Gallery Openings and Events

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Gallery Present Nara Park & MAMBU BADU

 

Parallels by Nara Park. Photo courtesy of Honfleur Gallery.

Parallels by Nara Park. Photo courtesy of Honfleur Gallery.

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Joint Opening Reception: Friday, May 9 from 6pm to 9pm

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Both exhibits are open through June 27, 2014.

In May, Honfleur Gallery and Vivid Solutions Gallery will present exhibits that each dwell on cultural concerns by women artists. Parallels: Sculptures & Installations at Honfleur Gallery showcases sculptural work by sculptor Nara Park. The group exhibit If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? at Vivid Solutions Gallery features a selection of photography and video curated by the photography collective MAMBU BADU.

In Parallels: Sculptures & Installations, Nara Park explores the symbolic meanings of water in different contexts. Park creates sculptures and installations imitating the natural environment by using packaging boxes custom-designed to resemble rocks and plants. The incorporation of water in these simulations of nature takes into consideration the practical and spiritual roles it plays as an essential element. In Park’s fabrications, the distinction between reality and representation vanishes.

Nara Park is a visual artist whose work has been on exhibit at Grounds for Sculpture, Baltimore/Washington International Airport, (e)merge Art Fair, Connersmith Gallery, and Rush Arts Gallery. Park uses packaging boxes with faux pattern to create sculptures and installations imitating the natural environment to reflect on mortality. Her work was featured in the Sculpture magazine, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Art Fag City, and NY Arts Magazine over the past decade. Park holds her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received Henry Walters Travelling Fellowship and the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center.

If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? is a photography and video-based exhibit charting journeys into temporality, flux, and Afrofuturism as explored by self-identified women of black/African descent. Featured artists include: Charmaine Bee, Nakeya Brown, Sonia Louise Davis, Danny Deadwyler, Bree Gant, Naima Green, Dhool Hassan, Janna Ireland, Safi Koala, Sienna Pinderhughes, and Kali-Ma Sharefa-Smart.

MAMBU BADU is a collective of cultural producers and artists who curate art-based experiences that center the process and product of black self-identified women with a focus on photo-based work. Founded in 2010, MAMBU BADU currently is Kameelah Rasheed, Allison McDaniel, Danielle Scruggs, and Yodith Dammlash.

Parallels: Sculptures & Installations by Nara Park will be open May 9, from 6-9pm at Honfleur Gallery. If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? curated by MAMBU BADU will also open on May 9 from 6-9pm at Vivid Solutions Gallery. Both exhibits will close on June 27, 2014.

Honfleur Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Friday: Noon – 5pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 5pm
  • Call 202-365-8392 or [email protected] schedule an appointment

Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in Historic Anacostia at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. Honfleur Gallery opened in 2007.

Vivid Solution Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Friday: Noon – 5pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Vivid Solutions Gallery is a photography and digital exhibition space that opened in 2009. Vivid has relocated to the front gallery space within Anacostia Arts Center, located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC 20020. Both are projects of ARCH Development Corporation.

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