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“The Silent World” Exhibit by Isabel Cureux at Convergence | News Release | Gallery at Convergence

The Gallery at Convergence Presents
The Silent World
Exhibit by Isabel Cureux

Opening Reception this Friday
Exhibit: August 5-27, 2016
Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, August 12, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Edward Knippers in his studio. Photograph by Glenn Howell.
Alexandria, VA – (August 2016)

Convergence Arts Initiative cordially invites one and all to join us for the Opening Reception of The Silent World on Friday, August 12 at 7pm.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

The Silent World explores the effects of society, education, and age on the creative process.  Ms. Cureux operates under the presumption that children have free and open minds regarding artistry and imagination, whereas adults are often timid about creation, or assume they’re going to fail. Thus, the Artist explores the questions: As we age, is it fear or the perception of limited ability that hinders our capacity for innovation?  What happens to the creative human mind as we get older and how do often rigid societal expectations associated with education and artistic ability morph our creative processes?

Named as an homage to the pioneering 1950s Jacques Cousteau works documenting early deep water exploration, The Silent World engages a broad spectrum of age groups, from those in pre-school, to those holding doctoral degrees.  Upon viewing the exhibit, all participants were offered the following prompt:

95% of the ocean is still unexplored.  Make something that’s never been seen before that you think lives in the deep ocean.

Additionally, each participant was given the same materials and time frame to complete their piece. The primary medium for The Silent World was painting and low relief.

After the creation process, 2-3 pieces per demographic group were selected for an exhibit in the Gallery at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia. The creators of the pieces selected for the show have been invited with their families to attend the show opening. They will be asked to discuss their pieces with the community.

“My true hope is that the project will open a dialogue within the community regarding how our creativity is affected by our age and societal expectations. As the viewers read the quotes from the interviews and see the finished pieces, they will not only be able to discuss this question, but will be able to connect with other members of the community through introspection and shared creative habits and feelings.”- Isabel Cureux

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Isabel Cureux is a mixed-media sculptor and painter, Isabel creates an experience for each viewer through manipulation of senses and environment. Her art challenges the audience to see their own experiences through the filter of each piece and begs the question “what happened here?”

Isabel studied various art mediums at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and at Wells College in Paris, France. Her art has been displayed at the Special Collections Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been featured at multiple shows in Paris, France, as well as in the US. In the summer of 2015 she curated Unburied: The Secrets We Keep at Convergence in Alexandria, VA and shortly after was the recipient of the largest grant to date from the CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) micro-grant program. Isabel has most recently appeared in the New Projects Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center with her community project The Silent World.

When she is not creating art, she spends her time accumulating new experiences by reading, exploring nature, and asking her dog to answer life’s toughest questions.

For further information email: isabelcureux@gmail.com

Exhibit Location: The Gallery @ Convergence
1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22302. Ph: 703-998-6260

Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10am to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm and by appointment. (703-998-6260).
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: August 12, 2016 7-9pm

About the Convergence Arts Initiative:Convergence Arts Initiative is a creative community of people who place great value and meaning upon the arts, spirituality, diversity, and exploration. We believe that imagination and creativity are spiritual matters and that their cultivation is essential to the human experience. While the Church at Convergence is a Christian church, we invite and welcome all people of all backgrounds to participate and make good use of our spaces and programs designed to inspire, restore, and catalyze our creative and spiritual lives. Our slogan, “Creating Better Together”, was born of the notion that when we work together in a diverse community of perspectives and backgrounds, the end result bears greater merit, as together, we can create better in our world. Convergence is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for more information about how we can work with you: www.ourconvergence.org

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