(Hyattsville, MD) Sheila Crider's new work explores the nation's historic relationship with people of color through contemporary abstraction. Her evocative--and precisely executed--monoprints, pulp paintings, and installation assemblages are thoughtful studies of repetitive action, subtle relief, and minimal color.
WHITEWASHING opens September 7 with a reception from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition runs through October 13, 2018. Gallery hours: 10 am - 6 pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12 - 5 pmon Sunday. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or 301-608-9101.
Of the title and the work, Crider explains, "whitewashing used to refer to a thin veneer of lime mixed in water that was applied to fences in summer. It is now commonly used to mean obscuring the truth… This thought came as I poured pulp on the fencing and realized how that act could be symbolic of what was going on in the country today, given the leadership and resurgence in violence towards minorities and how it has been covered up until now with little consequences, and like the rusty parts of the fence, still visible just below the surface."
The individual artworks are purposefully nameless, but grouped into four series: Happenstance, Fencing Color Out, almost human, and The Non-Crystal Stairs. All work was produced in 2018 using Crider’s personal studio and studios at Pyramid Atlantic. This exhibition marks the second time Crider has worked at Pyramid. In fact, she first learned to make prints in the organization’s studios nearly a decade ago.
Crider is an independent career artist based in DC. She has always made her living as an artist working with paper, starting with handmade stationery at art fairs and craft markets. Encouraged by public response to her work, she began applying for exhibitions through open calls and eventually found her way into public art. She is an active member of Washington Project for the Arts and has served on selection committees for public art and the Public Art Building Communities Grant for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. Her work is in many public and private collections, including Art-in-Public-Places (DC), James E Lewis Museum (MD), Yale University Book Collection (CT), State Department Print Collection (DC), African American Museum (TX), Mino Washi Paper Museum (Japan), Library of Congress Print Collection (DC). Current projects include public art for the new Community of Hope Building in SE Washington and group exhibitions at Bowie State University and the East Hawaii Cultural Center.