Arlington Arts Center’s 2017 Spring SOLOS

By Editorial Team on April 3, 2017

Sat, 08 April 2017 - Sun, 11 June 2017

Braxton Congrove, Friends at Play. Courtesy of AAC.
Braxton Congrove, Friends at Play. Courtesy of AAC.


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8 from 6pm to 9pm


Bridging the community with contemporary art is key to Arlington Arts Center’s (AAC) mission. To achieve this, AAC brings 14 regional contemporary artists to Arlington each year through its SOLOS series alone. Last year, more than 100 artists living in the Mid-Atlantic region submitted proposals to an open call for this exhibition.

Jurors Sarah Newman, Independent Curator, and José Ruiz, Director & Faculty, MFA in Curatorial Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art, recommended 14 applicants for inclusion in the 2016-17 edition of AAC’s competitive SOLOS series.

Aptly titled, SOLOS artists are assigned to one of AAC’s seven main gallery spaces, where they each mount a self-curated and self-contained exhibition. Artists often incorporate AAC’s unique building, which features bright, airy spaces and black box galleries for experimental works, into site-specific installations, resulting in a selection of never-before-seen exhibitions.

Spring SOLOS 2017 kicks off with an opening reception and open studios on April 8, 2017, 6 – 9 pm. Included in this round of exhibitions is a show in the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery called Future Imperfect Continuous, part of an exchange with Philadelphia-based collective Grizzly Grizzly. There will also be an exhibition in the Jenkins Community Gallery in collaboration with H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program entitled Out of Place which will have an opening on Monday, April 24, 5-7pm.

Additional Programming:
Each exhibition will be accompanied by a gallery talk with the artists. On Saturday, June 10 from 1-3pm, the public is invited for a walking discussion and tour of each artists’ exhibition, followed by a light reception.

John Ryan Brubaker | Thomas, WV
Brubaker’s recent work results from his personal engagement with the North Fork Blackwater River in West Virginia. Due to a history of coal extraction and environmental neglect, this watershed is often highly acidic and contaminated with heavy metals. For SOLOS he presents On Confluence, a series of photographs processed directly in the watershed using acid mine drainage in the chemical printing process.

Zoë Cohen | Philadelphia, PA
Zoë Cohen’s Shul/Church Project is an ongoing exploration of historic Synagogues built in US cities which were later re-purposed as African-American Churches, or demolished. The project is comprised of watercolor and cut-paper works depicting the buildings from a variety of viewpoints, and audio collages of sound recorded at Jewish and Christian congregations with shared history. The cut-paper technique references traditional Jewish folk art forms, as well as the dismantling and deconstruction of social, ethnic, and religious urban structures.

Shannon Collis | Lutherville, MD
Shannon Collis explores the relationships among multiple sensory modalities by creating immersive environments that articulate the connection between visual and auditory phenomena. Collis uses time-lapse photography, digital video, and sound processing techniques to explore parallels between light, gesture, and abstract form. Her work, based on research into early drawn-sound techniques used for musical score analysis and sound-on-film processes reveals a physical interplay between the sonic and the visual.

Braxton Congrove | Richmond, VA
In Braxton Congrove’s work, re-imagined landscapes are built through childlike play and dreamlike futures in order to explore the complexities of gender and the double nature of props for performance and their ability to stand on their own as an artwork. With an interest in the ways that craft processes can be used to make nonfunctional objects and how those objects can remain unassuming, Congrove’s work becomes an environment or set that is playful, friendly, and slightly absurd.

Sascha Hughes-Caley | Philadelphia, PA
Sascha Hughes-Caley uses humor to explore existential metaphors while comprehending the mundane and mystic. Also trained as an actor, her studio practice engages performance, photography, sculpture, and time-based arts. Hughes-Caley’s artistic concerns are primarily centered on American conversations around gender, self-help, spirituality, and failure. By borrowing from comedic genres and practices, she hope to address bigger, darker themes ranging from shame to power.

Ali Seradge | Baltimore, MD
Ali Seradge is an Iranian American who experiences the current state of the Middle East and Mediterranean regions and its citizens via screens and broadcasts. Seradge takes the cultural myths of these regions and the atrocities he witnesses on the screen and marries them to the mythos of his youth, specifically the original Transformers cartoons and science fiction. His grotesque, chimeric creatures serve as a warning: a monster can remind you of a moral lesson or that tragedy can befall at any moment.

René Treviño | Baltimore, MD
René Treviño’s work is an attempt to make our already complicated history even more complicated. The more layers that are presented, the closer the work approaches something that might resemble truth. In this series, Treviño renames constellations, stripping them of their Greek and Western mythos and replacing them with names from Ancient Mexico and more personal family history. Treviño reminds us that the stars had names before the ones we know and will have different names long after we are gone.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Sunday: Noon to 5pm
  • or by appointment

AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit