105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Interactive pop-up copy shop encourages visitors to
experiment with xerography in new Target Gallery exhibition
Through Sunday, January 17
Reception: Thursday, December 10, 6 – 8 pm; Juror’s presentation at 7 pm
December 8, 2015 – Alexandria, Va. – Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, will feature the work of 16 artists—including three from Northern Virginia—working in printed media, such as xerography, book arts, and graphic design in the new exhibition, Printed Matter, on view through Sunday, January 17, 2016.
Printed Matter features a mix of works created using traditional techniques as well as newer or reimagined ones. Megan Perra’s expertly drafted silkscreen Leveret at Laughing Jaw shares the gallery with Jake Ingram’s hand-quilted Things That Go Bump in the Night and Leah Oates’ one-of-a-kind bound art book Transitory Spaces—Newfoundland & Finland.
“The works that impressed me the most had slight imperfections in registration or showed evidence the artist took a risk,” said juror Gretchen Schermerhorn, artistic director of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. “We live in an age where we can easily press the undo button when we make a mistake. I was looking for evidence of human hands for this show.”
Visitors are encouraged to add to Oakland-based artist group FICTILIS’s xerography installation, 10.-22.-38 Astoria. A section of the gallery will be stocked with ready-to-copy artworks from all over the world, but people are encouraged to bring their own work to the gallery, too. Visitors use the on-site copy machine to add to the collection, driving the installation’s evolution during the course of the exhibition. After closing, FICTILIS will create a book from the images created during the course of the show.
“This exhibition has pieces created with some of the earliest, labor-intensive techniques alongside works printed using modern technology,” said Kaitlyn Ward, director of the Target Gallery. “From etchings to offset printing, there are so many different ways to reproduce an image, yet print is disappearing in a digital world. It’s artists who are keeping these forms of expression alive and relevant.”
The participating artists are:
- Mark Bischel, NY
- Tyrus Clutter, FL
- Jake Ingram, NY
- Annie May Johnston, TX
- Michele Montalbano, Burke, VA
- Leah Oates, NY
- Danielle O’Brien, Falls Church, VA
- Megan Perra, OR
- Maria Victoria Savka, NY
- Tania Sen, NJ
- Meredith Starr, NY
- FICTILIS, CA
- Elizabeth Sweeney, Alexandria, VA
- Tonja Torgerson, MO
- The Wax Paper, NY
- Jenny Wiener, FL
About the Juror
Gretchen Schermerhorn is currently the artistic director at Pyramid Atlantic, an art center dedicated to the creation and preservation of hand printmaking, papermaking, and the art of the book, in Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her master’s of fine art in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2004. Since then, she has completed artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, and California State University. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., and her work is in national and international collections.
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 Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.