Artists Talks: Saturday, October 26 at 2pm
Tom Greaves: Middlemost Daft
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Tom Greaves: Middlemost Daft is currently on view through Saturday, November 2, 2019 in the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level of the nonprofit arts center. Tom Greaves, a Washington, D.C. resident who maintains his studio on Capitol Hill, will present an Artist Talk at BlackRock on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include an artist-led tour of each work in the exhibition and light refreshments. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is free.
In a series of assemblages depicting the middle of an unfinished short story, Tom Greaves challenges the viewer to question what is real and what is fake as we consider how our unintentional and perhaps unknown biases shape what we believe to be the truth. In sculptural constructions, from an ongoing series which began in 2016, the Washington, D.C. based artist arranges found and collected objects, images, textiles, plastics, paint and other media to capture frozen moments exploring social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and other issues in scenes infused with a subversive sense of humor.
In his solo exhibition, “Middlemost Daft,” Greaves presents selections from three years of work which began as he was preparing to move his studio. Rather than pack up the many objects he had collected, for one reason or another over a period of many years, he started to arrange them in smaller boxes. Greaves was drawn toward the absurd in the creation of this work, likely a response to the changing cultural landscape which made him feel somewhat helpless against the lies, hatred and pettiness coming from those who lead and those who follow. Each piece portrays the turning point in a specific narrative which is meant to challenge our notions of what may or may not be true.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Tom Greaves is a native of Canton, Ohio who graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communication and completed The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design curriculum for Advanced Figure Sculpture and Advanced Metal Sculpture. His 35-year career as a professional artist has included work in graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Greaves lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where he maintains his studio practice, and is currently a member of Sparkplug collective, a 2-year program sponsored by the District of Columbia Arts Center. He has exhibited his work regionally, nationally and internationally including shows at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC; Salzlandmuseum, Schoenebeck, Germany; ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY; The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC; Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC; IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, DC; Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC; and Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA. Greaves has work in numerous private collections. His controversial 2007 installation “The Compliment Machine,” created for the show SiteProjects DC, received national and international media coverage, including an appearance on the Today Show.To learn more about the artist, please visit his website: www.tomgreavesart.com
Elizabeth Casqueiro: Ballyhoo
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition Elizabeth Casqueiro: Ballyhoo is currently on view through Saturday, November 2, 2019 in the Kay Gallery, located on the main level of the nonprofit arts center. Elizabeth Casqueiro, a Washington, D.C. resident who maintains a studio at the Jackson Art Center in Georgetown, will present an Artist Talk at BlackRock on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include an artist-led tour of each work in the exhibition and light refreshments. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is free.
Focused on the games, comics, and advertisements which influenced her while she was growing up in Portugal, Elizabeth Casqueiro pays tribute to the joy and passion they generated as well as their telescopic reach into adulthood. Viewing the works on display in the solo exhibition, “Ballyhoo,” we come to realize that her abstracted forms are both playful and serious, rendered in the colors of childhood yet shaped by the questioning of an adult mind wondering about innocence lost and asking the question “do we ever really grow up?” Exciting superhero comic book narratives, with their simplistic dualities of good and evil, remind the artist of the shallow politics of today. For Casqueiro, the frantic search for advertised treasures in cereal boxes is no different than the quest for greener grass, the perfect bargain, a better standing. Rousing schoolyard games of marbles, jacks or tiddlywinks speak to an all too familiar winner-takes-all market economy.
Casqueiro is presenting 25 recent paintings in “Ballyhoo“ with selections like “Captain America” (2019, mixed media on canvas) from her superheroes series, “Life As Circus” (2019, acrylic on canvas) from her still life series, and “Have I Lost My Marbles?” (2019, acrylic on canvas) from a series focused on games. Exuberant brushstrokes and a bold palette dominate both larger canvases like “Superdog Saves the Day” and “Wonder Woman’s Garden” as well as her smallest works from the new “Wanderings” series, which measure only 10 inches square.
An additional five three-dimensional works are on display, including her largest work, “Pieces of Me” (2018, acrylic and oil on canvas) a layered collage of fragments of old paintings cut out and mounted onto an un-stretched canvas, which spans more than 9 feet. The four other sculptural works are all ceramics, a new medium for Casqueiro, which she created in collaboration with Raku potter Ken Sadler of Easton, MD. The clay series includes a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built forms incised with images and patterns in the four-foot high totem “Stacked Assembly in White” (2019, low-fire white clay, majolica glaze) and some with animated under-paintings depicting figures and patterns in smaller pedestal pieces like “In the Heat of the Moment” (2019, low-fire red clay, majolica glaze).
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England, grew up in Portugal and came to live in the United States, first as a high school exchange student and later as a graduate student. The Washington, DC resident has exhibited her artwork regionally, nationally and internationally including recent solo exhibitions at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA (2018), Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD (2018) and Centro Cultural de Cascais in Cascais, Portugal (2017). Casqueiro has been selected to present work in numerous group exhibitions at art spaces which include Strathmore Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD; Studio Gallery, Washington, DC; Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD; Gallery 42 at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC; Hamptons Art Hub, Sag Harbor, NY; and Galeria Quattro, Leiria, Portugal. Casqueiro earned a Master of International Business Management from the University of Westminster (London, UK) a Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a BA in Design from Institute of Art and Design Instituto de Arte e Design (IADE) in Lisbon, Portugal. She studied art at St. Martin’s College of Art, London, UK, Corcoran School of Art + Design and Washington Studio School in Washington, DC. In addition to her long career working for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, she teaches part time in the Master of Real Estate program at Georgetown University. To learn more about the artist, please visit her website: www.elizabethcasqueiro.com
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