Acclaimed Swedish artist Anna U. Davis and her new artwork “Vikings”
THE OPENING reception for the “Party Crashers at Artisphere” show – “Comic Book Culture Invades the Art World” — was held on Saturday evening, Dec. 11, 2010, at the Terrace Gallery at the Artisphere in Arlington, Va.
THE EXHIBIT – a collaboration between Artisphere and the Arlington Arts Center — examines the ways in which comic art’s influence is evident in the pieces and working methods of fine artists: Bold black lines, flat expanses of solid color, sequential storytelling and the joining of literature and imagery are common facets of artworks made today. Whether consciously or unconsciously, fine artists co-opt this powerful pop culture idiom’s history, formal elements and narrative devices to tell their own stories. The participating artists at Artisphere are D. Billy (NY), iona rozeal brown (NY/DC), Eric Cheevers (DC), Anna U. Davis (DC), Nekisha Durrett (DC), Jim Houser (PA), Tim Kerr (TX), Matt Leines (PA), Thom Lessner (PA), Ryan Nelson (MI), Oura Sananikone (VA), and Zach Storm (DC/MD).
Swedish artist Anna U. Davis and her husband Peter Davis in front of Anna’s Midsummer painting.
The sister exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center features the work of alternative comic artists, including published works, original pages and pieces in a variety of media made specifically for the gallery. The exhibitions are curated by Cynthia Connolly (Artisphere) and Jeffry Cudlin (Arlington Arts Center).
The exhibition at Artisphere is open until Sunday, February 12, 2011. Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22209. Gallery Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tel. 703-875-1100. For more information: www.artisphere.com.
Lena Skanby and Jackie Steven