The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College features “The Lonely Drone, Oil Paintings on Aluminum” by Brian Williams Friday, May 22 – Sunday, July 12 with an opening reception and gallery talk by the artist on Saturday, May 23 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday–Friday and during performances.
In his work for the “The Lonely Drone,” Brian Williams attempts to bring to mind imagery of earthly horizons that could be captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle. “I would like the viewer to imagine being in soundless flight looking at a distant horizon without complete context: knowing what is land, sea or atmosphere,” Williams said in a press release about the exhibit.
For the series Williams restricted himself to a three-inch brush, which forced him to approach detail from a different angle – painting layers upon each other with varying amount of wet-on-wet painting. Williams has been working on this series for the past five years, attempting to evoke realistic dunes, seascapes, mountains or cloud formations with his intuitive painting process.
Williams lives in Arlington and exhibits regularly at Studio Galley in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. For more information about the exhibit, visit schlesingercenter.com.