Opening: Thursday, April 8 at 6pm
Join AAC Thursday, April 8 at 6pm on Zoom to celebrate the opening of their spring exhibitions, Stretched and Ryan McCoy: From an Abyss! The virtual reception is free but registration is required. You can come see the shows in person during gallery hours, Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm. Read more about their spring reopening here.
Featured Artists: Amna Asghar, Rushern Baker IV, Erick Antonio Benitez, Mark Joshua Epstein, Saskia Fleishman, Jen Noone, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Madeline A. Stratton, and Rives Wiley
Stretched presents an expanded perspective on contemporary painting, featuring nine artists whose work is rooted in but transcends the medium. Ranging from work on canvas to large-scale installation, the exhibition emphasizes the expansive and multi-faceted approach taken by contemporary artists who work with paint as part of their practice. These diverse approaches include incorporating unconventional materials and techniques into their work and expanding their work beyond the canvas into three-dimensional objects and installations.
From an Abyss is artist Ryan McCoy’s response to the experience of living in America during the Covid-19 pandemic. Executed from just before the pandemic’s outset to the present moment, From an Abyss is McCoy’s visualization of the country’s staggering death toll, the emotional and psychological effects of sustained isolation and attacks on truth, facts and America’s democracy. Working in an abstract visual language, From an Abyss reacts to a dark chapter in America’s history through stark abstract compositions, poetic gestures and canvases heavy with the accrual of material excess.
Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.