Love & Rage: Arie Mandelbaum | Unquiet Kingdom: Katherine Tzu-Lan MannSeptember 14, 2012
On September 14, 2012, two exciting and distinct exhibitions will open at Honfleur Gallery; Arie Mandelbaum’s Love & Rage downstairs, and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s Unquiet Kingdom upstairs.
Love & Rage puts forth Mandelbaum’s latest series of mixed media works on paper. Produced during a six-week residency in Anacostia, the 13 large-scale artworks in the show depict scenes the artist observed in the neighborhood during his stay and were created with his signature medley of tempera and mixed media on paper or canvas. Born in 1939 in the Brussels neighborhood of Gare du Midi to Polish-Jewish parents, Mandelbaum’s experiences during his formative years as a young Jewish boy during WWII have heavily influenced his life’s work. Mandelbaum began studies at the Academie of Beaux-Arts starting in 1957. Childhood memories, socio-political commentary and intimacy form the main content of Mandelbaum’s body of work. This past spring, the Jewish Museum of Belgium showed a retrospective of the painter’s work from the past decade. The exhibition included over 70 of the artists paintings.
Upstairs, Mann’s Unquiet Kingdom crawls up and hangs from the ceilings. These new site-specific installation paintings, in Sumi ink and acrylic on paper, mimic their own imagery of contained chaos through their placement in the gallery. The artist’s oeuvre is characterized by complex scenes composed of tight patterns woven into and overtaking watery, loose marks that suggest a cautious celebration of the excesses of our world—she describes her work as “baroque abstract”. Currently an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mann received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies; including a Fulbright grant to Taiwan and the So-Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC. In 2013, she will take part in the Bemis Center residency program in Omaha, Nebraska.