Opening Reception at 6PM
Alex Zhang Hungtai [from Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard] Performance at 7:30pm
Alex Zhang Hungtai, known for his lo-fi electro crooning project Dirty Beaches, juxtaposes electronic music with the large-format photographs of artist Adam Davies.
ABOUT THE WORK
Adam Davies’ large-format photographs of otherwise anonymous, frequently under-designed, public structures explore the ways in which these constructions have been transformed into accidental civic forums for some of the most pressing concerns of modern-day society. A second-year resident artist at Creative Alliance, Davies has produced a series of architectural and landscape photographs that are monumental in sized at 5 x 6 feet each. Taking the opportunity to experiment with both the size and installation, he will dramatically transform Creative Alliance’s main gallery into a dark, intimate setting for viewing his works.
In the early 1980s, the neoliberal policies introduced by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher included the privatization of public services with consequences that resonate today. One effect was the marginalization and neglect of public infrastructure (bridges, tunnels, highways, waterways).
Davies describes his images as psychological portraits of these sites seen through the gaze of his 8 × 10 inch large-format camera. With this film camera, the process of composing and taking a single photograph may last between several hours and several days. His choice of equipment is in deliberate opposition to the digitization of photography and the culture of Instagram. The photographs are not intended to be quickly assimilated, but to invite close readings that subvert initial expectations.
Adam Davies received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has held residencies at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. His photographs are held in a number of private and public collections including the DC Art Bank, Georgetown University, Fidelity Corporate Collection, and the Washingtonia Collection. He was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards and is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
Artist Talk Sat, Mar 17 | 5pm | FREE
Recalibrating: Performance by resident artist Adam Rosenblatt Sat, Mar 24, 7pm - 9pm| FREE
Sound performance responding to the photographs of Adam Davies
Lecture on Contemporary Photography by David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art Sun, Apr 8 | 1pm | FREE, RSVP Required