Schlesinger Center Presents Joan Belmar Tangling Shadows

By Editorial Team on July 30, 2018
Tangling Shadows (detail) by Joan Belmar. Courtesy of Schlesinger Center.
Reception: Saturday, August 4 from 2pm to 4pm

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes Washington DC and New York based artist, Joan Belmar as a part of the 2018-2019 season for the center’s art galleries.

The installation “Tangling Shadows” inspired by the poem “Thinking Tangling Shadows” by Pablo Neruda will be a site- specific public work that will grace the atrium of the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. It opens Friday July 27, 2018 with an artist reception from 2pm to 4pm August 4,, 2018.

Joan Belmar is well known for his unique technique of 3-D painting. For this work, he combined his former painting and collage techniques with painted and untreated Mylar/paper strips in circles and curvilinear shapes. This technique produces variations in transparency, as light and the viewer move in relation to the work. The sheer quality of these translucent materials captures and reflects light and encourages close viewing of the work to reveal the different layers within.

“I play with light, transparencies and the sculptural qualities of these elements to evoke the concepts that are important in my work: Time, Change and Movement.”

Joan is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Mayor’s Art Award Finalist in Washington, DC, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program, and an Individual Artist Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the state of Maryland. In 2016 he won first place in the Osten Biennial of Drawing in Macedonia.

He has exhibited in numerous shows including Addison Ripley Gallery, Charles Krause Reporting, IA&A at Hillyer, Curators Office, The Gabarron Foundation, University of Maine Museum of Art and the (Katzen) American University Museum. Joan has exhibited with Adah Rose Gallery at PULSE Miami Art Fair, PULSE New York Art Fair, the Silicon Valley Art Fair, and the Dallas Art Fair.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm

The Schlesinger Center is located  is located at 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.