August 2023 Exhibitions at the Art League Gallery

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 23, 2023

Wed, August 9 2023 — Sun, September 3 2023

Field of Dreams by Rashad Ali Muhammad; Collage
Workshop: Saturday, September 2 from 10-4pm

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Expansive Portraiture, Distinctive Tableware, and Unique Collage in August at The Art League

The Art League is excited to present three exhibitions for August: Petal Reverie: From Trauma to Beauty by Rashid Ali Muhammad, emBODY; and Tabletop 2023.

“Petal Reverie: From Trauma to Beauty” by Rashid Ali Muhammad

Faux flower petals are the primary medium for Rashid Ali Muhammad’s vibrant collages. During the Covid-19 quarantine, Muhammad began dismantling artificial flower arrangements to create new, generative patterns. The meditative method of breaking down and rebuilding, he says, speaks to the ability to heal from trauma and see the work anew.

“The inspiration for this exhibition was using color theory and patterns to create calming and rejuvenating art,” Muhammad says. “In a sense, it’s a form of escapism to reduce stress and anxiety.”

As a queer, gender-nonconforming person of the African diaspora, the ability to deconstruct and reform reality—a method of thinking and creation that can counter society’s hierarchies and binaries—resonates with Muhammad. He uses found objects, organic shapes, patterns, and symbols as cultural signifiers to highlight the vast intersections shaping the human experience while creating space for healing and rejuvenation.

About the Artist

Rashad Ali Muhammad is a multidisciplinary artist who creates vivid and captivating works that reflect the vast complexities of our human existence. With a background in graphic design and photography, he works primarily in mixed media analog and digital collage.

Muhammad is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. His art has been exhibited extensively throughout the Washington Metropolitan area with various national and international exposure. Notable solo shows include Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland and Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. His artwork has appeared broadly in print and digital media, including the Washington Post, Kolaj Magazine, and British GQ.

emBODY, our August 2023 member exhibit, presents artwork with an emphasis on the body, face, and gesture. Works are traditional or unexpected interpretations of the portrait genre, from self-portraits to abstract figurative work. It was juried by New York-based ceramicist Ahrong Kim.

Tabletop 2023
After a three-year absence, one of our most popular exhibits returns! Tabletop 2023 showcases the artistry of various functional wares associated with the table. Mediums include ceramic, metal, fiber, wood, and glass. Tabletop 2023 was juried by master ceramicist Lindsay Oesterritter. Join The Art League for a demonstration workshop with Oesterritter on Saturday, September 2, from 10 am to 4 pm, where she will illustrate her methods and techniques.

The Art League Gallery and Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA.