Schlesinger Center’s Fisher Gallery Presents Jenny the Wu and Michael Patrick Holt A Sociology in Layers

By Editorial Team on July 31, 2018

Sat, August 4 2018 — Sun, September 9 2018

Jenny the Wu, Mental stability and being, like, really smart, 8 x 8 x 1 inch, Latex paint on wood panel. Courtesy of Fisher Gallery.
Reception: Saturday, August 4 from 2pm to 4pm

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to present a two-person exhibit by Jenny the Wu and Michael Patrick Holt, A Sociology in Layers. Jenny and Michael’s exhibit runs from August 5, 2018 –September 9, 2018 with the artist’s reception on August 4, 2018 from 2-4PM.

Using different yet utterly contemporary techniques of collage and industrial paint, Jenny and Michael draw attention to the complexity of our times. Their use of layering is a technique that they share as they comment on and satirize our divided and turbulent culture.

“Very few things exist in a solid state. Humans are composed of a multitude of layers, mentally, spiritually and physically. On a larger scale, the society and culture we surround ourselves with is constructed of layers – in an even more complex organism. Those layers can have a dialogue right in front of us at times and we are so entrenched that we never notice. Constructed or deconstructed, the layers tell a story. Sometimes it is direct. Obvious. In the more complex systems of media or culture, it requires stepping back and viewing it all at once. To seek the subconscious of a thing or the spirit of the times.”

Jenny the Wu was born in Nanjing, China. She holds a B.A. from William Smith College in Studio Art as well as in Architectural Studies, and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from American University.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Denise Bibro Fine Art, Katzen Museum, and Huntington Museum of Art. Wu has participated in numerous Artist-In-Residence programs across the country, and has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She is the 2018 – 2020 Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow, and adjunct professor at American University and Marymount University.

Michael Patrick Holt was born 1974 in Sandusky, Ohio. In 2013 he received a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University focusing in Fine Art, Theatre, and English. He received an M.F.A. in Studio Art from American University in 2015, and was awarded the JoAnne Crisp-Ellert Prize. Noted exhibitions include E. Pluribus Unum at the Vilnius Academy in Lithuania and Artists at Work at the Smithsonian Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, DC Holt’s works can be found in private collections as well as the Watkins Collection of the Katzen Museum.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am—4pm

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, which is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.  For more information, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.