Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Renée Stout: WILD WORLD

September 26 - December 19, 2015 
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

In her fifth solo exhibition at HEMPHILL, Stout addresses a progression of themes, first inviting the viewer into a “Room of Spirits” which sets the stage for there being a presence beyond the self. Stout then introduces devices designed as a mechanical means to transfer magic or captured energy from one source to another. The artist asks “do I have the ability, if I try hard enough, to tap into a universal energy that’s more enlightened?” Stout’s hand-built machines, utilizing wire, wood, paint, and a myriad of found items, are systems of the mind powered by spiritual energy. Stout urges the viewer to embrace and believe in the presence of spiritual energy, capably presenting the tools of her own creation through which it works.

Stout believes in the power of objects to transmit knowledge. In creating a lifelong body of work that serves as evidence of existence, she shows the unfolding story of a modern culture that embodies everything that came before. Her work draws power from the struggle of forces – political, religious, intellectual – present at this moment in history. As a society we are “At the Crossroads” embroiled in a storm of conflicting viewpoints, social and economic inequality, and political and religious conflict. We are presented with daily news of tragic killings, mass shootings, and the destruction of cultural and societal heritage. Stout faces this Wild World head on, responding to anguish with compassion and the desire to move forward. Always questioning – do you see me? do you see yourself? – Stout commands the viewer to examine their choices and conjure the consequences.

  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment.
  • The Gallery will be closed from Thursday, November 26 to Saturday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

1515 14th St NW
Washington DC 20005
tel 202.234.5601

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