Thursday, October 09, 2008

Laurel Hausler’s “A History of Dogs and Witches” Opens Next Week

Laurel Hausler has been working around the clock in her studio in the old Lorton Prison in preparation for her upcoming solo exhibition “A History of Dogs and Witches”. The show will feature paintings, ink and watercolor drawings, sculpture, and other mixed media compositions.

Laurel Hausler in her studio working on paintings for the show

Laurel Hausler’s “A History of Dogs and Witches” is a pastiche of beloved works of literature, movies, admired artists, observations from everyday life and strange nuances in history. Her fanciful witches—partially inspired by Quentin Blake's illustration for Roald Dahl's book The Witches—wear 1940's suit-coats and hats with veils.

“The Moors”, 2008, gouache, pen, ink and pencil on paper, 12" x 12"

Hausler’s characters live in a world of dark ambiguity. Her paintings often appear haunting at first, but her message is typically more poignant and cheeky than macabre. Guided by her choice of medium, Hausler explains that her characters often push forth their own stories—a phenomenon she describes as “mysterious.” Alternately erudite, evil and beautiful, the works contain elements of narrative, fashion, history and theater.

“Family”, 2008, gouache, ink and pencil on paper, 10" x 8"

This is just a sneak peak! “A History of Dogs and Witches” will be on view from October 15 through November 9, 2008. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 9 pm.

For art and animal lovers, we will also host a Haunted Open House to benefit the Washington Animal Rescue League on Saturday, October 18 from 3 to 6 pm. We will be collecting a $10 donation to WARL at the door; additionally 10% of sales made during the open house will be donated to WARL. Costumes are encouraged!

In addition to the special event benefiting WARL, Laurel will be donating 10% of all sales (outside of WARL event) to Miriam's Kitchen.

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