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Reception Tonight: “ColorField” & “The Cocoon Series”

ColorField"The Cocoon Series"

ColorField / The Cocoon Series
Through April 7
Opening reception: Thursday, March 13, 6:30 pm

We’ve got two new exhibits in The Art League Gallery today: a photography exhibit that will change the way you look at the human figure, and a colorful group exhibit to drive away your winter blues — unless you’re looking for blues, in which case we’ve got you covered, too.

The Cocoon Series,” by photographer E.E. McCollum, was featured in Northern Virginia Magazine’s March issue, which said “McCollum distorts the human body, challenging the way we see the nude form.”

"The Cocoon Series"

The photographs in “The Cocoon Series” transform the subjects with a stretchy nylon “body cocoon,” creating new surfaces, shapes, and spaces from single and paired models.

15 of his prints from the series, taken over three years, have been installed, along with banners of fabric that bring the ethereal mood from the photographs into the solo gallery.

With “ColorField,” the Gallery continues its year-long retrospective celebrating The Art League’s 60th anniversary. Our artists, and juror Timothy App, drew on the Color Field artists and the Washington Color School for inspiration. Color itself is the subject:

Pictures at at Exhibition by Susan Osterberg and Out of the Blue by Valentine Szybko.
Pictures at at Exhibition by Susan Osterberg and Out of the Blue by Valentine Szybko.

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The Art League has historical connections to the Washington Color School through past instructors Gene Davis, Paul Reed, Leon Berkowitz, Lou Stovall, and Sam Gilliam. The Gallery will be hosting two speakers — Joyce McCarten and juror Timothy App — to discuss that group and the larger Color Field movement. For details on these free talks, see our special events page.

To meet the artists behind “ColorField” and “The Cocoon Series,” join us tonight at 6:30 for the opening reception!

Color Blocking, acrylic/mixed media by Octavia Frazier, awarded the Evelyn Turner Award
Color Blocking, acrylic/mixed media by Octavia Frazier, awarded the Evelyn Turner Award
Harmonies in Pinks and Blue, acrylic by Linda Lowery, won the Best of the Rest award.
Harmonies in Pinks and Blue, acrylic by Linda Lowery, won the Juror’s Choice award.
The mixed-media Red Lights Construction won the Adam Wishnow Award for Creativity and Innovation.
The mixed-media Red Lights Construction won the Adam Wishnow Award for Creativity and Innovation.
Art League instructor Joyce McCarten lent the Gallery Pretoria by her late husband, Washington Color School painter Donald McCarten, for display during the ColorField exhibit.
Art League instructor Joyce McCarten lent the Gallery Pretoria by her late husband, Washington Color School painter Donald McCarten, for display during the ColorField exhibit.

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"The Cocoon Series"

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