Artists Milana Braslavsky and Lisa Dillin share the intimacies of quotidian objects and grooming rituals at Hamiltonian Gallery from Saturday February 22 – March 29, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 22 from 7-9 pm.

In No Other, Milana Braslavsky creates a portrait of a cherished subject through photographs of objects used in their daily life. China and knickknacks are veiled, creating delicate sculptural forms: the curvilinear shape of a vase is amended by a silk blouse or is swaddled in folds of fabric. In a minimal palette of off-whites, greys and blacks, Braslavsky’s delicately examined objects are sensitive vanitas images that allude to the transient nature of objects and the lasting nature of memory.

Lisa Dillin, meanwhile, offers willing participants a chance primp publicly in Allogrooming Lounge, an architecturally defined social space where hair grooming services will be provided. “Allogrooming”, a term used to describe the social grooming practices of primates, is used to reinforce and strengthen community bonds. Based loosely on the architecture of mall courtyards and apehouses, Dillin’s Allogrooming Lounge provides a venue in which the touch-based benefits of grooming will be provided by six hairstylists to willing participants in an effort to provide a time and space to connect with one another.

Milana Braslavsky received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She has received a Trawick Artist Award, a Baker Artist Grant and has been a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist. She has shown her work at Maryland Art Place, School 33 in Baltimore, and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, and in a curated exhibition at Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL. She currently works as an adjunct professor at several schools in Maryland.

Lisa Dillin received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Sculpture in 2006. Dillin was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Sondheim Prize and is a 2013 Hamiltonian Fellow. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, and Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD, Washington Project for the Arts and Flashpoint in Washington, DC, Artspace in New Haven, CT, and Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY. She works as and adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC and at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where she lives and works.

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