Exhibition : Sarah Hardesty : Time Binding

Thursday, Aug 18, 2022 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


Contemporary Abstract Artist Takes Viewers on a Journey to a Foreboding Landscape

Time Binding uses the drama of natural phenomena as a metaphor

Sarah Hardesty: Time Binding

On view: July 9 - September 4, 2022

Opening Reception for Summer 2022 Exhibitions 

Saturday - July 9 - 6-9pm

Arlington, VA: Opening on July 9 and running through September 4, 2022, Arlington Arts Center is pleased to present Time Binding, a new solo exhibition of installation, painting, and drawing by resident artist Sarah Hardesty. Predominantly created after a pandemic year spent in a cabin in a remote part of Washington state, Time Binding is Hardesty’s abstracted documentation of dramatic natural phenomena that find their parallel in universal human experiences.

In Time Binding, Sarah Hardesty takes viewers on a journey to a vast and solitary landscape of craggy snow-capped mountains, flowing rivers, and shifting tectonic plates. The works are unified through Hardesty’s visual vocabulary of additive and subtractive lines and her restrained palette of white, black, and gray with flourishes of cautionary orange. Seen together, the works describe a singular landscape in which the viewer’s vantage point shifts cinematically from sweeping horizon lines to aerial views and close-ups of rivers, mountains, and trees.

It is through Hardesty’s evocative mark-making and layering that the viewer becomes aware of the artist’s presence and that the emotional tone of the work comes to the fore. Layers of paint, like strata in the earth, reveal or conceal forms underneath: a buildup of black paint slathered across a surface obscures lines incised into a panel like scars. Hardesty’s abstracted images of nature in its most grandiose forms communicate moments of heightened emotional intensity, alluding to human fallibility and the changeable nature of life.

A reception to celebrate Sarah Hardesty: Time Binding and AAC's other summer exhibitions will take place July 9 from 6pm to 9pm. Registration is required. For more information and to register click this link.

For more information about Sarah Hardesty: Time Binding download the full press release. For exhibition images, click this link.

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