August 8 -September 12, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, August 8 from 7-9 pm.

Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new bodies of work by artists Adam Ryder and Dan Perkins. The exhibitions will run from August 8 until September 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 8 from 7-9 pm.

Through photography, found imagery and other media, Adam Ryder presents a new body of work that operates as evidence of a secretive fraternal organization known to its members as “Renovatio Imperii”. Latin for “restoration of the Empire”, Renovatio Imperii is purported to be clandestinely involved in geo-political affairs and claims ties to the Roman imperium of classical antiquity. Inspired by the neoclassical architecture of Washington, DC, conspiracy theories and the Masonic brotherhood, Ryder cleverly employs found objects, imagery and manipulated photographs of familiar landmarks in order to build a case for Renovatio Imperii’s existence and their ominous hand in global affairs.

In Alone In the Woods, painter Dan Perkins immerses viewers within a dreamy, solipsistic world devoid of human presence. Perkin’s romantic, solitary landscape paintings merge 19th century notions of the picturesque and the sublime with 21st century interruptions: digital desktop interfaces, cell phones and computer graphics. These incongruous pairings result in landscape paintings that oscillate between transcendent clarity and playful digital flatness, thereby calling into question the true or illusory nature of the scenes depicted.

Adam Ryder received his MFA in photography, video and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY in 2011. In addition to his photographic practice, Ryder is a contributing writer for Photograph Magazine. Ryder’s self-published books are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, CA, The New York City Public Library Photography Collection and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Library. He has been featured in various group exhibitions including RF/AV and Rational Formal at NurtureArt in Brooklyn, NY (2015); Interweb at Grand Art Haus in New York, NY (2015); and Art After Clark at the Schiltkamp Gallery in Worchester, MA (2014).

Dan Perkins received his MFA in painting from American University in 2013. Perkins has exhibited throughout the region and abroad: recent exhibitions include Dweller at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (2015); Studio Resident’s Biennial at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD (2015) and Salon Zürcher with Curator’s Office at Galerie Zürcher in New York, NY (2014). His paintings are held in the collection of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities of the District of Columbia, the Katzen Museum at American University and many private collections. He is 2014 Hamiltonian Fellow, and maintains a studio at School 33 in Baltimore, MD.

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