Opening: Friday, June 5 from 6pm to 8pm
CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery presents Forgotten Futures, a multimedia solo exhibition by Rachel Schmidt opening June 5, 2015, with a reception from 6-8pm.
Forgotten Futures presents a series of sculptures, installations and animations that work in chorus to tell the future myth of the last elephant on earth. The fictitious city Schmidt creates – a growing, living, urbanized landscape set 500 years in the future – is more than the backdrop to the story; it is a character itself in this foreshadowing tale.
Schmidt’s photo collage-based works, sourced from environments near and far (including the artist’s own documentation of elephants in Thailand), offers a glimpse into what humanity’s relationship to wildlife might look like in an age of urban wilderness. As the home to the last elephant, this immersive installation positions viewers to contemplate how wild creatures will attempt to adapt and survive in a world that seems to have forgotten them.
About the Artist
Rachel Schmidt received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007) and her BFA in Textile Design from the University of Kansas (2003). Recent exhibitions in the Washington, DC area include Hillyer Arts Space, DCAC, Artisphere, Arlington Arts Center, and Brentwood Artist Exchange Center. Other highlights include an MFA Biennial at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE); group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA); Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD); RFD Gallery (Swainsboro, GA); and Komuna Otwock Gallery (Warsaw, Poland).
Schmidt is an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center and an Exhibits Specialist at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. She will have a public artwork installed in Mount Vernon Triangle, on 5th and K NW, from mid-May through November 2015.
- Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
- or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visitwww.culturaldc.org.