Opening Reception Saturday, May 25, 2019, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
In Somewhere Between You and Me, young nonbinary transgender artists intimately seek to understand and bring understanding to what it means to experience life as a nonbinary person: the desire to connect, little room for uninfluenced exploration of self, isolation, tenderness, whatever it is to exist while trying to discover who they could've been without the initial, culturally imposed pressure to exist as man or woman, and who they are despite that ongoing pressure.
Opening Reception Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6pm-8pm: RSVP HERE
XYZ explores how personal narrative and expression shape the way we relate to one another. Engaging ideas of multiplicity, repetition and diversity, XYZ aims to celebrate the personal and unique experiences of the individual. This selection of portraiture, illustration, photography and video art investigates the commonalities of experience, turning ‘me’ into ‘us’ and ‘I’ into ‘we.’
Opening Reception Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Special viewing hours Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-3pm
In Self and Others, Jeff Duka’s works position and consider the self as nebulous, an ephemeral and temporal network. The muted opacity of his portraits suggests the occult and ever-shifting balance between what we do and do not share about ourselves, as well as between what we are and are not permitted or able to know about others.
Opening Reception Saturday, September 15 2018, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Special viewing hours Mondays & Thursdays from 11am - 3pm
This body of work sets out to unite my visual contemplations on femininity, power and sexuality. In a way, it is somatic therapy - reuniting the body I have been at war with my whole life with my fluctuating sense of self. Taking back my ‘self’ from my dissociative states and claiming my sexuality as empowerment rather than using it as a form of self-harm.
Opening Reception Saturday, May 12 2018, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Special viewing hours Mondays & Thursdays from 11am - 3pm
Rooted in a disembodied exploration of hyphenated identity, Mojdeh Rezaeipour's ephemeral mixed media works take us on an archeological search for wholeness and belonging. In Fractal Futures, she engages with space, the body and natural elements to invite us to consider transformation through fractal imagination. Working with nature as both a medium and a muse, she examines her own process of healing individually and interpersonally, and continues to pose questions about what makes change possible on a collective, universal level.
Public Reception Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7pm-10pm: RSVP HERE
Celebrating the primal orgasmic energy of creation, Olly Olly is pleased to present The Alchemy of the Sex Witch and Other Tales of Love. As we continue to heed the call and power of playfulness let us immerse ourselves in an extravagant cuddle coven dripping with crystals and glitter and infused with sacred obscenity, sacral chakra energy, sensual revelry, spell casting, and the radical, alchemical powers of bliss, joy, pleasure, laughter, empathy, and community.
Public Reception Saturday, October 14, 2017, 4pm – 6pm: RSVP HERE
The Youth Art Re-Imagining Community Project presents a series of banners created by local high school students to promote equity and social change. The Youth Art Re-Imagining Community Program—a partnership between the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Police Department, and George Mason University School of Art—represents a unique intersection of youth art and social change established to address social and racial inequities in youth opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
Opening Reception - Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
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.
Opening Reception - Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
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.
Opening Reception - Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7pm – 10pm
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.
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.
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.
Closing Reception - Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present Threshold, a new collection of art inviting the viewer to wander the ambiguous borders of liminality and its edge regions to enter realms of fluidity that exist between dream and reality, drifting and arriving, fragmentation and continuity, desire and satisfaction. Featuring printmaking and performance, Threshold will also explore the interplay of bodies through ritual, the making of art and meaning, passageways, points of access, and transition.
Opening Reception - Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present a new art exhibition, Ephemeral, inspired by the elusive here and now, and the role of delicate forms of reality at play in the understanding of emotion, life, and meaning making. On Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists:
Opening Reception - Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present a new art exhibition, Cut/Tear. This exhibition of new work invites you to question and understand notions of embedded ideas and situations torn asunder and reassembled to form a multitude of hybrid worlds and uncanny juxtapositions. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists:
Opening Reception - Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7pm – 10pm
Olly Olly is pleased to present its inaugural pop-up art exhibition, Bodylore, an exploration of the human figure and an investigation into the body as social construct, tradition, myth, and fairytale. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 7pm to 10pm, spend an evening with the artists: