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    STONE TOWER GALLERY

    Glen Echo Park's Stone Tower Gallery presents intimate exhibitions of work in the Park’s most historic structure. This gallery is a welcoming space for visitors and is well suited to solo or themed exhibitions featuring a small group of artists.

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    Saturday & Sunday  |  12pm to 6pm

     

     

  • Andy Yoder

     

  • Andy Yoder

     

  • Andy Yoder

ON VIEW NOW

Andy Yoder: Footwork  |  June 10 - July 3, 2022 

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 6 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 10, 6 – 8 pm

On view in the Stone Tower Gallery in June is artist Andy Yoder’s solo exhibition Footwork, featuring his most recent work. According to the artist, “There are scores of solid, practical reasons not to be an artist, but luckily there are also some advantages. Being an artist teaches you to embrace randomness and uncertainty, rather than trying to avoid them. This comes in handy, because no matter how much we try to control and order our lives, the messy, chaotic outside world finds a way to intrude, which is what makes it so interesting.”

Thirty years ago five shipping containers fell off a freighter during a storm, dumping 80,000 pairs of Nike shoes into the Pacific. As they washed ashore on the coast of Oregon and Washington, a network of beachcombers collected and resold them. An oceanographer got word of this and collaborated with the beachcombers to create data, leading to an important study of the ocean’s currents. The news media picked up the story, and the oceanographer became a celebrity, making appearances on late night talk shows. Nike embraced his work and invited him to speak to employees about what became known as “The Great Shoe Spill of 1990”. Yoder learned about this while researching ideas for a solo installation at CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery created out of a repurposed, solar-powered shipping container. When those containers fell into the ocean they made a big splash, and now the ripples have come to Glen Echo Park.

Most of the hundreds of sneakers Yoder has made are created from materials pulled out of recycling bins, like a beachcomber collecting Nikes on the beach. But in this group of work, he used cutoffs and scraps from the mesmerizing works on paper of Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, another artist at Stable in Washington DC. “Making art is a form of alchemy, and being creative gives us the power to steer the ship, rather than bobbing around like a sneaker lost at sea. With this in mind, if you come across a shoe on the beach (or a flip flop, or a bottle), do the right thing, and toss it in the trash. You never know where it might go from there,” says Yoder.
 

Artist Statement 

Many people take great comfort in the bathroom towels being the same color as the soap, toilet paper and tiles. It means there is a connection between them, and an environment of order. Home is not only a place of comfort, but of control. This sense of order, in whatever form it takes, acts as a shield against the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world.

My work is an examination of the different forms this shield takes, and the thinking that lies behind it. I use domestic objects as the common denominators of our personal environment. Altering them is a way of questioning the attitudes, fears, and unwritten rules which have formed that environment and our behavior within it.
 

Artist Bio

Andy Yoder’s work is in numerous public and private collections, and exhibitions include shows at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Winkleman Gallery in New York, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and Art in America. Commissions include works for ESPN, Continental Airlines, Progressive Insurance, David and Susan Rockefeller, and the Saatchi Collection. He currently maintains a studio at Stable in Washington DC, and was recently awarded a grant from the Corcoran Women’s Committee.

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