In the present

artdc is proud to exhibit  In the Present: works by Jenny Walton and Alexandra Zealand.
Opening reception, December 11th , 2010 from 7-9pm.
Hyattsville, MD, December 11, 2010:  artdc Gallery will be opening an exciting new exhibition In the Present: works by Jenny Walton and Alexandra Zealand.  The opening reception will be held December 11th from 7-9pm at 5710 Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville, MD 20781.

The exhibition will run through January 9th.  Gallery hours are by appointment.  For more information, please contact Jesse Cohen, Gallery Director at fineartventures@gmail.com.

In the Present integrates the work of Jenny Walton and Alexandra Zealand who both grapple with thoughts of human life and its evolving relationships to the world.   Though quite different in their materials, each artist’s work relates to the natural world in its present state, through abstracted anatomy caught in the act of degeneration or through repetitive looping reminiscent of cellular structures.

In her monotypes Walton explores the process of physical destruction and reconstruction of the body.  Through ideas dealing with the beautiful, horrific, and sublime nature of the body evolve a sense of the spiritual and physical manifestation of being human.  Walton uses expressive mark making in her prints to solidify thoughts of spirituality and human life in modern life.  In much of Walton’s work the rib cage acts as a structural and metaphorical stabilizer offering protection, structure, and containment. The often abstracted and wildly expressive landscapes outside of the ribcage elude to a vastly changing and evolving scientific world of study both threatens and empowers established belief systems.
Zealand’s sculptures evolve out of the moments of beauty in the detritus of life and are inspired by the transformative process of massing, and turn everyday objects into dynamic, poignant installations. Here she presents an installation utilizing 16mm film strips, which have been discarded from schools and libraries.  Film of this size has become a practically obsolete medium, and the stories contained within them are inherently ephemeral.  These pieces become a signifier of the passage of time – both in the artist’s life, and in their own usefulness – and explore humanity’s relationship with the objects we discard, and what our need to discard them says about both our personal and cultural relationship with mortality.