Roxana Geffen, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Austin Shull, Michele Colburn, Dawn Whitmore
May 5-27, 2017
For our May and June shows, Grizzly Grizzly is pleased to present a two-part exchange exhibition featuring the Artists in Residenceat Arlington Art Center [AAC] in Virginia. This two-month series views the AAC resident artists’ work through the lens of two creative hypotheses: Instinct and Reason. In the May iteration, titled Reasoned Likelihood, the curated work straddles a compelling space between the cultural/political and the personal. In Instinctive Naturalness, which will run June 2nd to the 25th, the artists create work inspired by memory, emotion, and first-hand experience.
The five artists in Reasoned Likelihood filter society, politics, and culture through an innately personal framework. Each employs concrete references to our social or global world, whether in their choices of material, imagery, or subject. Michele Colburn subtly comments on our military industrial complex through her gunpowder drawings; the images are suggestive of murky landscapes and devoid of figures. Likewise, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi references an ambiguous topography. In her piece, “I am silent for I have seen nothing #1,” abstract layers hint at the surface of another planet, but the subtle lines actually trace the boundaries of countries in the Middle East.
While Ilchi and Colburn explore the dark side of our the political landscape, the works of Roxana Alger Geffen and Austin Shull provide a humorous counterpoint. Shull’s large photographic works are a kaledescopic mash-ups that collapse images ranging from Ronald Reagan to Rubik’s cubes, while Gefen’s textile-based combines are equal parts Minecraft fantasy and grandma’s hand-me-downs. To round out the show, Dawn Whitmore’s whimsical photographs shows aspects of American society not often depicted in the art world -- with both insight and ambiguity.
The artists of Grizzly Grizzly collective are currently featured in the exhibition Future Imperfect Continuous at Arlington Arts Center in Virginia. That exhibition is on view until June 11, 2017.