The Foundry Gallery’s September show “Mix no Match” will strike your eye with color, texture and composition as Julia Latein-Kimmig incorporates eclectic materials into her painted works, giving found objects a second chance at life. The exhibit opens August 31, with the opening reception Friday, September 2, 6 to 8pm.
Julia’s works reflect her love for life’s colors, an appreciation for discovering objects with character, and respect for composition and dynamic tension. This show is inspired by a three-year stay in Istanbul, Turkey. Julia starts her paintings with a wide mix of materials: brushes – old toothbrushes, weathered vegetable or wallpaper brushes. Torn pieces of discarded drawings or neglected studies, street finds, and newspaper rip-outs enjoy getting a second chance on life on canvas. Charcoal, graphite and oil bars take the viewer on a unique journey, which thrives on a dynamic jumble of color and form.
Julia is also a philanthropist. She is particularly passionate about dire situation in Somalia.
“There have been tens of thousand Somalis dying in the last couple months in the Horn of Africa due to starvation. With the rise of food prices, we in the developed countries, are contributing to some extent to a shortage of food for the less privileged, so supporting any relief efforts and quickly is a cause of urgent matter, especially since people in privileged parts of the world seem to grow tired of crises all over the world and are occupied with their own worries due to global economic and financial problems” she says. “I am happy to pass on half of my share of sales to do my part of helping out, which is probably even less than a drop in the bucket, but even that counts I hope.”
Julia pledges to give 50% of her share of sales to Somalia famine relief.
Want to learn from the best? Sign up for Julia’s hands-on workshop entitled “Wild Card” on Saturday September 10 from 1—4pm, where you can create a work of art of your own from unusual materials “getting a second chance on life.” Since space at the gallery is limited, please contact Julia by Sept. 9 to reserve a space. A donation to the Foundry Gallery would be appreciated.
“Mix no match” will run until Sunday October 2, 2011. The Foundry Gallery is located at 1314 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Questions call 202-463-0203, [email protected] or check the website.