Twice a year the Arlington Arts Center promotes ‘rising regional artists” with “SOLOS,” and opportunity for them to strut their stuff. Experience has it that there are some excellent artists working in studios at AAC and that this is a part of the comprehensive strategy for cultivating fine art in Arlington County, and beyond.
The work shown here is typically juried.
They are emphasizing the “regional outreach” by noting that “Seven artists hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will each mount a self-contained show in one of seven gallery spaces, resulting in a sampling of never before-seen art.”
The show is the result of having Molly Donovan, Associate Curator at the National Gallery of Art, and nationally-recognized DC artist Dan Steinhilber review 200 proposals to select seven finalists.
Here is a description:
“Filmmaker Matthew Fishel re-imagines AAC’s iconic Louis Comfort Tiffany windows in Relaunch, a Kickstarter-funded project “that responds formally and substantively to a standout architectural feature of the [Tiffany] gallery.”
In Antimatter, Amy Chan redefines landscape through “global weirding” – a systematic process of using stripes, dots, and patterns to yield the bizarre and unexpected.
Kristina Bilonick, veteran AAC exhibitor and co-curator of last summer’s CTRL+P, presents her first solo exhibition Folklore. Using memorabilia, newspaper clippings, media and testimonies of her childhood, Bilonick investigates “the mythological remnants of memories and how over time, a story or memory of a particular instance can morph or change each time it’s told.”
Jennie Thwing filmed My Black Hole at the arts center this summer, a long exposure stop-motion animation that visualizes her artistic process, highlighting the dichotomy of one’s joy and sadness after completing a body of work.
Philadelphia-based artist Ping Shen “unfolds the beauty” of an ancient Chinese painting technique called Gongbi which she uses to contrast contemporary urban life in China and in America.
Paul Thulin’s installation piece, Pine Tree Ballads, creates an “immersive poetic experience” that explores the mythological homestead of his past.
Stephanie Williams’ sculptures and drawings focus on information assimilation by taking the everyday, familiar object and reformulating it to become exotic.”
Other galleries are open featuring resident artists.
The opening reception for FALL SOLOS is Saturday, Nov. 2 from 6 pm to 9 pm, and includes a chance to visit and meet with the resident artists in their studios.
Arlington Arts Center
Address: 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201