Hillyer presents three new solo exhibitions opening on July’s First Friday, featuring new works by local artists Mills Brown, Veronica Szalus, and Braxton Congrove. Guests can meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, July 6th from 6-9pm, during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk, sponsored by The Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft.
Brown’s Farther Along uses collage and found objects to reflect on the desire to protect through acts of collecting, preserving and embellishing by capturing the feeling of a place through the small, intimate and ornamental refuges that she constructs. Szalus’ installation, Audio Playback, revolves around the outdated technology of the cassette tape, using the content within the cassette to be stretched up and fanned out, recorded on, and played back, serving as a metaphor for something both obsolete and relevant. Standing on Rugs with Goose is a fiction based directly on Congrove’s everyday life, using the materiality of performance and the staging of an exhibition space to build and populate a nebulous world for the viewer to enter and be immersed into.