January 2021 Exhibitions at VisArts Galleries—Edgar Reyes Fragments, Khánh H. Lê We’re Still Here, Waiting???, Kim Sandara, Antonio McAfee and Andrew Hladky

By Editorial Team on January 12, 2021
Work by Antonio McAfee.
UPDATED Virtual Reception: Friday, January 29 from 5pm – 7pm
VisArts Galleries welcomes the new year with exhibitions that address the themes of appropriation, identity, and sound. Our Virtual Reception, taking place Friday, January 29, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 PM, includes artist talks by exhibiting artists Edgar Reyes, Khánh H. Lê, Kim Sandara, Antonio McAfee, and Andrew Hladky.

VisArts galleries are currently open to the public by appointment Monday through Friday 12:00-4:00 PM. Visitors can sign up by clicking here.

Edgar Reyes, Abuela Sixta, 2020, digital design.

Edgar Reyes: Fragments
January 13 – February 28, 2021
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, First Floor
Edgar Reyes’ art highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. He challenges social norms to express what it means for him to be labeled Latino. His art making is centered around building compassion and understanding regarding the complex history of forced and volunteering resettlement throughout the Americas.

Reyes’ newest exhibition, Fragments, opens in VisArts’ Gibbs Street Gallery on January 13. Make an appointment to view his work by clicking here.

About the Artist
Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes earned his M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, and museums. Read more.

Work by Khánh H. Lê.

Khánh H. Lê: We’re Still Here, Waiting???
Concourse Gallery
January 8 – February 7
Khánh H. Lê (b. 1981, Long Dinh, Vietnam; lives and works in Washington, D.C.) continuously probes his personal and familial histories to carve out a cultural identity for himself. Lê creates dazzling compositions based on deteriorating photographs and collective memories of his and his relations’ experiences as refugees living in Vietnamese internment camps in the 1980s. Through the collaging of materials such as acrylic paintings, glitter, prints, and sparkling plastic craft jewels, Lê merges narratives – both horrific realities and idyllic fantasies – that are filled with tension as he explores notions of home, country, and safety. Read more.

Work by Kim Sandara.

Kim Sandara
January 13 – February 28, 2021
Common Ground Gallery, VisArts, Second Floor
Kim Sandara’s most recent body of work explores the translation of music to visuals. Different songs and sounds connect to different levels of emotion and, in reiteration, bring about new experiences. Individual memories of songs change. They are made while listening to a continuous playlist of a variety of music genres. The process is synesthetic. Audience interpretation of the works have become more valuable than subjectively stating what exact songs or genres were listened to. The goal of these works are for the artist’s subconscious mark-making to interact with the viewer’s subconscious interpretations, encouraging a bond that is both connecting yet entirely personal. Read more.

Work by Antonio McAfee.

Antonio McAfee
January 20 – March 7, 2021
Kaplan Gallery
Antonio McAfee’s work addresses the complexity of representation. Through appropriating and manipulating portraits, he engages in prescribed views of individuals, and reworks images to provide an alternate – more layered image and concept of the people depicted. His photographs oscillate between formal considerations (modifying appearances and prints) and imaginary potential (establishing new back stories and roles) for the portraits.

The source of the artist’s current portraits (Counter-Archive Project) is The Exhibition of American Negroes organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Calloway, and Historic Black Colleges for the Paris 1900 International Exposition. The exhibition was a photographic, economic, and legislative survey of middle-class blacks in Georgia. Read more.

Work by Andrew Hladky.

Andrew Hladky
January 20 – March 7, 2021
Kaplan Gallery
Andrew Hladky makes three-dimensional paintings and paint sculptures out of oil paint and bamboo sticks. Intricate bamboo stick structures are combined with worms of paint squeezed directly from the tube to form the body of the painting. Into this delicate and convoluted surface Hladky paints imagery from a wide variety of sources, both personal and commercial. The build up of paint and sticks interacts with and changes the imagery causing it to shift, distort and break apart as you walk around the painting. The body of the painting asserts itself, overwhelming the images clinging to its surface and altering their sentiment. Read more.

VisArts Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.