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ADAM HAGER: BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION
August 8 – September 6 at Flashpoint Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 8, 6-8PM
WASHINGTON, DC – Between Fact and Fiction, a solo exhibition of interactive sculpture by DC-based artist Adam Robert Hager, will be on display at Flashpoint Gallery from August 8 – September 6, 2014. As an object maker, Hager creates inventions about the strangeness of everyday items as they relate to function and non-function. He develops a relationship with mechanical objects through the process of taking them apart and transforms the history within them to make fictitious, strangely integrated, yet well-crafted combinations.
In Between Fact and Fiction, Hager offers a glimpse into his “mad scientist” approach to art making through a hands-on experience with his inventions. Among the work in the gallery, viewers are invited to operate music boxes built into a spinal cord, throw a fastball with a drill motor, engage with a giant “cast-man” made from erector sets and body braces, and hand-crank clunky industrial gears that spin a graceful carousel of airplanes overhead. Hager explains, “My new body of work feels both eerily dangerous as well as enticingly playful.”
By flirting between risky and lighthearted interaction, Hager intensifies the viewers’ impulse to operate objects for their intended purposes. However, by opposing natural functions, he challenges the associations people have with everyday items. While still referencing their origins, familiar objects develop new personalities, and interwoven relationships are established between unrelated items.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Adam Hager is an interdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Originally from the Chicago area, he moved to Washington in 2010 following an artist residency at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. He received his MFA in 2012 from American University in Washington DC, where he currently lives and works. Hager has exhibited in the Chicago area and throughout the east coast. His work is a part of numerous collections including the District of Columbia’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities Art Bank, and he was recently honored to be one of this year’s Trawick Prize winners.
ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.
CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.
ABOUT FLASHPOINT Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.
Adam Hager: Between Fact and Fiction
Opening Reception: Friday, August 8, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: August 8 – September 6, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
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