June 2019 Exhibitions at VisArts

By Editorial Team on June 10, 2019

Fri, 14 June 2019 - Sun, 11 August 2019

Jonathan Monaghan, Out of the Abyss, 2018, video (color, sound) media player, projector or monitor, 19 minute continuous loop. Courtesy of Bitforms Gallery, New York.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 14 from 7pm to 9pm

Jonathan Monaghan, 2019 VisArts Studio Fellow
A Trace Left by the Future
June 5 – August 11, 2019
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, 1st floor
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 14, 7 – 9 PM
A Trace Left by the Future is a solo exhibition by Washington D.C. based artist and VisArts Studio Fellow Jonathan Monaghan, featuring new sculpture, video, print and installation work. Monaghan invites us into a candy-colored, yet unsettling world uncovering fears and anxieties about an increasingly technological future. Premiering for the first time is Out of the Abyss, a 19 minute seamlessly looping video installation referencing symbols and narratives associated with the Apocalypse. Visually extravagant, the work re-imagines elements such as the seven-eyed lamb and the four horsemen as terrifying beasts of the present day, adorned with security cameras, riot gear, and consumer electronics. Also presented are new print and wallpaper works depicting ominous forms composed of designer fabrics and ambiguous technological contraptions. These cryptic works draw attention to the increasingly blurry lines between the natural and artificial.

About the artist: Jonathan Monaghan (b. 1986, Rockaway Beach, New York) works across print, sculpture, and video installation. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from science fiction to Baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling narratives and imagery with the same high-end technology used in Hollywood or by video game designers. Past exhibitions of his work include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Museum of Art, The Frist Art Museum, and The Palais de Tokyo.

About the VisArts Studio Fellowship: The VisArts Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment over a six-month period. Studio space is provided free of charge and artists receive a monthly stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships.

Natasa Galecic, Wirebeat, 2018, mixed media, 11.7 x 16.5 inches

Natasa Galecic
Wherever I go I take my clutter with me
June 5 – August 11, 2019
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 14, 7 – 9 PM
Natasa Galecic presents mixed media drawings and a site-specific installation that reflect frantically growing landfills and fragile hybrid landscapes where wild, natural, and human-made environments collide.

About the artist: Natasa Galecic earned her Bachelor’s degree in Painting in 2010 from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, and received her M.F.A. from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, U.S.A in 2013. In 2012, Galecic completed an artist’s residency at the Burren College of Art and Design in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has shown work in Serbia, as well as internationally in Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. Galecic’s drawings and installations are part of public and private collections in Austria, Ireland, U.S.A., and Serbia. Her work has been published in several catalogues and magazines.

NextGen 6.0
June 12 – August 11, 2019
Kaplan Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 7 – 9 PM
VisArts presents NextGen 6.0, a juried group exhibition that showcases next generation aspiring artists 17 to 27 years of age from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. The annual exhibition offers young artists, who have little to no exhibition record, the opportunity to bring their work to a wider audience.

The exhibition is planned and realized by a dedicated team of gallery interns and volunteers with mentorship from the VisArts gallery staff. “In its sixth iteration, the NextGen exhibition continues to impress and inspire. A rising generation is hard at work making powerful, thoughtful, and excellent artwork,” says Susan Main, Gallery Director and Curator at VisArts. “Behind every aspect of this exhibition is a passionate team of interns committed to bringing the work of promising artists into the light of the community.”

Nanette Bevan, Fuschia Intersections, 2019, fused glass, 7 x 10 x 6 inches

VisArts Studio Artists Exhibition
May 17 – June 14, 2019
Concourse Gallery, VisArts, 2nd floor
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 14, 7 – 9 PM
Group exhibition featuring work by the current VisArts Studio Artists: Nanette Bevan Xiaosheng Bi, Bertrand Mao, and Dunnie Onasanya.

The VisArts Studio Program provides four opportunities for individual artists or collaborative artist teams to experiment, create new work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. The Studio Program encourages interaction, critical dialogue, and creative exploration. All artists who have studios at VisArts participate in the program and engage the public through exhibitions, open studios, and artist talks. The Studio Program is a community of artists based on generosity, respect, and creativity.

The VisArts Studio Program is comprised of the following:

  • Studio Artist (partially subsidized studio at reasonable cost with renewal option up to five years, group exhibition)
  • Studio Fellowship (fully subsidized studio and monthly stipend for six months, solo exhibition of fellowship project)
  • Bresler Resident Artist (fully subsidized studio for four months, solo exhibition of residency project).
  • Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship (fully subsidized studio, monthly stipend for one year, mentorship, solo exhibition)
Proposed installation of Cy Keener and Justine Holzman’s visualization and record of daily sea ice thickness data from locations in the Arctic Ocean at the VisArts 355 Pod Space.

Cy Keener and Justine Holzman
Sea Ice 71.348778º N, 156.690918º W
May 15 – September 22, 2019
355 Pod Space
Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 14, 7 – 9 PM
Artist/designer/architect Cy Keener and landscape architect Justine Holzman visualizes data collected daily via satellite from specially designed buoys deployed in the Arctic Ocean to measure ice thickness and color. Set in a seventy-foot public window on a major thoroughfare with traffic volumes of over 60,000 cars per day, the 120-day interdisciplinary installation spans from peak ice thickness, through little to no ice, chronicling the presence and absence of this precarious natural phenomena at a critical moment of environmental change.

About the artists:
Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist who uses environmental sensing and kinetic sculpture to record and represent environmental phenomena. He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Recent work includes installations that visualize rain, wind and ocean waves. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Cy has completed commissioned installations at Stanford University, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas. Over the past year, he has presented his work at ISEA in Durban South Africa, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, as well as The Nature Conservancy and The National Arts Club in New York. Cykeener.com

Justine Holzman is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, and research affiliate of the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab. Holzman is co-author of Responsive Landscapes, case studies and essays framing a comprehensive view of interactive or responsive projects and their relationship to landscape or environmental space. Paleosol.com

The 355 Pod Space is a partnership between VisArts and Federal Realty Investment Trust to present site-specific artist installations through the end of 2019.

Directions to 355 Pod Space: Turn right when you exit the building, you will be on Gibbs Street. At Beall Avenue (at the first “Stop” sign), turn right. Stay on Beall Avenue until you reach Hungerford Drive (Route 355). Turn right at Hungerford Drive (Route 355). Walk beyond the CVS. The 355 Pod Space will be on your right, just after the entrance to the parking garage.

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.