Opening Reception: Friday, June 10 from 6pm to 8pm
Art Glass Center: Visions & Voices 2022
June 10 – July 3, 2022 // Popcorn Gallery
The Popcorn Gallery presents Visions & Voices 2022, a juried exhibit of recent glass artwork by The Art Glass Center at Glen Echo artists. Art Glass Center Artists explore the many facets of glass in this exhibition of fine art glass. The exhibit reflects the endless possibilities of glass while echoing the artists’ personalities. View the broad range of glass, from complex sculptures and wall hangings to elegant vessels and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Michaela Borghese, Christine Burris, Diane Cooper Cabe, Keary Cannon, Daniel Carozza, Matt Fuchs, Chris Hekimian, Katherine Hubley, Ginny Hughes, Jennifer Lee, Michele Rubin, Sherry Selevan, Bev Sleph, Mary Wactlar, Karen Wilson, Janet Wittenberg
Andy Yoder: Footwork
May 6 – June 5, 2022// Stone Tower Gallery
On view in the Stone Tower Gallery in June is artist Andy Yoder’s solo exhibition Footwork, featuring his most recent work. According to the artist, “There are scores of solid, practical reasons not to be an artist, but luckily there are also some advantages. Being an artist teaches you to embrace randomness and uncertainty, rather than trying to avoid them. This comes in handy, because no matter how much we try to control and order our lives, the messy, chaotic outside world finds a way to intrude, which is what makes it so interesting.”
Thirty years ago five shipping containers fell off a freighter during a storm, dumping 80,000 pairs of Nike shoes into the Pacific. As they washed ashore on the coast of Oregon and Washington, a network of beachcombers collected and resold them. An oceanographer got word of this and collaborated with the beachcombers to create data, leading to an important study of the ocean’s currents. The news media picked up the story, and the oceanographer became a celebrity, making appearances on late night talk shows. Nike embraced his work and invited him to speak to employees about what became known as “The Great Shoe Spill of 1990”. Yoder learned about this while researching ideas for a solo installation at CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery created out of a repurposed, solar-powered shipping container. When those containers fell into the ocean they made a big splash, and now the ripples have come to Glen Echo Park.
Most of the hundreds of sneakers Yoder has made are created from materials pulled out of recycling bins, like a beachcomber collecting Nikes on the beach. But in this group of work, he used cutoffs and scraps from the mesmerizing works on paper of Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, another artist at Stable in Washington DC. “Making art is a form of alchemy, and being creative gives us the power to steer the ship, rather than bobbing around like a sneaker lost at sea. With this in mind, if you come across a shoe on the beach (or a flip flop, or a bottle), do the right thing, and toss it in the trash. You never know where it might go from there,” says Yoder.
Andy Yoder’s work is in numerous public and private collections, and exhibitions include shows at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Winkleman Gallery in New York, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and Art in America. Commissions include works for ESPN, Continental Airlines, Progressive Insurance, David and Susan Rockefeller, and the Saatchi Collection. He currently maintains a studio at Stable in Washington DC, and was recently awarded a grant from the Corcoran Women’s Committee.
Caitlin Gill: All Natural
June 10 – July 3, 2022 // Park View Gallery
The Park View Gallery presents All Natural, featuring the artwork of Caitlin Gill, an emerging mixed media artist. The show explores femininity and its relationship to nature, western culture and women. Women continuously are linked to nature historically and culturally yet are refused the most natural basic animal instincts and acts (territory, aggression, fitness) as these are demarcated as unfeminine, or inherently masculine. This contradiction plagues the artist, and her work attempts to reconcile how to be simultaneously feminine and natural.
Gill uses felting, sewing, and other traditional craft materials to make her work. The foreground and subjects are often larvae, dead or decomposing animals, or other uncomfortable imagery. The juxtaposition of foregrounds as described and backgrounds of lace, floral patterns, or doilies – in combination with her use of craft materials – creates a dialogue between femininity and the reality of what performing gender feels like for the artist. All Natural encourages communities of people to safely unpack these issues from an academic, political, and social space. This exhibition acts as a mechanism around which people can congregate and share in a cultural experience aimed at reclamation and empowerment. Bodies are always political – animal, female, male, and otherwise. This exhibition explores the intersection of nature, female bodies, animal bodies and how the feminine construct is inherently problematic.
Caitlin Gill is a mixed media artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a B.A in Drawing and Painting from Towson University and an MFA in Curatorial Practice and Art Criticism from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She currently works as the Exhibition Manager and Artist Directory Coordinator for Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore. Gill uses printmaking, sculpting, drawing, painting, collage and fiber to create artwork which explores ideas of identity, femininity and the divergence between human and animal. Evoking ideas of discomfort and repulsion she encourages viewers to engage with how unnatural being human can sometimes feel.
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Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.