Upcoming Exhibits

 

EVAN REED: NEW AND RECENT SCULPTURES

Solo exhibition of works crafted from discarded furniture and found elements

EXHIBIT ON VIEW: JULY 22 – AUGUST 26

Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, July 22 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Artist Talk | Saturday, August 26 | 1:00 pm | FREE

KAY GALLERY

Transforming found materials, Evan Reed crafts sculptures that are at once contemplative, playful, mysterious, and powerful. Recently, the local artist has been plucking his sculptural mediums from the curbside, rather than purchasing them at the art store or hardware center. Stumbling upon old, discarded furniture and household objects set out on collection day engages Reed’s curiosity. His process of discovery begins with a recognition that these items hold memories and associations derived from their original purpose. Transferring that familiarity, Reed combines the artifacts with other sculpted elements to create expressive forms that transcend routine experiences. While social commentary, current events, and personal narratives inform his work, he also celebrates ambiguity in the visual puzzles he presents for us to mull over and decipher. Reed, who received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art, has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He is a professor of Art at Georgetown University and maintains his studio practice in Falls Church, VA. Learn more at: 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.

 


LORI ANNE BOOCKS: THE SHAPE OF MEMORIES

Solo exhibition of mixed-media abstract works that incorporate text

EXHIBIT ON VIEW: JULY 22 – AUGUST 26

Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, July 22 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Artist Talk | Saturday, August 26 | 12:00pm | FREE

TERRACE GALLERY

In atmospheric works that incorporate text, Lori Anne Boocks builds layers of memories into abstract paintings using acrylic and charcoal. The local artist, who is a resident of Germantown, MD, allows stories told by family, friends, and acquaintances to influence her palette and mark making. Boocks embeds hidden story fragments, adding both legible and illegible words, in mixed media works that represent the feeling of a story she remembers. Her physical process is messy, as she often paints with her hands, not brushes, to create layers of color and texture that echo the way in which memories develop. Washes of pigment applied at the end of the process create a patina that gives each piece the appearance of having been excavated after a long period of being buried. In the same way we might dig up personal memories, Boocks’ work invites us to spend time reflecting upon our own stories. The award-winning artist, who was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Bethesda Paintings Awards (2012), has exhibited her work in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as curated and juried group shows, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at: lorianneboocks.com

 

Image: Lori Anne Boocks, “Levee,” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 50 x 40 inches.

 


Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain days when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.

Galleries Closed to the public on the following dates:

July 17 – 21, 2017
August 28 – September 15, 2017
October 30 – 31, 2017
November 6 – 10, 2017
December 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018
February 26 – March 2, 2018
April 9 – 10, 2018
April 16 – 20, 2018
Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27, 2018
June 4 – 8, 2018