Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is pleased to present Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo, an exhibition of the work of Washington, DC-based artist Sue Wrbican. This first comprehensive exhibition of Wrbican’s work will bring together her most recent photographic series inspired by the landscape paintings of American Surrealist Kay Sage (1898–1963)—The Eventual Outcome of an Instant and Biography of Catastrophe. Wrbican’s work focuses on the relationship between time and place. Over the years, Wrbican has had many instances of encounters with Sage, a one-time student of painting at the Corcoran School of Art.

In the galleries: A surrealist painter inspires a photographer
Washington Post

In 2014 Wrbican presented her installation and lecture “Continue the Temporary and It Becomes Forever” at the Zizek Studies conference at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. In 2015 her work The Eventual Outcome of an Instant was constructed at the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY. She has held residencies at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; and STUD Residency in Catlett, Virginia. She is a founding member of the Floating Lab Collective whose projects have been exhibited widely in venues such as ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC, NY. Her video Back Roof is part of Miranda July’s Joanie 4 Jackie Archive at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Wrbican is an Associate Professor and Director of Photography at the School of Art at George Mason University and her education includes an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in English Writing with a concentration in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Studio Visit: Sue Wrbican
Press release
Exhibition catalogue

Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo and Wrbican’s anticipated public installation in Reston Town Square Park (spring 2018) are made possible through the generous support of Reston Town Center Association and Reston Community Center.


OPENING RECEPTION
September 9, 5–7pm
Free and open to the public

CREATIVE RESPONSE
September 28,
6–7pm: Alex Braden
Join us on the last Thursday of each month to hear a creative professional respond to the work on view in the gallery. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. Presenters may include poets, dancers, writers, musicians, visual artists, and more.

October 26, 6–7pm: Rachel Jones, Britta Joy Peterson, Rachel Debuque, and Justin Plakas aka PLAKOOKEE
The October 26 response will be held in conjunction with the Now Be Here project. Free and open to the public. READ MORE
Video: Britta Joy Peterson
Video: Rachel Jones
Video: PLAKOOKEE

IN CONVERSATION: Sue Wrbican and Lily Siegel + BOOK RELEASE
November 4, 3pm
Join us for the release of Wrbican’s book Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, and a conversation with artist Sue Wrbican and curator Lily Siegel.  Two photographic narratives overlap in Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant documenting a shift from one time and place to another. The book’s cover is crafted with material from one of the sails in the narrative. Varied covers featuring a hand-written embroidered title and binding by the author make each book unique in an edition of fifty. This event is free an open to the public.
Video part 1
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INSIGHT: Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
November 16, 6pm
Free and open to the public
Join us for a talk by Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary art, National Gallery of Art. Molly will discuss Sue Wrbican’s current solo exhibition at the Greater Reston Arts Center and common threads in surrealism and contemporary art.
Video part 1
Video part 2