Opening Reception: Open Sessions 2014-15 and Robin Rhode

Please join us Thursday, July 16 for the opening reception of Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 and Robin Rhode: Drawing Waves.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

In the Main Gallery and Drawing Room,Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 includes all artists in the program. The exhibition is an exploration of contemporary drawing as each artist responds specifically to Open Sessions through performance, video, sculpture, and installation, as well as traditional drawing forms. The exhibition will evolve over its six-week run, as some artworks enter and exit in two-week cycles, and others remain constant throughout the show. Programming will include an evening of performance and a conversation, open to the public, with Open Sessions artists about drawing as a catalyst in forming new relationships between the works in the exhibition.

In The Lab, South African–born, German-based artist Robin Rhode will exhibit his signature, stop-action photographs (in which he draws in public streets and then a performer interacts with the inscribed image) in a new photographic sequence entitled,Breaking Waves 2014-15, which whimsically depicts a young boy surfing in the sea. In addition Rhode continues his collaboration with youths, partnering with a small group of children aged 8-10 years to create a large-scale mural of the high seas, which will be video recorded and on view. Rhode begins the process by attaching vinyl cutouts of seventeenth century mercantile ships to the gallery wall, and then invites the children to freely draw the surrounding body of water using giant, custom-made oil crayons.