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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Focus Exhibitions @ G.R.A.C.E.

Carolina Mayorga Delights from South America
Heidi Neff Fire and Ice 
Andrew Zimmermann Common Place  

April 28 – June 10, 2011 Opening Reception, Saturday, April 30, 5:00 – 7:00pm 
Gallery Talk 5:30 - 6pm

G.R.A.C.E. Spring Focus Exhibitions features three regional artists whose work addresses contemporary social themes. In Delights From South America, Carolina Mayorga explores political and social upheaval through video, installation, and performance. The video and posters juxtapose images of a breezy, stereotypically dressed woman (the artist) provocatively offering fruits. Heidi Neff portrays American political divisiveness through an installation of ninety-eight paintings – Fire and Ice. The artist created ninety-eight individual panels and separated them into two rooms, each roofed with an elaborate ceiling panel. The “Fire” room is devoted to “liberal” issues and the “Ice” room relates to conservative viewpoints. Andrew   Zimmermann uses black and white photography to investigate unseen suburbia – specifically the one-mile radius surrounding his home in Common Place. Common Place upends the usual view of suburban landscapes as nondescript, monotonous tracts by documenting their quiet surprises. Using a large format view camera Zimmermann photographs scenes from his Arlington, Virginia neighborhood that most of its residents would probably overlook.

Programs:  
Appetite For Art: Contemporary Art Discussion Series Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 10:30am – noon (Contact GRACE to register)
T.G.I.F. Free Fridays with interactSTORYtheatre
Fridays, May 6 and June 3, 5 – 7pm  
Super Studio! Hands-on Workshop for ages 6– 10.
Mondays, May 9 and June 6, 3:30 – 5pm, Fee

Greater Reston Arts Center 
12001 Market Street, #103
Reston, VA 20190
 
Image Credits: courtesy the artists
Carolina Mayorga, Delights From South America, digital print, 30” x 20”, 2011
Heidi Neff, Fire and Ice, ceiling C (Triumph of Fire), oil on canvas, 96” x 72”, 2011
Andrew Zimmermann, Common Place no. 42, silver gelatin photograph, 10” x 8”, 2011

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