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IA&A at Hillyer Presents Zofie King Secular Relics and Apocryphal Fossils and Jamilla Okubo and Lou Dawson Dreaming While Woke: Speak of the Future in the Now

Courtesy of IA&A at Hillyer.

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Reception: Friday, September 6 from 6pm to 9pm
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Hillyer presents two new exhibitions featuring a solo presentation by Zofie King, and a two-person exhibition featuring Jamilla Okubo and Lou Dawson. Using a cabinet of curiosity format, Zofie King’s Secular Relics and Apocryphal Fossils reflects on how both geological and cultural objects connect us to history. Playing with ideas about objects as evidence, King has created her own “fossils” that invite viewers to think critically about them in a time of post-truth. Inspired by Afrofuturist pioneers such as Octavia Butler and Sun Ra, DC natives Jamilla Okubo and Lou Dawson present Dreaming While Woke: Speak of the Future in the Now, consisting of works that are a conversation between the two artists on their experiences growing up in Washington, DC, while re-imagining nostalgic cultural places as safe spaces for the black community. Guests can meet the artists at opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 6-9pm.

Zofie King: Secular Relics and Apocryphal Fossils (Arlington, VA) 
Using a cabinet of curiosity format, Zofie King reflects on how both geological and cultural objects connect us to history. Fossils serve as a record of geological time, in which humans are a mere blip, while reliquaries encapsulate myths that go back several centuries. The origin of relics is often dubious, and their provenance hard to track. In fact, a reliquary is venerated for what it is thought to contain, and its real value lies in the story that surrounds the object. Similarly, fossils hold our fascination by telling us about the history of life before humans. Studied extensively, they are put into context using the scientific method, but in holding a fossil, one is also physically connected to a prehistoric time. King has created her own “fossils” using antique holiday molds, which celebrate pagan holidays that have been claimed by religion, and mixed them with objects that reference both religion and contemporary issues. Playing with ideas about objects as evidence, King invites the viewer to think critically about these objects in a time of post-truth.

Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Zofie King immigrated to the Unites States in 1998. After graduating with a psychology degree in 2002, she studied interdisciplinary craft at Towson University. For six years she worked in interior design while taking classes at MICA and the Corcoran, and devoted herself to her studio art practice in 2012. Currently, King is a sculptor working primarily with found objects, both conceptually and visually. She has had solo shows at the NVCC Margaret W. Fisher Art Gallery, DC Arts Center, Mount St. Mary’s University Gallery, and her work has been included in numerous group shows. King was part of the Sparkplug Collective from 2017-2019 and is currently a member of the Washington Sculptor’s Group.

Jamilla Okubo + Lou Dawson: Dreaming While Woke: Speak of the Future in the Now (Washington, DC)
Sharing a common thread of exploration, mixed media artist Jamilla Okubo, and fashion designer and visual artist Lou Dawson, both native to Washington, DC, come together to present Dreaming While Woke: Speak of the Future in the Now. Inspired by Afrofuturist pioneers such as Octavia Butler and Sun Ra, this exhibition consists of works that are a conversation between the two artists on their experiences growing up in Washington, DC, while reimagining nostalgic cultural places as safe spaces for the black community.

Also on exhibition:
Starting from the Island: Contemporary Art From Taiwan
Starting from the Island offers an illuminating encounter with four Taiwanese artists who have learned to connect their multi-local life experiences and environmental observations within a fast-changing contemporary environment of information overload. As they compare and contrast local with global, insularity with overseas, and cities with mountains—and as their discussions stretch from where they live to the ubiquitous modern phenomena that touch all societies throughout the world—they frame a remarkable conversation with their external environment and with all viewers who are open to extraordinary works of art. The exhibition features work by Yun-Ting Hung Kuen-Lin Tsai,, Dondon Houmwm, and Tai-Chun Chou.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States and Art Bank Taiwan.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday-Friday: 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday-Monday: 12pm to 5pm
  • and by appointment

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more information, visit http://athillyer.org.