Four Artists Negotiate Femininity and Power in new Target Gallery Exhibition | News Release | Torpedo Factory Art Center

Four artists negotiate femininity and power in new Target Gallery exhibition

Angel Soldier Dance Sublime

September 10 – October 18

Performance: Thursday, Sep 10, 2 pm
Kari Van Tine creates her danced drawing

Public Reception: Thursday, Sep 10, 6 – 8 pm

Artists Conversation at 7 pm

Four artists explore the sublime dance of archetypal masculinity and femininity in a new exhibition at Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Angel Soldier Dance Sublime is on view Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, October 18.

The body serves as a binding theme in this presentation of aesthetically diverse work, as each artist negotiates ideas of femininity and power.Sam Jones’s hanging sculpture references both angel and soldier, the ecstatic and wounded, feminine and masculine. Kari Van Tinedances with a charred staff, engaging her whole body in what is both a war dance and a dance of seduction to create her site-inspired floor drawings. Heather Lyon pairs rebar with delicate, more ephemeral materials to create sculptures that are both goddess-like and soldierly. Anya Antonovych’s accidental cell phone photos transform extreme close-up images of flesh into the abstract and ethereal.

“Gender identity, equality, and feminism are all currently part of a conversation that’s taking place at a global level,” said Kaitlyn Ward, director of the Target Gallery. “We’re happy to make a space for these artists and their contributions to the ongoing discourse.”

Jones manipulates metal and glass to create her hanging sculpture, Angel. Her contrasting material choices create a tension between the material, bodily world and the immaterial sublime. The sculpture references the structure of armor and the delicacy of angel wings, creating a work that is both frail and menacing. By suspending it from the ceiling, she changes its relationship with the floor and the gallery itself, and transforms the object into a conduit between heaven and earth.

To create her floor drawings, Van Tine chars a staff to tap into the intense primal energy of fire. She contends with the staff as a drawing implement, a weapon, and a dance partner to produce work that is lyrical, fierce, poetic, and powerful.  Her work is a direct response to the exhibition as it will be presented in the Target Gallery. The drawing, Surrender, will be on-view under Jones’s hanging sculpture as a document of the gestures of the ecstatic body. (Van Tine will create Surrender during a public performance on Thursday, September 10 at 2 pm.)

In Lyon’s abstract rebar sculptures, she uses character and proportion to recall the human figure, some masculine, others feminine. The rough, coarse steel paired with more delicate materials, and the sculptures’ leaning postures connote both strength and precarity. These works are simultaneously threatening and seductive.

Antonovych’s photo installation, Errata, presents 23 accidental cell photos that capture the body in a way that is sensual and transubstantiated. The work contrasts the numinous, unconscious, and feminine with a rational, militaristic order more closely associated with the masculine. The sequence of images mimics a logical syntax and references the discipline of minimalism. Yet, the subtle complexity of the monochromes in the piece subverts this order.

Antonovych curated this exhibition, which was selected by juror Laura Roulet, through Target Gallery’s first Open Call for Curatorial Proposals. “I am especially pleased that this exhibition will be on view in the Torpedo Factory,” said Antonovych. “Both the subject matter and the site, historically speaking, involve women, making, and power.”

All four artists are currently living and working on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine. “Maine forces a close examination of the power of nature in the face of the urban paradigm of progress and dominion over nature—the ‘feminine wild’ and the ‘masculine order,’” Antonovych said. “This schism is ripe territory in which artists exploit the tension between the visceral and the intellectual.”

Angel Soldier Dance Sublime runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, October 18. The danced drawing performance takes place on Thursday, September 10 at 2pm, and the public reception will be Second Thursday, September 10, 6 – 8 pm, with a conversation featuring Jones, Van Tine, Lyon and Antonovych at 7 pm. The Target Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

About Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones received her bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Maine, and her master’s of fine arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She lives in Blue Hill, Maine, and teaches at the University of Maine at Orono. Jones is represented by Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

About Heather Lyon

Heather Lyon received her master’s of fine arts and her bachelor’s of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After working in France for four years, she returned to Maine in 2009 where she lives with her husband and son. She has shown at numerous galleries in Chicago; Nantes, France; and Maine, and has been a featured artist at SCOPE New York. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Atelier Alain LeBras in France, as well as workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Ox-Bow Artist’s Colony in Michigan, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland.

About Anya Antonovych

Artist and exhibition curator Anya Antonovych grew up in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.  She earned her bachelor’s at McGill University in Montreal, holds a post baccalaureate certificate in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and received her master’s of fine arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Anya has lived, worked and exhibited in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. She now lives in Blue Hill, Maine, with her son Adam.

About Kari Van Tine

Kari Van Tine received her bachelor’s of fine arts from the Portland School of Art in Maine. She studied printmaking in Edinburgh, Scotland and received her master’s of fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has travelled extensively in Europe, and now lives on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Maine.  She teaches workshops in movement, dance and creativity across New England.

About Target Gallery

Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays. More information is available via torpedofactory.org/target.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.

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