Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Disasters Happen and Artists React: Target Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Aftermath takes a hard look at artists’ interpretations and reactions to natural and manmade disasters.
(Alexandria, VA) Target Gallery’s exhibition Aftermath includes a wide range of artists and their work that represent a great cross section of our country to include a few local and international artists as well. They speak through their art about the effects that traumatic events from natural and manmade disasters has had on them personally and on their work. As our juror, Laurel Reuter, Founder and Chief Curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art states, “Today’s artists are not asked to record the definitive history of their times but instead to give their contemporary audiences the means to understand their own times. Ours is not a contemplative society; artists often are. For some artists, like some writers, assume the role of moral compass.”
Ms. Reuter had over 500 entries to sort through, many of which were powerful and outstanding works, out of those entries close to 40 works made the cut. The media spans traditional painting and printmaking to more new media such as video and site specific installations. The work responds to all kinds of disaster whether literally through a photograph or a video or in a conceptual and abstract way by the means of painting or by thousands of tiny bandages wrapping a gallery wall.
The work seeks to create and stir a dialogue with the viewer; some of the work will strike at the innermost chords of our being exposing the vulnerability that exists. It exposes our weaknesses and our imperfect nature. No matter how prepared or powerful we may feel, a disaster has a profound way of bringing us back to earth and to the realization that anything can happen and that our time here is very precious and fleeting. The exhibition also provides a glimpse of the power of art and its unique way of helping people and communities heal, come together and attempt to understand the chaotic nature that exists when disaster strikes.
The exhibition runs from September 3- October 12 with a special reception and candlelight vigil on September 11, from 6-9pm. Programming for the evening consists of a reception for the artists from 6-8pm, remarks from our special guests Gifts In Kind International spokeswoman Melissa Lanning-Trumpower and Executive Director Shanti Norris of Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts which begins at 7pm. A special candlelight vigil is planned out on the docks in front of the Torpedo Factory Art Center beginning at 8:30pm.
For additional information about this exhibition and the special programming on September 11 please contact the Target Gallery. The entire exhibition will be online beginning September 3 at www.torpedofactory.org you can also stay up to date about events happening in the gallery by visiting our Target News page at http://www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetnews.php.
High Resolution Images available upon request