Reception: Friday, February 19 from 6pm to 8pm
Cultural DC present #thisiswhyimsingle, an exhibition by Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner, and Jenny Walton at Flashpoint Gallery from February 20 – March 19, 2016. The artists use their own experiences with social media, dating apps, and the search for a meaningful connection as the starting point of their creative projects.
Each artist navigates a different aspect of modern dating, focusing on communication within the social spaces and expectations of relationships. In her collage series I’m Willing to Lie About How We Met, Dafna Steinberg incorporates actual conversations from dating sites in order to explore idealized desires, the consumption of romance and the reality of personal communications on social media. Jennifer Towner’s installation work Failed T-Shirt Designs for Today’s Modern Woman bares all by putting confessions on t-shirts, playing with ideas of fitting standards of socially accepted femininity. Jenny Walton creates watercolors that examine the presentation of male persona in her installation, Match/Enemy.
Together, Steinberg, Towner and Walton analyze the roles men and women play within the realm of “dating.” They explore private intimacies, navigate expectations of beauty and attraction as well as their own feminine judgments of self and world. Embedded in these artists’ works are dialogs that deal with contemporary social engagement and the understanding, acceptance or rejection of contemporary feminism.
About the Artists
Dafna Steinberg is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. She received her MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and her BA from Hampshire College. She also studied at the International Center of Photography. In 2013, she was an artist in residence at the Starry Night Artist Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Katzen Arts Center (DC), Lunchbox Gallery (Miami), SOHO20Gallery (NYC), Woolley Mammoth Theater (DC) and the International Center of Photography School. She currently is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College.
Jennifer Towner is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. She has been a grant recipient from both The Vermont Studio Center (where she was a resident artist in 2011 and 2014) and Artist Trust (Washington State). She received her MFA from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown nationally including at the Gallery4Culture, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion and most recently, in Telephone: An International Art Experiment. In 2007 she participated in the television documentary series Artstar which chronicled Graduating MFA students as they made the transition from graduate school to the art world. She currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Jenny Walton holds an MFA from American University and has shown her work nationally and internationally. Her work has been exhibited at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Sloan Fine Art (NYC) Transformer Gallery, (e)merge Art Fair, Washington Project for the Arts, Katzen Art Center (DC), Pierre Menard Gallery (Cambridge), Aqua Art Fair (Miami), and Pyramide Studio ( Rome, Italy). She has been awarded several grants and residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Chautauqua Institution, and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. She was selected as a semi-finalist for the Trawick Prize in 2012. She has been published in several catalogs and articles. Her work is held in several private collections. Walton currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
*Please note that this exhibit contains some content of mature nature.
- Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
- or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.