Summer 2019 Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center

By Editorial Team on June 17, 2019
Dexter Ciprian, TLRQVALL! II (Tiende La Ropa Que Va a Llover!), 2017. Courtesy of Arlington Arts Center.
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Summer Exhibitions Community Day & Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22 from 3pm to 9pm
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Summer Exhibitions Gallery Talk: Saturday, July 27 from 1pm to 3pm

Arlington Arts Center’s summer exhibitions will open with a family-friendly event on June 22! Join them from 3 to 6pm for a community day to celebrate the opening of Amanda Browder’s monumental fabric installation, City of Threads, with snacks and art projects for children of all ages. The party continues from 6 to 9pm with the opening of their three new summer exhibitions, Transitional Objects; Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost; and Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen. Grab a drink with the exhibiting artists and stop by our resident artists’ studios to see what they have been working on.

Transitional Objects
On view: June 22 to September 7
Transitional Objects highlights artists who explore human relationships to inanimate material – commodities, tools, personal belongings, clothing, and all of the other nonliving substances that populate our daily lives. Working in sculpture, installation, and video, these artists experiment with unconventional materials, take inspiration from or produce functional objects, and create sculptures that elucidate both the allure and the difficulty of material forms.

Transitional Objects artists: Kyle Bauer, Calder Brannock, Dexter Ciprian, Emily Culver, Liz Ensz, Kyle Hittmeier, Trish Tillman, and Holly Trout.

Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost
On view: June 22 to September 7
In Sort of, Kind of, Almost, Jen Noone both enacts and subtly critiques the endless pursuit of perfection. Manipulating the material characteristics of latex paint, Noone repeatedly coats the surfaces of acrylic boxes, picture frames, and shelving units, before scraping away layers of the dried latex. Each new layer of paint represents an attempt to improve upon the previous layers but, rather than perfection, the result is a messy accumulation of frayed skins, the evidence of past attempts. While the pursuit of perfection may inevitably result in failure, Noone’s work suggests that the quest for the ideal form, even if it repeatedly misses the mark, has a beauty and charm all its own.

Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen
On view: June 22 to September 7
In his Re/Seen series, photographer Jason Horowitz uses the Photo Sphere/Street View app and his smartphone’s camera to create immersive abstract views. By subverting and manipulating the normal process for creating panoramas, Horowitz disassembles and reconstructs 360° scenes. The resulting images represent a new kind of computational photographic “seeing,” a melding of Horowitz’s vision and the programming of the camera app’s artificial intelligence. Instead of depicting the world in a realistic documentary fashion, the finished works playfully bend space and time to create images that reinterpret reality through a dizzying sense of mystery. For Ashton Heights Re/Seen, Horowitz presents a selection of images from the Re/Seen series all made a short distance from Arlington Arts Center. Through their surreal beauty, the images encourage viewers to reconsider the possibilities of both their immediate surroundings and the technology they hold in their hands every day.

Amanda Browder: City of Threads
On view: June 22 to July 21
During the month of June, AAC welcomes visiting artist Amanda Browder, whose large-scale fabric installation will enliven the exterior of AAC’s building from June 22 through July 21, 2019. Browder’s vibrant installations are created with donated fabric in collaboration with community members. Her process breaks down the barriers between audiences and contemporary art by inviting members of the public to get involved with the process of creation, spurring conversations about community, art, architecture, and public space. The final result of the collaborative process – the large-scale fabric installation – playfully compliments the architecture of AAC’s building while introducing an element of whimsy onto its facade.

**Please note there will be a cash bar from 6 to 9pm. All drinks will be $5.**

AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org.