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Sep 06

Cody Gallery Open Call 2019: Emma Cregan and Johab Silva

Friday 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Cody Gallery in partnership with Arlington Arts invited, through an open call, individual artists who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County, Virginia to submit proposals for a contemporary art exhibition. Two artists were selected to exhibit their artwork from September 6 to October 26, 2019 and will receive one $500 honorarium for their selected proposals. This exhibition was juried by: Meaghan Kent (Director of Cody Gallery, Marymount University), Cynthia Connolly (Special Projects Curator, Arlington, VA), and Dawne Langford (Independent Curator, Artist, and Filmmaker, Washington DC).

The artists selected are Emma Cregan and Johab Silva. 

The work by Emma Cregan explores the space between the digital and intangible. Cregan studied animation in Virginia Commonwealth University's Kinetic Imaging program, where she created several short films using puppets and other stop-motion techniques. Her animations focused on family history led to an internship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. While working at the Smithsonian, she created short videos and wrote articles about the importance of culture and how traditional knowledge remains relevant in the 21st century. Her interest in cultural heritage led to an internship with The Maa Trust, a non profit in the Maasai Mara working to establish harmony between community development and environmental conservation. Cregan created short video pieces showcasing their efforts to economically empower Maasai women. Her experiences with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and The Maa Trust inspired her to create art focused on intangibility. She is drawn to animation because it is an exaggeration and distortion of reality. The visuals created are simultaneously familiar and alien, opening the audience's mind to see the world from a different perspective. Through the distortion of the world created by animation, we can better understand unique perceptions of reality.

Johab Silva is a native Brazilian who has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since 2008. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Art Education from Corcoran College of Art and Design. Silva’s ongoing research explores themes of appropriation, materiality, space, and environmental issues. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Transformer Gallery, Miami Art Palace and the Santo Andre Museum of Art. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Art in America, and Sculpture Magazine