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Jay Hendrick: Post-Graduate Resident Talk

Jay Hendrick (George Mason University MFA ’15) completes his three-month post-MFA residency at the end of March. Hear about the art projects, artist collaborations, and workshops he developed during his time at the Torpedo Factory. Moderated by artist and 2016 Post-Graduate Resident, Anne Smith.

7:00 Reception, 8:00 Talk

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Jay Hendrick questions the value of value in his work. He creates paintings, then analyzes their importance, worth, and merit by exposing his work to different methods, such as digitization, duplication, and performance. His visual vocabulary is based on grids, a stable and reliable form, and color to assess the form’s value. His sundry palette draws from high and low culture, bringing together pop-music pink with cave-born ochers.

During his residency, Hendrick emulated the processes of other contemporary artists in the greater Washington, D.C. region in an effort to understand why other painters do what they do. He also conducted a series of visitor-focused workshops and dialogues in his studio, walking the line between education and performance art, titled “Skills Exchange,” “Joke Workshop,” and “How to Build a Boat When No One Knows How to Build a Boat.”


Jay Hendrick

Jay Hendrick (born Lubbock, TX 1977) lives and works in Fairfax, VA. His work has been shown in the USA, England, and Japan. He was featured in New American Painting 106. He received a Bachelors of Applied Studies and Bachelors of Fine Art from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX in 2011 and 2012. Hendrick received a Masters of Fine Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2015. He teaches at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, VA.

 


Anne Smith

Anne Smith is a visual artist in Washington, DC. Her art practice spans disciplines of drawing, sculpture and printmaking to study elastic boundaries, paths, and divisions of space. Her subject matter has included her childhood home, the side of the road, and other spaces entirely made up or imagined.

Smith is also a teaching artist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and works in the studio of printmaker Lou Stovall.

Smith received her MFA from George Mason in 2015. She has also studied woodworking at the Penland School of Crafts in Baskersville, NC, and received a BA in Studio Art from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, in 2007.

7th Annual March150 Art Party

#March150

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns. Proceeds benefit future special exhibitions and programs. During the March150 Art Party on Friday, March 24, all of the work is discounted for $100. Join us for a lively evening featuring live performances by darlingdance, music, a photo booth, artist awards, and more.

Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. For an extra $15, you can enjoy the freshest local fare from EatsPlace, too. See special menu below!

Purchase tickets at the gift shop, online, or at the door. (pre-sale tickets end on Thursday, March 23rd)

Note: Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.

EatsPlace March150 Menu

 

Paras Kaul: Brain to Computer Interfacing for Well-Being

Paras Kaul will discuss how she uses neurofeedback to produce music in the Healing Arts Ensemble and her work as a Research Associate for the Music and Well-Being Program at George Mason University. She will discuss how to train your brain using neurofeedback to determine the brain wave state you are in, how EEG is used in (BCI) systems, and the relationship between EEG analysis and brain wave states. She will demonstrate a new, cost efficient neurofeedback device that uses Arduino technology, which will soon be available to the public. As a follow-up to last year’s presentation on Raspberry Pi technology used for teaching Boolean girls how to program animation, she will present new technology in development for kids to learn about robotics.

parasAbout Paras Kaul

Paras Kaul is a brainwave artist/researcher who composes brainwave music and animation. She received an MFA degree in digital animation and video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with undergraduate studies in English, art, and photography at California State University, Sacramento and James Madison University in VA.

After completing her education, Paras held computer animation internships at Omnibus located at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and at Real Time Design in Chicago. As a production assistant at Digital Effects, Inc. in NY, she handled post-production operations for digital animation. While living in Hollywood, she was active in LA SIGGRAPH.

In Mississippi, as an assistant professor in a Graduate Program for Electronic Visualization, she taught brainwave controlled animation and gaming and founded OKSIGGRAPH for Oktibbeha County, MS. After moving to Northern Virginia, she was Director of Web Communications at George Mason University and co-chaired DCSIGGRAPH with Mary Higgins.

Paras has published peer-reviewed articles on brainwave learning and gaming and has been an invited speaker to France, Australia, and the UK—where she presented a brainwave interactive gaming prototype at the Dana Centre Museum of Science in London.

In the US, Paras has demonstrated brainwave technology at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis), National Qigong Association (PA), and at universities and convention centers in Los Angeles, Boston, Florida, Michigan, Washington State, Hawaii, and Virginia.

Currently, Paras is the Media Relations Coordinator for DC SIGGRAPH. She works at MindSpec, Inc., a nonprofit organization that utilizes innovative bioinformatics strategies to accelerate research on common neurodevelopmental disorders. She is part of GMU’s Healing Arts Ensemble and a Research Associate for the Music and Well-Being Program at the university.

Read more about her work at http://brainwavewellness.onair.cc and http://paraskaul.onair.cc.

About Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is a non-profit, professional computer graphics organization serving the Washington metropolitan area. Its mission is to foster the synthesis of art and technology while promoting and educating the computer graphics and interactive media community through the exchange of printed and electronic information and innovative ideas.

Part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Community Partnership Program.

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy an 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!

In March, we imagine tomorrow with The Future is…. Find forward-facing exhibitions with March150 in Target Gallery and Heidi Nam’s Netted: Morphological State of our Urban Space in The Art League Gallery.

Draw your vision of the future of Alexandria and the Torpedo Factory with AIA Northern Virginia and Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.

In the New Project Studio, create a Fundred Dollar Bill, a currency of imagination, and contribute to the national project that supports efforts to end childhood lead poisoning. Artwork will be collected and includes in the Corcoran’s Fundred Reserve exhibition of 453,168 (and counting) hand-drawn bills collected from across the country.

Join Post-Graduate Resident Jay Hendrick for a workshop “How to Build a Boat When No One Knows How to Build a Boat” and more to see and do on all three floors. Be sure to stop by EatsPlace, which now serves wine and beer.

Late Shift at the Factory: darlingdance

Inspired by performance art, theatre, and the storytelling nature of art, Late Shift at the Factory celebrates the live experience in all its forms. This new after-hours performance series seeks to pull back the curtain on the process and share insights into some of the most creative performance minds in the area.

For the inaugural event, the Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes darlingdance for an exclusive look at their new performance BABE (Expansion Pack), followed by a Q&A  with the performance troupe moderated by Director Hayley Cutler.

Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 at the door.

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About Babe (Expansion Pack)

BABE (Expansion Pack) is a brand new postmodern dance duet from D.C.’s most exciting and unique performance company, darlingdance. The movement is at once abstract and deeply intimate, curious and clear in purpose. darlingdance is known for taking risks with its audience’s emotions, and BABE (Expansion Pack) is no exception. The movement is funny, endearing, off-putting and unapologetic. Originally inspired by a series of site-specific bus stop performances, the piece draws further inspiration from Torpedo Factory’s beautiful and unusual space. After the performance, there will be a rare opportunity to engage in a Q&A with darlingdance’s Artistic Director Hayley Cutler, who otherwise likes her work to remain a mystery!

About darlingdance

darlingdance is a project-based modern dance company founded in Washington, DC in August 2010 by choreographer Hayley Cutler. Since its founding, darlingdance has presented work extensively throughout DC and beyond, and has engaged in collaboration with a number of local musicians and artists.

Praise for darlingdance:

“Precise and beautiful.” – DC Metro Theater Arts

“A choreographer to watch.” – Washington City Paper

“Mature beyond her years.” – Pinkline Project

 

Photo by Maggie Picard.

 

Second Thursday Art Night: Love & Friendship

Enjoy an 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!

In February, join us as we celebrate an evening of Love & Friendship. This month’s line-up features a reception in the Target Gallery for Ipseity and The Art League Gallery previews Patrons’ Show. In Studio 327, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum exhibits artifacts from the Friendship Firehouse and a presentation with a representative from the FFH Museum at 7 and 8. Jay Hendrick, the winter post-graduate resident, leads a workshop in Studio 12. DIY projects are led by The Mobile Art Lab in the New Project Studio and artists from the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association. Food & drinks provided by EatsPlace Cafe & Marketplace.

Mobile Art Lab in the New Project Studio

#mobileartlab

Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab activates public spaces and connects the arts with people. From screenprinting in Market Square to a silent disco in Montgomery Park, the big blue truck has organized a variety of activities and performances throughout the city.

In February, the Mobile Art Lab sets up in the New Project Studio (Studio 8). See displays of past events and performances and share your ideas for future activites or venues.

Artists and performers who are interested in partnering with the Mobile Art Lab can also find a sign-up sheet for more information.

New Project Studio: Mobile Art Lab

Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab activates public spaces and connects the arts with people. From screenprinting in Market Square to a silent disco in Montgomery Park, the big blue truck has organized a variety of activities and performances throughout the city.

In February, the Mobile Art Lab sets up in the New Project Studio (Studio 8). See displays of past events and performances and share your ideas for future activites or venues.

Artists and performers who are interested in partnering with the Mobile Art Lab can also find a sign-up sheet for more information.

Ipseity

Public Reception: Thursday, February 9 • 6-8 pm • Juror Talk at 7 pm

“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, 17 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.

When originally conceiving the exhibition, Leslie Mounaime, director of Target Gallery, was inspired by the L.P. Smith quote, “Those heavenly moments… when a sense of the divine ipseity invades me.” “The zeitgeist of today has a strong thread focused on selfhood,” said Mounaime. “From lighthearted selfies on social media to more weighted conversations around topics like faith, ethnicity and gender, societal narratives about who we are as individuals and as a people are being reflected in contemporary art.”

“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.

Participating artists

Josh Band, VA
David Barr
, VA
Anna Beyer, VA
Therese Brown, CA
Heloisa Escudero, VA
Megan Franasiak, ME
Francine Gintoff, CT
Jim Haller, VA
Utsa Hazarika, NY
KEYHAN, VA
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 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.

Image Credit: Simone Welsh, My Three Sisters, 2016. Hand-built porcelain modified with sulfuric and phosphoric acids

Art + Inclusivity: 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!

In January, join us for Art + Inclusivity, in partnership with the Alexandria Human Rights Commission.

On November 29, 2016, the City of Alexandria formally adopted a statement on inclusiveness. Spend the evening with us as we celebrate the mosaic community that makes Alexandria great.

Target Gallery – Studio 2

The Art League – Studio 21

  • 7:30 pm: Reception for Member 25 and Habits.

Art + Inclusivity – Main Hall

  • Learn more about Alexandria’s commitment to a diverse and thriving community through programs and services offered by the Alexandria Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, and read the City of Alexandria’s statement on inclusiveness.

Site 2

  • 8 pm: Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye returns for an exhibition of his Alexandria series. (Site 2 is located in the 2nd floor hallway by the elevator.)

New Project Studio – Studio 8

  • 6:30–8 pm: Due to popular demand, Connecting the Dots: The DMV is extended through January 31. Stop by to see works by 23 different emerging artists living in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia). The project serves an an incubator for local artisans, influencers, and creatives to network, create, brainstorm, and share ideas.

Post Graduate Studio – Studio 12

  • 6–9 pm: Welcome new Post-Graduate Jay Hendrick as he begins his three-month residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

First Floor – North Hall

  • Fierce Sonia (Studio 5) leads visitors in creating a community statement collage that highlights the diverse and inclusive community of Alexandria. The finished work will be displayed in Site 3 for the month of January. (Site 3 is located in the 3rd floor hallway by the elevator.)

TAG – Studio 311

… and More!

Warm up with sweets and hot beverages from EatsPlace Cafe & Marketplace and enjoy music all evening.