Gallery Openings and Events

Martha Jackson Jarvis Presents Divergence at Joan Hisaoka Gallery

Photo courtesy of  Joan Hisaoka Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Gallery.


Opening Reception: Friday, September 12 from 7pm to 9pm


On view September 6 – October 25, 2014.

Curator and Artists’ Talk Thursday, October 16th at 6:30pm.

The works of Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis explore the body as metaphor, challenging the torpid qualities of painting and sculpture with a sense of didactic theater and enigmatic forms. Their works command and redefine space with mysterious pairings of disparate forms and malign compositions. There is a non-static reconfiguration, reconstruction and reinvention that occurs simultaneously that both disturbs and stimulates.

Both artists in their practice engages multiple forms of media; performance, video, and numerous materials to create socio-dynamic environments frozen in time and space. Each artist evokes the feeling and connotation of a sagacious still from a futuristic movie set or film clip. These young energetic artists, Njena Surae Jarvis and Shaunté Gates, provide viewers a non-linear transfixing glimpse of immortality and intrinsic momento mori.

Viewers are made part of this ever-changing matrix that remains haunting, unknowable, and in a state of flux. They are never given entirety or convenient answers; rather, they are forced to discern, to distill, and, diverge from orthodoxy and conventional expectations, to complete the imaginative narrative unfolding before us. Divergence presents a complex forum and exacting commentary on contemporary life, challenging viewers to expand their vision and courageously walk life’s knife-edge, to perceive and find meaning in the gaps and unexplored places that connect us one to another.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday to Friday: 11am-5pm
  • Saturday: 11am-3pm and by appointment.

Please note: The gallery will be closed on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 for an on-site cancer retreat.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW. For more information call 202.483.8600 or visit