Dana Ellyn’s work demonstrates a risk-taking vision, strong content and a colorful critique of social morality – perfect for traversing the complicated culture of China. Her paintings are often inspired by news stories and current events which allow for an immediate connection to her work. Ellyn’s “Made in China” pieces run the gamut of Chinese figures, from street vendors to heads of state; even Mao couldn’t escape her brush! Matt Sesow, one of D.C.’s premiere outsider artists, is a master portrayer of conflict. His work demands a reaction; his expressionist style comes across frantic, though his pieces feel resolved. Like Ellyn, Sesow’s work for the “Made in China” show focuses on figures he encountered while traveling around China, with the occasional chicken thrown in – a regular visitor in his work.The show runs from August 16 through September 20, 2008. There will be an opening reception this Saturday (August 16) from 6pm to 9pm.
The Long View Gallery
1302 9th Street, NW