Opening Reception: Friday, September 8 from 7pm to 9pm
Cultural Platforms for Resistance
Kaplan Gallery, VisArt
Curated by Ashley DeHoyos, 2017 VisArts Emerging Curator
Cultural Platforms for Resistance, a new series of programs and events, highlights the radical creativity of a new generation blurring the boundaries between art, advocacy, and activism. The exhibition will be on view September 6-October 8, 2017 in VisArts’ Kaplan Gallery (155 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD) with an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, September 8 at 7 pm.
Featuring a cohort of seven artists from the DMV area, along with a flex space for community building, Cultural Platforms for Resistance provides a critical space for new and existing voices to be heard. This exhibition is organized by VisArts Emerging Curator Ashley D. DeHoyos. For more information, visit http://www.culturalplatforms.com.
Using her social media background, artistic vision, and her iPhone, Amarie Baker creates a platform that showcases a new narrative on millennial perspectives. Amarie is currently producing a series called Asé. http://www.amariebaker.com/
Anahita (Ani) Bradberry
Interested in challenging predetermined roles in the global contemporary art world, Anahita (Ani) Bradberry walks the line between artist and critical art writer to obtain a deeper understanding of the cultural power of radical creativity. https://www.anibradberry.com/
Using art to bridge individuals together, Kristen Brown’s work is about response and creating opportunities for individuals to let their guard down through participatory actions, events and moments. https://www.kristenleebrown.com
Through his creative programming, interests and abilities, Edgar Reyes nurtures the development of youth-driven arts-based leadership initiatives that advocate how art and design can assist in self-expression and easing of cultural tensions. http://reyesedgar.com/
strvnge encounters, se, was organically created in July 2016 by Aayesha Aijaz and Salsabeel Abdelhamid. Two individuals who were seeking a home in a world that constantly tried to label people. SE aims to include and open their spaces to every person from every walk of life, wherever they may be in their journey. http://www.strvnge-encounters.com
Teens for Teens
Teens for Teens is a D.C. based collective created by teens for teens in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, with a focus on intersectionality, self-love, and activism. Coming together for Cultural Platforms for Resistance for the 1st time, Teens for Teens will create Speak Your He(ART), a group exhibition focusing on intersectionality, activism, and self-love. https://teensforteens.tumblr.com/
Yellow Jackets Collective
Yellow Jackets Collective, YJC, actively envisions and produces opportunities that protect movements that centralize the Asian diaspora and decentralize white heteronormative/capitalist supremacy. http://yellowjacketscollective.com
About The Curator
Ashley D. DeHoyos is an emerging curator from Houston, Texas, who currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Sam Houston State University and her Masters in Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with ArtTable, and was an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow under the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance at Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Most recently, Ashley has been working as a Community Art and Service Program Assistant at Maryland Institute College of Art and college mentor with Bloomberg Art Internship Baltimore.
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts
Jon Rajkovich’s sculptures take a contradictory position. His materials and processes provide fresh and surprising visual journeys that lead toward and away from possible narratives. The sculptures are like “something” but what that “thing” is remains elusive. Funny and sophisticated, crude and elegant, straightforward and disguised, they reflect a world unresolved and complex. “Perhaps,” he says, they are “a response to the fact that much of our contemporary culture is built on artifice. Romantic exaggerations and neurotic deceptions seem commonplace. Posture is important on the street and becomes so in the forms within my work.” For Rajkovich, it seems necessary, that to navigate this culture and to create work, he must locate a verisimilitude.
About the artist: Jon Rajkovich (b. 1974) grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.F.A. from Winthrop University and has attended residencies at Skowhegan and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He is also co-founder of the Charlotte, North Carolina based dance troupe Sinergismo. He has an extensive exhibition history at venues including Shoshana Wayne in Santa Monica, Axel Raben Gallery in New York, Susanne Hillberry Gallery in Fernadale, Michigan, and Whitespace in Atlanta, Georgia. Rajkovich’s work has been written about in numerous publications including Art in America, the Chicago Sun Times, Time Out, Art Papers, the Los Angeles Times, and an overview of his work is included in the book Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California. http://www.jonrajkovich.com
A Portrait of the Artist as a Giant Deflating Head
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts
Jeff Einhorn installs an inflated self-portrait in the Common Ground Gallery window that slowly loses air through the run of the exhibition.
About the artist: Jeff Einhorn is an artist, photographer, and educator based in Philadelphia. He received his M.F.A. in photography from Syracuse University in 2011. He currently works at The University of the Arts as a photography coordinator and lecturer. He has previously taught photography classes at Syracuse University, Moore College of Art, and Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Einhorn’s exhibition record includes, List Center for Visual Arts at M.I.T. and a solo installation at The Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse N.Y. www.jeffeinhorn.com
Concourse Gallery, VisArts
Erin Juliana’s paper cuts and small-scale paintings include images of the figure, filigree, architecture, geometric patterns, and medical diagrams. These images are derived from her own history of spinal deformity and her fascination with the symmetrical elements of decorative art. Her paintings and paper cuts express the tension between the organic and geometric that exists in her body, and present a feminist critique of what is considered abject pertaining to the female figure.
About the artist: Erin Juliana is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art for both her B.F.A. and Masters in Arts and Teaching. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, Erin received an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from Brooklyn College CUNY. Her work explores themes of deformity and correction in a variety of media including embroidery, appliqué, gouache paintings, and paper cuts. Erin currently lives in Brooklyn, works as an educator, and maintains a studio practice at Industry City Studios. Her work has been exhibited at the 440 Gallery, National Art Education Headquarters, and with the Wanted Design and Industry City Market.
In(Site) Project Series at VisArts: Sonic Landscapes, Experimental Harmonics, and Musical/Social Activism
Friday, September 8, 9 – 11 PM
In(Site) Project Gallery, VisArts (2nd floor)
VisArts is proud to present as part of our In(Site) Project Series, an ongoing schedule of concerts featuring regional musicians and artists exploring sonic landscapes, experimental harmonics, musical/social activism, “catharsis in the form of ripping rock songs”, and “music that combines the wide-screen panoramic sweep of classical, to the sheer physical thrall of punk.”
- Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
- Friday: 12 – 8pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.