Reception: Thursday, February 20 from 6pm to 8pm
The Open Gallery presents Myself is the Same as Yourself, featuring the work of Dawn Whitmore from January 21 – February 28, 2020. Myself is the Same as Yourself is an exhibition that uses video, sound, sculpture, painting, and photography to explore the construct of identity as viewed through an internal, self-reflective prism. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 6-8 P.M. An Artist Talk will also be given 12-1pm on February 20. The events and exhibition are located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center of Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
In Whitmore’s work, each symbolic angle portrays a slightly different variation of the whole. Using elements of self-portraiture, including form, voice, and personal history, connections are made between different internal structures. Video of the artist in conversation with herself highlights different parts of the psyche as it navigates the dark forest of the interior. Reoccurring objects, such as trees, ladders, snakes, and oranges, act as symbols along the journey of discovery. These symbols appear as both 2-D painted representations and actual objects throughout the exhibit, drawing attention to the dissonance between real and unreal. A 3-channel sound piece blends the artist’s voice and field recordings collected in a forested nature preserve. Drawing on sound as a point of departure, the viewer is invited to sit and experience the auditory journey, surrounded by sculpture and painting.
About the Series:
This is the 3rd show of this year’s themed exhibition series, Self, which invites artists to explore contemporary ideas of Self Portraiture by engaging with the self through either representational or conceptual means.
About the Artist
Dawn Whitmore is a Washington, DC based documentary photographer/artist whose work focuses on gender, identity, and myth. She received a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in 2005. She is presently a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. Her work has been shown in numerous venues including: the Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ), Hemphill Fine Arts Carroll Square Gallery (DC), Area 405 (MD), Spring Gallery (NY) and featured during DC FotoWeek and the Dumbo Arts Festival in NYC.
Her work has been featured in the Guardian, the Virginia Quarterly Review, of NOTE Magazine, the Iowa Review and the Washington Post. She is a recipient of a DC Commission for the Art & Humanities Artist Fellowship Grant and an Individual Project grant.
The Open Gallery at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College is located at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/academics/departments/visual-performing-arts-tpss/current-exhibition-schedule.html. Free and open to the public.