Gallery Underground hosts exhibit that challenges viewers in a ‘Where’s Waldo’-esque exhibit.
By Cameron Mellin
Challenging both artist and audience, the gallery show “Hiding in Plain Sight” brings creative minds from across artistic mediums together in the competitive spirit. The Arlington Artists Alliance show tasks submitting artists with the incorporation of a magnifying glass symbol in their work. Whether the piece consists of watercolor, oils, acrylic or even 3-D sculpture does not matter; artists are given complete freedom of expression, making for a gallery of eclectic aesthetics all striving for that blue ribbon. The concept of a hidden image in a piece forces the passerby to “really engage, slow down and look at the art more than they would otherwise,” according to curator Patricia Andril.
Premiering Aug. 3 and running through Aug. 29 at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City, “Hiding in Plain Sight” promotes public interaction with the artistry devised in the audiences’ own backyard. Pieces will be judged on overall quality as well as their ability to seamlessly incorporate the symbol. “We try to add a ‘Where’s Waldo’ twist to the show, encouraging our audience to focus and rewarding them for looking a little bit longer,” says Andril. Can’t catch the summer showcase? Don’t fret, the exhibit will be on display at Arlington bistro Cassatt’s this fall. / arlingtonartistsalliance.org