Kost | Ovelman | Aldridge | Flick | McDonough open at Conner Contemporary Art

Joe Ovelman Untitled (from Coming Home) 2011, wood - 10 x 14 inches

JEREMY KOST: Between the Lines
JOE OVELMAN: Coming Home
GEOFFREY ALDRIDGE: All that Glitters

JEREMY FLICK: A Unified Theory of Everything
PATRICK McDONOUGH: Awning Studies: Florida Avenue, NE

May 14 – July 2, 2011

Conner Contemporary Art is pleased to present concurrent solo exhibitions by Jeremy Kost, Joe Ovelman and Geoffrey Aldridge. We are also delighted to present special two *gogo art project installations by Jeremy Flick and Patrick McDonough.

JEREMY KOST presents a new series of Polaroid and cibachrome photographs in “Between the Lines,” his second solo show with the gallery. In his latest work, Kost reveals intimate glimpses of constructed identities and sexual personae in urban club scenes. During the opening reception, Kost will launch and sign It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, a new catalogue of photographs with essays by Liv Tyler, Eric C. Shiner and Ladyfag.

JOE OVELMAN explores sexuality and the subversion of social norms with a series of new sculptures in his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Coming Home. Works made of wood and mixed media resemble apparatuses used in past decades to provide anonymity during sexual encounters. Removing these forms from their original contexts and adjusting the relation of their features to human anatomy, Ovelman emphasizes the universality of these objects.

GEOFFREY ALDRIDGE makes his solo debut with *gogo art projects in All That Glitters. In his videos Disco and Bath, Aldridge employs an emblem of gay culture, the disco ball. The light-reflecting sphere functions as a symbol of the divine and alludes to religious spectacle. Dominating and seemingly all-seeing, like an extension of the artist’s camera, the mirrored orb figures omnipotence while its multi-faceted surface queries the extent to which we each may reflect our creator.

JEREMY FLICK’s A Unified Theory of Everything is a *gogo art projects special installation featuring a large site-specific wall painting in the gallery’s courtyard. Flick’s imagery is both referential and optical, as it replicates all-over patterns found on the inside of tinted security envelopes, and also recalls the target motif in twentieth-century abstraction and Pop Art.

PATRICK MCDONOUGH moves art out of the gallery and into the community with the *gogo art projects special installation Awning Studies: Florida Ave NE. Augmenting the exteriors of the four gallery spaces on our block with sculptures inspired by colorful domestic awnings, McDonough designates “free time space” while paying tribute to a popular architectural fixture.

There will be an opening night reception, Saturday, May 14th from 6 to 8pm. Artists in attendance.

Additional information may be found at: http://www.connercontemporary.com/.

For further information or images, please contact the gallery @ 202-588-8750 or info@connercontemporary.com.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE –Washington, DC 20002 in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10-5pm

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