Press Release

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Event Date: January 14 through February 19, 2017
 
Continuum: Works by Anne Smith, Melissa Hill, and Sarah Irvin - Norfolk, VA
 
The large scale of the works in Continuum invites viewers to physically relate them to their own bodies and life experiences. Asking the vital question, “How do we come to be?” the artists present identity, or the self, with fluid boundaries, as an entity that changes along a trajectory of time.

 

 

Norfolk, Virginia, December 15, 2016 – Old Dominion University’s Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries present Continuum: Works by Anne Smith, Melissa Hill, and Sarah Irvin. The exhibition features drawings, sculpture, and site-specific installations in which artists Anne Smith, Melissa Hill, and Sarah Irvin investigate how time, space, and self interact with and shape each other through the lens of human experience. Continuum will be on view from Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, February 19, 2017.
 
A free, public opening reception will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Galleries lobby. A panel discussion with the artists will precede the reception, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
The large scale of the works in Continuum invites viewers to physically relate them to their own bodies and life experiences. Asking the vital question, “How do we come to be?” the artists present identity, or the self, with fluid boundaries, as an entity that changes along a trajectory of time. In their work, the self also shapes and is shaped by the spaces through which it moves in life. Smith considers the space of home as a container for growth and experience, as well as the way an individual comes to contain the structure of home in the mind. Hill explores the idea of a multifaceted self that exists across multiple realities, while Irvin investigates the everyday acts of a child in public spaces that produce change and growth for the child and for society.
 
Anne Smith (www.annecsmith.com) is an artist and teacher in Washington, DC. Her art practice includes drawing, sculpture, and printmaking on themes of home and longing. Smith recently completed a residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Melissa Hill (www.melissahillart.com) works as an artist and adjunct professor in Norfolk, Virginia. She creates large scale installations intended to transform the space in which they are presented as well as the viewers who encounter them. Hill’s art has been in several solo shows and group exhibitions, and has been collected internationally. Sarah Irvin (www.sarahirvinart.com) lives and works as an artist in Richmond, Virginia. All three artists are recent MFA graduates of George Mason University.
 
The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries exhibit works by nationally and internationally recognized self-taught artists, contemporary artists working in all media, and local and regional artists connected with Old Dominion University. Free and open to the public, with parking in the 45th Street garage. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information contact Senior Curator Ramona Austin at (757) 683-6272 or raustin@odu.edu,
 

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Ramona Austin, Senior Curator
Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries
(757) 683-6272
raustin@odu.edu
www.odu.edu/gordongalleries 
4509 Monarch Way at 45th Street
Norfolk, VA 23529