Black Rock Center for the Arts Presents Evan Reed New and Recent Sculptures & Lori Anne Boocks The Shape of Memories

By Editorial Team on July 19, 2017

Sat, 22 July 2017 - Sat, 26 August 2017

(L) Evan Reed, “Breaking Camp,” recycled wood tables, 71.5 x 96 x 40 inches; right, (R) Evan Reed, “Dutch Mastering,” wood shoes and branches, 32 x 57 x 56 inches.


Artist Receptions: Saturday July 22 from 2-4pm



Exhibits on view July 22-August 26


Solo exhibition of works crafted from discarded furniture and found elements


Transforming materials from a found, raw, or mundane state, Evan Reed crafts sculptures that are once contemplative, playful, mysterious, and powerful. Recently he has been reacting to and seeing the most potential in sculptural mediums that are plucked from the curbside, as opposed to those he might have purchased at the art supply store or big-box hardware center. Stumbling upon old, discarded furniture out in the street on collection day engages the local artist’s curiosity. Reed is challenged to imagine how he can intervene as he observes decaying structures being repossessed by nature. His process of discovery begins with a recognition that these items hold memories and associations derived from their original purpose. Transferring that familiarity into a new sculptural form creates visual puzzles for Reed to mull over and decipher as he creates expressive forms that transcend our routine experiences. He allows personal experiences, current events, and social commentary to inform his work, but also celebrates ambiguity in order to keep things open-ended for the viewer.

About the Artist: Evan Reed received an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Hillyer Arts Space, Washington, DC; Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA; Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC; and Hungerford Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD. Reed has presented two-person exhibitions with Julia Oldham at Field Projects in New York, NY, and Scott Hutchison at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. His work has been included in numerous curated and invitational group exhibitions, including Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC; Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY; the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The award-winning artist received a Franz and Virginia Bader Fellowship and a Strauss Fellowship for creative research. Reed was an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA from 2004 through 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Gallery Director at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. To learn more about the artist, visit:


Images: left, Evan Reed, “Breaking Camp,” recycled wood tables, 71.5 x 96 x 40 inches; right, Evan Reed, “Dutch Mastering,” wood shoes and branches, 32 x 57 x 56 inches.

Lori Anne Boocks, “Levee,” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 50 x 40 inches.


Solo exhibition of mixed-media abstract works that incorporate text


In atmospheric works that incorporate text, Lori Anne Boocks builds layers of memories into abstract paintings using acrylic and charcoal. The local artist is a keeper of stories told by family, friends, and acquaintances. Boocks allows stories to influence her palette and mark making, as she embeds hidden story fragments using legible and illegible words as she represents the feeling of a story she remembers. She transforms each piece, adding texture and washes of color, then partially removes the pigment in areas using her hands or cloth. The physical process represents layers of experiencing, remembering, forgetting, discovery and rediscovery. Boocks’ paintings have the appearance of having been excavated after a long period of being buried. In the same way we might dig up personal memories, her work invites viewers to take time to reflect upon our own stories. To learn more about the artist, visit:

About the Artist: Lori Anne Boocks earned a BFA from Old Dominion University in 1992. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD;; Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD; Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA; Sitar Arts Center, Washington, DC; and Studio Gallery, Washington, DC. Her work has been included in curated and juried group exhibitions at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD; Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC; The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Studio 1469, Washington, DC; MAXgallery, Baltimore, MD; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD; Capitol Hill Arts League, Washington, DC; Annmarie Arts Center, Solomons, MD; artdc Gallery, Hyattsvile, MD; Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA; and University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD. Boocks’ work is included in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Paris, and the Metro DC area, and in corporate collections in Washington, DC and Australia. She lives in Germantown, MD. The award-winning artist was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Bethesda Paintings Awards (2012) and maintained a Resident Artist studio at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, MD. To learn more about the artist, visit:


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Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain days when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.

Galleries Closed to the public on the following dates:

July 17 – 21, 2017
August 28 – September 15, 2017
October 30 – 31, 2017
November 6 – 10, 2017
December 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018
February 26 – March 2, 2018
April 9 – 10, 2018
April 16 – 20, 2018
Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27, 2018
June 4 – 8, 2018