What's in a number? If the number is five, it has special meaning to Target Gallery.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia; and the gallery has embraced the number five throughout the year in celebration of their anniversary. 5x5x(5), the current juried exhibition, challenged artists to express themselves in works no larger than five inches in any direction. The results are a diverse collection of art by 34 national and international artists including three "petite photos" in black and white by me.
Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, the exhibition juror, stated: "Each artwork selected presents keen aesthetic choices as well as technique in working small. These small works in all media present a vast array of context--from engagement with art practice itself, to awareness of community issues."
Ms. Bryant-Greenwell is a Washington, D.C.-based curator, writer, arts manager and arts advocate. She has worked with many cultural institutions including the Smithsonian Institution; the Walters Art Museum; the National Archives; the David Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park; and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, to name a few.
"Throughout the jurying process, I felt that the works selected most reflected a study of more than basic art trends," Bryant-Greenwell said. "I kept feeling as if I was scrolling the Internet for the Zeitgeist of a range of topics in contemporary culture--from issues of race to issues of sexuality."
My three photographs are visual conversations on identity from the wide-eyed innocence of young African-American children to the progression of "Life's Lean," on a young black male. The 5x5x(5) exhibition runs through January 18, 2015.
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