IA&A at Hillyer Presents Emilio Cavallini Objectual Abstractions and Carrie Fucile Drift

By Editorial Team on May 1, 2018
Photo courtesy of IA&A at Hillyer.
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Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 from 6pm  to 9pm
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Hillyer presents two new exhibitions opening on May’s First Friday, featuring Italian artist Emilio Cavallini and Baltimore-based artist Carrie Fucile. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, Objectual Abstractions features a 20-piece retrospective by famed fashion designer and artist Emilio Cavallini. These vibrant, abstract works were created using the textile materials from his noted hosiery collection that he has reinterpreted into large, colorful wall pieces, using applied math and geometry to makes various lines, and shapes to create his three-dimensional art. Through sound, installation, and performance, Carrie Fucile’s exhibition, Drift, addresses issues of territorial and bodily boundaries, political upheaval, and global capital. Over the course of her exhibition a fan will slowly blow sand from a neat formation in the middle of the floor into drifts that accumulate at the far corner of the gallery. As the fan blows, the sound of the moving air and sand will be picked up by a contact microphone attached to the floor and broadcast through an amplifier placed in the corner. Guests can meet both Cavallini and Fucile at the opening reception on Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm, during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Objectual Abstractions by Emilio Cavallini (Milan, Italy)
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC and the Italian Cultural Institute, Hillyer is pleased to present the work of Emilio Cavallini. Cavallini, the famed Italian fashion designer, is also known for his bright, and contemporary artworks. His eye-catching dynamic wall sculptures will be displayed for the first time in Washington DC this May. His work will be exhibited both at the Italian Cultural Institute, and at Hillyer where there will be a retrospective of 20 works, including art from his best-known projects: Attuale-Infinito, Biforcazioni, Frattali, and Diagrammi.

These vibrant, abstract works were created using the textile materials from his noted hosiery collection that he has reinterpreted into large, colorful wall pieces. He uses both bright and grayscale colors in his wall sculptures; his intricate designs are often made with unconventional media, like nylon yarns, printed fabrics, and even the tights he designs. Using applied math, and geometry, the artist makes various lines, and shapes to create his three-dimensional art.

Drift by Carrie Fucile (Baltimore, MD)
Through sound, installation, and performance, Carrie Fucile’s work addresses issues of territorial and bodily boundaries, political upheaval, and global capital. Over the course of her exhibition, Drift, a fan will slowly blow sand from a neat formation in the middle of the floor, into drifts that accumulate at the far corner of the gallery. As the fan blows, the sound of the moving air and sand will be picked up by a contact microphone attached to the floor and broadcast through an amplifier placed in the corner.

This installation is impermanent, and ever-moving. It addresses environmental issues, geopolitical shifts, unrestrained growth, and impermanence. It is informed by theories of continental drift, the current migration crisis from Northern Africa to Europe, and the growing sand shortage in India, Africa, and China. All materials used contain multiple meanings. The fan references economic, political, and environmental forces. The grains of sand denote individual people on the move, natural or man-made geological shifts, and the scattering of resources once taken for granted. The sound creates a suspenseful atmosphere directly correlated to the action unfolding.

Carrie Fucile is an intermedia artist focused on sound, sculpture, installation, and performance. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues in the United States and abroad including The Walters Art Museum, The Red Room, the (e)merge Art Fair, Vox Populi, VMK – Gönczi Gallery, and Casa Contemporânea. Recent honors include a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and a 2015 D’CLINIC residency in Hungary. Her recordings are released through Ehse Records and Protagonist Music. Fucile lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland and is a Lecturer at Towson University.

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