Opening: Saturday, July 9 from 7pm to 9pm
Sarah Hardesty Artist Talk: Saturday, July 30 at 2:30 pm (Exhibition info below)
A Journey Not Soon Forgotten includes work by nine immigrant or first-generation artists
Opening July 9 and running through September 3, 2022, A Journey Not Soon Forgotten explores the global impacts of migration. This exhibition follows the practices of nine artists who have either immigrated to the Unites States themselves or are the children of immigrants. The artwork on display showcases the physicality, spirituality, and conceptuality that is birthed through migration. Artists in this exhibition are working through ideas of lineage and labor while also examining political interests and significant historical events – domestic and abroad – that affect their self-identity and many of the people(s) they care about. A Journey Not Soon Forgotten features artists that share their personal experiences with migration in an effort to advocate for the interests of these global communities.
A Journey Not Soon Forgotten is organized by guest curator Thomas F. James. The exhibition includes work by nine artists: Jessica Elena Aquino (Brooklyn, NY), Antonius-Tin Bui & Theresa-Xuan Bui (Baltimore, MD and Chicago, IL), Ainsley Burrows (Baltimore, MD), Fahimeh Vahdat (Howard County, MD), Lehna Huie (Baltimore, MD), Sam Husseini (Prince George’s County, MD), Thiang Uk (Baltimore, MD), You Wu (Baltimore), and Helen Zughaib (Washington, DC).
Time Binding by Sarah Hardesty
Opening on July 9 and running through September 3, 2022, Arlington Arts Center is pleased to present Time Binding, a new solo exhibition of installation, painting and drawing by resident artist Sarah Hardesty. Predominantly created after a pandemic year spent in a cabin in a remote part of Washington state, Time Binding is Hardesty’s abstracted documentation of dramatic natural phenomena that find their parallel in universal human experiences.
In Time Binding, Sarah Hardesty uses found object installations, paintings, and drawings to take viewers on a journey to a vast and solitary landscape of craggy snow-capped mountains, flowing rivers, and shifting tectonic plates. The works are unified through Hardesty’s visual vocabulary of additive and subtractive lines and her restrained palette of white, black, and gray with flourishes of cautionary orange and ice blue. Seen together, the works describe a singular landscape in which the viewer’s vantage point shifts cinematically from sweeping horizon lines to aerial views and close-ups of rivers, mountains, and trees.
It is through Hardesty’s evocative mark-making and layering that the viewer becomes aware of the artist’s presence and that the emotional tone of the work comes to the fore. Layers of paint, like strata in the earth, reveal or conceal forms underneath: a buildup of black paint slathered across a surface obscures lines incised into a panel like scars. A mountain crest in the distance crumbles into a pile of rock, the choppy surface of a flowing river is depicted in hot orange. Hardesty’s abstracted images of nature in its most grandiose forms communicate moments of heightened emotional intensity, alluding to human fallibility and the changeable nature of life
About the Artist
Sarah Hardesty’s drawings, paintings, and installations reference geologic and environmental happenings and incorporate personal experience with layering of time, space, and reflection. Hardesty’s work has been exhibited at VisArts, (Rockville, MD); Metro Micro Gallery (Arlington, VA); ISE Cultural Foundation, (New York, NY); Davidson Contemporary, (New York, NY); MPG Gallery, (Boston, MA); Wheaton College, (Norton, MA) and the Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ). She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Wassaic Project, The Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Hardesty is the recipient of numerous financial awards including a Fairfax County Artist Grant (2020); a VFIC Mednick Fellowship (2019); a Leon Levy award (2012), and an award from The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2007). Hardesty holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. She was born in Strong, Maine and is currently based in the Washington DC area where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
About Arlington Arts Center
Arlington Arts Center is an independent, non-profit contemporary arts center and gallery that enriches community life by connecting the public with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, educational programs, and artist residencies. Located at 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, it is open Wed-Sun, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. AAC is free, has on-site parking, is easy to reach by metro and bus, and is accessible. For more information about its other upcoming summer exhibitions, its summer camp and educational programs, or its event rentals visit: arlingtonartscenter.org.
AAC programs are supported in part by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts; the Virginia Commission for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts; the Washington Forrest Foundation; The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; and generous individual donors.
Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.