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Olly Olly is pleased to present Domestic Territories, a new exhibition of art curated by Sarah Irvin. For the exhibition, Domestic Territories, DC area artists were invited to consider how they negotiate the use of household space with their children. The work in the exhibition investigates physical and emotional spaces that are separate, shared or disputed. By representing the constant evolution of personal boundaries in specific parent/child relationships, the exhibition highlights topics that are publicly debated but only privately encountered. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, join us for an opening reception with the artists:
Roxana Alger Geffen
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin
Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open Tuesdays 6pm-9pm, for special events, and by appointment. Domestic Territories will be on view at Olly Olly from February 29, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Please call 703-789-6144 for more information.
As the foundation of my newest series, I've started playing Minecraft, taking screen shots and using them in my work. I only play in creative mode, so I live in a world of aimless, harmless monsters, some horses that I spawned, and one bunny who loves me. There is a town nearby but the villages only grunt and have horrible taste in architecture so I avoid them. So far I have built a house, stable, paddock, raised gardens, and a sort of decorative hill garden with stream. I have since torn down the first house + am building another. Oddly, although I could theoretically make anything, I find myself trying to make a kind of modest upgrade to reality. It's bigger than our house, much sparer, made of absurdly expensive materials (glass brick, birchwood and quartz) and surrounded by full-grown birch trees + a moat. And there's grass growing on the roof. But it's not made of snow or iron or 1000 feet high. Still, it's been a struggle. Among other things, I tried to put a pool on the roof but it leaked: the first evidence I've had of real-life conditions.
Today I finished the roof garden + the bedroom and added a balcony that comes out from the bedroom.
Transformer is an excellent, innovative DC gallery that shows risky, cutting-edge work curated by a sophisticated eye. Their yearly benefit auction is always a good time and gives everyone an opportunity to buy work by their favorite artists. My piece "Lost Highway" is in the auction this year, held at American University's Katzen Arts Center on November 22, 2014. Come!
On-line tickets are still available at Eventbrite or from Transformer's website.
These paintings from his show at the Mason Gross Gallery are energetic, powerful, bold and surprisingly touching in their thoughtful engagement with the work of Stuart Davis. I wish I'd been able to see them in person.
Also beautiful are his paintings on porcelain:
(apologies for the image quality: go to his site to see it properly)
I'm still finding my way around Arlington, and every once in a while I discover something great. Arlington reminds me of Wellington, New Zealand, a city I lived in for about 8 months in 2003. Wellington was a well-behaved small city, respectable and suburban, but also willing to embrace its urban side. When I was there Wellington had put out an open call to the hip and cool: new coffee shops and pop-up galleries were sprouting all over the city, breaking up the more sedate facades of a bureaucratic capitol. The hipsters--as hipsters will--were studiously avoiding the bland office buildings built to tempt international do-gooders and businesses, instead seizing on whatever remained of Wellington's even older, frontier past. A bank built to protect gold-rush bonanzas became an amazing new restaurant. Peter Jackson revived the old movie theatre for the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings movies. So, too, in Arlington, VA. Traces of the 1950s and 60s stand fast next to stands of fast-growing office space, sometimes embraced and celebrated by the art crowd, sometimes ignored by everyone.
An amazing example of this--manifestly celebrated--is Ben Fehrmann's installation at the Clarendon's power substation.
More about this project can be found at the Arlington Arts site: