Metro Micro Gallery Presents Sarah Hardesty Throwing Light

By Editorial Team on October 16, 2017

Mon, 23 October 2017 - Sun, 26 November 2017

Photo courtesy of Metro Micro Gallery.
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Monday, October 23 from 6pm to 8pm

Barbara Januszkiewicz presents: Throwing Light
Artist: Sarah Hardesty
Curator: Betsy Johnson
Exhibition Dates: October 21 – November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Monday, October23 6-8 pm

Throwing Light is a site-specific installation by Sarah Hardesty that evokes a sensory memory of place through an optical experience of reflection and light. Taking inspiration from a family photograph of Loch Sheldrake in upstate New York, Hardesty applies hand-cut reflective vinyl to the glass exterior of the gallery to replicate the effect of light across the surface of a lake. Meant to be viewed from the outside in, the interior is visible through the pattern cut out of the vinyl and glows warmly with a pink light emanating from the floor. Layered, both visually and conceptually, Throwing Light wavers between reflection and representation, conjuring the complex sensation of awareness as a simultaneity of calm, strength, caution, lightness, healing, and memory.

Hardesty explains, “This piece is a reflection on the power of the less tangible, the force of intention.. I want the viewer to be aware of their own presence and aware of the piece and the gallery space at the same time. This overlapping of inward and outward experience can create a fabricated environment for self-reflection. The surface of a calm lake with gentle waves and the way it reflects the sky and its surroundings is one of the most peaceful things that I have experienced. The surface on the water presents a poignant delineation between above and below and this dichotomy extends to inner and outer experience while also aligning with the potential of intention.”

Metro Micro Gallery is built upon the notion of paying it forward, working collaboratively, and doing good in the world. Resonating with this mission, the title of this installation, Throwing Light, alludes to action and illumination and suggests positivity as a catalyst for change and growth. The sometimes private space of a gallery is made public here; the viewer does not need to enter the space in order to see the work, but merely needs to take a moment to look in while passing by.

Sarah Hardesty has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Wassaic Project, the Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Vermont Studio Center. Her drawings, paintings, and installations have been included in numerous exhibitions including ISE Cultural Foundation, New York; Davidson Contemporary, New York; and the Tucson Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and a Leon Levy award and received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona. Born in Strong, Maine, Hardesty currently lives and works in the Washington DC area.

Betsy Johnson, guest curator, is a curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC where she has worked on exhibitions such as Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge. She is ABD in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland and has curated exhibitions locally for the Washington Project for the Arts, the Arlington Arts Center, and The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Barbara Januszkiewicz is the Metro Micro Gallery ’s founder and sponsor. This is part of the outreach of her studio practice that includes mentorships within the creative community. Guest curators are invited to help with this effort in supporting public awareness for visual art practitioners. Pay it forward.

Metro Micro Gallery is committed in creating opportunities that will inspire more creative collaborations and enrich our community. An experimental gallery that encourages creative collaborations and a respect for diversity through inclusive, non-conventional exhibits and showcases. A small space with big mission, the Metro Micro Gallery offers exhibits and programs to strengthen and sustain our community.

This Program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

Metro Micro Gallery is located at 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information, please visit