Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
CulturalDC presents Mending by Nicole Salimbene from September 16th – October 15th, 2016, at Flashpoint Gallery. Mending is an interactive installation that explores meditation and mending as art medium, metaphor, and practice. Contemplative environments positioned throughout the gallery invite audiences to sit or stand in meditation with sculptures and paintings constructed from ordinary materials associated with mending. Thousands of threaded needles, tangled sculptural masses of thread, and stitching offer opportunities for reflection on the work of reparation.
Salimbene’s interdisciplinary approach begins with an investigation into the poetics of materiality and the desire to create public and private engagements as a way for the viewer to embody metaphor. By drawing attention to the art of mindfulness practice and to the act of threading a single needle, Mending encourages us to contemplate the stitch-by-stitch process that may lead to transformations in our lives and in the world.
About the Artist
Nicole Salimbene works in painting, sculpture, and installation. Her studio practice is based in Washington, D.C. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as reproduced for publications and purchased for private collections. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Orleans, New York, and France. She was a recipient of an Individual Artists and Scholars Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In 2012, the Washington Sculptors Group awarded her the Tom Rooney Prize. She also leads workshops in art as a contemplative practice in various academic institutions, community settings, and professional associations.
- Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm to 6pm
- or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.