The newest exhibition at the McLean Community Center will leave viewers' eyes open wide. It's called Contraptions: Reflections on the Almost Functional, and they are.
The "thing" is headless so thinking equipment, if it exists, may reside elsewhere on the structure. And what is that end product, please, the pink blob?
Mr. Celarier said some parts are quite old, going back several decades. Computers are not as new as one might think. I can recall about 1985 when a colleague brought his new computer to work, after Christmas. It was the size of a refrigerator. (He always had to be the first kid on the block to have the newest of everything. I am certain a robot is driving him to work by now if he is not luxuriating on a sea on Mars.)
Meanwhile, in the Atrium Gallery are sculptures by Melissa Burley who has used recycled equipment, including bicycle chains, to show off her creations encased in lighted boxes. (I wonder how old Melissa is. Anyone remember light boxes?) Round and round they go, circles and wheels suggesting motion like our brain waves which never stop (are you sure?), trapped by our own limitations and constant repetitions.
Nancy Sausser curated Contraptions, and other artists represented are Blake Hurt, Adam Hager, and Dymphna de Wild. All Contraptions are for sale.
Scheduled talks and workshops at the McLean Community Center are:
Friday, Feb. 21, 7 - 9 p.m. "Waste in Contemporary Art" with Eric Celarier. Free.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Family Art Workshop: "Multi-Media Mobiles" for ages 4 - 8. $10/family
Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 - 4 p.m. Workshop with Eric Celarier: "Anatsui and Reuse Art" for ages 9 - 14. $10
What: Contraptions: Reflections on the Almost Functional with more art in the galleries
When: Now through March 1, 2014, Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m., and Sunday: 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: McLean Project for the Arts at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101. For directions and a map, click here.
Admission: No charge
Parking: Plentiful and free
For more information: 703-790-1953 or 703-790-0123