January 9, 2009 - February 7, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009 from 7pm - 10pm
Free musical performance at 9pm
Exhibition Hours: Wed - Sat, 12pm to 6pm
In her first solo exhibition in six years, Washington, DC-based artist and chef Carole Wagner Greenwood exhibits new sculpture made from plaster, beeswax, and found materials. The artist has created new pieces of varying scale, unselfconsciously conjuring meaning and memory through the nuanced and investigative practice of one who routinely brings things to fruition by hand. The finished pieces are amorphous and strong, surrendering to and rebelling against the boundaries of the objects (wood, steel, globes) that contain them.
According to writer Brad McKee, “the organic secrets of food are symmetrically subdued into her voluptuous design, but the minerality of plaster offers adequate resistance to her whims and evokes entirely different chords of visceral respect, a dimension where she may confront not perfection…but the fugitive nature of doubt. Her theater of nourriture is in essence restorative, but her manipulations in plaster are purposefully feral and invasive, intended, she has remarked, to ‘disturb the viewer in a positive way.’”
Since 1996, Ms. Greenwood has operated her restaurant, Greenwood -- now called Buck’s Fishing and Camping –- with her business partner and co-owner James Alefantis. Greenwood received the first Anne Crutcher Fellowship from Les Dames d’Escoffier with which she studied cuisine and pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, LaVarenne and Lenotre, all in Paris. She worked as sous chef to Jonathan Waxman at JAMS in London while cooking with Annie Bell, now food editor at The Times of London, at The Tearoom at Books for Cooks off the Portobello Road. She was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2008. Greenwood graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in political science where she also studied sculpture with Demetrios Mavroudis. She has studied sculpture at The Corcoran School of Art and Design and is a member of Margaret Boozer’s Seminar at Red Dirt Studio, in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. Her work has been exhibited at Lucky 13, Millenium Arts Center, Hemphill Fine Arts, Fusebox, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Transformer and Strand on Volta and is held in many private collections.
Poetry and prose by Brad McKee, Casey Smith, and Bernard Welt accompany the sculptural work in the exhibition.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 2009 from 7pm - 10pm
In her first solo exhibition in six years,
Washington, DC-based artist and chef Carole
Wagner Greenwood exhibits new sculpture
made from plaster, beeswax, and found