Opening Reception: Saturday, March 16 from 7pm to 10pm
In Self and Others, Jeff Duka’s works position and consider the self as nebulous, an ephemeral and temporal network. The muted opacity of his portraits suggests the occult and ever-shifting balance between what we do and do not share about ourselves, as well as between what we are and are not permitted or able to know about others. That we exist in a destructive, image-saturated world is the accepted reality from which these works emerge. Considering his painting to be “post-photographic,” Duka has eschewed the paralyzing quandaries of over consideration in favor of showing up in front of his easel. His series of bruises delves into the vulnerability of self while responding to the expectations of the viewer in this digital world. Step up to Duka’s true mirror: in this moment in which the image is everything, in which people have plastic surgery to look more like their edited and filtered selfies, in which destinations ranging from theme parks to art exhibitions surrender to a cultural mandate to manufacture contexts in which we can shape and sculpt our preferred counter realities, who are you? Who are your friends? How might we understand our multiple ways of seeing and of being? How might we understand the distance and content between the perceived and actual self? How might we know our true self and truly know and relate to others? Let a thousand images bloom.
Olly Olly wants to nourish the body and the community as well. We will be collecting healthy non-perishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Britepaths, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are in crisis. We encourage you to bring a healthy non-perishable food item to donate. The Food Bridge Program is most in need of cooking oil, brown rice, dried beans, canned fruit in its own juices, canned tomato products and pasta sauce.
Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open for special events and by appointment. During the run of a Self and Others, Olly Olly will also be open for special viewing hours Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.