Please join us at our artist reception for:
Andrea Cybyk and Yoshiko Ratliff
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Wine tastings will be poured by, The Barns of Hamilton Station and music by Charlie Cain Exhibit will be available to view October 1-31, 2017
Over, Under & Through by Andrea Cybyk
I employ repeating and overlapping shapes to build luscious color, rich texture, and dynamic movement in my acrylic paintings. Imperfect, organic ovals, orderly grids of rectangles, or jagged geometric forms pile atop each other, teetering between control and chaos. These layers create unexpectedly rich moments where they intersect, producing mysterious colors, anticipated, but not mixed on my palette. Crisp, deliberate white space serves both as a pathway through the painting and as a resting place from potential overload.
I create large hand-cut templates as a way of repeating forms and patterns, rolling on fluid acrylic paint with rubber brayers rather than paintbrushes. The brayers lend a faceted, jewel-like quality to the pigment, backlit by the white of the paper. I work in both positive shapes and negative space (the space between shapes) delighting in the complex colors created where layers overlap. Some pieces are deconstructed by physically separating the layers into a series of mylar templates that allow only a partial view of what lies below. Works on paper are mounted on cradled wood panels or canvas, sealed & varnished, allowing the forms to float visually beyond the edge, unconfined by conventional mat & frame.
A native of Northern Virginia with an engineering background, Andrea Cybyk worked in the software industry for 15 years, studied printmaking and painting along the way, and finally abandoned the techie world to paint full-time. Having grown up in the contemporary home her parents designed and built themselves, she comes from a family of technical creatives and fiercely stubborn DIYers.
Andrea has exhibited at BlackRock Arts Center, The Cooley Gallery, Chasen Galleries, Greater Reston Art Center, ArtSpace Herndon, The Art League Gallery, Vale Arts, HNTB Architecture, Artomatic and the Workhouse Arts Center. Her work has been in countless juried and group shows. She has won multiple honors including two purchase awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Andrea is currently an Artist-In-Residence at Palette 22 Restaurant in Shirlington and runs an exhibit program for 868 Estate Vineyards in Loudoun County.
Yoshiko Ratliff, Crystalline Pottery
Ceramics have been a constant in my life and heritage. The shapes, finishes, and colors in my one-of-a-kind pieces reflect my experiences, environment, and what I find moving and beautiful. Art is found in the linkages formed between the earth, the artist, and the user through the shape and functionality of each piece. The shaping, glazing, and firing of each piece lead to endless possibilities, challenges, and new ways of self-expression as an artist.
Crystalline glazes are one of the most difficult and challenging glazes to produce.This is because they are unusually difficult and time-consuming to formulate and fire.They require meticulous attention to every detail.I fire one-of-a-kind porcelain pieces to over 2350 °F in the kiln, quickly dropping the temperature several hundred degrees to the range where crystals will grow. The crystals form in the glaze in a chemical reaction during cooling and grow from small nuclei created during the melting process when silica and zinc come together to form zinc-silicate. Each glaze composition, together with the firing and cooling schedule, and glaze thickness, makes different forms and colors of crystals. I love producing and sharing beauty from such a challenging and complex process.