First Friday Opening:
November 4, 2011
$5 Suggested Donation
David Mordini: dis-member
November 4-23, 2011
In his new body of work Mordini explores psychological complexities through an internal dialog of competing forces. He uses fragmented body parts made out of fiberboard as a vessel for these forces. Although they originate from different psychological pathologies, the body parts share a common DNA in that they are created from fiberboard, the same material of reconstituted dust and caustic binders. This genetic kinship is a contentious one. A solitary colossal head serves as a monument to the incomplete self. On the floor, body-less, in mental isolation, there is a perpetual stillness. The head is unable — or unwilling — to participate. In divergence with the head, the arms have movement which gives them empowerment. The bulging veins and palpable deformities yield to what it is to be human: struggling but taking possession of one’s self. While in the past the artist has focused on social commentary and consciousness, in this show he dives inward perhaps reflecting his own state of mind.
Mordini graduated from The Corcoran School of Art in 1995. He had his first solo show at the Corcoran in 1996 and has since participated in multiple group shows in Washington, Chicago, and Baltimore.
Min Enghauser: Desert Dwell
November 4-23, 2011
Min Enghauser began making photographs as a child; exploring, learning, and becoming aware through photography. For Enghauser, photographs, and the act of making them, are glimpses of timeless spirits, of pure and unbiased realities of nature and time. Enghauser’s exhbit Desert Dwell are all images from the Anza-Borrego Desert where she found that there is a coming together of the essence of the inhabitants and the spirit of place. Plant with rock, rock with sky, sky with mountain. These inhabitants speak to each other without words and at their core is the spirit of the other. Enghauser’s photographs are the instruments through which she discovers and uncovers the truth of this slowly changing landscape of unity, cohesion, beauty, mystery and fate.
Enghauser graduated with a BFA in 1992 from Shepherd College in West Virginia. She has since exhibited in multiple group shows and solo shows in the DC Metro area. Enghauser has been an artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria since 2006.
and in our member gallery….
Michelle Gomez and Jonathan Wille: The First Supper
A collaboration between Michelle Gomez and Jonathan Wille, The First Supper is both an installation and three performances that deals with cultural and identity issues by looking at the idea of a non-traditional family. During the performances, viewers witness the artists enacting dysfunction at a family dinner, exploring the notion of
roles and performance particular to each family member. The father figure, transformed into a character through generalized stereotypes acts as the main character of the narrative. As three hour performances, viewers are invited to come and go as they please, offering an alternative to a more common audience-performer dynamic. Like a theater set, between performances the vibrant and chaotic dining room installation echoes of the absence of the performers, emphasizing the physical presence of the viewer and their own performative roles as they enter the space.
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