WASHINGTON, DC — Gallery 102 is proud to present the first of our Summer Solo Series projects, (un)sterile soil from artist Ashley M. Freeby. The exhibition runs from June 1 - July 17, 2020. Consisting of seven horizons, the exhibition will debut a new horizon every Monday throughout the run of the show.
(un)sterile soil creates legacy, shifts perspectives, and rewrites the narrative of Black lives taken by the hands of law enforcement. It examines sites from above to below the surface to analyze the essence of trauma remaining at locations of police involved shootings. The inspiration for Freeby's work over the last five years has been a poetic gesture made by a grieving family; a gesture that created an unexpected back-to-Earth monument in Ferguson. The thin layer of road was removed to extract the tainted grounds and replaced to extinguish the trace of a life lost. This re/construction of the Earth has continued to influence their artistic practice. It has stimulated their thinking in the investigating of police-involved shootings through the land.
The series of horizons and their dates of release are as follows:
Introduction - June 1-7
Horizon #1 - Coordinates to Memories - June 8-14
Horizon #2 - Off the Record - June 15-21
Horizon #3 - By The Land - June 22-28
Horizon #4 - Access/Fear to Play - June 29-July 5
Horizon #5 - Excavating the Trauma - July 6-12
Horizon #6 - Rewriting Our History - July 20-26
In addition to the work on view, Gallery 102 has commissioned written works from a group of writers, artists, poets, academics, and critics, which will pair with each horizon that is released. Contributors include: Rohan Ayinde, Sophia Park, Jesse Meredith, Dr. Daniel Quiles, Dr. Nicole Ivy, Kel Dolan, and more.