Artist Talks: Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hillyer presents artist talks with our April exhibiting artists Tom Olson, Mandy L Cooper, Muriel Hasbun, and Fithi Abraham followed by audience Q&A.
In his work, flipbook artist Tom Olson weaves tales of love, loss, and other investigations into the human psyche and the absurd by spending countless hours drawing hundreds of pages to arrive at a profound six seconds. Olson’s exhibit Truer Than True is curated by Corwin Levi.
REVEALED, juried by Nicole Dowd, examines the relevance and value of self-portraiture through the individual artist’s varied approaches to self-representation; featuring work by local, national, and international artists including Fithi Abraham, Mike Callaghan, Brandon Chambers, Mandy Cooper, Luis Flores, Muriel Hasbun, Annette Isham, and Qin Tan.
About the Artists:
Flipbook artist Tom Olson weaves tales of love, loss, and other investigations into the human psyche and the absurd, by spending countless hours drawing hundreds of pages to arrive at a profound six seconds. With titles like “The Beast and the Lightning Bolt,” “How the Sun Becomes the Moon,” and “What Maps Do When Nobody’s Looking,” Olson manages to weave together whimsy and high-minded ideas in seamless fashion. Olson created his flipbooks decades ago in a bygone era of New York, before launching a successful career as an attorney in Washington, DC, where he continues the practice of law today. These recently discovered pieces still feel just as fresh as they did when they were first created. He is, for the first time since 1979, sharing his old treasures again and making brand new work. This will be the first showing of these small treasures in the artist’s own part of the country.
Fithi Abraham is an Eritrean-American artist who lives and works in Arlington, VA. Working predominantly with acrylics and video installations, his work explores the notion of a fluid and decentered identity. Recurring themes in his work are ambiguity, fragmentation, and deconstruction. Fithi has received a BFA from George Mason University and has shown works of art at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Art Space Herndon, Del Ray Artisans, Northern Virginia Community College, Art Whino, Artisphere, Falls Church Arts, and George Mason University. He is currently creating a new body of work that deals with deconstruction.
Mandy L Cooper
Mandy Cooper was born in Alabama and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA in Art Education in 2008, and a MFA in Studio Art from American University in 2015. Her work has been shown in the US as well as Lithuania.
Muriel Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity, migration and memory. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the Howard Chapnick Grant/W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Photography and in Media, a U.S. Department of State/AAM Museums Connect grant, the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award, and a Fulbright Scholar Grant. Building upon her career as a socially engaged artist and a photography professor, she is currently the founder and director of laberinto projects, a transnational, cultural memory initiative fostering contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its US diaspora.
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