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Common Ground Gallery at VisArts Presents Vanitas

Annie Farrar, Birds in the Pantry, 2015, Mixed media: found objects and paint, 15 x 15 x 5 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.

Annie Farrar, Birds in the Pantry, 2015, Mixed media: found objects and paint, 15 x 15 x 5 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.

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Opening Reception: Friday, October 16 from 7pm to 9pm

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Annie Farrar presents new works of painted sculptures and reliefs from her recent series, Vanitas, in a solo exhibition in the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts. An opening reception and artist talk is scheduled for Friday, October 16 from 7 to 9pm.

Farrar uses materials from daily life, objects that have cultural associations and points of reference for viewers. She explores the tension between the cerebral concerns of minimalism and an investigation of humanity: emotional, spiritual, symbolic, and narrative. At its core, the work is a meditation on entropy, time, loss, decay, renewal, and survival. The artist’s background in painting informs her interest in the materiality of paint and how its physical properties can be explored beyond two dimensions. The artwork changes with time; it is a mirror that invites viewers to consider their own mortality. Materials off-gas, break down and decay, just as human bodies do. Her newest body of work, Vanitas, explores these themes in dialogue with 17th-century Dutch still life painting.

About the Artist:
Annie Farrar was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her BFA in Painting in 2004 from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MA in Museum Studies in 2009 from the George Washington University. Annie is a Baltimore artist whose process-oriented work is a meditation on decay and renewal. She has exhibited and has work in private collections throughout the east coast and southern United States. www.anniefarrar.com

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

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 call 301-315-8200.

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