Winter 2013 Exhibitions: Grisha Bruskin, The Fellows Converge, and Andrea Way
Grisha Bruskin: H-Hour January 26 through March 17, 2013 Contemporary Russian artist Grisha Bruskin's new sculpture project "H-Hour" examines the myth of the enemy in very diverse manifestations: the hostile state, class enemy, enemy of the subconscious, 'the other' as enemy, time, chronos and death as enemies, the enemy of the human species, among others. His work explores how the trivial is made sacred, how strong the hypnotic power of art and the image in general really is, and how depiction can become a means and instrument for manipulating human consciousness.
The Fellows Converge: The Obstructions January 26 through March 17, 2013 This exhibition is a collaboration with the Hamiltonian Gallery along with Hamiltonian Artists, a non-profit career incubator for the next generation of contemporary visual artists. It features new work by the 2012 Hamiltonian Fellows: Amy Boone-McCreesh, Milana Braslavsky, Billy Friebele, Nora Howell, Annette Isham, Matthew Mann, Joshua Wade Smith, Timothy Thompson, and Jerry Truong. The theme of the exhibition is based on the Jorgen Leth / Lars Von Trier documentary, "The Five Obstructions." The Fellows made obstructions for each other's work based on a summer 2012 studio visit and discussion. The obstructions operate as useful critiques of existing work as well as a challenge to future work. This playful yet meaningful exercise offered each artist the opportunity to step outside of self-imposed rules, habits, or routines. AU studio art professor and co-director of AU's MFA program Tim Doud served as the mentor for the group.
Andrea Way: Retrospective 1982–2012 January 26 through March 17, 2013 Washington, D.C., artist Andrea Way's surfaces are beautiful and exquisitely detailed. Her process is original and idiosyncratic, which Washington independent art critic David Tannous describes as "…the combination of two almost antithetical elements: the elaboration of a plan or code or formula, on the one hand, and the intervention of accidents and unplanned activities, on the other." Way is a master of her medium, but she knows enough to let the works breathe.
Admission is free.
Image: Grisha Bruskin, H-Hour, 2013. Detail of installation. Courtesy of the artist.