Jazz: Visual Improvisations
VA -Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center will host Jazz:
Visual Improvisations, from January 17 through February 28, 2003.
Renowned painter Sam Gilliam selected the 35 works inspired by Jazz
music and improvisational creative techniques. A reception will
be held on Thursday, February 13 from 6-9 PM. As an early Valentine's
treat, Sweet Cherie & Friends, a Washington based jazz quartet,
will hold an improvisational jam session during the reception. The
exhibition, reception, and performance are free of charge and open
to the public.
Artist Sam Gilliam
chose work by 28 artists from across the United States for the exhibition.
His goal was to reflect the rich diversity of jazz music in America
and the freedom that improvisational creativity allows. Among his
selections are the playful, animated ceramics of New York artist
Janice Patrignani, whose Boogie Woogie (shaped like an upright piano)
seems to bounce along to a silent rhythm. In contrast, Virginia
artist Laura Edwards' Vertical Vibes, Goodbye LH (for Lionel Hampton)
embodies the sort of abstract, thoughtful homage found in slow,
improvised jazz solos. Gilliam's own work has often drawn upon improvisation,
most obviously in his draped, abstract canvases, but also in his
more recent sculptural works. Gilliam will select award winners
after the exhibition opens on January 17.
13 reception will present an exciting audio component to the exhibition.
Members of Sweet Cherie & Friends all regularly play with other
jazz ensembles in the area, but they also gather for informal jam
sessions on a regular basis. Like the artwork presented, the music
they create reflects both individual artistry and a collective history
of jazz music. The performance is made possible through the generous
cooperation of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a
non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center,
displaying artwork in all media from artists across the United States
and abroad. Located on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory Art
Center, Target is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12
noon to 5 pm and other times by appointment.
Anne Delorge, "Guitar Solo" Acrylic on Canvas 24"
All work in
exhibition is for sale. For further information, call Claire Huschle,
(Target Gallery Coordinator) 703.838.4565 ext. 4 or email