Equal parts rock, hip-hop, and freestyle. Add in skateboards and graffiti for good measure. Big summer fun returns to the waterfront.
- Jarvis DuBois, an independent curator, and Carolina Mayorga, a D.C.-based artist, talk about Caroline Hatfield, the solo artist selected for Target Gallery’s competitive 2018 Open Call for Solo Exhibition.
- Alexis Gomez looks back on his three months in the Post-Grad Residency studio.
- Welcome Duende District Artist-in-Residence Shani Shih in the New Project Studio.
- Celebrate Pride Month with NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA.
- The Board Bus returns, promoting skateboard culture directly in front of the Art Center.
- DJ Detroyt will spin a special 2-hour Art Rock City set from 7:30-9:30pm, followed by AndyCAPPS providing an hour of freestyle beats from 9:30-10:30pm.
The Late Shift is a free monthly after-hours series featuring exhibition receptions, music, live performances, artist talks, and more. Select Fridays, 7 – 11 pm.
7 pm: Opening Reception
2018 Congressional Art Exhibition – Site 2 Community Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is proud to partner with the Office of Congressman Don Beyer to host the top ten honoree’s of the“2018 Congressional Art Competition” from Congressman Beyer’s 8th District. The exhibition will be up from June 1 – July 9th, 2018 with a reception on June 15th with comments from Congressman Beyer at 7pm. (Image Credit: Catherine Owens, a junior from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School and Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 2018 “High School Art Award” recipient.)
8 pm: Juror Talk
Jarvis Dubois and Carolina Mayorga – 2018 Open Call for Solo Exhibition: Caroline Hatfield – Target Gallery (Studio 2)
In Unearthing, Caroline Hatfield creates sculptural landscapes composed of industrial relics, geological formations, and mutable material boundaries that accumulate into form. The combined objects and materials emanate a cyclical energy of transformation and process. The work references the sublime experiences of our world as well as a shift outward towards a science fictional sublime. Join us for a conversation at 8 pm with jurors Jarvis DuBois, an independent curator, and Carolina Mayorga, a D.C.-based artist.
9 pm: Artist Talk
Alexis Gomez – Studio 319
Post-Grad Studio Resident Alexis Gomez wraps up his three months at the Torpedo Factory Art Center with a talk about his experiences and the future of his work.
During his residency, Gomez integrated the virtual and physical realms as he experimented with new-media including VR/3D animation in conjunction with figural sculpture. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Gomez received his bachelor’s of fine arts from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in figural sculpture, painting, and animation. He is a Sparkplug member at the District of Columbia Arts Center and Flatfile artist at Transformer Gallery. He is currently living and working in Virginia.
7 – 11 pm: Artist-in-Residence and Closing Reception
Duende District Pop-Up – New Project Studio (Studio 8)
Duende District, a DMV-based pop-up bookstore by and for people of color – where all are welcome – celebrates their final month in the New Project Studio with a closing reception and a showcase of their current Artist-in-Residence, Shani Shih.
Founded in February 2017 by Angela Maria Spring, Duende District’s mission is to bring a highly inclusive and pleasurable general bookstore experience in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, serving a multicultural community with an equally multicultural ownership/staff, and all are welcome.
DUENDE DISTRICT ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Shani Shih is a multidisciplinary visual artist in Washington DC. Her personal artwork speaks at a visceral level; it features bold linework, gritty textures, and expressive human figures intertwined with harsh industrial structures, and represents everyday social and bodily experience in the stratified landscapes of the modern world. Through her creations, she aims to communicate a shared experience of suffering and endurance, as well as everlasting love and hope – providing comfort, strength, and acknowledgement to all.
Shani is also dedicated to supporting communities in need through public art, teaching and community arts, with a focus on serving underrepresented Asian Pacific American communities. During the 2016 primaries, Shani co-curated Bern the System!, a street art showcase that featured 70+ regional artists and uplifted messages of social change. She then served as a lead organizer for a four-city mural campaign centering the message of the indigenous-led Water is Life movement—which led to the 2017 founding of the 411 Collective, a graffiti/street art collective that supports local and national community advocacy initiatives with public art. In 2018, with the help of 1882 Foundation/Chinese American Citizens Alliance/Harrison and Ann Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund, she founded the Chinatown Art Studio, a youth art space servicing Asian Pacific American youth through multimedia art instruction and creative empowerment programming.
As Duende District’s current Artist in Residence, she is excited to share her personal story and voice through her creations. She is pleased to also present “In Our Eyes,” a special youth art display that spotlights diverse voices of Asian/Pacific Islander American youth in the DC area, from the Chinatown Art Studio program and beyond.
7 – 11 pm: Hands-on Art Making with Marcella Kriebel
Mobile Art Lab in the Grand Hall
Join artist Marcella Kriebel (@marcellakriebel) for hands-on watercolor projects in partnership with Alexandria Office of the Art’s beloved Mobile Art Lab.
About Marcella Kriebel
Her collection of watercolors, and illustrated cookbooks reflect her early interest in drawing and painting, coupled with her education – majoring in Studio Art and Cultural Anthropology. She used this background as a springboard for travel, journaling and cooking in numerous Latin American countries. She has remained in DC as a working artist since 2011, dividing her time between commissioned work and expanding her collection of original watercolor art prints for sale at a variety of market venues and online. She is an avid river kayaker and an Oregon native who appreciates the great outdoors as a balance for the busy life of an inner city DC resident.
7 – 10 pm: Artists Row
Meet art students and recent grads Strange Lens (@strange.lens), Matt Nolan (@manahoac), and Malik Radford (@malikradford), from George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University. One night only!
7 – 10 pm: The Board Bus
Visit The Board Bus as it returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for one night only! The ever-popular skateboard bus will be parked on the Union Street side of the Art Center, directly in front of the entrance.
The world’s only, fully-stocked, walk-in, mobile skateshop – featuring skateboarding equipment and apparel from local and national brands.
The promote skateboarding as the healthy and constructive activity that it truly is; doing their best to sell products that do the same. Likewise, their interior retail space is entirely solar powered in an effort to support clean and renewable energy. #RideTheBus
7:30 – 9:30 pm: Late Shift Music with DJ DeTroyt
DJ Detroyt was born in Detroit, Mich., a city that founded Motown greats such as Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5. During his studies at Howard University, DeTroyt got the opportunity to work with his friend, mentor, and Howard D.J., Terrell Williams, or DJ Chubb E. Swagg on the infamous Twerk Tape I mixtape as the sole audio engineer. DeTroyt worked under Williams and next to Raleigh, N.C. native and Howard alum, DJ LR. He was a featured D.J. on the Twerk Tape IV, alongside DJ Chubb E. Swagg, DJ LR, and fresh face DJ Kaptain, and began seeing his fame rise to unexpected levels on several college campuses. Follow this musical talent from the D/M/V on his soundcloud page: or as his alter ego Steady Murphy.
9:30 – 10:30 pm: Freestyle Session with AndyCAPPS
AndyCAPPS is a musical instrument that manifests himself through Native instruments technology and strings. Building on a family music tradition, Capps took his love of rock and hip-hop and developed a strong tonal and rhythmic signature using live “finger drumming” and guitar solos in a one-man band style. Sans the leg cymbals, Capps takes silence and makes sounds that fit somewhere between AraabMuzik and Hendrix. With a growing fan base online and around the DMV, Capps is preparing to take his talents on the road with the backing of a team of supporters including DJ City, Mixware LLC, The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, and sPACYcLOUD. Prepare to be astonished by the lightning fast live production.
Extended Hours in Galleries
7 – 8 pm: Fiberworks (Studio 14)
In recent years, the the tradition of fiber art has undergone a renaissance. Working with a wide range of materials to include silk, paper, leather, wool, cotton and recycled materials, Fiberworks creates both wearable and decorative works of art and is a founding studio at the Art Center.
7 – 8 pm: Scope Gallery (Studio 19) and Fire On (Studio 22)
As one of the original medium-specific cornerstone galleries of the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront of historic Old Town Alexandria, Scope Gallery has been providing visitors with the highest quality of clay art work since 1974.
The gallery provides a vast array of ceramics including functional artisan high-fire pottery, sculptural forms and decorative vessels. More than 30 local Washington-area artists exhibit at Scope, representing more than a dozen international regions and countries, resulting in a depth and blend of diverse forms seen nowhere else. Each artist personalizes his or her art form and technique, affording visitors the opportunity to examine endless possibilities in clay and more specific aspects of glazing, firing, construction and decorating techniques.
7 – 8 pm: Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery (Studio 29)
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery was the first fiber arts gallery in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area. It was established in September of 1974 and was an original occupant of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It is a cooperative association of up to 70 fiber artists, many of whom teach and have been published.
7 – 9 pm: The Associates Gallery (Studio 311)
The Associates Gallery is dedicated to highlighting works from the Art Center’s roster of Associate Artists. This special exhibition titled “Postcards from the Ledge” plays off the idea of summer travels and Alexandria as an exciting destination. The entire show is comprised of 5” x 7” works of art, across a wide range of media. All pieces are paired with a handwritten artist postcard.
7 – 11 pm: Printmakers Inc (Studio 325)
For over 35 years Printmakers Inc has been a workshop/gallery where professional printmakers share facilities, materials and ideas while interacting with and educating the public about this art form. Prints by member artists are included in many collections worldwide, among them the Library of Congress, National Women in the Arts, British Airways Smithsonian National Museum of American History and many more.
Stop by all night for extended hours and to view the current exhibition of prints in their gallery.
Celebrate Alexandria’s commitment to a diverse and open city for all. Since 1988, Alexandria has celebrated Pride Month through various events, projects, and collaborations. Select donations tonight will go towards supporting NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA.
Plus: From Friday June 1 to Saturday June 30, participating studio artists, galleries, and project spaces will display Pride-related artwork for to celebrate the achievements the Pride movement has achieved over the years, as well as the 30th anniversary of the City of Alexandria’s first Pride Month back in 1988.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is a free and open space for all to visit. We are proud of our diverse community of artists, creative talents, art supporters, and visitors from across the world.
At any time during the month of June, stop by the Information Desk on the first floor or any participating studios to pick up your FREE map of Pride 2018 Art Studio Displays.
Participating studios and galleries:
|Duende District – New Project Studio||8|
|Alexis Gomez – Post Grad Studio||319|
|Veronica Barker- Barzel||320|
|Guy Jones & Alvena McCormick||337|
|Mary H. Lynch||339|