November-December 2021 Exhibitions at VisArts

By Editorial Team on October 25, 2021

Wed, 27 October 2021 - Sun, 02 January 2022

Courtesy of VisArts.
Reception: Friday, November 5 from 7pm to 9pm


VisArts presents two new exhibitions: Jonna McKone’s Slow Drift and Noah Breuer’s Cabbage open Wednesday, October 27, 2021 and run through January 2, 2022.

An onsite reception will be held at VisArts on Friday, November 5 from 7-9 p.m.

Jonna McKone: Slow Drift
Gibbs Street Gallery
October 27, 2021–January 2, 2022

Joanna McKone’s Slow Drift is a lyrical series of photographs that explores concepts of home, land, boundaries, and afterlives.

According to McKone, “Former tobacco farms in Maryland provided the starting point. I followed the reverberations of these sites on communities, topsoil, waterways, ownership, and development. The work considers the physicality of place, the subtleties of light, and the ways that history imprints on locations, which, in turn, shapes our present. This body of work has become my means to explore family and collective histories, as well as a changing climate.” Most of the photographs in Slow Drift were made with large and medium format cameras. Some of the works, called chemigrams, were produced without a camera by exposing light-sensitive paper to photo chemicals and different materials.

Artist and scientist Julie Buisson contributed living sculptures to the exhibition, to represent soil compaction as a result of human activity. The plants grow at different soil depths to illustrate the ways soil quality affects root systems, impacting erosion, carbon storage, and nutrients.

The creation of McKone’s work was made possible in part by a Rubys Artist Grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

About the Artist
Jonna McKone is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and producer whose work blends documentary, archives, and abstraction to explore the connections between land, power, and memory.

McKone is the recipient of the 2021 Baker Artist Award for film, a Rubys Artist Grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. She has held residencies and fellowships at VisArts, Platteforum, Skidmore’s Storytellers Institute, and the Center for Documentary Studies. Her work has recently been shown at Power Plant Gallery in Durham, N.C.

McKone teaches in the M.F.A. programs at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC). She produces independent films as well as podcasts and videos for WNYC, the BBC, museums, and cultural institutions. Her first feature film as a producer, All Light, Everywhere, premiered in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition in 2021 and won the Special Jury Award for Experimentation in Nonfiction.

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Noah Breuer: Cabbage
Concourse Gallery
October 27, 2021–January 2, 2022

In the lexicon of tailors and seamstresses, the word “cabbage” refers to cloth cuttings left over from the process of creating custom garments. These scraps were traditionally kept as perquisites by clothiers, who made (sometimes) fashionable clothing from them.

In Cabbage, Noah Breuer has employed a similar methodology, creating wholly new artworks from a collection of sample swatches and pattern designs found in the Czech archives of his Jewish family’s pre-war textile business. Through a process of digital reclamation and reassembly, Breuer resurrected fragments of his lost ancestors’ visual legacy, creating something new, tangible, and deeply personal. The pieces in this exhibition include prints on paper and fabric, sculptural glass, and low-relief paper casts made from scraps of cotton.

About the Artist
Noah Breuer is an American artist and printmaker, raised in Berkeley, Calif. He holds a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He earned a graduate research certificate in traditional woodblock printmaking and paper-making from Kyoto Seika University in Japan.

Breuer, an Assistant Professor at Auburn University, recently had solo exhibitions at Penn State University Altoona; Spring Hill College; Left Field Gallery in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME; and Spudnik Press in Chicago, Ill. He has had books published by The San Francisco Center for the Book and Small Editions in Brooklyn, NY and his work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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  • Monday- Friday, 12-4 p.m.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

VisArts is in Rockville Town Square, three blocks from the Rockville Metro station, at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Maryland. Visit or call 301.315.8200 for more information.