Nancy Daly, #OhThePlacesYou'llGo (detail), 2012, map, pins, spray paint, 31 x 48 x 2
FALL SOLOS 2012
OCT 3 - DEC 23
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCT 20, 6 - 9 PM
BARBARA BERNSTEIN : Leah Cooper
WARREN CRAGHEAD : Jeffry Cudlin
NANCY DALY : Page Carr
NAOMI J. FALK : Mariah Anne Johnson
LAURA HUDSON : Matthew Smith
TIMOTHY THOMPSON : Emily Biondo
RICHARD VOSSELLER : Mia Feuer
Public Art for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway
NOV 29 - DEC 23: Meet the Artist SATURDAY, DEC 1, 4 PM
Each year AAC selects 10 to 14 artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region to exhibit at AAC. The AAC review panel was joined by special guests Klaus Ottman, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large of the Phillips Collection, Karen Milbourne, curator at the Smithsonian African Art Museum, and J. J. McCracken, installation artist and art professor. Each artist is invited to mount a solo exhibition of contemporary art in any and all media in one of AAC’s nine galleries—or outside on the grounds. SPRING SOLOS 2012 featured Emily Biondo, Michael Borek, Leah Cooper, Travis Head, and Emily Hermant.
Barbara Bernstein has exhibited her work nationally and internationally—at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh PA, the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, and the UN Conference for Women in Beijing, China. Bernstein's public art projects include the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, creating the design enhancements for all seven stations. Her teaching positions include the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the HK Mellon Foundation among others. Bernstein's awarded residencies include the MacDowell Colony, the American Academy in Rome; since 2007, she and her husband David Garratt have been the Resident Artists at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst VA.
Bernstein transforms the Tiffany Gallery with the simplest of means: black tape on the white walls. Her site-specific installation is informed by the formidable Tiffany windows and utilizes recognizable architectural references depicted in a quirky, amusing and exaggerated perspective. Bernstein expands upon the traditional principles of drawing by engaging the whole space in a dynamic relationship.
Connections by Barbara Bernstein: Public Art for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway. From November 29 through December 23rd, the Jenkins Gallery will be hung with samples from the Arlington County Transitway project.
Warren Craghead III lives in Charlottesville VA. He likes to make pictures and has exhibited his work internationally. He has published many books, zines and comics, including the Xeric Grant winning Speedy and several collaborations with poets and writers, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He received an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has received two VMFA Fellowships and has been a Trawick Prize finalist in 2008 and 2011.
The Chairmen's Gallery is the nucleus for Craghead's expansive "seed toss" project. A thousand sticky notes and postcards fill the walls, to be disseminated by visitors. A lounge chair provides a reading area for the many booklets, and a work table is available for DIY projects.
Daly currently lives in Baltimore MD and works as an adjunct professor of Electronic Media and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a recent graduate of the Photographic and Electronic Media MFA program at MICA and also holds a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA. Her current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is affecting identity and social behavior. By creating interactive machines reminiscent of outdated technology, she addresses the contradictions present in various social media that are at once ephemeral and entirely permanent. Interactivity and the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture are key elements of her installations that challenge the viewer to look beyond the user-friendliness of online technology and consider what their participation in it means.
Daly takes over the Experimental Gallery with sculptures documented with Instagrams.
NAOMI J. FALK
A graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture, Naomi Falk continued her studies in sculpture at Portland State University. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 2003, earning an MFA in Sculpture and Performance Art. Falk is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, Gallery Coordinator, and Technician at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg VA. She has exhibited regionally and nationally and has done artist residencies in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and chaNorth in upstate New York, and Nes Artist Residency, in Skagaströnd, Iceland. Falk’s work includes performance, video, sculpture, and text, where she explores the distance between physical and psychological space and interprets the impact of social events and their dynamics by delineating presence, absence, action, and reaction. She lives in Williamsburg VA.
Shift expands a project she began in Iceland. Visitors to the Meyer Gallery can pitch in, filling more jeans and adding them to the mounds.
Hudson grew up on Whidbey Island, located north of Seattle in the Puget Sound. She recently graduated in 2011 with an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art at the Mt. Royal School of Art in Baltimore MD. Her work is installations of figurative paintings based on events that she orchestrates. She is currently an artist in residence at Gallery Four in Baltimore. She works as a food runner at Woodberry Kitchen.
For her installation in AAC's Truland Gallery, Hudson invited the public to camp out overnight in the gallery on January 5, 2012. Smores and stories engaged the guests as they rolled out their sleeping bags. Hudson documented the event, and the resulting paintings hang in the same gallery where the sleepover took place.
Thompson received his MFA in Sculpture from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, MICA. He lives and works in Baltimore. His focus is on making, and his sculpture uses a vast array of materials and media. Through his practice, he explores contemporary ideas and issues while experiencing and understanding the objects and materials that surround him. All kinds of making interest him: ancient and classical casting methods as well as codes that power the apps on smart phones.
Thompson's special "historic" markers appear in the Smith Gallery, and then continue out the door to a grassy plot next to AAC and to nearby Lincoln Street.
After obtaining his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Richard Vosseller spent the requisite time in New York where he continued to grow his studio practice, took welding classes, and worked as assistant to sculptor Mihai Popa. To expand his discipline, he moved west and received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Over the last decade, Mr. Vosseller’s practice has grown and evolved to incorporate ideas of time and space, success and failure, and motion: the world as four dimensions. He has created these works through a singular vision of architectural constructions built to craftsmanship standards outside the art world while including the process-as-author and the welcome necessity of collaboration. Vosseller has been the recipient of a Cirque Du Soleil Grant, a supported residency at the Goldwell Artists Residency in Rhyolite, Nevada, and a commission from Arlington County, Virginia. He was named a semi-finalist for the 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Richard Vosseller is adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland University College.
Timbers fall from the Meyer Gallery ceiling, and then settle on the floor, offering a resting place for visitors.