Monday, October 01, 2007

two artists that have changed the way i worked. this friday!

I'm very excited about the opening of the Fall Solos 2007 at the Arlington Arts Center this friday.

here are the details:
October 2 - November 17, 2007

Reception: FRIDAY, October 5, 2007: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: The Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (conveniently located one block from the Virginia Square Metro Station on the Orange Line)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm

Please join us for a reception on Friday, October 5, 2007, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center on Wilson Boulevard to celebrate the opening of FALL SOLOS 2007.

This collection of seven solo exhibitions-each distinct, and occupying its own gallery at the AAC-encompasses everything from traditional representational painting, to wall mounted sculptural installation, to hybridized projects using video in combination with other media.

FALL SOLOS maps the boundaries of contemporary art practice, and introduces gallery-goers to some of the finest artists-emerging or established-currently at work across the Mid-Atlantic region:

Gillian Brown projects video onto translucent objects, breaking evocative images apart and refracting or reflecting them onto various surfaces.
Heidi Fowler paints images of everyday industrial objects on unconventional substrates-her recent work features networks of phone or power lines painted across collaged beds of junk mail envelopes.

Chawky Frenn's representational paintings are dense with art-historical allusions and violence in equal measure. His work has been formed by his experiences growing up in Lebanon, witnessing the atrocities of war firsthand.

Laurel Lukaszewski is a sculptor who explores pattern, rhythm, and line using black stoneware and porcelain. The abstract tangles projecting off of the walls in her installation at AAC, Kaminari, playfully represent brush strokes in three-dimensional form.

Timothy Michael Martin is an abstract painter who, in his reductive paintings, combines diagrams and schematics with oblique pulp sci-fi references. His work comments on the visual codes of modernism and on utopian and dystopian visions of the future.

Claire Sherwood creates mixed media installations with lace, concrete, wax and coal. These materials are combined to form objects that are paradoxically both decorative and crudely industrial--or both stereotypically masculine and feminine.

Alessandra Torres is a performance and installation artist. Her AAC project, Figure Study, draws elements from Zen painting and dance; in it, Torres presents flat, jointed, reductively rendered figures mounted on magnets that the viewer is invited to manipulate and reposition at will.
FALL SOLOS 2007 will continue through November 17th.
The Arlington Arts Center is a private, nonprofit visual arts organization dedicated to presenting and supporting new work from contemporary Mid-Atlantic artists. Founded in 1976 and housed in the historic Maury School in Arlington, Virginia, the AAC bridges the gap between the public and contemporary arts discourse-through exhibitions, educational programming, and subsidized studio spaces.

The two artists that have been influential to me are Claire Sherwood and Laurel Lukaszewski.

Claire, because i took a workshop in concrete from her a number of years ago that tipped my interest in concrete enough to begin focusing on its craft to create my own pieces.

Laurels influence has been more subtle, though again, was a tipping point for me. in terms of my narrative/ iconographic approach to object-making toward utilizing my imagery as installation, Laurel's series of works, and discussions with her as a studio mate pushed the new minimalistic abstract thoughts of the content of my work toward fruition. I have yet to exhibit these explorations, so you guys havent really seen this yet! ; )

i'm excited that both these artists have openings the same night and the same place!

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