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Cody Gallery of Marymount University Presents Tactile Hallucinations Group Exhibition

Samantha Bittman, Untitled, 2018, 32 x 24in (Detail). Courtesy of Cody Gallery of Marymount University.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 29 from 6pm to 8pm
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Participating Artists: Roxana Alger Geffen, Samantha Bittman, Alex Ebstein, Natan Lawson, and Barb Smith
Curated by: Meaghan Kent

Cody Gallery is pleased to present “Tactile Hallucinations.” A tactile hallucination is a false sensation of physical contact with an imaginary object. The tactile sensory input generates a hallucinatory effect. The works in the exhibition, ether two dimensional or three dimensional objects, render textured surfaces that either simulate or inspire the sensory feeling of touch. They offer a palpable aesthetic that serve as a key to unlock familiar thoughts and feelings as well as create new observations.

Roxana Alger Geffen is based in Arlington, VA and is a current artist in residence at the Arlington Art Center. She majored in art at Columbia University in New York and received her MFA in painting from Boston University. Recent exhibitions include: “A light white, a disgrace” (solo) at DCAC, Washington DC, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” (group) Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, and “Making Change: the Art & Craft of Activism,” (group) Museum of Design Atlanta, GA.

Samantha Bittman is based in Brooklyn, NY. Bittman studied textiles at Rhode Island School of Design, RI and received her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Oscillate” (solo), COUNTY Gallery, West Palm, FL and “Interlace, 1st Site, Museum of Arts & Design, NY. Upcoming group exhibitons include: “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” Washington Arts Associations, Washington Depot, CT, “Painted Threads,” The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, “Century,” idee Bauhaus, drj – dr. Julius, Berlin, Germany, and “Material Meaning,” Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Alex Ebstein is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Towson University in 2015, and her BA in studio art from Goucher College. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Cut, Copy, Pate. It’s Not What You Think,” (with Leah Guadagnoli) at Terrault, “Project #13” (with Sarah Eargle), Sindkit, Baltimore, MD, and “Fad Bodies,” Victori + Mo, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibitions include: “Material World,” West Chester University, PA, “6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast,” Crossing Collective, NY, and “Pairings,” The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore.

Natan Lawson is based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. Lawson received an individual artist award in sculpture through the Maryland State Arts Council in 2016 and was selected as a resident artist at the Horned Dorset Colony in 2015. He recently had a solo exhibition at Resort, Baltimore, MD.

Barb Smith lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. She completed her MFA in sculpture at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME. She recently had a solo exhibition, “Mother Tongue” at the Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK. Additional exhibitions include: “Gravity Forgiveness,” Step Sister, NY, “Gallery Gallerie Galleria,” Jack Barrett, NY and “MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1,” Museum of Arts and Design, NY. She was included in the Queens International, Queens Museum, in 2016.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday-Saturday: 12-5pm
  • and by appointment.

Cody Gallery of Marymount University is located at 1000 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The gallery is located near the Metroline Orange: Ballston-MU.