Target Gallery Presents Mythos Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on October 13, 2020
Saya Benham, Talisman of Hard Days I, 2020. Saffron, sacred bamboo, turquoise, lapis lazuli, ink and gold on handmade paper.
Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, October 25, 2020

The newest group exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, offers a new perspective on ancient mythologies and folklore in Mythos. It spotlights the impact that myth has on culture through symbolism and visuals, with each artist reimagining these ideas in a contemporary context. Mythos opens Saturday, September 19, and remains on view through Sunday, October 25, 2020. Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St. in Old Town Alexandria.

The exhibition features 20 artists, 13 of whom are from Virginia or the greater D.C. metropolitan area.

Participating artists are:

Exhibition juror Dr. Michele Greet is a professor of modern art in Latin America as well as the director of the Art History Program at George Mason University.

“Works in the exhibition reimagine fairytales and magical creatures, or employ archetypes, allegories, or mythical narratives to explore personal tragedies and triumphs,” she said. “Shiva and Nike, griffins and unicorns, Medusa and Red Riding Hood occupy these walls together and speak to one another across time and culture.”

Saya Benham’s Talisman of Hard Days I integrates concepts of Persian mythology and contemporary technology. Benham depicts Divs, deities of chaos and disorder in Persian tradition, being stopped by talismans of contemporary technological or scientific patterns such as binary code.

Annie Rochelle’s Europa and the Bull (The First Eurotrip) takes a more satirical approach to the myth. In her reimaging gives power and agency back to the character of Europa, who was a victim in the original Greek myth.

M.A. Papanek-Miller makes multiple references to myth in Preparing for Winter: Once Again the Animals Were Conscious of a Vague Uneasiness I. Its abstract approach is reminiscent of ancient Greek tradition. The figures reference George Orwell’s Animal Farm and nod at the idyllic myth of American agricultural life, representing a cautionary warning for political apathy.

The online catalogue will go live by September 25.

Target Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. It is located in Studio 2 at Torpedo Factory Art Center, at 105 N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va. 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.

Private press viewings may be scheduled upon appointment.

About the Juror
Dr. Michele Greet 
is Professor of modern Latin American art at George Mason University and Director of the Art History program. She is also president of the Association for Latin American Art. She is the author of Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars, 1918-1939 (Yale University Press: 2018) and Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920-1960 (Penn State University Press: 2009). She is co-editor, with Gina McDaniel Tarver, of the anthology Art Museums of Latin America: Structuring Representation (Routledge: 2018). She has lectured widely on modern Latin American art and published articles in national and international journals including Papers of SurrealismJournal for Surrealism and the Americas, Artelogie, and Journal of Curatorial Studies. She has also written exhibition catalogue essays for MoMA (New York), Museu de Arte de São Paulo, El Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and El Museo del Barrio.

Target Gallery is located in Studio 2 at Torpedo Factory Art Center, at 105 N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA.