The long awaited spring is emerging, and on April 24th it will be in full gear. It’s a great time of year for art and the AAC Spring Solos is special for featuring Mid-Atlantic regional artists.
“AAC SPRING SOLOS -
A Semi-annual Tradition of Supporting Contemporary Artists from the Mid-Atlantic Region
Announcing:2014 Spring SOLOS -on view from April 24 through June 29, with opening reception April 26, 6-9pm
In keeping with Arlington Arts Center's mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibitions return this April.This juried show, an AAC tradition, supports the work of contemporary artists living in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Through these exhibitions AAC serves as an incubator for regional artists to realize fully conceived projects featuring new work. Seven artists hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will each mount a self-contained show in one of seven separate gallery spaces, resulting in an array of new work.
This group, like all of AAC's soloists, must submit a proposal to be reviewed by a panel of artists, curators, critics and collectors. The 2013-14 SOLOS jury included Molly Donovan, Associate Curator at the National Gallery of Art and nationally-recognized DC artist Dan Steinhilber. Out of more than 200 proposals only seven could be selected for AAC's Spring SOLOS.”
See the list of featured artists.
AAC will feature two additional shows in conjunction with SPRING SOLOS. Upstairs in the Wyatt gallery, resident artist Jessica van Brakle presents Flatland, a series of acrylic and ink works that draw upon the inspirations, constraints, and metaphors of the construction crane. Van Brakle fractures geometric structures, breaks the picture plane, and seduces the viewer to create a kaleidoscopic fantasy world replete with fragments of cranes and vegetation.
In the Jenkin's Community Gallery, Arlington Arts Center will present Instructors Select. The exhibition features work by both our students and our instructors to showcase the talent in our classes for adults and explore the transmission of ideas and techniques from instructors to students. We will highlight work by instructors Stephanie Lane, Dan Perkins, and Jenny Walton who will then help identify work by several students for inclusion in the exhibition.
The opening reception for SPRING SOLOS, Flatland, and Instructors Select is Saturday, April 26 from 6 pm to 9 pm, and includes a chance to visit and meet with the resident artists in their studios.
AAC's exhibitions and their attendant lectures, workshops, and panel discussions offer opportunities for dialogue, and ultimately serve to illustrate the value of contemporary art-specifically, what it is, how it works, and why it matters in our daily lives.
Wednesday - Friday, 1 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.
About Arlington Arts Center:
AAC's exhibitions and their attendant lectures, workshops, and panel discussions offer opportunities for dialogue, and ultimately serve to illustrate the value of contemporary art-specifically, what it is, how it works, and why it matters in our daily lives. Established in 1974, Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the community. AAC is housed in the historic Maury School, and boasts nine exhibition spaces, working studios for thirteen artists, and two classrooms. At 17,000 square feet, AAC is one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area. For more information, visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org or call 703.248.6800.
1. Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Shown here is "Bronze Spiral"
"Colleen McCubbin Stepanic's Range plays off the variety of meanings of the title to reference mountain ranges as well as the range of one's ability to absorb and consider information."
2. Salvatore Pirrone
2. Salvatore Pirrone takes common household items and casts them in concrete and plaster sculptures exploring themes of play, work, and identity.
3. Phillip Adams
Phillip Adams' exhibition will feature a site-specific wall-drawing that juxtaposes sublime landscapes that hearken back to a place of untouched beauty where a need to own, alter, and control one's environment permeates.
4. Kyle Bauer
"Kyle Bauer's installation is designed so the viewer can enter and exit the path at his or her own discretion and explore the color, pattern, and texture of work that references signs, beacons, buoys, and the pathways where they exist."
5. Benjamin Andrew
"Benjamin Andrew presents an immersive mix of photography, ephemera and interactive devices that expose new historical details surrounding the life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, the namesake of Arlington Arts Center's home, the Maury School."
6. Alex Arzt
"Alex Arzt reveals traces of unseen natural processes through an immersive installation involving sound, photographic processes, and objects using spores, yeasts, molds, and larvae to create work that borders on science and alchemy."
7. Elizabeth Kauffman
"Elizabeth Kauffman asks, 'can subjective experience provide objective truth?' Through the lens of paranormal sightings and occult knowledge, Kauffman creates an experimental laboratory to bring into question the "truth" of visual data and recorded experiences."