The Late Shift: Autumn Evenings

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Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 North Union Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Second Fridays through October

The Art Center's signature evening series features eclectic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists' studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more.

Celebrate the start of autumn with the Late Shift's "Autumn Evenings." Artist Alice Fornari provides origami-inspired projects in partnership with Target Gallery’s “Habitats” exhibition. Reception for Zia Palmer’s “Las Orillas del Mundo” in the Mason Arts Project Studio. DC Zine Fest artists show their zine-making process and talk about the local zine scene. Kim Sandara concludes her residency in the Post Graduate Studio and collects queer and LGBTQI ally stories from visitors for her “You’re Not Alone” project.

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EXHIBITIONS & ARTIST PROJECTS

TARGET GALLERY

EXHIBITION: HABITATS

Target Gallery presents Habitats, a group exhibition that explores the relationship between humans and nature creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments.

Exhibition Juror: Ellyn Weiss, DC-based artist and curator

Exhibition Summary:
Target Gallery presents Habitats, a group exhibition that explores the relationship between humans and nature creating a dialogue on the impact that we make on the earth and our environments.

Participating Artists:
Laura Ahola-Young, Pocatello, ID
Corinne Beardsley, Brooklyn, NY
Betsy Byers, St. Peter, MN
Ceci Cole McInturff, Alexandria, VA
Matt Coombs, Philadelphia, PA
Adam Crosson, New Orleans, LA
Delna Dastur, McLean, VA
Emily Dzieweczynski, Minneapolis, MN
Pam Eichner, Silver Spring, MD
Alice Fornari, Washington, DC
Sarbani Ghosh, Brooklyn, NY
Christina Hunt Wood, Delhi, NY
Kamille Jackson, Woodbridge, VA
Yasemin Kackar-Demirel, Westchester, NY
Pamela A. MacGregor, McClure, OH
James Maria, Reading, PA
Michael Marks, Minneapolis, MN
PJ Mills, Miami, FL
Daniele Piasecki, Martinsburg, WV
Nancy Ramsey, Alexandria, VA
Lisa Sanders, Newark, NJ
J.D. Scott, Santa Fe, NM
Bethany Springer, Fayetteville, AR

NORTH HALL
"HABITATS" ARTIST PROJECT: ALICE FORNARI

“Habitats” exhibiting artist Alice Fornari will invite visitors to fold individual modules from recycled paper which will be attached together to create one large completed piece by the end of the event. Stop by her table to hear more about her process and contribute to the artwork.


Alice Fornari - @alicefolds

Alice Fornari is a self-taught modular origamist from Brooklyn, NY who is currently based in Washington, D.C. Modular or unit origami is a paper-folding technique which uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure (polyhedra) than would be possible using single piece origami techniques. She is especially interested in integrating sustainability into her work, and does this by utilizing the patterns found in recycled paper and plastic, whether it is a museum floor plan, a brochure, or a mass produced poster. Alice’s background is in evolutionary biology and natural history collection preservation - fields that each are at the cornerstone of the advancement of scientific literacy and education. Alice has a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an MA in Museum Studies and currently works as a Museum Technician at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Modular origami is a unique medium that is at the forefront of synthesizing science and art, and with the addition of recycled materials to create these modules, a critical dimension is added to Alice’s work: social and environmental justice. Alice has showcased her planar modules at the American Museum of Natural History’s annual Holiday Tree for the past three years, constructing flora and fauna inspired by modular origami forms, as well as in Target Gallery's current "Habitats" show.

SOUTH HALL

HANDS-ON PROJECT: YOU’RE NOT ALONE: QUEER STORIES OF THE DMV COMMUNITY
Kim Sandara, Summer Post-Grad Resident
7–10 pm

Kim Sandara is a queer, Laotian/Vietnamese artist based in Northern Virginia. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Sandara’s narrative and abstract works encourage empathy, wonder and self-reflection. Sandara’s work has been featured in many D.C. community events including a recent workshop at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is currently working on a graphic novel on her coming out story.

Come share queer stories with artist Kim Sandara! Anonymous stories will be collected to circulate in the community. Descriptions can take on any tone/mood the storyteller wants to convey. All are welcome to share, queer and ally stories alike.

GRAND HALL
DEMONSTRATION AND ARTIST TALK: DEIRDRA HAZELEY
7 – 10 pm

July 2019 Visiting Artist Deirdra Hazeley returns to the Art Center for one night to provide an art demonstration and answer questions about her summer experiences as an artist-in-residence.

The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association in partnership with Art Center Staff. Selected Visiting Artists are provided studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios at the Art Center, where they can display and sell original work while interacting with summer visitors.

ABOUT DEIRDRA HAZELEY

Deirdra Hazeley is from Brooklyn, NY and resides in Washington, DC. She creates realistic and abstract portraits of Black men and women. Hazeley explores beauty and dignity in her portraits while including decorative elements of West and East African mark making. She uses acrylic, oil and watercolor paint. Hazeley is a graduate of Cornell University, Florida International University and Columbia University. She studied abroad in Spain with the School of Visual Arts. She was a resident artist at the Art Students League Residency at Vytlacil and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a participant artist in the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Iggy Pop Life Class: A Project by Jeremy Deller, which traveled to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK. Her drawings from the aforementioned shows are in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. Hazeley’s art has been shown at Brooklyn College, ARTs East New York and DC Arts Center. She was a participant in Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Visiting Artist Program and is a resident artist at Palette 22.

MASON ARTS PROJECT STUDIO (STUDIO 8)
ZIA PALMER & KATANA LIPPART

OPENING RECEPTION FOR ZIA PALMER'S "ORILLAS DEL MUNDO" : 7 - 10 pm

Stop by the Mason Arts Project Studio (M.A.P.S.) on the first floor in Studio 8 to view the latest art projects created by students of George Mason University’s School of Art. This ongoing collaboration will highlight projects by current MFA candidates, recent GMU graduates, and School of Art faculty to facilitate open dialogue and community growth in the greater DC Metro Area creative arts scene.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


KATANA LIPPART

During her residency, Katana Lippart will concentrate on a series that will help resolve the broken ties between self and home. This has held a significant amount of weight in her life and continues to shape how she perceives the world. Katana hopes to be able to share printmaking, book arts, and collage with the surrounding community over the course of this program. These mediums have given her the necessary platform to reflect on both personal and collective narratives relating to home.

ZIA PALMER

Las Orillas Del Mundo is a photography installation that investigates the longing for a place that once was. The work explores emotional ties to a homeland by capturing the desolate landscape that defines an ancestral history. The motivation in creating this series is driven by the shifting landscape of identity and how a sense of place can be abstracted or distorted over time. The abstraction of history, time, and identity is explored through photography, genealogy, family photos, and found objects. The question of what makes us who we are becomes the lens for re creating a sense of belonging and identity.

STUDIO 5: HANDS-ON PROJECTS: RAINBOW SWIRLS
The Omi Collective

OPEN STUDIO: 7 - 10 pm

The Omi Collective provides artist-inspired fashion and design products to consumers seeking unique, authentic, and artful items to inspire, and add to, their personal style. They maintain mindful and conscious support for the artists who create them. Stop by Studio 5 for hands-on projects with the artists and see their brand-new mural design on the studio floor.

Swirl through curated color, sound, and aroma--luring you through the mystical heart's journey down the rainbow path- a dreamscape filled with Naomi Christianson’s Unicorns, Michael Fischerkeller's cosmic truths, and Fierce Sonia's fractal queens.

There will be lounge with squishy cushions where you can try on love adornments from Naomi's upscaled art denim, deep dive into your hearts path with a tarot reading with Chantel R. Bennett, or swirl into healing your inner rainbow with creatrix Cierra Ross's reiki consultation.

SOUTH HALL

DC Zine Fest Meet the Artists
Organized by Katana Lippart

The DC Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community. Meet some of the contributing artists, see their works, talk about the Fest, and learn how to join this growing network.

ABOUT THE ZINEFEST

The DC Zinefest, occurring annually, features self-published zinesters from DC and surrounding areas. The Fest is a one-day independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community. It is always FREE & Open to the Public! All Ages! The DC Zinefest is also a designated safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Stay tuned on our social media for more upcoming ZineLabs and events!


GRAND HALL
HANDS-ON PROJECT: AUTUMN EVENINGS MURAL
7-10 pm

Take part in an interactive mural project. Highlight your favorite autumn moments with friends and family.

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