Artist Talk, Kay Gallery | Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 | 1:00 PM | $Free
EVAN REED: NEW AND RECENT SCULPTURES
Solo exhibition of works crafted from discarded furniture and found elements
EXHIBIT ON VIEW: JULY 22 – AUGUST 26, 2017
Artist Talk | Saturday, August 26 | 1:00 pm | FREE
Transforming materials from a found, raw, or mundane state, Evan Reed crafts sculptures that are once contemplative, playful, mysterious, and powerful. Recently he has been reacting to and seeing the most potential in sculptural mediums that are plucked from the curbside, as opposed to those he might have purchased at the art supply store or big-box hardware center. Stumbling upon old, discarded furniture out in the street on collection day engages the local artist’s curiosity. Reed is challenged to imagine how he can intervene as he observes decaying structures being repossessed by nature. His process of discovery begins with a recognition that these items hold memories and associations derived from their original purpose. Transferring that familiarity into a new sculptural form creates visual puzzles for Reed to mull over and decipher as he creates expressive forms that transcend our routine experiences. He allows personal experiences, current events, and social commentary to inform his work, but also celebrates ambiguity in order to keep things open-ended for the viewer.
About the Artist: Evan Reed received an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Hillyer Arts Space, Washington, DC; Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA; Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC; and Hungerford Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD. Reed has presented two-person exhibitions with Julia Oldham at Field Projects in New York, NY, and Scott Hutchison at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. His work has been included in numerous curated and invitational group exhibitions, including Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC; Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY; the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The award-winning artist received a Franz and Virginia Bader Fellowship and a Strauss Fellowship for creative research. Reed was an Artist in Residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA from 2004 through 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Gallery Director at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. To learn more about the artist, visit: www.evanreed.com
Images: left, Evan Reed, “Breaking Camp,” recycled wood tables, 71.5 x 96 x 40 inches; right, Evan Reed, “Dutch Mastering,” wood shoes and branches, 32 x 57 x 56 inches.