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A (Mis)Perceived Physique: Bodyscapes by Three Women Artists

Public Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8 pm
Talk with Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell at 7 pm

This exhibition contains work that is explicit. Parental discretion is advised.

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents work by three women who use the female body to explore issues of equity, power, politics, and memory in A (Mis)Perceived Physique: Bodyscapes by Three Women Artists.

Artists Allana Clarke, Lauren Kalman, and Carolina Mayorga implement the body in desperate ways and contribute to a common narrative about body imagery—past and present. These women assert their own agency and address body politics as another construct of power, both internally and externally driven.

The trio was brought together by D.C.-based curator Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, who organized the exhibition as part of Target Gallery’s second annual Open Call for Curatorial Proposals competition.

“History surrounds the viewer in this exhibition, as the past is made present and the present reflects the woes of the past,” said Bryant-Greenwell. “How far have body politics come since the height of the odalisque? What is the new role of the female body in art? These women do not offer concrete answers, but enlist the past to enflame the zeitgeist toward inclusive and critical exploration.”

Clarke’s eerie photography series Then and Now Seem to Shift Inside Me, and I Wonder How do you Imagine We Can Live Together in the Future sees the image of a black female body disappearing into the ocean. Her work acknowledges a failed social system, but also speak to an art-historical context that has used bodies like hers for the inclination of the male gaze, as well as male-dominated practicum.  Visitor are challenged to think and look beyond the art gallery itself, and into current events to consider the discourse around body imagery and rights for black women.

Kalman’s video work highlights the uncomfortable connection of body image, class, and style in relation to dominance, corruption, and identity. Her videos feature strange nude figures balancing oversized objects, affecting their movements, suggesting an unbalanced relationship between adornment and the female body. By highlighting the conflict of ornamentation and identity, she provokes the viewer to consider societal obsession with both.

Mayorga’s photographic series references art-historical images of the Madonna. She turns commentary of the male obsession with the restrictive moral expectations and behaviors of women toward issues of consumerism, gentrification, and class. By using her own face as the Madonna’s, she courts deeper engagement with viewers.

Bryant-Greenwell’s exhibition was selected as part of the 2016 Open Call for Curatorial Proposals competition by Virginia Treanor, associate curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“This exhibition provides a space for curators to present ideas to us that generate cross-cultural dialogue,” said Leslie Mounaime, Target Gallery director. “Kayleigh’s brought together work that reflects the ongoing debates and struggles to control women’s bodies. We are looking forward to the opportunity to present this exhibition in Target Gallery.”

About the Artists
Allana Clarke is a conceptual artist working in video, sculpture, installation, and performance. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison, Maine; The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont; and the Ordinary Projects in Chicago. At Maryland Institute College of Art, Clarke was the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture matching fellowship and the Peter W. Brooke Fellowship. She also was awarded the Vermont Studio Civil Society Fellowship. She holds a master’s of fine art from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and lives and works in New York and New Jersey.

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography, and performance. Her work has been on view at the Renwick Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the deCordova Museum. She has work is in private and museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Renwick Gallery, and has been featured in the publications Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Contemporary Craft as well as 40 Under 40: Craft Futures. She holds a master’s of fine art from the Ohio State University and participated in residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Santa Fe Art Institute. In addition, she has received grants from Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation West, and ISE Cultural Foundation. She has taught courses at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Carolina Mayorga has received awards in Colombia and the United States. Her work is represented in private and public collections including the Art Museum of the Americas and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, New Hampshire; and Kronan Sculpture Park in Sweden. She participated in the Fifth Annual Sculpture Symposium of the Andres Institute, the Lulea Winter Biennial in Sweden, and the 4th International Sculpture Symposium in Sweden. Her work has been reviewed in publications in Colombia, Sweden, Spain, and the United States including in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Baltimore City Paper, Winston-Salem Journal, The Nashua Telegraph, The Union Leader, Norrländska Socialdemokraten, and Norrbottens-Kuriren.

About the Curator
Based in Washington, D.C., Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is a curator, writer, and arts advocate. She explores the intersection of women, arts, and social change through her role as public programs coordinator with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has curated shows in conjunction with Project 4 gallery, VisArts, and The D.C. Arts Center in the greater Washington, D.C. region, as well as Peephole Cinema in San Francisco and CUE Art Foundation in New York. She strives to advance the careers of local artists and also developed a professional development seminar as well as residency program for local emerging artists in the Greater D.C. metro area. An arts writer, her work has been featured in The Washington Times, Examiner.com, CBS, Brightest Young Things, and Plinth, among others. Bryant-Greenwell earned her bachelor’s in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s in museum studies from the George Washington University.

ReelAbilities Short Film Festival

The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia to the New Project Studio in September as part of the 5th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia.

The New Project Studio will screen a selection of short films that explore and celebrate the shared human experience. There is no charge to see the films in the New Project Studio.

Throughout the month, there will be talks and workshops associated with the festival.

September 8

As part of September’s Second Thursday Art Night, The Art of the Book, author and journalist Glen Finland will hold an author talk and read from Next Stop, her memoir about raising a son with autism to adulthood and then learning to let go.

September 21

Imber’s Left Hand. This documentary traces the life and work of charismatic painter Jon Imber. Despite his ALS, a degenerative condition, adversity only makes him more determined to paint. His undying passion for painting leads him to create more than 200 portraits in four months. Watch a preview and purchase tickets to the screening here.

Follow the festival via #GetReelNV.

ReelAbilities promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.

Art Materials Market

At the 4th Annual Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association Art Materials Market vendors and Torpedo Factory Artists will be selling or trading a variety of art supplies for use across all visual media. You can expect to find common items like brushes, paints, easels, and fabric, but also be prepared for more unique finds!

The market will also feature artist demonstrations and a school supply donation area for FACE; Alexandria City Schools Family and Community Engagement Centers. The market is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in selling at the Art Materials Market, tables are available for purchase here. Visual artists and artist organizations from all media are encourage to participate. All spaces must be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation deadline has been extended to Wednesday, August 15 at 5:00 pm.

For information contact social@torpedofactoryartists.com.

Visiting Artists Talks: Cynthia Bickley-Green and Monica Stroik

The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Hear them speak about their work and inspirations before the end of their visits.

August presenters are Cynthia Bickley-Green and Monica Stroik. Bickley-Green, a painter based in Greenville, NC, teaches at East Carolina University and is in Studio 317. Stroik, based locally in Alexandria, is a painter, who also mixes video for live musical performances. She will be in Studio 322 .

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy a special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

Before the season wraps up, enjoy an Endless Summer evening during the August Second Thursday Art Night. With five exhibition openings, live music and outdoor painting, it will be quite a diverting evening.

  • 6:30, 7:30 pm: Learn about Alexandria’s Civil War hospitals, including the real Mansion House Hospital, made famous by  the PBS series Mercy Street,  in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327).
  • 6:30 pm: Public reception for Magic and Color in Sites 2 & 3 (located on the 2nd and 3rd floor hallway by the elevator) with treats provided by Tango Pastry.
  • 7 pm: Wade Kramm talks about his minimalist installations in Dotted Space in Target Gallery (Studio 2).
  • 7:30 pm: Opening reception for Landschap and Taking Shape in The Art League Gallery (Studio 21).

Attend receptions and meet the artists in Decathect: a verb in The Associates Gallery (Studio 311) and Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat in the New Project Studio (Studio 8).

The Glimpses, an Alexandria folk rock/Americana duo, performs all evening in the main hall. The 8 pm set features video projections of visiting artist Monica Stroik‘s work.

At 7 pm, Hector Munoz play harp at Site 3 and Rowan Clarke plays covers and originals on her ukulele in Studio 7.

Outside, sit side-by-side with some of the Torpedo Factory’s artists to paint plein air by the waterfront.

Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat

After months of free workshop in Target Gallery and other locations in the region, Materialized Magic will soon be on view at the Torpedo Factory in the New Project Studio.

Erika Cleveland and Stacy Cantrell launched their CRAVE-sponsored project in 2015. The duo worked together to provide free lessons in crocheting, knitting, and felting to create Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat. 

The full installation was on view at the Arlington Art Center in July 2016. It featured woodland, water, and sky habitats for the large-scale mythical fiber creatures.

The public is encouraged help the installation continue to grow by participating in meet-ups in the New Project Studio.

Magic and Color

Reception: Thursday August 11, 2016, 6 – 8:30 pm

Target Gallery partners with Latin Expressions Group for Magic and Color, featuring 26 artists that represent: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA. The purpose of this show is to present individual visual expressions of the vast richness that characterizes the Latin-American Culture. 

This exhibition was curated by Gloria “Tarasca” Valdes and Liliana Dossola. The participating artists are: David Amoroso, Rosana Azar, Joan Belmar, Josefina Bonangelino, Gerardo Camargo, Olga Castaneda Martin, Gloria Chapa, Felisa Federman, Gustavo Forselledo, Francisco Loza, Marily Mojica, Claudia Olivos, Sergio Olivos, Sandra Perez-Ramos, Margarita Reyes, Karlisima Rodas-Israel, Gustavo Rodriguez, Roxana Rojas, Claudia Samper, Edith G. Sanabria, Michael Sastre, Sara Sittig, Carmen Torruella-Quander, Carmen Uribe.

Music provided by Hector Muñoz.

Pastries provided by Tango Pastry.

Visiting Artist Talks: Steve Prince & Regina Davis

Rescheduled from 7/21

The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Hear them speak about their work and inspirations before the end of their visits.

July’s presenters are Steve Prince and Regina Davis. Prince is a native of New Orleans now living in Pennsylvania who is creating linocuts and graphite drawings in 203. Davis is a native of Mexico City who now lives in New York City who creates her figurative paintings in 319.

Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Public Reception: Thursday, August 11 • 6 – 8 pm • Artist Talk with Wade Kramm at 7 pm

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Wade Kramm’s exploration of human perception in Dotted Space.

Dotted Space features site-specific installations and a series of artist pop-up books that use dotted lines to demarcate rectilinear spaces. When viewed from a particular angle, the dotted lines seem like three-dimensional shapes, some of which appear to penetrate and continue through the gallery walls. The viewer must physically move about in the gallery to perceive Kramm’s invisible planes, creating a subtle revelation with each new form.

His work combines minimalism with architecture and perception to reshape the space in which audiences engage. By materializing planes and spaces out of the void, he invites viewers to reassess the very confines of the built environment.

Named as the 2016 Open Exhibition solo artist, Pennsylvania-based Kramm was selected by jurors Phil Hutinet, publisher of East City Art, and photojournalist Victoria Milko. The annual Open Exhibition competition seeks to spotlight the work of one up-and-coming artist each year. Information about all of Target Gallery’s calls for artists can be found at torpedofactory.org/targetcalls.

A digital catalog will accompany the show.

About the Artist

Wade Kramm received his master’s of fine art in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. In his career, he has received several prestigious grants, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Artist Resource Trust Grant. Kramm also held residencies at institutions such as Takt Berlin, Vermont Studio Center, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. His work has been on view in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Athens Contemporary Museum of Art, Georgia; Sammer Gallery, New York; Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto; Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadephia; Mine Factory Gallery, Pittsburgh; Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Uraguay; Kent State University, Ohio; and Tapir Gallery, Delaware. He is represented by Piero Atchugarry Gallery.

About the Jurors

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art which he began in 2010 to document and promote the growing contemporary art movement in the eastern communities of Washington, D.C. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center, and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. He currently produces EMULSION, East City Art’s annual regional juried show. In 2015, he coordinated the Gateway Open Studio Tour and continues to consult on numerous regional art projects. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WOL Radio, WJLA, WTOP and other local and national media.

Victoria Milko is a freelance writer and multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Women Photojournalists of Washington and the National Press Photographers Association. Her sense of adventure and passion for storytelling has taken her from the back rooms of underground sex clubs in Washington, D.C., to illegal abortion sites in Myanmar. Between assignments, Victoria is earning her master’s degree in multiplatform journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She also curates the work of local artists in her studio, Wild Hand Workspace.

New Project Studio: The Silent World

The Silent World: A CRAVE-funded initiative

2016-02-19Isabel Cureux developed The Silent World as a way to explore what happens to the creative human mind as we grow older. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s television series, The Silent World asks people to perform a simple task: Make something that’s never been seen before that you think lives in the deep ocean.

In the space, learn about CRAVE, a community micro-granting community dinner developed by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Convergence Arts Initiative.


About The New Project Studio

The New Project Studio offers a short-term space to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects will rotate on a regular basis and are considered based on the following goals:

  • Support new creative collaborations with neighboring organizations and partners
  • Strengthen the connection between our resident artists and the greater creative community
  • Provide opportunities for new audiences to engage with our building and artists
  • Inspire the next generation of artists, innovators, arts supporters, and diverse voices