Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia is displaying a new exhibition titled You, If No One Else thru March 31. The exhibition features ten contemporary artists and artist collaborations, and looks at ”the ways in which artists record, reflect, contribute to, rail against, and engage with politics and civic life, bringing dialogue, beauty, and nuance to their involvement in the public sphere. The title of the exhibition was inspired by poet Tino Villanueva, whose poem of the same name was included in his 1994 collection Chronicle of My Worst Years.” The exhibiting artists are Kim Beck, Phillip Buehler, Lizania Cruz, Mel Day + Michael Namkung, Roxana Geffen, Ashley Minner, Dana Ollestad, Jon Rubin + Lee Walton & Danielle A. Scruggs.
International Arts & Artists (IA&A) at Hillyer Art Space is exhibiting works by Monroe Isenberg of College Park, Maryland, Kei Ito of Baltimore and Grant McFarland of Havre de Grace, Maryland, thru January 28. IA&A at Hillyer is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. They fulfill their mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations, and the public.
Images below, clockwise from top left: Works by Kei Ito, Monroe Isenberg and Grant McFarland
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC will present an exhibition titled Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Collection, June 13-July31. The exhibition will be the first group exhibition of Portuguese art of the 21st century to be presented in the U.S. Some 30 works by sixteen artists will be shown in media ranging from watercolor to photography to video. The exhibition brings together works created over the past two decades by artists from different generations, each of whom employs modern technology and materials to capture, filter, and reinvent the natural world, thereby generating a “second nature.” Image below: Sandra Rocha, Untitled (DR-Um Diário da República, 2012), 2014, inkjet print (Epson Ultrachrome K3) on Hot Press Paper
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying two new exhibitions - Poe & Puck and Infinite Glitter-thru March 4. InPoe & Puck,“Magic meets macabre as artists create works inspired by literary luminaries Edgar Allan Poe & William Shakespeare.” Forty artists embraced the influence of these prolific writers to create 90 works. Image below:Portrait of E.A.Poe by Alla Kanareykina.
Concurrently with Poe & Puck, an exhibition titled Infinite Glitterby Jordann Wine is inspired by architecture and sacred geometry. Wine uses recurring patterns and geometric shapes in glitter as a source of mental solitude and reflection. Most of her newly-created works respond to the interior architecture, outside space, and light unique to the Mansion at Strathmore.
Image below: Infinite Multiples 3 by Jordann Wine.
The Music Center at Strathmore is exhibiting Mike Kelley's wall sculpture titled Memory Ware Flat #27 through April 2018. The sculpture is the latest work from the prestigious collection of Glenstone Museum to be displayed at Strathmore, & continues a partnership that has brought works by luminaries such as Martin Honert, Lee Bontecou, and Keith Haring to the Music Center.
Kelley (1954-2012) began his Memory Ware series in 2001. Some 100 of the two- and three-dimensional works, “imitate and subvert a nostalgic, folk-art tradition of preserving small, personally meaningful objects in mosaic-like decorations.”
Torpedo Factory Artists (TFAA) @ Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginiawill present Uncommon Visions, January 24-February 25. The mixed-media show will feature the work of more than 40TFAA member artists. Each of the artists, through use of form, color, technique, or materials, “aims to guide the audience into unexpected avenues and share their own personal perceptions.” Curator Susan Gulick commented that “Visual perception remains the most often accessed ability to sense danger, attraction, disgust and beauty. Almost entirely based on human emotion and memory, initial perception should provoke an observer to venture further or take another path.” Torpedo Factory Artists @ Mosaic is a temporary satellite gallery by the TFAA at Mosaic in Fairfax.
Images below: Fractured/Reconnected by Judith Coady & Misty by Donna McGee