Thank you, Wade Carey at East City Art for the great review of You, If no-one else!
"The current exhibition at Arlington Arts Center titled You, if no one else. As an exhortation, the phrase comes from a poem by Tino Villanueva included in his collection, Chronicle of My Worst Years. The poem urges victims and witnesses of destitution and oppression to “put your voice where your memory is,” and to tell how the spirit of rebellion enables ways to “unlearn the lessons of that teacher, your land’s omnipotent defiler.” The show presents a spectrum of examples of political expression intertwined with works of art. The exhibition was curated by Karyn Miller, who served as Director of Exhibitions at AAC until November of last year. She has since moved to a position as Public Space Activation Curator for the District of Columbia’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. In her catalog notes, Ms. Miller tells us that, “planning for this exhibition began with a curiosity about the imprint a Trump presidency will have on artistic expression.”
Photography and video dominate the exhibit. However, in an arresting departure, artist Roxana Alger Geffen has created a series of Dissent Collar sculptures woven together from materials at hand. She seeks to emulate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Ginsburg is noted for having worn her lace robe collar, normally reserved for occasions when she is reading dissenting opinions, on the day after the 2016 presidential election. Dissent Collar #10 evokes delicacy and could be lightly worn, while others like Dissent Collar #16 and Dissent Collar #9 are larger, heavier and feel as if they might constrict the wearer’s actions. They represent a multiplicity of impulses to create tangible evidence, a residue of her anxiety and sorrow."
Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
January 20--March 31, 2018
Featuring work by: Kim Beck, Phil Buehler, Lizania Cruz, Mel Day + Michael Namkung, Roxana Alger Geffen, Ashley Minner, Dana Ollestad, Jon Rubin + Lee Walton, Danielle A. Scruggs, and For Freedoms
Curated by Karyn Miller
You, if no one else looks at the ways in which artists record, reflect, contribute to, rail against, and engage with politics and civic life, bringing dialogue, beauty, and nuance to their involvement in the public sphere. The title of the exhibition was inspired by poet Tino Villanueva, whose poem of the same name was included in his 1994 collection Chronicle of My Worst Years.
School 33, Baltimore, MD
January 19--February 24, 2018
A group exhibition featuring works by:
Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley.
Curated by Melissa Webb
Test Pattern demonstrates a collective longing for reconnection with the simplicity of the analog era, while examining the psychology of our multi-generational society post Digital Revolution. Alternating between the material and the virtual, these artists layer analog and digital technologies through the use of video and sound, textile, painting, sculpture, and live performance. Throughout their processes of making they convert voltage into data, synthesized and percussive sound into imagery, and computerized experiences into physical objects. The resulting works explore social conventions and family life in the Information Age, the handmade vs the digitally rendered, the preservation and degradation of information, and ultimately, the relationship between the simulated and the tangible.
See this review in Bmore Art: "School 33’s New Exhibit Explores A Collective Longing for Analog and an Exploration of the Post-Digital Revolution" by Mai Sennaar
'Dissent Collars' at Say What Gallery in Tannersville, NY
My Dissent Collars are being shown at the Say What Gallery in Tannersville, NY. The show is curated by Jane Curley. I had a lovely time installing this show--the gallery is a big, graceful space, the town is quirky and pretty, the Catskills are gorgeous and pleasantly ominous, and everyone associated with the gallery was terrific--smart, thoughtful and very helpful and kind. Thank you all!
A lecture at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, ME.
July 6, 5-7PM
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
I am so pleased to be invited to talk at this amazing place! I will be speaking about my Dissent Collars, and look forward to sharing this new work with the COA community. Please come.
June 23 - August 25, 2017
Roxana Alger Geffen, Rives Wiley, Dave Eassa
Curated by Caitlin Berry
Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004
"The space we inhabit between dreams and waking life can often feel surreal. The rules of the physical world can be broken, disbelief set aside, and tricks of the mind performed with ease. While entering consciousness, we may ask ourselves, “Was it all a dream?” Even our waking lives can prove to be as chaotic and disorienting as this dream-state. In this exhibition three artists address the sensation of existing in a dreamlike state as it relates to their personal experiences and the world at large.
Roxana Alger Geffen calls upon the chaos of domestic life in her installations and wall constructions, using textiles and found objects. Her work is both a humorous celebration and an uncanny manifestation of every day life as a mother. Rives Wiley’s purely two-dimensional paintings evoke a disorienting sense of unease in architectural space. The figures in these works are trapped, but unaware that they exist only partially or may never be able to escape the confines of the canvas. Dave Eassa’s thickly painted pink figures engaging in various activities read as cartoonish, yet represent the deeper identities of the psyche. The figures are navigating not only the physical world, but also the emotional content of the self.
Each artist addresses the absurdity of the social, political, and societal constructs that exist in the real world, in dreams, and somewhere in between."