The artists of Fall SOLOS 2018 examine landscapes, investigate personal histories, and analyze the ways physical objects communicate meaning and help us understand the world. Exhibiting artists Nekisha Durrett, Zoe Friedman, Aimee Gilmore, Artemis Herber, Cindy Stockton Moore, Tristan Roland, and Julia Staples will install solo-style exhibitions in AAC’s seven main gallery spaces. Working in various media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, animation, and installation, these artists represent the wide-ranging practices and interests of contemporary artists working in the Mid-Atlantic.
Artists Zoe Friedman, Cindy Stockton Moore, and Artemis Herber bring very different approaches to their explorations of our built and natural environments. In Moore’s close examination of a single Philadelphia block, she depicts the process of gentrification and urban change. In Zoe Friedman’s cut paper animation, the artist contrasts the domestic and the wild, creating visual connections between the two through an exploration of pattern and color. Artemis Herber’s examination of the landscape takes a mythic form. In large scale works created using cardboard, Herber considers humans’ exploitation of, and movement across, the earth.
Bringing a more intimate focus to her work, Aimee Gilmore explores motherhood in part through an examination of the physical materials that connect mother and child. In a newly created installation, Nekisha Durrett evokes her family history, examining the ways history is embedded and transferred across generations via keepsakes and personal memories. Drawing on his background in furniture making, Tristan Roland also examines the functions and social meanings of particular objects, exploring the line between luxury and necessity. Through her long-running collaboration with Sonny Lopez, a spiritualist and healer, artist Julia Staples considers the strategies we all use to make sense of the world, including the higher powers and faith systems we turn to for answers.