Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky revitalize the enduring genres of landscape and still life with a contemporary approach in The Salon of Little Deaths, an exhibition on view at Hamiltonian Gallery from May 11 – June 15, 2013 . Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 11 from 7 – 9 pm and an artist talk on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm.

Matthew Mann investigates narrative and the pictorial vocabulary of painting through disjointed landscapes, dead birds and eruptions of foliage on fields of luminous color. Mann’s new works blend myriad visual references including 17th century Dutch still lives, Ming Dynasty landscapes, digital images of paintings and online pop-up ads. The result is a collection of cryptic works that speak at once to art history and visual perception in the digital age.

Milana Braslavsky‘s seductive photographic still lifes of fruit on tabletops are replete with quiet violence, sexual tension and a wry sensibility. Contrasting the delicacy of ripe fruit with crisply folded linens and household objects, Braslavsky’s sumptuous photographs function both as still lifes and evocative portraits of unseen personages while communicating themes of desire, loss and decay.

Matthew Mann received his MFA from American University in 2002. Mann’s recent exhibitions include The Obstructions at the Katzen Art Center at American University, Small Stories at the McLean Project for the Arts, and Cinecitta Chapel at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC. Mann has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities as well as the Creative Communities Fund. He has been a guest speaker at the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, and American University. He lives and works in Washington, DC.

Milana Braslavsky received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She has received a Trawick Artist Award, a Baker Artist Grant and has been a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist. She has shown her work at Maryland Art Place, School 33 in Baltimore, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Katzen Art Center at American University, and in a curated exhibition at Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD.