Reception - Saturday July 22, 2017, 8pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Because sometimes the darkest hour calls for the brightest lights, Olly Olly presents Beyond the Blacklight, an all-blacklight group show curated by Tariq Omar. Because we can’t allow every moment to be an existential crisis. Because we need to heed the call of playfulness and light. Because night. Because summer. Because love. Because we know you’re truly dazzling and deserve to be bathed in glowing purple and surrounded by vibrant fluorescent sensations. Join us for our opening reception on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm as the following artists share their most vivid works:
Reception - Saturday May 20, 2017, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Talk Show immerses us in a world of glitter, harvest gold, shag carpet, and mad talk. Inviting us to explore corporate media bias as well as reconstruct and deconstruct the role of the public intellectual in 21st century U.S. life, politics, art, music, and thought, Talk Show juxtaposes laugh track fueled soundscapes, gluttonous green room indulgence, 1970s faux glamour kitsch decadence, collaborative conversation based performance, and inclusive deep listening. Join us at Olly Olly on May 20, 2017, 7pm-10pm, for a new exhibition featuring work by:
Reception - Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7pm –10pm: RSVP HERE
The world's major religions all have similar themes of the world coming to an end, signaled by an unimaginable battle, a period of intense turmoil and chaos, leading eventually to messianic redemption. In addition to the major religions, some groups, movements and uprisings that have eschatology at the core, catalyze these beliefs into an outright revolt. End-of-the-world beliefs encompass struggles with mortality, group fates, connectedness and inform utopian/dystopian philosophies.
Curated by Dawne Langford,Revelation/Revolution, is an exploration of these themes from a variety of mediums and cultural experiences, bringing to light how an end informs our past, present, and future. Join us at Olly Olly on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7pm-10pm for an evening with artists.
Opening Reception - Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7pm – 10pm: RSVP HERE
Olly Olly is pleased to present Flesh. Fleshcontinues a tradition of spirited and revelatory sexual discourse. Come and join us for fearlessly erotic invocations of self-care, sustenance, desire, openness and joy that ask us to slow down and savor a multitude of sexualities, bodies, genders and mindfully empowered and embodied creative energies. Experience a playful and biting irreverent peepshow juicy with truth. Flesh unravels the politics of pleasure and celebrates unrestrained expressions of sexual freedom and liberation in the face of ignorance, repression and misogyny. Let’s get super sexy as we dismantle the enshrinement of cultural and historical ideals of the body and call into question static modes of sexual being, puritanical disembodiment and the policing of consensual behavior. Join us at Olly Olly on Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7pm-10pm for an evening drenched and dripping with sustained sensations and shared experiences of the body.
Opening Reception - Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7pm – 10pm: RSVP HERE
Olly Olly is pleased to present Lush Life. Co-curated by Yue Li, Lush Life is an immersive and experiential hyper-color art exhibition that creates a dreamy world of luscious extravagance. Deliciously subversive and absurd, Lush Life interrogates materialism, contrasts excessiveness with art-world sustainability, and connects the artistic fantasy to the mundanity of the artist’s day-to-day life and practice. Join us at Olly Olly on Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7pm-10pm for a dreamworld extravaganza complete with pastel-palette rooftop pool party and buffet, and spend an evening with the artists.
Opening Reception - Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7pm – 10pm: RSVP HERE
Olly Olly, an alternative art space in Fairfax, VA, is pleased to present Making Space, co-curated by Anne Smith. Making Space is an exhibition of artists whose work investigates an awareness of built space, especially the unexpected peculiarities found in rigid structures of architecture and infrastructure. Built structures able to be measured and marked on a map or blueprint become more complex and open-ended in the work of these artists. A wall, a window, a road, or a curb are shown as more than a nameable quantity, but contain tension, uncertainty, humor, and wonder. The artists in Making Space call attention to these flexibilities of built space, inserting ambiguity into structure. On Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists:
Opening Reception - Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present Manifesto, an exhibition of five new collections of art by the artists of the Bunnyman Bridge Collective. Featuring sculpture, installation, painting, collage, photography, video, multi-sensory pleasure participation, and embedded sub rosa performance, Manifestowill put on public display private obsessions ranging from hedonism to metamorphosis, from pollution to esoteric science, and including the assertion that we are all sacred. On Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists:
Opening Reception - Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present Domestic Territories, a new exhibition of art curated by Sarah Irvin. For the exhibition, Domestic Territories, DC area artists were invited to consider how they negotiate the use of household space with their children. The work in the exhibition investigates physical and emotional spaces that are separate, shared or disputed. By representing the constant evolution of personal boundaries in specific parent/child relationships, the exhibition highlights topics that are publicly debated but only privately encountered. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, join us for an opening reception with the artists:
Closing Reception - Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice, a new collection of art in conjunction with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a book arts and cultural festival taking place throughout the Washington, DC area from January through March 2016 commemorating the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic book selling street. Inspired by the couplet of 10th century Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi, “If you see the lion bare its teeth/do not assume the lion is smiling,” Embracing the Power of Artistic Practicefeatures work in a variety of mediums by six DC area artists. On Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening in support of the artists: