Sunday, May 06, 2012

Cynthia Connolly, Cara Ober and Pamela Hadley at Civilian

Cynthia Connolly, Cara Ober and Pamela Hadley

May 11 - June 16, 2012
Reception: Friday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Civilian Art Projects presents three new exhibitions, including photographs by Cynthia Connolly, a video projection by Pamela Hadley, and, in the project space, new works on canvas and paper by Baltimore artist Cara Ober.

Cynthia Connolly: The twelve photographs comprising the series Letters on Top of Buildings have been a work in progress since the artist was a child. She remembers riding in the backseat of her mother's car and feeling like "a flying bird" on the elevated freeways of the L.A. She enjoyed the solitude and focus of sitting in the back seat looking at the neon letters of old art deco buildings in Hollywood and downtown L.A. She recollects "Jesus Saves," "Hotel Roosevelt," and the "Fontenoy," buildings and signs no longer available to her.

Accompanying the photographs will be "photographic grab-bags" of cards of each building that Connolly has letter pressed as a souvenir for patrons of the work.
Pop Deco:
New Work by Cara Ober

Civilian Art Projects presents Pop Deco, new works on canvas and paper by Baltimore artist, Cara Ober. In her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Ober continues to experiment with visual mash-ups, creating decorative images from vintage wallpaper, textiles, ancient artifacts, and home decor.

In her newest body of work, the artist focuses exclusively on the patterns she has collected for many years in order to investigate their power. Rendered in a simple palette of black, white, and metallic paint, these ornamental embellishments are divorced from their original context and take on an iconic, totemic presence.
Pamela Hadley: 14,000 ft.In addition to Letters On Top of Buildings and Pop Deco, Civilian presents a project by Pamela Hadley in the middle gallery space. Hadley's large-scale video projection on paper will be on view in the middle gallery.

Hadley's work is influenced by a combination of imagery and process, concept and materials. While general themes include intimacy, alienation, emptiness, loss, strength and identity, specific narratives are intentionally obscured.

Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804
Exhibition hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 

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