Spring SOLOS 2016

spring solos 2016 - on view APR 16 – JUN 12

opening reception: Saturday, April 16, 6 - 9 pm

gallery talk: Saturday, June 4, 1 - 4 pm

Download the Spring SOLOS 2016 catalog here

In keeping with AAC’s mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibition returns this spring. Following a call in early 2015, jurors Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and Chicago-based artist, Jefferson Pinder, recommended 14 artists for inclusion in AAC's 2015-16 cohort of SOLOS artists.

Seven artists hailing from Virginia, 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.

Artists: Gabriela Bulisova (VA) | Maggie Gourlay (MD) | Adam Hager (DC) | Jesse Harrod (PA) | R. Mertens (VA) | Lauren Rice (VA) | Amy Ritter (PA)


Gabriela Bulisova | Alexandria, VA
Locked Apart focuses on the impact of incarceration on families through a combination of still photographs and video. This approach, which bridges the divide between photojournalism and fine art, is a hybrid form that draws strength from both practices. Bulisova introduces the viewers to families dealing with the hardships of incarcerated relatives to highlight this important human rights issue.

image: Locked Apart: The Impact of Incarceration on Families; The Koger-Harris Family digital photograph, 2015


Maggie Gourlay | Rockville, MD

Maggie Gourlay uses everyday materials employed to construct and adorn the home, in atypical ways. Plywood, drywall, embroidery thread and house paint are used in works that become gradually more three-dimensional as they move away from the wall into the gallery space. The room begins to appear less like an enclosure than a presence.

image: Drywall Structures drywall, house paint, crocheted embroidery thread, plywood, Duralar, 2014-2015



Adam Hager | Washington, DC

Adam Hager’s research and passion for understanding mechanics and musical instruments culminates in an interactive music box made from a car engine.

Alongside his re-imagined automobile engine, miniature vehicles meticulously made from tiny clock, computer, and mechanical components will further highlight Hager’s imaginative combinations between the familiar and the uncanny.

image: Pole Position, hard drive arm with miscellaneous clock, music box, sewing machine, and circuitry components, 2015


Jesse Harrod | Philadelphia, PA

Foregrounding questions of gender, queerness, and their intersections, Jesse Harrod’s work tracks the affective and cultural circulation of meaning through which particular materials – and the bodies with which they are associated – become designated as “trash” or “waste.”

By utilizing brash, colorful, and lowbrow materials that she deems as “femmy detritus,” Harrod points out the convergences and divergences between “disposable” objects and “disposable” people.

image: Rangers, paracord, metal, Plexiglas, 2015


R. Mertens | Harrisonburg, VA
R. Mertens’ work takes on the ideas of technology, religion, and material culture. He utilizes methods of knot tying, weaving, wire looping, and hacking electronics to create multiple shrines from which his related performances are documented and communicated. Mertens connects technological objects to culture by experimenting with how the community reacts to the “religion” or “ritual” manifested from the interaction with his work.

image: No-thing ever really transcends its Immediate (detail), Cassette tape, Fluorescent Lights, plastic mold, Electrical wire, crochet, vacuum plastic form molding, 2015


Lauren Rice | Richmond, VA

Lauren Rice plays the time traveler and mad interior designer all at once to produce a show that is simultaneously cynical and sincere, goofy and serious.

The works employ a careful mash-up of images and objects including living plants, plaster objects, image transfers, found materials, and wooden structures to create a playful reorganization of material, logic, and history.

image: Fertility Goddess' Survival Kit #2 (After Botticelli), cut and painted wood, plaster, self-firing clay, aluminum foil, acrylic, latex, spray paint, ball chain, push pins, shells, and found objects, 2015


Amy Ritter | Philadelphia, PA

Diving into her upbringing in a mobile home community, Amy Ritter creates a memoryscape of mobile homes and their interior landscapes using Xerox prints, plywood, and cinderblocks. Ritter will challenge the viewer’s relationship with her self-constructed objects, figures, and the blank space that surrounds them.

This project represents her need to understand her past community, while simultaneously figuring out the community she inhabits now.

image: Movers, Xerox print, OSB plywood, 2016