Marymount University’s Cody Gallery will host an opening reception for “Strangely Familiar,” an exhibition featuring work by New York-based artists Maureen Cavanaugh, Carolyn Salas, Gabriela Salazar and Lumin Wakoa. The opening is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 6. The exhibition will run through Oct. 20.
The exhibition of individual works range from the representational to the abstract through painting, sculpture and collage. Each artist offers elements of re-vision “and re-examination” of an already known.
Cavanaugh, a Nebraska native and Brooklyn-based artist, studied painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her multi-stage objects and paintings play with the primacy of source, reworking an image between mediums of the digital and analog, the work hovering between memory and fantasy.
She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Maine and Mexico. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California.
Salas earned a B.F.A in sculpture from the College of Santa Fe and an M.F.A. from Hunter College. Her forms are seemingly made in one material but cast in another and allude to improvisational processes of collage while slowly revealing a layered making.
She has attended a number of residency programs, was a Chashama Studio Space recipient, and received an Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program/Space award. She has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, Montreal and Mexico. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Salazar has had solo exhibitions in New York and Chicago. Using railings and poles covered in plasticine and held precariously by ceramic brackets and metal hooks, she upends assumptions of the form as an object for support and stability for the body.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. She holds a masters of fine art from Rhode Island School of Design, a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and lives, works and teaches in New York.
Wakoa received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida and her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had recent solo and two-person exhibitions in New York and Providence. Her densely composed and scrambled surfaces reveal hints of a second narrative beneath the visible one. Her works are populated with a collection of personal and universal talismans, including bones, flowers, water and wings.
She was selected for the 2010/11 VCUarts Fountainhead Arts Fellowship and received a graduate fellowship from the Dedalus Foundation in 2010.
The artists initially presented their work as a collective in Here Now, a section of Spring Break Art Fair in New York curated by Adam Parker Smith.
Cody Gallery, located at Ballston Center, 1000 North Glebe Road, second floor, is open Thursday through Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The Gallery is located near the Ballston Metro.
Lumin Wakoa, Untitled, 2017, oil on linen, 14 x 11 inches.