In-Person Reception: Friday, October 8 from 7pm
Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents a new group exhibition focused on the process of testing an idea and experimentation. Hypotheses, on view through October 31, 2021, spotlights artists who employ discovery and intellectual systems as part of their practices.
The art presents a dialogue about embarking outside one’s traditional boundaries of understanding—whether it be based in cerebral concepts or experimenting with a new artistic technique. Each work in the exhibition embodies this concept of questioning and innovation.
The exhibition features 24 artists, with 9 from the greater DC metropolitan region.
Participating artists are:
- Adam Bradley, Washington, DC
- Thea Clark, Greensboro, NC
- Julia Clouser, Baltimore, MD
- Sasha de Koninck, Boulder, CO
- Gregory Logan Dunn, Arlington, VA
- Mira Hecht, Chevy Chase, MD
- Samantha Holmes, New York, NY
- Yingheng Huang, Providence, RI
- Jang Soon Im, Long Island City, NY
- Dave Kube, Lancaster, PA
- Jayne Matricardi, Fairfax, VA
- Stephen Nakatani, Virginia Beach, VA
- Tamao Nakayama, Woodbridge, VA
- Julia Paul, Blacksburg, VA
- Mia Rollins, Providence, RI
- Fanni Somogyi, Baltimore, MD
- Liz Stewart, Washington, DC
- Joshua Unikel, Houston, TX
- Barg Upender, Potomac, MD
- Winnie van der Rijn, New York, NY
- Jeff Che Yeh, Providence, RI
- Anne Yoncha, Ada, OK
Sue Wrbican juried this exhibition. An artist based in Northern Virginia, Wrbican’s interested in intersections of the environment, economics, labor and surrealism. These themes and conceptual ideas are prevalent in the work selected for the exhibition.
“My decisions came about through the certain poetic stirrings the works presented me with,” she wrote in her juror’s statement, “They shifted my consciousness from one theme to the next. Artists imagined futures, compressed time, considered histories on top of histories with layered vulnerabilities and resilience over accidents. All further experimentations with the unfamiliar.”
n Samantha Holmes’s Equilibrium V, the artist created a visual juxtaposition of a sculpture comprised of two marble slabs held together and connected by a single strand of her mother’s hair. In this piece, Holmes utilizes equilibrium to balance and distribute the weight to challenge concepts of fragility by using the hair to represent fragility ascribed to femininity, and strength the to the weight of the marble.
Fanni Somogyi’s Cross Species Connections is reminiscent of a sci fi-like alien creature. Somogyi is interested in connecting the “unnatural” to the natural world in her series that examines sustainability and how people might merge or reuse our resources. For this sculpture, she created a cast of a gourd and embellished it with metal, considering a metamorphosis of a gourd and spider to create another creature all together.
Liz Stewart’s painting, Jump In, also takes on a surrealist visual quality. Stewart presents the rebirth of a soul being taken into the heavens while their spiritual guides, the Kananga, usher the soul into the next life. The image creates a surreal effect contrasting the image of space and the galaxy behind it with the skeleton of a cityscape in the background, connecting traditional spiritual concepts to an almost sci-fi like visual interpretation.
About the Juror
Sue Wrbican is an artist interested in intersections of the environment, economics, labor and surrealism. Recent projects are extensive artistic explorations into the work of Surrealist Kay Sage resulting in towering sculptures inspired by Sage’s paintings. These works include Buoyant Force now installed in front of the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art in Reston, VA and The Eventual Outcome of an Instant on the grounds of the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY. Wrbican has presented works in venues such as Latela Gallery, Greater Reston Art Center, the Zizek Studies conference at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Her video Back Roof is part of Miranda July’s Joanie 4 Jackie Archive at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Collaborative works include Scream at the Economy with the Floating Lab Collective and The Frozen Car with Mary Carothers. Wrbican has held residencies at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Sue Wrbican teaches in the School of Art at George Mason University and her education includes an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in English Writing with a concentration in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.
Hypotheses is on view through Sunday, October 31, 2021. Target Gallery hosts an in-person gallery reception on Friday, October 8, at 7 p.m. as a part of Torpedo Factory Art Center’s The Late Shift: The Art of Questioning. The digital catalog will also be live by September 27 and viewable at torpedofactory.org/catalogs.
Target Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Target Gallery has a limited visitor capacity to allow for social distancing. Those who wish to visit Torpedo Factory Art Center are asked to adhere to current Virginia Safer at Home guidelines, including maintaining a social distance with people from different households, wearing face coverings indoors, and frequent handwashing for 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Target Gallery is located in Studio 2 in Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at 105 N. Union St. in Alexandria.