Amy Morton curates INTO THE LIGHT : ESTHER YI and VICTORIA SHAHEEN at The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA

29 Nov


Morton Fine Art is pleased to curate Into the Light, an exhibition of artwork by Esther Yi and Victoria Shaheen at The Anthenaeum in Old Town Alexandria, VA. 
Curated by Amy Morton for Morton Fine Art.
Into the Light will be on display from Thurs, 8 December 2011 – Sun, 22 January 2012 at:
The Anthenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The opening reception is Sunday, 11 December from 4-6pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Saturday: 1pm – 4pm
About Esther Meena Yi: 
(photography, Washington, DC):  Studied Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Yi has an interest in working with existing images and exploring the use of black and white darkroom techniques to create a new image; images which allude to different content and context and that question the status of the original. The darkroom process she explores, mordançage, consists of a solution that makes the gelatin surface detach and pliable causing the degraded and veil-like aesthetic.
About Victoria Shaheen:
(ceramics; Washington, DC):  A recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Shaheen is currently pursuing an MA in Ceramics at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Shaheen’s accomplishments include the 2011 Fine Art Faculty Award for Recognition of Excellence in the Study of Fine Art andthe 2011 Anne and Ronald Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics. Her piece on exhibition White Light, White Heat, constructed in stark white porcelain that transforms the light, is in deliberate contrast to the classic architecture of the Anthenaeum.New ceramic installation work by Victoria Shaheen will be on display at MFA’s spring 2012 *a pop-up project, DC NOW, which will take place in Bethesda this April.
Amy Morton, Curator’s Notes:
As an advocate for emerging artists, I feel that it is vital to highlight and reward exceptional talent coming out of our nationally renowned art schools. In this case, the artwork of both Victoria Shaheen and Esther Yi piqued my interest last spring when I viewed Next at the Corcoran, the senior thesis exhibition for the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Primary to MFA’s mission of promoting national talent is a strong bent toward  launching regional talent into the national arena through various innovative art projects in the area.  Into the Light is a striking display of artistic mediums, featuring an oversize ceramic installation piece compromised of life-size light bulb clusters which cast shadows as well as a series of photographs that appropriate classical fine art images with unexpected scale, surface and technique. An emerging artist show of this caliber offers an exciting opportunity for collectors to view and acquire work ahead of the curve by these two exceptional young artists.
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