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The Late Shift: Art on the Edge

In May, welcome Caroline Hatfield, the solo artist selected for Target Gallery’s competitive 2018 Open Call for Solo Exhibition. Stay late for a lively celebration of new and experimental art from across the region.

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.


Friday, May 25
7 – 11 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
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Art on the Edge

New and Cutting-Edge art from artists across the region, as well as artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Stop by for opening receptions, special artist projects, and new media, including videos, performance art, and augmented reality.

 

7 – 9 pm Reception, 8 pm Talk: Opening Reception: 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.

Growing up in a Southern Appalachian coal mining community, the subjects involving environmentalism and land use have a lot of personal significance to Hatfield who often recalls the region’s ironic juxtaposition of protected wilderness and mined land as a major influence on her work. Hatfield’s work explores concepts of utopia and science fiction through the experience of sites, landscape, and materiality in their interdisciplinary practice. Sculptural landscapes composed of industrial relics, geological formations, and mutable material obscure boundaries and accumulate into form. The combined objects and materials emanate an energy of transformation and process, often with a cyclical quality. Depicting elemental landscapes and geological force, their work references the sublime experiences of our world while shifting outwards towards a science fictional sublime. Foreign but familiar, the models, miniatures, depictions, and descriptions of alternative worlds offer a glimpse of potential found in the balance of presence and absence.

Caroline Hatfield received their BFA in Sculpture at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, and is a candidate for MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Towson University, Towson, MD.

The jury panel for this opportunity was: Jarvis DuBois, Independent Curator; Carolina Mayorga, D.C.-based Artist; and Victoria Reis, Director of Transformer.

 

Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

 

7 – 11 pm: Augmented Reality Project: Alexis Gomez – Grand Hall

The Grand Hall of the Art Center comes alive with Augmented Reality art pieces, courtesy of Post-Grad Studio Resident Alexis Gomez. Stop by the AR table to view the artworks via our exclusive Art on the Edge app. Then visit his studio on the third floor (Studio 319) to see a sampling of Gomez’s latest projects.

During his residency, Gomez integrates the virtual and physical realms as he experiments 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: Shade Renee: Installation Piece (One Night Only) – The Pop-Up Studio (Studio 9)

Visit artist Shade Renee and her brand new immersive art experience for one night only during our Late Shift. She has taken over Studio 9 for one month while the space undergoes a renovation in preparation for the new cafe. Stop by and see her pop-up project before it is gone!

Shadé Reneé, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, specializes in couture, fashion that is custom and made-to-measure. Her work is treated with opulence, love, and fierceness. She’s best known for hand-embroidery and bead work, dedicating more than 3,000 hours to this talent. Recently, she was the local emerging artist selected for the “Experimentation/Exploration” Emerging Artist Residency in the New Project Studio by Jessica Kallista of Olly Olly.

 

7 – 11 pm: Duende District Pop-Up: Artist-in-Residence Ashley Dequilla Opening Reception – New Project Studio (Studio 8)

Duende District, a DMV-based pop-up bookstore by and for people of color – where all are welcome – celebrates with an opening reception for Ashley Dequilla, their current Artist-in-Residence.

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.

Ashley Dequilla is a Filipina-American artist and educator who currently resides in Washington DC. She attended the College of William and Mary and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has shown her works in the United States and in the Philippines. She is published in the Filipino American Artist Directory, and is currently training as a Visionary Responder for the Sanctuaries, a non profit organization in Washington DC whose mission is to ignite the power of the sacred arts for social and political change.

 

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: “Suffocate With Your…” Live Interactive Performance by Heloisa Escudero – Various Locations in the Grand Hall

Phobias and irrational fears can have an unhealthy affect on the lives of someone who suffers from it. In this interactive performance suffering is replaced by a humorous action of literally wiping and suffocating the symptoms away with your posterior cheeks. This action a form of non-religious prayer will help you or someone to get closer to achieving that goal via laughter.

Heloisa Escudero received her BFA in Photography and concentrations in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and MFA in Sculpture with concentration in New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute. She currently works at the Hirshhorn Museum as an Exhibition Specialist. Escudero’s art piece, “One Star Double The Wishes” is currently on display in the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Grand Hall for the “Art in Common Spaces” exhibition through September 2018.

 

7 – 8 pm: Fiber Demonstrations with Annemarie Feld and Heasoon A. Rhee – 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. Stop by Studio 14 for art demonstrations by two Fiberworks members – Annemarie Feld and Heason A. Rhee. Live demonstrations in the studio begin at 7 pm (Rhee) and 7:45 pm (Feld).

Annemarie Feld

Born in Switzerland, Annemarie Feld worked as a crafts teacher before moving to the U.S. in 1975. She received an additional degree in Communication Arts and Design from the Virginia Commonwealth University and opened Feld Design in 1980, designing award-winning visual communications materials for multi-national clients based in Europe and the United States. Feld’s designs create tension by counterbalancing the soft, irregular shapes of natural leather or fabrics with hard-edged metal handles and clasps ordinarily used in farm equipment. Re-purposed hardware, natural imperfections on leather, irregular shapes and recombination of vintage buttons lead to the design solution.

“The challenge of weaving a dramatic story with textures and shapes instead of words, gives me satisfaction. Successfully combining the mix of fabric, leather, organic fibers and other materials in fresh and unexpected ways is a wonderful creative challenge. Fish leather enhances the Llama fleece vest and the closures on my clothes might be combinations of vintage buttons and modern day machine parts.”

 

Heason A. Rhee

Rhee was trained as a textile scientist and worked in a textile chemical companies, yet was always intrigued by the design aspect of textiles. There are two components in designing textiles: one is pattern, the other is color. When she was in reproducing fabrics for antique cars restorations, she became familiar with weaving structures. This led her to design her own patterns. In the development process, the patterns are created with a combination of creating rough sketching and Photoshop software. Currently, most of her works are created with a 40 shaft dobby loom. Beginning in May, she started weaving with a Jacquard loom which allows graphic imagery and pattern to be woven with articulation.

 

 

7 – 8 pm: Extended Hours and Art Demonstration – 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.

Scope Gallery and Studio 22 artist Tracie Griffith Tso will be demonstrating Chinese brushpainting from 7-8 p.m. Learn how traditional compositions are made, centering on black ink and disciplined strokes of natural-hair bamboo-handled brushes and catch her new work, debuting in Studio 17 Friday and Saturday. Visit traciegriffithtso on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and at inksart.com

 

 

7 – 8 pm: Extended Hours and Art Demonstration – Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery (Studio 29)

Visit Studio 29 in the Grand Hall to view the gallery works up close, and for a live art demonstration with Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery Member Grace Mehanes.

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.

Grace Mehanes is an active member of Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery. She will provide demonstrations of this unique craft beginning at 7 pm.

 

 

7 – 11 pm: Extended Hours – 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 by Printmakers Inc Member and new studio resident M. Alexander Gray (Studio 344).

 

7 – 11 pm: Hands-on Art Making with the Mobile Art Lab – Grand Hall

Join Alexandria Office of the Art’s beloved movable art project as they set up shop in the Torpedo Factory Art Center for a night of fun art-making.


7 – 9 pm: Torpedo Factory Art Center presents: The Mason Pop-Up Art Space

Six students from George Mason University’s School of Art participated in this three-day Pop-Up Art Space, a new arts initiative developed by the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The Participating Artists:

Andrea Benge  @andreabengeart

Danielle Dravenstadt  @ddravenstadt

Strange Lens  @strange.lens

Kate Fitzpatrick  @katesfitz

Matt Nolan  @manahoac

Kevin Wallace  @ir_artman

 

Curated by Nikki Brugnoli

 

Pop-Up Art Space
104 S. Union Street (next door to the Starbucks, before Virtue Feed & Grain)
Alexandria, VA 22314
Friday May 25 – Sunday May 27
Hours: 12 – 6 pm
Opening Reception: Friday May 25, 7 – 9 pm

 


Music provided by DJ Bootysattva 

Bootysattva is a DJ from the world, ready to take you on a journey spinning technofeminist beats, baile funk, femme rap, soulful sounds, and their own tailored music to dance and heal to. Follow them on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/bootysattva or on Instagram @taylofo

 

Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – July 15, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 25th 7 – 9 pm | Gallery Talk 7:30 pm

Target Gallery is happy to announce Caroline Hatfield as 2018’s solo exhibition recipient. Hatfield’s work explores concepts of utopia and science fiction through the experience of sites, landscape, and materiality in their interdisciplinary practice. Growing up in a Southern Appalachian coal mining community, Hatfield’s artwork features subjects of environmentalism and land use. They have a lot of personal significance to Hatfield, who recalls the region’s ironic juxtaposition of protected wilderness and mined land as a major influence on their work.

Sculptural landscapes composed of industrial relics, geological formations, and mutable material obscure boundaries and accumulate into form. The combined objects and materials emanate an energy of transformation and process, often with a cyclical quality. Depicting elemental landscapes and geological force, their work references the sublime experiences of our world while shifting outwards towards a science fictional sublime. Foreign but familiar, the models, miniatures, depictions, and descriptions of alternative worlds offer a glimpse of potential found in the balance of presence and absence.

Caroline Hatfield received their BFA in Sculpture at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, and is a candidate for MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Towson University, Towson, MD.

The jury panel for this opportunity was: Jarvis DuBois, Independent Curator; Carolina Mayorga, D.C.-based Artist; and Victoria Reis, Director of Transformer.

Yoga & Sound

Local sound artist, yogi and meditation guide, Jeneen Piccuirro, will lead her signature one-hour class carefully guiding a gentle yoga series with a crystal bowl accompaniment and closing with a gong meditation. Jeneen’s authentic integrated holistic offerings are designed with comfort, health and ultimate rejuvenation in mind. It’s a great start to the weekend for mind, body and soul while surrounded by the art and creativity of the Torpedo Factory.

Doors open at 8:30 am. Class starts promptly at 9 am. Please arrive with time to settle in and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. (A limited number of mats will be available for rent by the teacher for $5.)

Price: $10 advance ticket sale online. $15 at the door.

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Organized by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 


Class outline

Class begin with a crystal bowl meditation and will include gentle movement for circulation and flow and move in to a few accessible seated Asanas (poses) for stretching and release. Options for all levels will be offered. Chairs will be available for those who would like them. Class will end with a 15 min Savassana, in which students will be invited to lie down and listen to the gong.

Crystal Singing Bowls are made of quartz and resonate to specific frequencies. They create a clear “toning” that brings a state of calm and centeredness to the body. This vibrational sound is heard and felt through the whole body and assists in the process of relaxation which can be very helpful in yoga asana or meditation practices.

The Symphonic Gong in contrast, made of a brass compound, belongs to some of the oldest musical instruments known. It has complex harmonics with a clear fundamental tone and rich dynamic overtones that literally wash over and through the body. Due to the complexity and totality of this sound, the effects are quite comprehensive and the sound in affect “re-sets” the body and mind to a state of neutral.

Instructor Bio

Jeneen Piccuirro, MFA, has over 25 years of experience leading original Art, Meditation, Yoga, Dance, Sound Healing and Movement based offerings, and is a pioneer in integrating and genuinely combining these modalities to bring the body & mind into balance for long term well-being. Her skillful approach gently shifts people out of habits of escapism and avoidance into healthier patterns of acceptance and understanding, paving the way for a deeper residing peace and joy.

Panel Talk: Emerging Artists of the DMV

A panel discussion with Ksenia Grishkova, Blair Murphy, and Jack Rasmussen

8 pm Talk; 8:45 pm Q&A

Target Gallery’s exhibition, Emerging Artists of the DMV, features work by four up-and-coming artists from the region. The exhibition jurors will speak about the current state of the visual arts in the region and where it is going.

Panelists are: 

About Torpedo Talks

Every Second Thursday of the month, join us at 8 pm for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area.

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Duende District in the New Project Studio

Duende District, a DMV-based pop-up bookstore by and for people of color – where all are welcome – will be at The Torpedo Factory Art Center this summer.

Regular business hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with specialized hours for events. Art Center visitors can shop a highly curated selection of adult and children’s titles, all by authors/illustrators of color, and engage in a series of community literary events for all ages.

The bookstore will also feature work and studio hours by local Virginia artists of color, to be announced.

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.

Professional Practices for the Visual Artist

This workshop, presented by Jeffery Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), is devoted to the needs of the individual artist. Topics include photographing artwork, funding opportunities, developing professional relationships with galleries and publications, copyright issues, and marketing on the web. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.

Workshop Location:
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Studio 326
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Please bring laptop, notebook, and writing tools to take notes during this workshop. Any other necessary supplies will be confirmed prior to the workshop. 


About Jeffery Allison
Jeffrey Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection educator at VMFA and a professional photographer. He holds a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU.

About the Friends of the Torpedo Factory
The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation which promotes, enhances and preserves the unique assets of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and its value to the community by cooperating with the factory and artists to provide education and awareness of the arts through programs, exhibits and events.

The Friends present workshops for artists, art lectures and demonstrations for the established art lover and young audiences alike, as well as mentorship programs for students in the Alexandria area.

The Late Shift: What is Art?

Celebrate the work of some of the region’s best up-and-coming talent during the opening for Target Gallery’s Emerging Artists exhibition. Meet the exhibition jurors and featured artists and hear them talk about their artwork. Mix and mingle with the Factory Society young-patrons group.


Friday, April 13
7 – 11 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center
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What is Art?

The question of “What is Art?” has been asked for ages. Find answers with us tonight during several activities and receptions:

7 – 9 pm: Opening Reception: 2018 Emerging Artists – Target Gallery (Studio 2)

Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents a new yearly exhibition featuring the work of four regional emerging artists. This exhibition spotlights new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C. metropolitan area.

The selected artists for 2018 Emerging Artists are:

Katie Barrie
Ronald Jackson
Hollis McCracken
Holly Trout

The jury panel features: Ksenia Grishkova, Director of Touchstone GalleryBlair Murphy, Independent Curator; and Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

 

7 – 9pm: Meet the Factory Society – Grand Hall

The Factory Society is an independent young-patrons group that supports the Torpedo Factory’s mission of igniting the creative spirit. Mingle with Factory Society members, hear about their upcoming events and projects, and find out how you can become a member.

 

Gallery Receptions, Open Studios, and Special Activities

 

7 – 9 pm: Meet the Artist: Alexis Gomez – Post Grad Studio (Studio 319)

Welcome the Spring 2018 Post-Grad artist, Alexis Gomez, as he begins his residency at the Torpedo Factory. space, he creates settings that induce an inner and outer body experience, reflective of the constant transition that our consciousness undergoes. During his residency, Gomez will continue to integrate the virtual and physical realms as he experiments 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 – 9 pm: Final Weeks: Shade Renee – New Project Studio (Studio 8)

Shade Renee is the local emerging artist selected by Jessica Kallista of Olly Olly, a new alternative artist-driven space located in Fairfax. Shadé Reneé, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, specializes in couture, fashion that is custom and made-to-measure. Her work is treated with opulence, love, and fierceness. She’s best known for hand-embroidery and bead work, dedicating more than 3,000 hours to this talent. Shade completes her two-month residency at the Torpedo Factory at the end of April. Stop by to meet the artist and take part in a hands-on workshop called “The Artist’s Way.”

 

7 – 10 pm: Artist Demonstrations

Join us for artist demonstrations with Factory artists all evening. Times and studio locations will be posted shortly.

 

7 – 10 pm: Scrap City with AIA (3rd Floor Landing)

Celebrate Architecture Week with our friends at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Virginia Chapter. Join us on the third floor for a family-friendly activity where visitors can build their own miniature city out of scrap parts. Part of an entire week of Architecture-related programs from April 8 – 14 at AIA and participating locations.

 

Live Acrobatic Performances by Circus Siren Entertainment – Various Locations

Throughout the night, catch members of Circus Siren Entertainment as they engage in pop-up performances both on the waterfront and inside the Torpedo Factory. Whether it’s a stilt walker or a hula hoop artist, there will be plenty of fun to be had as you enjoy the night.

 

Hands-on Art Making with the Mobile Art Lab

Featuring a screen-printing project with artist Sardar Aziz.

Sardar Aziz is an impressionist painter who’s work includes figurative and cityscape subjects, mostly on large scale life size canvases. Join him in making a project dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King’s death.  www.facebook.com/Sardar.Artwork

 

Face and Body Painting with Rebecca Rose

Rebecca Rose is a fine artist, body painter and make-up artist. She has a distinct style and fondness for painting bright, bold images. In her teen years she explored stained glass art, and the raw elements of the medium still echo through her paintings today.

Music all Night by DJ Vico Vibez

DJ Vico Vibez is the local affiliate DJ with D.C.-based Words Beats and Life Inc., official DJ for muralist duo MASPAZ and CHELOVE, and DJ for the D.C. to Standing Rock Movement.

 

Artist Projects and Displays

Check out artworks and live demonstrations all night by local DC/Maryland/Virginia artists!

Rockeats Alcoreza
Alexia Costa
Marcelo Medrano
Ja’Mon Jackson

 

 


Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee Pop-Up Space

Enjoy a variety of sweet donuts and delicious coffee at Sugar Shack’s Pop-Up Space during our Late Shift Art Night, as well as peak times on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of April at Torpedo Factory.

 

 

Wine and Beer Bar provided by the Factory Society

 

(artwork: Katie Barrie, Kink/Whim, Highload Acrylic on Canvas. 2017)

Art and Social Impact with Halcyon

A talk by Kate Goodall of Halcyon

8 pm Talk,  8:45pm Q&A with Audience

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Halcyon promotes social good by encouraging socially engaged creatives to learn, freely experiment, sometimes fail, and advance their talents and visions. CEO and Co-Founder Kate Goodall shares how Halcyon Arts Lab incubator has impacted the greater metropolitan arts scene. Presented in collaboration with Halcyon.

About Halcyon

Halcyon celebrates creativity in all forms and galvanizes creative individuals aspiring to promote social good. We bring together diverse groups of changemakers in art and social enterprise and provide a safe haven for their bold ideas to take flight. #halcyonincubator #halcyonartslab #halcyondialogue

About Kate Goodall

Kate Goodall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Halcyon, a non-profit dedicated to solving 21st century problems by providing space and access to emerging leaders in social entrepreneurship and the arts. Goodall continues to grow Halcyon’s offerings in 2018 with By The People, an international arts and innovation festival in partnership with the Smithsonian and numerous organizations throughout DC. In 2016, Goodall helped establish WE Capital, a consortium of leading businesswomen investing in and supporting women and women-led companies. Goodall has served as juror at national and international social entrepreneurship competitions, was listed as one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and 40 Under 40, Washingtonian’s 2017 Tech Titans, and Techweek 100 DC’s Talent Cultivators.

About Torpedo Talks

Every Second Thursday of the month, join us at 8 pm for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area.

 

Architecture, Design, and Cultural Space

Cultural and public spaces are where social values can be expressed in real time. Three panelists, Ronit Eisenbach, Philippa Hughes and Khara James, will share their experiences with the design of various cultural spaces. Information about the panelists is available here.

Reception at 6:30, Panel Discussion at 7:30pm

$12 AIA members, Torpedo Factory members, tenant artists and Factory Society members; $10 students; $20 non-members.

Part of Virginia Architecture Week and the 2018 Women in Architecture Lecture Series.

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PANELISTS:

RONIT EISENBACH

Ronit is an architect, artist, curator and educator whose scholarship, pedagogy and multi-disciplinary, collaborative practice, StudioRED  joins architecture installations, exploratory performances and public participation in situ. Her ephemeral works spark dialogue about our relationships with the places we make for ourselves and with one another. Situated within museums, abandoned buildings and on public streets, Eisenbach’s interventions simultaneously operates at and connects two spatial and temporal scales — the intimate scale of the individual and the public scale of the city. A creative team builder, her works invite active participation, engaging a wide-range of partners in the ongoing effort of transforming, enhancing and attending to place while acknowledging inherent and meaningful tensions that exist between flux and stability. Co-author of Installations by Architects and Ruth Adler Schnee: A Passion for Color, she is a Fellow of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, SandBox at Washington College, and the MacDowell Colony. At the University of Maryland, she is an Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of Creative Placemaking for the National Center for Smart Growth and the Kibel Gallery Curator. www.roniteisenbach.com

 

PHILIPPA P.B. HUGHES 

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social and creative placemaker, creative connector, and cultural strategist, who designs inventive and collaborative projects that strengthen communities, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful dialogue, and opens portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. She constructs human-centered activations that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships. She believes that people are hungry for the opportunity to connect and build relationships with one another. Social and creative placemaking can provide creative portals that connection. She is also personally committed to finding ways for people to connect across political divides. For example, she has been hosting dinners with Trump supporters and opponents, as well as dinners with liberals who span the left side of the political spectrum.

She is experienced in public and private collaborations having produced placemaking projects in collaboration with numerous Business Improvement Districts across D.C. and in partnership with the D.C. Office of Planning. She  executed two creative placemaking projects funded by the Kresge Foundation. Philippa is also the chair of the board of the DuPont Underground, a former trolley stop turned into art space and she has served on the board of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities among numerous other boards throughout Washington, D.C. Philippa studied Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and also received her law degree from that institution. She practiced investment adviser regulation for six years before transitioning to the full-time pursuit of social and creative placemaking.

 

 

KHARA JAMES, RA
PERKINS EASTMAN

Khara James is an Architect whose design focus is predominantly on primary and secondary educational facilities. She has experience in all phases of design and construction including programming, schematics, technical documentation, and construction administration. Her passion for community-based design and architecture’s role in shaping the culture of a place serves as a foundation for her design approach. Khara was educated at the University of Maryland where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. Since graduating in 2013, she has worked at Perkins Eastman where she is now an Associate. Khara’s greatest contributions have been to some of the firm’s largest school modernization projects such as Langley High School , Oakton High School, and the award-winning Roosevelt High School in Washington D.C.

 

MODERATOR

SARAH WATLING, LEED AP
PERKINS EASTMAN DC

Sarah Watling works at Perkins Eastman DC Architects in Washington, DC, on large-scale projects here and abroad. Before joining PEDC, Sarah practiced research, development and design both domestically and internationally for over 15 years. Her training in art history, environmental policy and planning, and landscape architecture enable a unique big-picture perspective. Passionate about resiliency, her projects have included master planning ecotourism infrastructure in Central and South America, regional sustainable economic policy modeling and implementation, research and evidence-based sustainable land reclamation in sub-Saharan Africa, therapeutic landscapes , and sustainable revitalization of fragmented urban cores. Her interest areas are the power of public art as mediator between ecology, economics and society; the prioritization of community-based strategies in sustainable urbanization; and building rural-urban linkages in response to economic, environmental and population pressures. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and volunteers regularly with AIA Women in Architecture, the District Architecture Center and on various public art installations.

2018 Emerging Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 7 – 9 pm | Artist Talk 7:30 pm

Jury Panel Talk: Thursday, May 10, 8 – 9 pm

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, introduces a new annual exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region.

The public reception will be part of the Torpedo Factory’s Late Shift: What is Art event.

There will also be a talk with the jury panel on May 10, at 8 pm as a part of the Torpedo Factory’s Torpedo Talk lecture series.


“These artists are the future,” said Leslie Mounaime, director of Target Gallery. “It is our responsibility as a leading regional arts institution to foster exhibition opportunities, advance budding artistic endeavors and compensate emerging artists.”

The selected artists for 2018 Emerging Artists are:

Katie Barrie
Ronald Jackson
Hollis McCracken
Holly Trout

They were selected by a jury panel: Ksenia Grishkova, Director of Touchstone Gallery; Blair Murphy, Independent Curator; and Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

Katie Barrie (Richmond, VA)

Barrie’s paintings are rooted in abstraction. Her work is a nod to minimalism, breaking landscapes down to their simplest forms. Each painting contains specific references to colors, patterns, and structures—both organic and manmade—found in America’s National Parks. “I strive to create a balance between formalistically abstract paintings, while also addressing the impact humans have brought upon their land,” she said.

Ronald Jackson (Spotsylvania, VA)

As a figurative artist, Jackson captures intimate settings and uses them as a gateway to ponder the complexities of the human experience, as well as the society that influences them. “My goal is to create work that is visually poetic,” he said, “aiming to create an interactive experience in which the viewer is compelled to ponder possibilities that are likely reflections of their own experiences. I hope my work triggers self-discovery of value, beauty, and significance among people who in some way feel marginalized.”

Hollis McCracken (Richmond, VA)

McCracken’s uses reclaimed materials from vacant and derelict buildings to create sculptural works that communicate universal human emotions, such as abandonment, isolation, absence, and loneliness. “I’ve been particularly drawn to rundown and abandoned buildings,” she said. “I empathize with these sad-looking structures, that were once majestic, as former versions of myself, rough around the edges and neglected until someone sees through to their potential.”

Holly Trout (Washington, D.C.)

Trout’s work explores the ways in which cast-off objects and materials can be transformed from their normal order into anomalous objects and systems. She creates drawings and small sculptures from a broad range of sources and materials such as children’s toys, plants, anatomy texts, crafting materials, and home repair supplies. “I attempt to understand the absurdity, alienation, and disorder within the world I experience,” she said. “Through hybridization of the real and artificial, and craft and trash, my work is playful, often with darker underpinnings.”


About the Artists

Katie Barrie is an abstract painter based in Richmond, Virginia, where she is a master’s of fine arts candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Michigan, School of Art and Design in 2011. Barrie has shown her work professionally throughout the United States as well as internationally in France, Iceland, and Spain.

Ronald Jackson is a figurative painter originally from rural Arkansas who currently resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He studied Architectural Design at Mission Viejo College in California before pursuing a career in the U.S. Army in 1992. In May 2014, Jackson retired from the Army after 21 years of service and has since worked as a professional artist. His art has been on exhibition throughout the D.C. metropolitan region, and as well as internationally in a group exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently represented by Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore.

Hollis McCracken is sculpture artist originally from the West Coast. She has shown work primarily in San Francisco and Tucson, Arizona. McCracken currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is a master’s of fine arts candidate and an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in the Craft & Material Studies department. She received her bachelor’s of fine arts at Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2011.

Holly Trout is an interdisplinary artist working primarily in drawing, sculpture, and installation. Trout is currently based in Washington, where she is an master’s of fine arts candidate at American University. She received her bachelor’s in art history from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. This will be her first exhibition in a professional gallery space.