Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11 from 6pm to 8pm
On view June 6 – July 19, 2015.
Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, will feature the work of 15 artists exploring societal, personal, and geographic margins in Borders and Boundaries, on view Saturday June 6 through Sunday, July 19, 2015.
“Religion, politics, psychology, geography, ethnicity, economics, and sexuality all create boundaries in life,” said Kaitlyn Ward, director of the Target Gallery. “Whether physical or intellectual, borders can be sources of tension, but they can also be connectors, provoking conversations.”
The exhibition features 20 works in a variety of media, including video, photography, pastels, and human hair, which demonstrates the diverse mélange of concepts and interpretations on view.
“Each piece relates to society and where we need to be to break down borders and boundaries and replace them with connections that help us progress,” said juror Clint Mansell, director of Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va. “For example, Bin Feng’s 61-inch atmospheric photographs take a voyeuristic view of our society, marriage, the ‘American dream,’ and race. Rosemary Meza-DesPlas weaves human hair into canvas in Peck, no Prick to depict same-sex coupling. Her medium, like the subject, are unsettling for some, but accompanied by masterful sewing abilities, something beautiful comes together to create more than the sum of its parts.”
The artists included in the show are:
- Angela Eastman, Hurdle Mills, NC
- Susan Ellis, Falls Church, VA
- Bin Feng, Savannah, GA
- Michael Fischerkeller, Upper Marlboro, MD
- Jean Paul Gomez, Brooklyn, NY
- Songmi Heart, Fairfax, VA
- Olivia Hunter, New York, NY
- Ryan Lewis, Kalamazoo, MI
- Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Dallas, TX
- Karen Spiering, Manassas, VA
- Jean Tock, Carmel, NY
- Marie Tomanova, Ridgewood, NY
- Kathy Turner, Arlington, VA
- Frank Verreyken, Antwerp, Belgium
- Lillis Werder, Manassas, VA
Borders and Boundaries runs Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, July 19. The public reception will be Second Thursday, June 11, 6 – 8 pm, with a gallery talk with Mansell at 7 pm.
About the Juror
Clint Mansell is the director of the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University with a double major in photography and sculpture. After graduating, he moved to the DC metro area and began working at Principle Gallery as a gallery assistant in 2009 and has continued to propel himself upward into positions of increasing impact and responsibility. As the director, he curates gallery inventory, manages gallery staff, fosters strong relationships with the gallery’s many artists, and cultivates the strongest possible sales.
About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
- Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday: 10am – 6pm
- Thursdays: 10am – 9pm
Torpedo Factory is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit torpedofactory.org/target.