Gallery Openings and Events

The Fridge Presents Pia Mater featuring Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco, and Ashleigh Werner

Work by Jenny Sawle. Photo courtesy of The Fridge.

Work by Jenny Sawle. Photo courtesy of The Fridge.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 7pm to 11pm

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On view through April 28, 2013.

Three prolific artists, Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco, and Ashleigh Werner, will be filling the gallery with a series of new works opening the first Saturday in April.

The pia mater is the innermost layer of membrane surrounding the brain, the final delicate veil guarding the center of the nervous system. For their exhibition of the same name, these artists will dissect the concept of vulnerability through drawing, video, sculpture and performance.

The artists use non-traditional media to carry out their work. Jenny is showing drawings on pieces of fabric that are stitched together to create sculptural dresses and shirts. Ashleigh is covering a couch with drawings made using Sharpie markers. Emily is sculpting with outmoded technology such as a 90’s television set and objects that ask for interaction like furniture and musical instruments.

Ashleigh and Jenny’s drawings endlessly blend human and animal forms with haunting qualities: a faceless girl holding a sheep; a body subsumed by a mythical sea creature; a woman posing proudly with her internal organs exposed. The works are an exercise in beauty and deception with forms simultaneously drawing you in and pushing you away.

Emily’s sculptures each form carefully curated, self-contained worlds. Dollhouse pianos sit on a shelf that holds a television projecting a video of reprogrammed music boxes. The objects have been deconstructed and reconstructed to take on new identities. Technology that has been rendered useless is given a new context.

Special Events
A series of special events will be held during the course of the exhibition. Emily will host an evening of performances, including her own piece wherein she plays a small piano while sitting in a tank flooding with water. Jenny uses her drawings in part to talk about the pain of surviving 25 years of incest. We will be holding a fundraiser for a nonprofit in support of the cause.

More information on events, dates and times will be coming soon.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday – Saturday: 12pm–8pm
  • Sunday: 1pm–5pm
  • To make an appointment during non-business hours, contact Emma Fisher at [email protected]

The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE. For more information visit www.thefridgedc.com or call 202.550.2208.

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