Please join us on October 1 at 6:00 pm for an art conversation with Anthony Grant, the curator "Another Fine Message: Anthony Grant X NIAD," on view in NIAD Windows from September 25 through October 16, 2020. Grant will be joined by New York artist Matthew Langley and a NIAD artist.
In October 2019, Grant organized “Ether Here Nor There,” a massive group exhibition exploring the connection between Internet tropes and visual images and objects from NIAD artists and himself in our Main Gallery. A year later, Grant is back with “Another Fine Message,” a group show focused on politics in this election year.
As Grant explains, ”The title is based on the oft uttered phrase in the classic comedy of Laurel and Hardy. I have an affinity for word play and in this case the title is actually a warning sign. Potentially, we are on the brink of another four years of very fine people (on both sides ?) making more of a mess of the American psyche. Each piece from NIAD artists and Matthew Langley was selected based on my interpretation of what they mean possibly today and how they compliment or speak with my own work.”
Hosted by NIAD's Director of Exhibitions Tim Buckwalter, Thirsty Thursday is our new event series bringing together artists and curators with interested people like you. Our guest speakers will drop some knowledge on how they selected the show, ideas about the art work in the show, and quite possibly show and discuss their own work. Also participating in the discussion may be a NIAD artist whose work is featured in the show. All of us will learn a lot.
In his day-to-day work life, Anthony Grant creates commercial design work for the masses. He spends his days crafting UI for applications, web pages, and digital advertising. While his professional work strives for perfection and or “solutions” in the commercial sense, his personal art-work aims to be disruptive, while drawing on the familiar, it uses specific visual cues and symbols often found in mobile devices or advertising to question identity, cultural norms or expectations. In Grant’s assemblages, the viewer is meant to question the meaning of the piece, and the meaning of the cultural icons and symbols Anthony has appropriated. Grant has exhibited at NIAD, Themes + Projects Gallery, Madrone Art Bar, Art Explosion, The Compound Gallery, Streamline Cafe & Gallery, Propaganda (a traveling exhibit of politically themed art).
Matthew Langley received his BFA from Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC in 1985. Since then, Langley’s work has been shown extensively in the United States and Europe through numerous group and solo exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include “Big Circle” at M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kiev; “In Color” at Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA; and “The Unified Field” at Blank Space, New York, NY. Langley’s artworks have also been included in various public and corporate collections including the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, The Doris Patz Collection at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Ernest and Young, PNC Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue, Norwegian Cruise Lines, MacAndrews & Forbes and the State Department of the United States. He currently lives and works in New York. Langley’s solo show “Modern Times,” a new series of serigraphs, was slated to open at NIAD Art center in March 2020.
(image: Another Fine Message: Anthony Grant X NIAD, installed in NIAD's street-facing windows.)
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