Gallery Openings and Events

Schlesinger Center Presents Amelia Hankin Lachesis’ Order & Wilfredo Valladares Unmasked

Amelia Hankin, Dreamcatchers with Pattern, screen print, 2017, photo courtesy of artist.

Amelia Hankin, Dreamcatchers with Pattern, screen print, 2017, photo courtesy of artist.

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Artist’s Reception: Saturday, May 20 from 2pm to 4pm

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 Amelia Hankin Lachesis’ Order

Hankin’s current body of drawings and screen prints reference the superstitious beliefs that emerge in everyday life – from stepping on cracks in the sidewalks to opening an umbrella indoors. Through repetitive imagery rendered in fine detail, Hankin questions the tipping point between harmless acts of routine and the human obsessiveness with order, manifested in these rituals.

“These beliefs trace back to childhood, where innocently believing the ‘what if’ of stepping on a crack in the sidewalk or opening an umbrella indoors carried consequences. Though I’m aware of the irrationality of this thought process, I’m not willing to disregard the compulsion to adhere to the warning,” she said. “In the drawings, I repeat the forms of otherwise banal objects: feathers, scissors, folded paper and umbrellas. The feathers act as dreamcatchers and the folded papers form ‘fortune tellers,’ a childhood game that supposedly predicts the future. The overall series is a nod to forces out of my control that can influence or impact the everyday.”

Hankin is currently the artist-in residence in screen printing at American University in Washington, D.C. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited at the Janet Turner Print Museum in Chico, California, Miller-Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Eastern Oregon University, University of Richmond Museum in Richmond, Virginia, Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and many other galleries and universities in Virginia, Rhode Island, New York and Ohio.

Wilfredo Valladares, Unmasked 1, variable dimensions, bronze wood. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Wilfredo Valladares, Unmasked 1, variable dimensions, bronze wood. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Valladares explained that this body of work explores the interconnectedness of cultures. In creating the series, he used bronze wood, bronze steel, cast iron rolling pins and other materials. The sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories.

“Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space. In this body of work, casting and found objects have become conduits that allow me to transform stories and memories into tangible visual information,” Valladares said. “In the casting process, the seams left by the molds become scars that speak of the stories buried in the facial expressions. The identity of found objects are kept intact in some of the pieces where the objects’ silhouettes convey the cultural aspects of the portrait. Fire is used as a tool that infiltrates the materials by reshaping the original form leaving voids behind as it travels through the piece.”

Valladares is a versatile artist with experience in different aspects of the art industry including curation, installations, printmaking and bookmaking. He is the curator and founder of the Latin Perspectives Annual Art Exhibit in Baltimore. Valladares is also the founder of The Hispanic Heritage Month at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, where he also teaches art. In previous years, Valladares has shown his work in a number of solo and group exhibitions in the DC metro area, Georgia, South Korea and Honduras.

 

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm

The Forum Gallery is located on the first level of the Schlesinger Center, and the Passage Gallery is on the second level of the building located at 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156 or visit http://www.nvcc.edu/news/press-releases/2017/schlesinger-art-hankin.html.