February 6 – 28, 2014
Linda Hesh’s All Gay Review
Linda Hesh’s All Gay Review is a show about working toward homosexual rights as seen from the perspective of a supportive heterosexual woman. Hillyer Art Space is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, which is considered a historic locale in the development of American gay identity. In the 1970′s homosexuals moved into the then rundown area bringing about resurgence that lead to the current high rent status. The exhibition will feature several interactive artworks that encourage viewers to take their own photos, and we will host a special “Kissing Booth” on Valentine’s Day where Ms. Hesh will set up her Kissing Booth for more photo opportunities. The booth is covered in a red and white gingham pattern interspersed with tiny portraits of same sex couples kissing.
Reconcile features a series of abstract work that is increasingly influenced and informed by collage, drawings, and sketchbooks, and an interest in printmaking and science. Barnes is interested in exploring the space/moment/state of mind which exists before resolution is reached – the uncomfortable, unsettled space of transition where multiple outcomes are still possible but a final/solid conclusion/connection has not yet materialized or presented itself. This space, unsettled yet full of potential, represents a crucial place/step before new insight or progress forward can take place, whether in emotional or intellectual areas of our experience. Related to both artistic and scientific creative process, Reconcile explores where these two intersect – the process of memory, science of perception, and the emotional and intellectual journey. By layering images and mixing media, Barnes pursues visual and conceptual tension that opposes traditional expectations of resolution or narrative. Through the layering and combining of various out-of-context images—some personal symbols, others graphic or scientific diagrams—emerges an energizing sense of contrast.
Recycled Adventures in Cardboard Relief
Created from discarded materials such as cardboard picked-up from the street and junk-mail/magazines, Jason Yen’s collages range from symbolic critiques of social issues to light hearted, smile-inducing artworks. Yen’s three dimensional collages are often humorous, creating visual puns used to show a critical view of social, political, cultural, and personal issues. The value of Yen’s work emerges in the meticulous nature of their creation. Each collage requires hours of cutting, pasting, and layering for dimension and colorization to create his unique, environmentally responsible collages.