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Now in its fourth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Post-Grad Residency Program is the subject of Target Gallery’s newest exhibition. The group exhibition will feature the work of the four 2018 residents from now through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2019.

The Post-Grad Residency is a competitive program, housed in Studio 319, where four recently graduated art students have an opportunity to create and sell work, interact with the public, and build a network outside of the academic setting. Originally just for candidates with master’s of fine arts degrees, the program expanded to those with a bachelor’s of fine arts this year.

“Opening the program to BFA students was important for us,” said Leslie Mounaime, curator of exhibitions at Torpedo Factory Art Center. “It increases opportunities for emerging artists who are at this critical junction in their career after leaving university and are still building their professional portfolio. This culminating exhibition offers both a celebration of their residency as well as stepping stone for their professional career as exhibiting artists.”

The 2018 residents are: Lyric PrinceAlexis GomezSara Roberts, and Kelly Johnston. They were selected by a jury panel featuring: Christine Neptune, founder and director of Neptune Fine Art; Amy Cavanaugh Royce, executive director of Maryland Art Place; and Ginevra Shay, curator of the site-specific Rose Arcade project and previous artistic director of The Contemporary Museum.

About the Artists
Lyric Prince (January - March  | Drexel University) creates symmetrical geometrically inspired digital and analogue art that often touches on racial and physical dysmorphia. Her work calls to a need to recognize and identify patterns of all types in every day life, and juxtaposes them in kaleidoscopic and repeating forms. Her use of bold colors and sharp, contrasting lines construct an environment that will immerse and gradually split apart the subject at hand, drawing the subject into a gradual progression of increasing abstraction. She often takes drawings and paintings and digitally rearranges parts into something new. This process allows her to recycle art and ideas, as she may have several reuses from one piece. Her work becomes a self-regenerating kaleidoscope of inspiration.

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Lyric Prince received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Saint Joseph’s University, and has recently completed a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Her current research interest pertains to cultural anthropology, specifically on how art can be designated for political and personal representation. Her practice is project-specific: it includes digital installations, paper sculpture and art criticism. She currently lives and works in D.C.

Alexis Gomez (April - June | George Washington University) investigates the internal and external spaces we inhabit as human beings. Using illusionistic patterns and figural forms to represent both literal and metaphorical space, he creates settings that induce an inner and outer body experience. This is a constant transition that our consciousness undergoes. A transition that is manifested every time we wake up and fall asleep, day dream, use our phones, watch a movie, etc. How do we engage with literal space and formless space? Can we separate body from mind? These are the curiosities that Gomez strives to address in a dialogue between digital media and three-dimensional forms.

Alexis Gomez was born in 1994 in Fairfax, Virginia. He received his BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in figural sculpture and animation. He is aSparkplug member at the District of Columbia Arts Center and Flatfile artist at Transformer currently living and working in Virginia.

Sara Roberts’ (July - September | California State University Fullerton) sculptures capture the dynamic nature of 21st Century womanhood. The body casts serve as a direct representation of the female form, while the application of mixed media is designed capture the metaphysical qualities of womanhood. The artist attempts to put form to the indescribable and abstract. Ultimately, her goal is to create sculptures that create dialogue and offer different points of view.

Sara Roberts is a sculptor based out of Orange County. She graduated in May of 2017 from California State University, Fullerton with a double major in Sculpture and American Studies. While specializing primarily in mold-making and casting, she utilizes other media—such as fabric and concrete—in her sculptures to create juxtapositions that capture the complex nature of 21st Century womanhood.

Kelly Johnston (October - December | Trinity University) explores identity by utilizing natural materials, employing their forms and textures. Her intuitive practice draws on her own lived experiences. She creates sculptures and installations, often casting human figures, to encourage her viewers to reflect on their own personal histories. Her sculptural works have branched into two major forms: 1) Exploring body discomfort by incorporating different organic materials such as hair, palm fiber and oxides into finished pieces. 2) Including man-made objects to create physical presence that resonates with viewers.

Kelly Johnston was born in Washington, D.C. in 1991. In 2015, Kelly graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a BA in Anthropology and BA in Studio Art. Kelly has exhibited throughout nationally since 2010. Her work explores inherent tensions between emotional and physical discomfort by using natural materials on large scales to create sculpture and installation, in hopes viewers connect and address issues in their own lives. The use of human form can be seen as a common theme throughout her work and over time transitioned to incorporating mixed media approaches in her work.

Now through Sunday, Jan. 21 
Public Reception: Friday, Dec 14
7 – 9 p.m; Artists Conversation at 8 pm