Exhibition Dates: January 21 – March 5, 2017
Reception Date: February 9, 2017 • 6-8pm
Juror Talk • 7pm

“Those heavenly moments … when a sense of the divine ipseity invades me”

— L. P. Smith

 In the new all-media show at Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 18 artists explore their personal selfhood. Ipseity, defined as individual identity, features artwork that touches on themes of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexuality and other labels people use to identify themselves. Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia, juried the exhibition.

“From many of these works, I am reminded that identity exists even at the cellular level,” said Kallista. “We may attempt to cover our true ipseity, deny it, or show it to the world in fluid fragments. We may attempt to retreat into or to exert ourselves through passion, humor, or excess. Yet, when we allow ourselves to be cut to the core and become hollow and afraid, if we can choose to rest in hope, we can remain defiant and even resilient. The story I hope for this exhibition to tell is a story of redemptive bliss.”

The participating artists, half of whom are based in Virginia, touch on subjects of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion and other labels people use to identify themselves. The exhibition includes 19 works in a variety of media, including photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and video.

About the Juror

Jessica Kallista is an artist and curator in Northern Virginia. She received her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from George Mason University in 2002. In November 2014 she founded Olly Olly, an alternative art space, in Fairfax, Virginia. She also serves as Business Representative on the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Possessed with a frenetic energy to constantly create both literary and visual art she combines the two in collages that employ elements of chance, repetition, and appropriation. Through her work as an artist and curator Jessica seeks to disrupt the isolation of those living in suburbia by creating situations of surprise, play and experimentation while instigating dialogue about gender, sexuality, feminism, embodiment, decolonization, commodity fetishism, creativity, and interconnectivity. Jessica’s work has been shown at a variety of venues including Target Gallery, GRACE, The Fridge, Tempus Projects, NoMüNoMü, Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University, and the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Participating Artists:

Josh Band, VA
David Barr
, VA
Anna Beyer, VA
Therese Brown, VA
Heloisa Escudero, VA
Megan Franasiak, ME
Francine Gintoff, CT
Jim Haller, VA
Utsa Hazarika, NY
Jake Lahah, VA
Nahid Navab, VA
Nooshin Rostami, NY
Cynzia Sanchez, GA
Amy Swartele, NY
Dona Teare, MD
Suzanne Vigil, VA
Simone Welsh, DE

 About Target Gallery

Target Gallery is the contemporary national and international exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. We host nine exhibitions annually–some juried, some curated–featuring a variety of themes, artists and media.

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