Del Ray Artisans presents an exciting new exhibit, Kondo vs. Chaos, featuring the work of local artists from February 7 to March 1, 2020. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 from 7-9pm. Kondo vs. Chaos examines the divide between those inspired by Marie Kondo’s theory of keeping only those things that bring you joy and those who deal with chaos in their lives.
Marie Kondo’s technique has brought simplicity and order to millions of devotees. Her principles have struck a chord with those overwhelmed by “stuff.” Some artists thrive on, or at least live with, chaos. They eschew the orderly static world and value dynamism. Some painters, like the Dutch still life artists, depicted “organized chaos.” They painted carefully chaotic scenes of overcrowded tables that overflowed with platters of flowers, fowls and fruits. Picasso used chaos in his electrifying Guernica painting to show the horrors, terrors and the randomness of war.
Simplicity and chaos co-exist in the minds of many and in the world at large. This exhibit enables artists to externalize these concepts.
The Kondo vs. Chaos exhibit is at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible.