Gallery Openings and Events

Arlington Arts Center Presents Screenshot by Roxana Alger Geffen

Hi by Roxana Alger Geffen. Courtesy of Arlington Arts Center.

Hi by Roxana Alger Geffen. Courtesy of Arlington Arts Center.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 11 from 6pm to 9pm

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Roxana Alger Geffen’s Screenshot reflects an interest in the structure of domestic life and the schedules and patterns which order a life with small children. Geffen uses the graphics and content from the computer game Minecraft as a source of material and fodder for her solo exhibition in AAC’s Wyatt Gallery. In its simplest mode, it is a virtual, three-dimensional, animated Lego world: you have access to all the game’s resources and few limits on what you can create. The artist’s latest series of paintings and photographs looks at the way in which Minecraft parallels so many aspects of parenting: its repetitive labor, its reassuring cycle of days, its surprising beauty, the importance of fundamentals like shelter, gathering resources and food, and protecting yourself and those under your care. This work explores the many places where Minecraft exploration and real-life exploration overlap, visually, emotionally and structurally.

Roxana Alger Geffen grew up in New York. She majored in art at Columbia, and received an MFA in painting from Boston University. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children. She is currently a Resident at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Geffen’s work will be on view in Strange Paradise at the First Street Gallery in New York, NY (June 25 – July 18, 2015) and was juried by Steven Harvey. The artist recently exhibited in shows in Atlanta, Georgia, Colorado, and Washington, DC, including East City Art’s Emulsion 2015 at Gallery OonH.

Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/studios.

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