Target Gallery Presents Sweet Tooth

By Editorial Team on February 7, 2022

Fri, 11 February 2022 - Sun, 06 March 2022

Lindsey Hall, Candy Coated Lush, 2020, polyurethane, tulle, polyester, dye, glitter glue, vinyl.
Reception: Friday, February 11 at 7pm

The new exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, explores indulgence, craving, and desire. Sweet Tooth is now on view through Sunday, March 6, 2022.

“This exhibition delves into desire, in both a physical and mental sense,” said Curator of Exhibitions Leslie Mounaime. “We are living in socially isolating times and many people are coping by indulging in  desires or fixating on them. Sweet Tooth acknowledges these urges and spotlights artists’ responses.”

The exhibition features 20 artists, with 11 from the greater DC metropolitan region.

Participating artists are:

Naomi Christianson juried this exhibition. An artist and curator based in Washington, D.C., Christianson’s own work celebrates desire with jubilance, as an acknowledgement of fulfillment.

“The artwork selected for Sweet Tooth captures the concept of desire using color, textures, and diverse mediums to capture the polarity desire both creates and represents, including the hedonistic pursuits of life,” she said.

On its face, Christina Dietz’s ABC Gum Machine is a grocery-store gum machine. Upon closer inspection all the gum appears to have been chewed.

Lindsey Hall, who was a Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Grad Resident in 2017, has three soft sculptures in the show that revolve around fantasy and sexuality. Candy Coated Lush is a modular composition placed on glittery pink vinyl. The playful phallic forms are adorned and have a sweet-shop color palate reminiscent of confections.

Jennie Thwing’s video, Love Your Mother, is an amination that incorporates her felt soft sculpture. It begins with verdant imagery and pleasant sounds but ends with a cacophony of natural and man-made noises as the images devolve into environmental destruction. Her work is in contrast to others in the exhibition as it presents a critique of insatiable desire and observes how humanity’s excesses affects the Earth’s resources and leads to their destruction.

Sweet Tooth is on view through Sunday, March 6, 2022. Target Gallery hosts a virtual gallery reception on Friday, February 11, at 7 p.m. via a livestreamed on facebook.com/targetgallery. The digital catalogue will also be viewable on February 11 at torpedofactory.org/catalogs.

Target Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday. Visit torpedofactory.org/hours for daily hours. 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 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.

About the Juror
Naomi Christianson
 is a local indie visual artist and designer, also purveyor of the Omi Collective. Her art focuses on the healing properties of color and iconic images representing the divine feminine and healing frequencies and vibrations of the heart.  Leveraging her experiences as a Vedic and multicultural spiritual icon investigator, Naomi creates art that reveals her own journey while creating universal truths and bliss from raw materials of color, emotion and physical experience. She has exhibited her work in over 50 locations, including galleries based in New York, London, Prague and the DC metropolitan area. Her collective has popped up more than 30 healing safe spaces focusing on supporting local identifying female and gender nonconforming artists and entrepreneurs in the DC metropolitan area. Naomi is currently practicing her art in a private studio located in Moyaone Reserve inside the Piscataway National Park. Her current projects include focuses on moon medicine tarot cards, up-cycling vintage couture and adding new paintings to her Space Fashion series.

About Target Gallery
Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. More information is available via torpedofactory.org/target.

About Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. The City of Alexandria manages Torpedo Factory Art Center through the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities as part of the Office of the Arts’ family of programs and facilities. Just south of Washington, DC, the Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. For more information, visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Art Center on Twitter, FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.

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