Art professor Jeff Huntington, GWU MFA Candidate Travis Beauchene and narrative painter Ali Miller, while the
artworks of international artist Rosemary Covey and Mid City ArtistRegina Miele, are reminiscent of Cage’s interest in what he coined ‘anarchic harmony.’ In comparison, Michael Owen, founder of the Baltimore LOVE project, and baroque abstract painter Katherine Tzu Lau Mann, demonstrate Cage’s ability to engage the viewer through subtle details, space and silence.

“Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” – John Cage


Ali Miller
Ali Miller is a narrative painter who was raised in New York and received her BFA from Alfred University. In 2010, Ali was accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art as the recipient of the Hoffberger Fellowship Award, where she received her MFA. Ali recently received the Best in Show
Prize at the Bethesda Painting Awards and is currently represented by Connersmith Gallery. Ali has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, Toronto, and Florence, Italy.

Jeff Huntington
Jeff Huntington is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, where he received his BFA in 1995. Jeff received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently represented by Porter / Contemporary in New York and Reyes+Davis in Washington, DC. Jeff has been featured on the CNBC program, The Art of Investing and has artwork in the permanent collections of the Panama City Embassy. He has exhibited in Milan, Italy, The Hague, Netherlands, Baltimore, Annapolis, Alexandria and several other U.S. cities.

Katherine Tzu Lau Mann
Katherin Tzu Lau Mann is an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received her MFA after earning her BA from Brown University. Katherine paints large-scale hybrid works that she describes as "baroque abstract." She is a recipient of a Fulbright grant to Taiwan, the AIR Gallery Fellowship program in Brooklyn, and the Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC. Katherine has exhibited at the Walters Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the American embassies in
Dubai, UAE and Yaounde, Cameroon.

Michael Owen
Michael Owen is a contemporary painter who uses bold, graphic imagery to access a wider audience through minimalism. Michael is the creator and leading artist of the Baltimore LOVE Project and has been commissioned for murals and public art projects by Vans Warped Tour, the City of Anaheim, CA, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He was a finalist in the Diesel Clothing International Wall Competition in Toronto, Canada and is currently an
Artist in Residence at the Creative Alliance.

Regina Miele
Regina Miele uses traditional mediums to capture expressions of humanity and landscapes that evoke a sense of biological memory. Regina received her BA from Catholic University, and studied intensive fine arts and art in Florence, Italy. Regina has exhibited in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Berkeley, CA, Izmir, Turkey, and Florence, Italy. Regina is a member of Mid City Artists and has artwork in collections in Washington, DC, New York, Miami, Luxembourg, and Tel Aviv.

Rosemary Feit Covey
Rosemary Feit Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is best known for her woodcut engravings. Rosemary has had solo exhibitions in Argentina, Switzerland, Chicago, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Arlington Arts Center. She has work in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American History, the New York Public Library, the People’s Republic of China Embassy Library, the Papyrus Institute in Cairo, Egypt, the National Library of Scotland and several universities.

Travis Beauchene
Travis Beauchene was born in Fargo, North Dakota and received his BFA from North Dakota State University (NDSU), where he worked at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery and organized multiple public art displays and performances. Travis is now working toward his MFA at GWU where his focus is on challenging societal perceptions and possibilities of the portrait. Travis also has a significant musical history, playing piano and guitar since grade school. Preferring improvisation to reading notes, Travis composes his own music and uses it in conjunction with his artwork.

This exhibition was curated by Roxanne Goldberg

Roxanne Goldberg is Curator and Public Relations Director for Gallery 102. In spring 2013, Roxanne curated Sandy's Stories: An Epilogue of Hurricane Sandy, the first exhibition in Washington, DC to address the natural disaster, and a show named by Washingtonian as an "Art Must See." She also curated art + evolution in collaboration with GWU's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology. Roxanne is the 2013 Winner of the DC Student Arts Journalism Competition, and the recipient of a summer certificate in Art and Its Markets from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. Roxanne has contributed arts criticism as a Creative Writer for ArtSeeDC and has worked as an intern for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and International Arts and Artists.