2014 fall solos

2014 fall solos - on view Oct. 18 - Dec. 21

opening reception: Saturday, Oct. 18, 6 pm - 9 pm

gallery talk: Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 pm - 4 pm

AAC's semi-annual SOLOS exhibitions offer audiences the opportunity to see new work by some of the most exciting contemporary artists in the region. Following a call in early 2014, jurors Andrea Pollan, Director of Curator’s Office in Washington, DC and Jeffry Cudlin, artist, critic, and Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD recommended artists for inclusion. The jurors reviewed proposals and then selected a range of artists working with a variety of media – from painting, sculpture, installation, photography, new media, and performance. Fall SOLOS artists are Thomas Burkett, Heloisa Escudero, Khanh H. Le, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Matthew Moore, Matthew Shelley, and Ann Tarantino.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 18 from 6-9pm and a gallery talk with the artists on Saturday, December 13 from 1-4pm. The exhibition runs through December 21.

Thomas Burkett | Richmond, VA
Over the course of a month Thomas Burkett navigated the geography of the James River from the Appalachian headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay in a modified solar charging kayak. The artist's journey down the river is a conductive performance and environmental engagement that examines the endurance of the body, perceptions of local geography, and our ability to recharge. Burkett will exhibit a series of photographs that document the performance, as well as his solar charging kayak.

Heloisa Escudero | Arlington, VA
Heloisa Escudero works across a variety of media -- from video art, installation, and performance to painting and photography. Escudero will display her Backpack Gallery project and a new piece called Job i. Backpack Gallery consists of a series of micro-galleries with artwork by different artists housed in mobile, wearable backpacks. Central to all of her work is an interaction and engagement with the viewer and the audience becomes an integral part of the project through interactions with her artwork.

Khanh H. Le | Washington DC
For Khanh H . Le, his Vietnamese-American identity plays a central role in his practice as an artist. By using old family photographs as source material, he plumbs his personal and familial histories in an attempt to carve out his own cultural identity. Le manipulates the photographs in Photoshop and then prints them on handmade paper. Using a combination of drawn and painted patterns, the artist then applies an intricate network of acrylic jewels, sequins, and stickers. The resulting work explores and questions identities through the lenses of culture and memory.

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee | Baltimore, MD
In On the Brink, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee takes a look at environmental and economic states of precariousness. Her new large-scale, sculptural video projections teeter at the edge of opposing forces and cyclical phenomena. On the Brink illustrates precarious fragility, vignettes abstracted from familiar banal environments that warn about falling out of balance.

Matthew Moore | Annapolis MD
Matthew Moore's East/West photographs depict the now abandoned checkpoints that separate former eastern bloc countries from the West. The checkpoints, displayed along with images of empty pedestals that once held sculptures of communist leaders, serve as symbols of the perpetual change that takes place in Europe and beyond. The project documents the fading scars left behind by past ideologies and functions as a reminder of the impermanence of present day beliefs.

Matthew Shelley | Philadelphia PA
Matthew Shelley uses the landscape not as a subject in itself, but as an armature to look at material and formal issues. His recent work explores the relationship between physical space and illusionistic depth. This collection of sculptures examines how we interpret vast space through the lens of photography and other devices.

Ann Tarantino | State College, PA
Ann Tarantino's drawing-based installations take processes and images from the natural world as their point of departure. Vacillating between traditional hand-drawn imagery and new technologies, the work often takes light as both medium and subject matter. For her exhibition, the artist will interpret the history of the site through the lens of its native flora, creating new laser-cut paper and transparent vinyl works installed directly on the gallery's windows and in light boxes installed in the space.