Summer Exhibitions Gallery Talk
Join us Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 3pm for a gallery talk with the artists of Transitional Objects, AAC resident artist Jen Noone and photographer Jason Horowitz. Tour the exhibitions with the participating artists and AAC staff, engage in a conversation about the works on view, and then join us for a reception to meet and mingle with these talented artists.
Transitional Objects highlights artists who explore human relationships to inanimate material – commodities, tools, personal belongings, clothing, and all of the other nonliving substances that populate our daily lives. Working in sculpture, installation, and video, these artists experiment with unconventional materials, take inspiration from or produce functional objects, and create sculptures that elucidate both the allure and the difficulty of material forms.
Transitional Objects artists: Kyle Bauer, Calder Brannock, Dexter Ciprian, Emily Culver, Liz Ensz, Kyle Hittmeier, Trish Tillman, and Holly Trout.
Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost
In Sort of, Kind of, Almost, Jen Noone both enacts and subtly critiques the endless pursuit of perfection. Manipulating the material characteristics of latex paint, Noone repeatedly coats the surfaces of acrylic boxes, picture frames, and shelving units, before scraping away layers of the dried latex. Each new layer of paint represents an attempt to improve upon the previous layers but, rather than perfection, the result is a messy accumulation of frayed skins, the evidence of past attempts. While the pursuit of perfection may inevitably result in failure, Noone’s work suggests that the quest for the ideal form, even if it repeatedly misses the mark, has a beauty and charm all its own.
Ashton Heights Re/Seen
In his Re/Seen series, photographer Jason Horowitz uses the Photo Sphere/Street View app and his smartphone’s camera to create immersive abstract views. By subverting and manipulating the normal process for creating panoramas, Horowitz disassembles and reconstructs 360° scenes. The resulting images represent a new kind of computational photographic “seeing”, a melding of Horowitz’s vision and the programming of the camera app’s artificial intelligence. Instead of depicting the world in a realistic documentary fashion, the finished works playfully bend space and time to create images that reinterpret reality through a dizzying sense of mystery. For Ashton Heights Re/Seen, Horowitz presents a selection of images from the Re/Seen series all made a short distance from Arlington Arts Center. Through their surreal beauty, the images encourage viewers to reconsider the possibilities of both their immediate surroundings and the technology they hold in their hands every day.