Conner Contemporary Art proudly presents "New American Landscape" an inspired exhibition of recent works by Washington-based artists Mary Woodall and John Kirchner. This show is devoted to the legacy of the landscape genre as a wellspring of originality in the history of art in America and Washington, D.C.
While Woodall creates a new pictorial microcosm, conceptual artist John Kirchner constructs a haunting pastoral nocturne in his video "Deer Hunting in Virginia" (2002). In hand-shot footage of his dogs pursuing a stag by moonlight, Kirchner captures the awe of the sublime with ominously alluring imagery which evokes the thrill of the chase and the pleasure of looking.Choreographed to an audio track of Bach's Goldberg variations, his painterly scenes stir the passions as well as the senses.
Kirchner's video stills are also presented in the current show, which marks his third exhibition at the gallery. The work of this accomplished artist has been featured at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will be exhibited in an upcoming show at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York.
Text: Conner Contemporary