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Conner Contemporary Art Presents Patricia Piccinini “The Welcome Guest” and Victoria F. Gaitán “Scenes of Mild Peril”

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Patricia Piccinini - The Welcome Guest, 2011 - installation. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

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Conner Cotemporary Art Patricia Piccinini Victoria F. Gaitan washington dc artists art galleries on east city art | OPENINGS |

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Opening Reception: Saturday November 5th from 6pm to 8pm

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Patricia Piccinini: The Welcome Guest

Conner Contemporary Art presents Patricia Piccinini’s first solo exhibition in Washington, DC: “The Welcome Guest.” The selection of works ranges in date from 1997 to the present, including video and small- to large-scale sculptures (made of silicone, fiberglass, human and animal hair, taxidermied peacocks, polyester, nylon, wool, plastic and bronze). Using natural and artificial media to create realistic and grotesque forms, the world renowned Australian artist visualizes humanity’s challenges in navigating between nature and biotechnology.

The exhibition title comes from its signature piece, “The Welcome Guest” (2011), Piccinini’s most recent creation, which recalls Goethe’s statement, ‘Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.’ The artist explains that this work “reflects on the beauty and strangeness of nature.” In this compelling sculptural grouping, a fleshy mutant creature embraces a cute little girl as a graceful peacock looks on from atop an icy perch. Here Piccinini asks: Who will we become as technology refashions the relationship between people and the natural world? Other works in the exhibition elaborate on what kinds of emotional connections could emerge between us and the strange yet vulnerable life forms our science may yet create.

Victoria F. Gaitán: Scenes of Mild Peril

conner/*gogo art projects is very pleased to present Victoria F. Gaitán’s first solo exhibition with the gallery: “Scenes of Mild Peril.” The exhibition features a selection of exquisite color photographs of women by the DC-based, Australian-born artist. Gaitán scrutinizes gender stereotypes through the lens of physical beauty in flesh and blood still lifes. “Pelt” alluringly displays a woman’s face cradled by horns, surrounded by luxurious fur, and propped upon a wolf’s head. The seductive surfaces invite us to wonder what sense of self lies beneath them. Is the woman a predator or a trophy? Gaitán balances powerful tensions between social categories and self-knowledge in each of her works, which she describes as “calling cards from my explorations of internal worlds.”

The exhibition runs November 5 through December 17, 2011.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE.  Contact the gallery by phone at 202-588-8750, via email at [email protected] or online at www.connercontemporary.com

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10-5pm

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