On View: March 27 – June 5, 2021
Arlington Arts Center is busy getting ready for spring. They’re looking forward to reopening their galleries to the public on March 27, 2021. Two new exhibitions, Stretched and Ryan McCoy: From an Abyss will run through June 5, with gallery hours Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm-5pm. Both exhibitions will be complemented by online programs, including artist talks hosted on Zoom throughout April and May.
Featured Artists: Amna Asghar, Rushern Baker IV, Erick Antonio Benitez, Mark Joshua Epstein, Saskia Fleishman, Jen Noone, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Madeline 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.
Ryan McCoy: From an Abyss
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 the repeated attacks on truth, facts and American democracy. Working in an abstract visual language, From an Abyss is McCoy’s response to a dark chapter in America’s history through stark abstract compositions, poetic gestures and canvases heavy with the weight of material accumulation.