Open Gallery Presents Brian Hitselberger Other Ways of Telling

By Editorial Team on October 23, 2018
Courtesy of Open Gallery.
Reception: Thursday, October 25 from 6pm to 8pm

The Open Gallery presents Brian Hitselberger: Other Ways of Telling from, September 24th to November 9th, 2018. A reception will be held Thursday, October 25th, 2018 6–8 p.m. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. The artist will give a talk on November 12th at 3pm in the Cafrtiz Lecture Hall. For more information, visit Free and open to the public.

Brian Hitselberger is a multidisciplinary artist living in Athens, GA. The paintings, drawings, and installations presented inOther Ways of Tellng relate to and expand upon themes of protection, fear, magic, and sexuality. Following an incident of hate speech in his own home and other anti-gay activities in his town, Hitselberger began to imagine possibilities of his work to simultaneously announce a desire to be protected, and to hold the capacity to do this. Counterspell, the largest installation in the show, combines small works by seven other artists (all LGBTQ-identified) with elements of Hitselberger’s creation to form a wall that acts as a spiritual protection against hate speech and homophobia. This piece speaks to their shared reality– the reality of being afraid, of wanting to be protected, of needing community, and of finding one. While addressing a very specific moment in time, the piece ultimately seeks to communicate the dichotomies of human strength and fragility, faith and fear. Alongside Counterspell, Hitselberger exhibits a related zine of the same name, and a series of unframed works on paper, which use collage and print to explore ideas of movement and energy, ritual and power. Like the shamanistic qualities of Counterspell, this series uses abstraction as a kind of visual magic, giving both name and shape to the stories one tells to oneself.

About the Series:
This is the first show in this year’s themed exhibition series, Soapbox. Historically, a soapbox doubled as an impromptu stage upon which someone could stand to deliver a speech, usually of a political or social nature. The artists exhibiting in this series will use the highly visible Open Gallery as their Soapbox.

About the Artist
Brian Hitselberger (b. 1982) is an artist living and working in Athens, Georgia. Hitselberger holds a BFA in Printmaking from Tulane University, and an MFA in Painting from the University of Georgia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.

His installations, paintings and works on paper explore a variety of themes that shift between subjects and perspectives alternately intimate and immense – occasionally within the same piece. Often working in series, his modestly-scaled paintings and drawings employ detailed mark-making, dense layering and unexpected relationships between form, content and material, yielding works that that strive for optimism without simplicity, and privilege wonder without resolution. He has received funding for his work from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Willson Center for the Humanities, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

About the Open Gallery
The Open Gallery’s exhibitions compliment the academic programs of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College while bringing art to the community. As part of the Silver Spring arts community, exhibitions focus on current pieces by working artists. The gallery is at 930 King Street on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, located immediately behind the center.

The Open Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit