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Jackie Hoysted's Multi-Media Exhibit "INPUT OUTPUT" Opens
Jackie Hoysted's Multi-Media Exhibit "INPUT OUTPUT" Opens

Jackie Hoysted's current body of work blurs the line between what is an original artwork and what is a reproduction. Comprised of paintings, ceramic sculptures, and digital photographs, Hoysted leaves the distinction of “what is the original vs. what is the copy” up to the viewer. Raising questions of authenticity, distorting perceptions of various media, and multiple manipulations of images are the prevalent themes of "INPUT OUTPUT," Hoysted's solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery, on view from October 6 - November 7, 2011.

The concept behind this exhibit began with a plasticine sculpture created in a course at the Corcoran. “At the end of the course, we couldn’t keep the sculpture, we could only photograph it. I began painting it over and over again…I got a lot of mileage out of it.” Hoysted created more sculpted heads, photographing and painting them at various stages of production.

The result is a collection of work that leads the viewer to “question the accepted notions of what is the original and re-evaluate how value is attributed to an object.” Using a variety of media, Hoysted calls attention to the assumptions about worth and value attached to painting, photography, and sculpture. Common perceptions dictate that painting is the “most precious,” but what if the painting is essentially a copy? Because that first plasticine sculpture has been destroyed, are all the pieces copies? Originals? Hoysted leaves this distorted puzzle for the viewer to resolve.

Exhibit Dates: October 6 – November 7, 2011
Location: The Art League Gallery, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA (located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center)
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00am-6:00pm; Sundays, 12:00noon-6:00pm; Open Thursdays until 9:00pm
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Encaustic Demonstration: Saturday, November 5, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.