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April 6, 2012 Published in Arts & Style

Target Gallery Opens Their Fun, Interactive Exhibition Push Pull Play On April 12

Push Pull Play focuses on interactive and toy inspired art. This exhibition is in participation with Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts 2012. Meet some of the artists during the reception on April 12, 6-8pm.

Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria
Open daily 10am-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays

Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents Push Pull Play, an exhibition that includes interactive and toy inspired art. The exhibition opens on April 12 with a reception to meet the artists that evening from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run through May 13.

The juror, Prescott Trudeau, selected 12 artists to be a part of the exhibition. These artists are from around the country with three from the local DC metro area. The artists include Ellen Benson (PA), Ashley V. Blalock (CA), Phillip Delacruz (FL), Marlene Hawe (VA), Ericka Heffernan (NY), Joel Jonientz (ND), Melanie Kehoss (VA), Caroline McCatty (MD), Christopher Nitsche (GA), Seamus Liam O’Brien (NY), Mallory Sloss (PA), and Alex Waggoner (GA).

The work in the exhibition plays with the artists’ different perspective on the art of the toy. From paintings to interactive video installations, the exhibition is bright and engaging inviting the user to come in and play! Some of the work on exhibit includes the interactive installation by NY artist, Ericka Heffernan’s, “Please Build.” This piece invites visitors to build an installation out of building blocks while following instructions by the artist through a recording. Another artist, Ashley V. Blalock from California has created a large installation out of hundreds of pink crocheted flowers along with a time-lapse video, the piece is titled “To Live is to Leave Traces.” Three whimsical interactive wood and textile automaton sculptures by Maryland artist, Caroline McCatty invites the viewer to turn the crank in order to watch the figures perform.

Juror Information: Our juror, Prescott Trudeau is the full-time Curator of Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA), a non-profit museum located in Lower Manhattan. Prescott's past exhibitions include Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present, and Make Art (In) Public, an exhibition exploring the impact of the arts on building and bettering communities, with participating artists Swoon, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Keith Haring, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Remed, Tranqui Yanqui, and Moondog. His exhibitions have been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and NY1.

Gallery Information: Target Gallery, exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a schedule of national and international exhibitions. Located on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the gallery is open daily 10am-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays.

Virginia Commission for the Arts, Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts: The Minds Wide Open celebration will take place between March and June of 2012 and will include performances, exhibitions, literary readings and films that feature children or can be enjoyed by children and their families. Art groups throughout the state of Virginia will be participating in this celebration. The Target Gallery will be participating in the Minds Wide Open celebration through a variety of exhibitions highlighting and celebrating children and the arts.

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