Spring SOLOS 2015

2015 spring solos - on view APR 18 – JUN 28

opening reception: Saturday, April 18, 6 - 9 pm

gallery talk: Saturday, May 23, 1 - 4 pm

In keeping with AAC’s mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibition returns this spring. This show was juried by two former AAC curators to commemorate our 40th anniversary – Andrea Pollan, director of Curator’s Office and Jeffry Cudlin, artist, critic, and Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Seven artists hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia will each mount a self-contained show in one of seven separate gallery spaces, resulting in a sampling of never-before-seen art. The artists included in this show are: Bradley Chriss (Bethesda, MD), Nichola Kinch (Philadelphia, PA), Kate Kretz (Silver Spring, MD), Ariana Lamb (Baltimore, MD), Nate Larson (Baltimore, MD), Dan Perkins (Washington, DC), and Paul Shortt (Baltimore, MD).

Bradley Chriss | Bethesda, MD
Bradley Chriss' interests range from exploring the depths of our mythologies and their life cycles through time and culture, and examining our human condition and potential. His work draws from imagery of the cosmos to present a series of intergalactic imprints and space snack sculptures.

Nichola Kinch | Elkins Park, PA
Nichola Kinch's current body of work stems from her research of Victorian era image production, early photographic developments, and the advent of moving image machines. Kinch creates a collection of machines and toys, which tap into the upcoming presidential election for its content and fodder. Her work has been funded in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Research from Temple University.


Kate Kretz | Silver Spring, MD
Kate Kretz creates paintings, drawings, small sculptural objects, and embroideries that are obsessively crafted and rooted in the tactile. For the 2015 Spring SOLOS, the artist will create new work and combine her seemingly divergent practices in her upcoming exhibition. The work is a response to the increasingly disposable and technological culture.

A. Gray Lamb | Baltimore, MD
A. Gray Lamb's work dwells in the space between authenticity and forgery. The prints, sculptures, and found objects which come from her New Institute of Historical Cosmological Exploration share a quality of the uncanny, each removed multiple times from any original, clear truth.

Nate Larson | Baltimore, MD
Nate Larson's Escape Routes retrace John Wilkes Booth's flight from Ford's Theatre after shooting and killing President Lincoln. Larson traced his path almost 150 years later to find that the 75-mile route is now a mixture of urban living, declining suburbs, new housing developments, rural pockets of country living, and highway commuter culture.

Dan Perkins | Washington, DC
Riffing off of romantic painting traditions of the nineteenth century, Dan Perkins interrupts and eschews the spatial logic and formal conventions of these traditions. Perkins employs a variety of source material to create his compositions: hand-built models, photographs, drawings, and invented or imagined spaces.

Paul Shortt | Baltimore, MD
Paul Shortt's How to be A Professional Amateur presents photos, videos, and interactive workstations where participants learn how to move from amateur to professional in any career field, regardless of whether that profession exists. Before and during the exhibition, the artist will lead free workshops with playful exercises such as creating your own business cards, dressing up in various professional costumes, taking head-shots, and creating fake credentials.