Tactile Hallucinations

Tactile Hallucinations

Tactile Hallucinations

Participating Artists: Roxana Alger Geffen, Samantha Bittman, Alex Ebstein, Natan Lawson, and Barb Smith
Exhibition Dates:
 March 22 – May 18, 2019

Opening Reception at Cody Gallery: Friday, March 29, 6-8pm

Press: Jenkins, Mark, “In the Galleries: Tactile Hallucinations” The Washington Post, May 10, 2019

Cody Gallery is pleased to present “Tactile Hallucinations.” A tactile hallucination is a false sensation of physical contact with an imaginary object. The tactile sensory input generates a hallucinatory effect. The works in the exhibition, ether two dimensional or three dimensional objects, render textured surfaces that either simulate or inspire the sensory feeling of touch. They offer a palpable aesthetic that serve as a key to unlock familiar thoughts and feelings as well as create new observations.

Roxana Alger Geffen is based in Arlington, VA and is a current artist in residence at the Arlington Art Center. She majored in art at Columbia University in New York and received her MFA in painting from Boston University. Recent exhibitions include: “A light white, a disgrace” (solo) at DCAC, Washington DC, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” (group) Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, and “Making Change: the Art & Craft of Activism,” (group) Museum of Design Atlanta, GA.

Tactile Hallucinations

Samantha Bittman is based in Brooklyn, NY. Bittman studied textiles at Rhode Island School of Design, RI and received her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Oscillate” (solo), COUNTY Gallery, West Palm, FL and “Interlace, 1st Site, Museum of Arts & Design, NY. Upcoming group exhibitons include: “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” Washington Arts Associations, Washington Depot, CT, “Painted Threads,” The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, “Century,” idee Bauhaus, drj – dr. Julius, Berlin, Germany, and “Material Meaning,” Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Alex Ebstein is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from Towson University in 2015, and her BA in studio art from Goucher College. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Cut, Copy, Paste. It’s Not What You Think,” (with Leah Guadagnoli) at Terrault, “Project #13” (with Sarah Eargle), Sindkit, Baltimore, MD, and “Fad Bodies,” Victori + Mo, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibitions include: “Material World,” West Chester University, PA, “6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast,” Crossing Collective, NY, and “Pairings,” The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore.

Natan Lawson is based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. Lawson received an individual artist award in sculpture through the Maryland State Arts Council in 2016 and was selected as a resident artist at the Horned Dorset Colony in 2015. He recently had a solo exhibition at Resort, Baltimore, MD.

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Barb Smith lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. She completed her MFA in sculpture at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME. She recently had a solo exhibition, “Mother Tongue” at the Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK. Additional exhibitions include: “Gravity Forgiveness,” Step Sister, NY, “Gallery Gallerie Galleria,” Jack Barrett, NY and “MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1,” Museum of Arts and Design, NY. She was included in the Queens International, Queens Museum, in 2016.

Tactile Hallucinations


Tactile Hallucinations at the Cody Design Store
Participating Artists: Joe Hicks, Debra M. Lee, and Rachel Pearl

We are thrilled to feature handmade objects in conjunction with Tactile Hallucinations at the Cody Design Store including: ceramics by Joe Hicks (Mount Rainer, MD), handbags by Debra M. Lee (Falls Church, VA), and jewelry by Rachel Pearl (Upper Marlboro, MD). Please visit the gallery or contact mkent@marymount.edu for further details.

Cody Gallery of Marymount University is located at 1000 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The gallery is located near the Metroline Orange: Ballston-MU.

Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-5pm, and by appointment. Please email mkent@marymount.edu or phone (703) 908-7782.

Image (one, top): Exhibition view, photo credit: Rachel Pearl
Image (two): Samantha Bittman, Untitled, 2018, 32 x 24in (Detail), photo credit: Rachel Pearl
Image (three): Barb Smith, No. 5, 41 x 20 x 15in (Detail), photo credit: Rachel Pearl
Image (four) work and photo credit: Rachel Pearl