The Page Bong Gallery is pleased to present Glow: A Group exhibition featuring work by Isabelle Abbot, Meg Alexander, Will Berry, Karen Blair, Sanford Bond, Robin Braun, S. Ross Browne, Amy Chan, Charlotte Culot, Clark Derbes, Piero Fenci, Isa Newby Gagarin, Sarah Irvin, Harris Johnson, Becky Joye, B. Millner, Sarah Mizer, Jaydan Moore, Matthew Langley, Tim O’Kane, Curtis Ripley, Fiona Ross, Nancy Murphy Spicer, and Julie Wolfe opening Friday, December 1 from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2018.

The figurative paintings of S. Ross Browne similarly reference contrasting imagery to explore “the juxtaposition of perceptions and misconceptions associated with sensitive socio-political dynamics.” Combining “classical pictorial representations” and “persuasive imagery that defies the common visual library,” Browne’s realistic, dream-like portraits blend fact and “imagined mythology” to challenge “preconceived notions of the shared human experience” and erode “conventionally assigned racial stereotypes.” Natural and cultural forms like birds, land and cityscapes, jewelry, and period clothing complement meticulously rendered figures, conveying “the struggles of identity, power, and self-actualization.”

Browne is a professional artist based in Richmond, VA. His paintings have been exhibited domestically and internationally and are included in several collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has also been featured in various media outlets like WCVE/Virginia Currents, The Huffington Post, The Washingtonian, Ebony, The Washington Post, and The International Review of African American Art. He studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts. Browne also worked in Richmond and D.C. as an educator.

The sculptural ceramics of Piero Fenci embody a variety of manmade and natural references, offering “loosely rendered reinventions of the past” that reveal “a heritage of [his] own passions.” A cubist mix of sharp angles and curves characterize some vessels, recalling industrial machinery, armor, ancient architecture, as well as the delicate folds of origami. Other containers are more organic, referencing the swell of Japanese pillows, the curves of waterfowl and leaves, or the boat-like shape of Shaker boxes. Forms are enhanced by tactile glazes, their surfaces matted and scored, rusty and patinaed, smooth and shiny, or dripping and crackled suggesting layers of the past.

Professor Fenci is a distinguished international artist and educator whose work is featured in exhibitions and publications across the world. He received a BA in Latin American studies from Yale University and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Since 1975, he has taught at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and in 2004, founded the first university program in contemporary ceramic art in northern Mexico at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.

Washington, D.C.-based artist, Julie Wolfe, also finds inspiration in multifarious forms. Wolfe gathers “data” from industrial and natural environments and literature to create abstract works and conceptual installations composed of two-dimensional media and found objects. Layered paintings feature ordered geometric shapes in flat, bold colors floating over ambiguous backgrounds with line drawings, or collaged text and photographs. Their alluring aesthetics prompt viewers to reflect on “a broader concern of destruction and beauty.” Contrasts of textures, imagery, and regular and imperfect shapes suggest both an “interdependence” and “a divide between nature and culture,” revealing a “need for interconnectedness…and action” as our “social and ecological systems” and the way “we function collectively” break down.

Wolfe’s work has been included in exhibitions and collections in D.C., New York, California, France, and Germany and featured in ARTNews, BBC America, and Hyperallergic. She recently completed one of several residences abroad and a public work in Philadelphia. She earned a BFA in Painting and Art History from The University of Texas, Austin.