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Opening Reception: 2018 Emerging Artists

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Target Gallery introduces a new annual exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. Join us for the opening reception: Friday, April 13, 7 – 9pm, with an Artist Talk at 7:30pm as a part of the Torpedo Factory’s The Late Shift: What is Art? event.

This inaugural year’s exhibition features the work of four stylistically diverse artists:

Katie Barrie,
Ronald Jackson,
Hollis McCracken,
and Holly Trout.

They were selected by a jury panel consisting of Ksenia Grishkova, director of Touchstone Gallery; Blair Murphy, independent curator; and Jack Rasmussen, director and curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

Katie Barrie (Richmond, VA) – Barrie’s paintings are rooted in abstraction. Her work is a nod to minimalism, breaking landscapes down to their simplest forms. Each painting contains specific references to colors, patterns, and structures—both organic and manmade—found in America’s National Parks. “I strive to create a balance between formalistically abstract paintings, while also addressing the impact humans have brought upon their land,” she said.

Ronald Jackson (Spotsylvania, VA) – As a figurative artist, Jackson captures intimate settings and uses them as a gateway to ponder the complexities of the human experience, as well as the society that influences them. “My goal is to create work that is visually poetic,” he said, “aiming to create an interactive experience in which the viewer is compelled to ponder possibilities that are likely reflections of their own experiences. I hope my work triggers self-discovery of value, beauty, and significance among people who in some way feel marginalized.”

Hollis McCracken (Richmond, VA) – McCracken’s work uses reclaimed materials from vacant and derelict buildings to create sculptural works that communicate universal human emotions, such as abandonment, isolation, absence, and loneliness. “I’ve been particularly drawn to rundown and abandoned buildings,” she said. “I empathize with these sad-looking structures, that were once majestic, as former versions of myself, rough around the edges and neglected until someone sees through to their potential.”

Holly Trout (Washington, D.C.) – Trout’s work explores the ways in which cast-off objects and materials can be transformed from their normal order into anomalous objects and systems. She creates drawings and small sculptures from a broad range of sources and materials such as children’s toys, plants, anatomy texts, crafting materials, and home repair supplies. “I attempt to understand the absurdity, alienation, and disorder within the world I experience,” she said. “Through hybridization of the real and artificial, and craft and trash, my work is playful, often with darker underpinnings.”

2018 Emerging Artists runs Saturday, March 31, through Sunday, May 20, 2018.