Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 16 from 7pm to 9pm
September 7 – October 9, 2016
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts
In a hyper-mediated and connected world, former VisArts Bresler Resident Artist Corwin Levi longs for experiences and places where he feels lost. Relying on his own wits and senses allows him access to a heightened, expanded awareness that fades when the GPS system is activated. In his solo exhibition of paintings, void drawings, video, and void photographs, Levi concentrates on spaces of unknowable possibility. He paints waves and metaphorical skies full of stars to engage that possibility- both in the outer physical world and the individual’s interior equivalent.
About the artist: Corwin Levi is a mixed media, project-based artist who whose practice centers around transforming ideas into experiences. He has shown across the country and been awarded fellowships and artist residencies both here and internationally.
Levi also enjoys including participants in his work, and has collaborated with other artists, the general public, and students of all ages, including a special high school class whose sole project was to create an installation for a museum. He has also curated shows and related materials, most recently working with artists such as Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, DJ Spooky, Amy Cutler, and others to publish a new collection of Grimms’ fairy tales.
Solo shows include the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico, Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC, Blackfish Fishbowl Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and James Madison University in Virginia. Residencies include the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Elsewhere, the Millay Colony, Willapa Bay, Ucross, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Curations include Mirror Mirrored: A Contemporary Artists’ Edition of 25 Grimms’ Tales, Kirkland Arts Center, WA, and Rice University, Texas. Corwin has a B.A. from Rice University, an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Noise Body Music
September 7 – October 16, 2016
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts
Noise Body Music brings together works by both musicians and visual artists that explore how who we are shapes sound, and how sound informs how we relate to the world. The exhibition includes video, audio, unique artworks, and ephemera from queercore band Homosuperior, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher), Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz), and trans-disciplinary performance group Antibody Corporation. There will be a selection of works by local photographer Farrah Skeiky. The documentary on female involvement in DIY punk From the Back of the Room by Amy kc Oden (of Homosuperior) will be screened continuously. Washington, DC-based artists Nate Alex Lewis and Michael Schiffer collaborate for the first time on a participatory installation, part of the work will be presented at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, which takes place September 9-11 at Logan Fringe Arts Space. Sakeenah Nasser, Ilana Maiman, and Jasmine Taylor participated in a workshop for teens in conjunction with the exhibition, the pieces they developed will be on view. Glasgow-based performance and noise artist FK Alexander will perform at the closing reception. Noise Body Music is curated by Eames Armstrong as part of the 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program, under the guidance of Jacqueline Maria Milad. The program is generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
The American Dream
September 7 – October 9, 2016
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts
Bin Feng’s large scale color photographs explore the gap between fiction, reality, and cultural difference. He stages elaborate, detailed settings of a dream-like, mythologized America of spectacular material wealth, ease, and palatial dwellings. Feng is often present in his photographs assuming an ambiguous position as a distant witness, participant, voyeur, or outsider.
About the artist: Bin Feng was born in 1989 in Shanghai, China. He received his B.F.A. from Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and his M.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to photography, he makes video installations, sculptures and large-scale oil paintings. His work has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions. http://www.postmoba.org
VisArts Gallery Hours:
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or contact Susan Main at (301) 315-8200 ext. 110 or [email protected]