Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 2pm to 4pm
Artist Talk and Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 4 at 2pm
With a rebellious undertone characteristic of street art, Michael Fischerkeller uses acrylic spray paint to depict compelling scenes that serve to highlight the complex and significant social, political and economic issues facing our nation. Combining imagery, Fischerkeller embeds his stark compositions with allegorical figures appropriated from historical artworks, altering their striking poses to symbolize contemporary socio-political issues which include gun violence, climate change, and criminal justice reform. In his solo exhibition, Our State of the Union, the Washington, DC area artist references the January tradition where the President of the United States addresses Congress and the nation to report on the condition of the Union, emphasize areas of progress and concern, and outline a legislative agenda. As new terms of office begin this year, Fischerkeller encourages us to critically focus on the uncomfortable truths often overlooked in our society that require the immediate attention and action by our elected officials, and to recognize that Our State of the Union is relevant to each of us regardless of our political affiliation.
BlackRock Center for the Arts presents Our State of the Union from Saturday, January 7 through Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Terrace Gallery. The center will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, January 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where the artist will deliver brief remarks and be on hand to answer questions. Michael Fischerkeller will return to BlackRock on Saturday, February 4, the last day of the exhibition, to deliver an Artist Talk and Gallery Tour along with artists Julia Dzikewicz and Linda Colsh who are presenting concurrent exhibits at the nonprofit arts center located in Germantown, MD. The reception and artist talk events are free and open to the public.
About the Artist
Michael Fischerkeller earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 1996, and received a Masters and BA from the University of Pittsburgh. After purchasing a work of street art in the Summer of 2013, he was inspired and discovered that visual art was the most effective means for him to communicate about the complex social and political issues of our time. Fischerkeller’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Art League Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Gallery 66 NY (Cold Springs, NY), and ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL). His work has been selected for numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, including: uBe Gallery (Berkeley, CA), Foundry Art Centre (St. Charles, MO), Monmouth Museum (Lincroft, NJ), Gateway Arts Center (Brentwood, MD), Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (St. Charles, MO), Arc Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Hill Center Gallery (Washington, DC). Fischerkeller maintains his studio practice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. To learn more, visit: michaelfischerkeller.com
- Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Terrace Gallery is located at 12901 Town Center Drive, Germantown, MD.