Target Gallery Presents Those Spaces Between Us Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on April 12, 2021
Shannon Finnell, Touching Photographically: Panna in Cluj, 2020. Archival print.
On View: April 10 – May 23, 2021

The new show in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, takes an introspective view of how space is occupied or left alone. Those Spaces Between Us, on view April 10 through May 23, 2021, is a hybrid digital and in-person exhibition that explores transition, ambiguity, and being on the threshold of change.

Those Spaces Between Us considers the distances between people and their surroundings and how that divide becomes its own character in art, history, memories, and the stories people tell about themselves.

For many of the artists, physical spaces are the visual focal point of the work. Others took explored this conceptual idea of “space” within a different context, such as personal or emotional distance.

The exhibition features 23 artists, with 11 from the greater D.C. metropolitan region.

Participating artists are:

* On view in the digital catalogue only

Nikki Brugnoli juried this exhibition. An artist and arts educator based in Northern Virginia, Brugnoli’s own work often explores ambiguity in physical space. In her juror’s statement. she acknowledged how COVID-19 forced people to consider the spaces they occupied more than ever. For many, family, work, and studio converged into one space and this overlap disrupted balance.

“The selection of works for this exhibition has been about an acknowledgement of longing, of close examination of spaces the artist frequently inhabits, and of ritual. The exhibition features how we remember and how we navigate within our human connectivity,” she wrote.

In Shannon Finnell’s Touching Photographically: Panna in Cluj, she fostered lost connections during the COVID-19 pandemicDuring the summer of 2020, she prompted friends from around the world to send photographs of them looking out of their windows. In this piece, she stands, holding the photo with her back to the camera, in front of a closed door. The repetitive framing creates a narrative of standing in a threshold emphasizing their separation while creating some visual connection.

Harry Mayer’s piece, my me box, is also a creation born from pandemic life. While being stuck indoors, Mayer documented the way he sees himself in his home and how he occupies it. Mounted on a box scaled to Mayer’s height are two prints on either side, one depicting the artist living in his space and the other with him absent.

In Emily Fussner’s paper and wire sculpture, Untitled (Embrace), the artist cast the forms from molds of crack in parking lots. Fussner reflected on the transient and utilitarian role of parking lots and brought in new context with these delicate and organic form. The result resembles a womb or embrace.

Those Spaces Between Us is on view through Sunday, May 23, 2021. Target Gallery hosts a virtual reception via Facebook Live on Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. as a part of Torpedo Factory Art Center’s The Late Shift Online event. The digital catalogue will be live by Friday, April 16, and viewable at torpedofactory.org/catalogs.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday through Sunday: 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.

Private media viewings may be scheduled upon appointment.

About the Juror
Nikki Brugnoli
 artist, educator, and curator, received her BFA from Seton Hill University (2004) and her MFA from The Ohio State University (2007). Brugnoli serves on the faculty at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. She teaches Studio Art in the Upper School and runs the Art School/College recruiting program. Previously, she served on the faculty at George Mason University and was the Assistant Graduate Programs Coordinator and Graduate Advisor in the School of Art. In addition, she helped coordinate Visual Voices, Visiting Artist Program. Nikki was the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Art Lab at the Lorton Workhouse, Lorton, VA and currently serves on the Hillyer IA&A Advisory Council, Washington D.C. Nikki has also taught at The Ohio State University, the Northern Virginia Community Colleges, and The Renaissance School in Charlottesville, VA.

Target Gallery is located in Studio 2 of the Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, in Alexandria, Va.