Opening Reception: Saturday, June 24 from 6pm to 9pm
Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of INTERDISCIPLINARIUM on June 24 from 6-9pm. Featuring ten contemporary artists with backgrounds rooted in a variety of fields and disciplines from natural history, ecology and botany to technology, dance, and music, INTERDISCIPLINARIUM explores the connections between contemporary art and these diverse areas of study.
INTERDISCIPLINARIUM aims to spark a conversation about the myriad ways that the arts interact with other disciplines, through coordinating summer camps and events designed to engage a broader audience. The exhibition presents art as a vital instrument in our understanding of other disciplines, and posits artists as creative, imaginative, and innovative problem-solvers across various fields of inquiry.
- Stephen Towns, Art + History
In Take Me Away to the Stars, Stephen Towns investigates Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia and explores the ways in which violence and history are processed through religion, myth, and escapism. The history of the rebellion is depicted in a series of quilts featuring imagery that has been filtered through Towns’ personal experiences growing up in the Deep South. The work incorporates the artist’s research into both primary texts and oral histories while also drawing visual inspiration from sources as varied as medieval altarpieces and wax cloth printing.
- Will Connally, Art + Literature
Will Connally’s photographs are based on the artist’s imagined narrative that emerges from the fictional Lake Elster, a rural northern lake. To stage these photographs, Connally has developed a series of short stories, sketches, a family tree, and a detailed timeline spanning 370 years. The works purposefully disguise narrative elements, encouraging viewers to imagine the untold pieces. Connally uses elements of fictional storytelling inspired by the likes of Franz Kafka, Edith Wharton, and J.D. Salinger.
- Lorenzo Cardim, Art + Dance
Drawing from his background in both contemporary dance and professional figure skating, Lorenzo Cardim uses his body as a medium to question social and political structures. The DC-based, Brazilian-born artist uses performance, video, sculpture, and painting to investigate the body’s relationship to current events. His recent piece, Waiting Room for Your Last Meal addresses the tragic and controversial police shooting of Alex Nieto and underscores Cardim’s interest in examining the reasons why certain bodies are made absent, hyper-visible, or vulnerable.
- Neil Feather, Art + Music
Neil Feather constructs intricate musical sculptures from found and collaged objects. Using unique materials like bicycle wheels, strings, springs, magnets, and bowling balls, Feather’s kinetic instruments explore the sounds of unlikely and humorous physical events. These works look specifically at the sounds produced by different spherical objects and imagines these forms as absurd celestial models that imitate the wobble of our planets.
- Alyssa Dennis, Art + Architecture/Ecology
Alyssa Dennis’ mixed-media drawings explore architecture and constructed spaces as multi-functional environments. The works are derivative of architectural plans, but visualize spaces as flexible rather than fixed constructions. Dennis plays with concepts of interior and exterior spaces and opens the barriers between the two. She has recently started an environmental advocacy project called Common Knowledge. The goal of the project is to create educational platforms to engage public interest in wild edible medicinal plants found specifically within urban landscapes. Common Knowledge advocates for an increased awareness of our natural environment while promoting the idea that an understanding of plants should exist as part of our common knowledge.
- Beverly Ress, Art + Natural History
Drawing on objects from natural history, science, and medical museum collections, Beverly Ress creates highly representational drawings which she then dismantles and reassembles using a laser cutting technique. Many of the designs stem from images related to deep space, Arabic geometry, and mathematical principles. Ress takes these seemingly clinical specimens from museum collections and imbues them with poetic sensitivity to form contemporary memento mori.
- Miriam Simun, Art + Botany
In Agalinis Dreams, Miriam Simun chronicles the history of the Agalinis acuta, a flower species in New York State that is nearing extinction. The work uses video, performance, scent, wearables, and installation to create a portrait of this unique flower that blooms once a year for only a few hours. Through her tribute to the species, Simun studies the nature of speciation and the legality involved in protecting plants.
- Catherine Pancake, Art + Film/Ecology
Catherine Pancake’s work stems from a background in documentary filmmaking, sound, and music. Her video Bloodland casts a critical and personal lens on the natural-gas fracking industry and the resulting ecological trauma. Pancake’s brother, a successful television and film actor in Los Angeles, is featured in another work entitled Nature is Hungry. This work traverses both ecological trauma and the family tensions that result from the clear-cutting of forest land on Pancake’s family property in West Virginia.
Art on the Grounds:
- Brian Davis, Art + Technology
For the INTERDISCIPLINARIUM opening reception, Brian Davis will create an outdoor installation, considering forces of light, gravity, momentum, stasis, and the liminal area between those forces. Using a projection and a helium balloon, Davis’ temporary installation will feature the image of a figure, shot from below, that is in a perpetual state of falling.
- Salvatore Pirrone, Art + Architecture/Sound
Salvatore Pirrone’s large-scale wooden megaphone plays with the idea of transforming a musical instrument into something architectural and playful. The megaphone can be used to amplify the sound of the participant, and prompts the audience to engage with the work in unexpected ways. The piece will be sited on the grounds of AAC for the duration of the exhibition.
In The Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery
June 25 – October 1, 2017: Jung Min Park: Memoryscape
Jung Min Park creates memorable urban and architectural scenes through first-hand experiences and observations of cities and sites. Her memories form alternative narratives and personify places. The works play with the tension between the organic, geometric, natural, and artificial aspects of our cities and built environments. Park’s dense and often playful paintings and embroidery on cut fabric and paper become layered and sculptural. While cutting and collaging, the artist plays with the boundaries between reality and illusion. Shadows in the works caused by positive and negative space represent the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness.
Jung Min Park’s works have been selected for solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, MD, DC Arts Center in Washington, DC, Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA, Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC, The Painting Center in New York, NY, and Gallery 175 in Seoul, Korea. She won first prize from The Water Works show at Maryland Federation of Art and two awards from Korea Modern Cultural Art Association. Park has received a fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a grant from the Korean Ministry of Cultures, Sports, and Tourism. She earned her MFA from Pratt Institute and two BFA’s from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Korea National University of Arts.
In The Jenkins Community Gallery
June 25 – September 3, 2017: Carey Averbook: Only the Bridge Matters Now
Only the Bridge Matters Now is a multimedia documentary web, photography, and book project by Carey Averbook that explores the metaphorical bridge linking the Bolivian communities of Northern Virginia to their region of origin, the Valle Alto. It is said that Valle Alteños residing in Virginia do not migrate; they bring everything with them to Virginia so they are able to continue their lives almost exactly as if they were in Bolivia. By sustaining tradition, memory, and an immense love for their hometowns, the Valle Alteños keep families and communities united and create a multidimensional bridge between Bolivia and Virginia.
- Wednesday – Sunday: Noon to 5pm
- or by appointment
AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit https://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibitions.