Hamiltonian Fellows Jerry Truong and Annette Isham ask viewers to reconsider the social and political fabric of their formative years in Social Studies, an exhibition running from February 16 through March 23, 2013. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, February 22 from 7 – 9 pm and an artist talk on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7 pm.

Jerry Truong examines the political implications of the education system through an installation based on the visuals commonly associated with the American grade school classroom. Truong alludes to philosophy, activism, avant-garde art and radical politics by subverting materials such as stackable plastic chairs, blackboards and overhead projectors, thereby framing the classroom as a political apparatus. In doing so, Truong offers a critique of the education system as one that aims to encourage free thinkers but produces compliant members of society instead.

In her latest video and photographic work, Annette Isham portrays clumsy, vulnerable adolescent characters based loosely on her personal experience. Revisiting themes such as premature sexual activity, hallway fights and the importance of fashion branding, Isham reenacts the raw dilemmas that adolescents face during the process of self-discovery.

Jerry Truong received his BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 2006 and his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2011, where he was the recipient of the San Diego Fellowship and Russell Foundation Grant. His recent group exhibitions include The Newtown Project: A Call to Arms! at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art in Washington D.C. andQuestions of Identity: Who, What, Why We Are at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. He currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts & Design at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD.

Annette Isham received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Richmond in 2006 an MFA in Studio Art from American University in 2010. Her recent group exhibitions include Fifteen at International Visions Gallery and Fascinated By at Delicious Spectacle in Washington, DC and Long Island City Horror film festival at the 5Pointz & Local Project Art Space, Long Island, NY. Annette teaches 2-D Design at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Contact Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy with all press inquiries and image requests: amanda@hamiltoniangallery.com