“That Which Was Once Whole”

Exhibit dates: Wednesday, December 7, 2016–January 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8, 6:30–8:00 pm

105 North Union Street —  Alexandria, Virginia 22314

In “That Which Was Once Whole,” Dennis Crayon uses scraps of photos as starting points for his paintings and expands outward, extrapolating to fill in everything outside the bounds of the snapshot. Only there is no snapshot­; it’s all one painting. Crayon, a skilled trompe-l’œil artist, tricks the eye with delicately painted edges and perfectly painted pieces of tape.

For Crayon, this is a way of exploring and thinking about the past, and he compares his photo scraps to the fragments left of Pompeian frescoes. However, with the frescoes the viewer must take a guess at what was around the fragments to understand the culture and time; in “That Which Was Once Whole,” Crayon leads the way and guides the viewer through history.

Gallery hours:

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon–6:00 pm