Canadian-born, Brookland-residing sculptor Mia Feuer has been steadily and quietly crafting her art in D.C. (and exhibiting it throughout the Eastern Seaboard) for years. An Unkindness—which is, by all accounts, a smashing interpretation of the impact humans, and our fondness for oil, can have on the natural environment—is her breakthrough, big-name, title-card exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. And at 32 years old, Feuer is one of the youngest artists ever to display there.
An Unkindness' predominate feature is Rink, an ice rink in the Corcoran's rotunda—that's the aforementioned opportunity to skate on literally black ice (which is actually plastic, and required a whole lot of work to pull off). Hockey skates are a throwback to Feuer's dad, a goalie, and the synthetic ice knits together other elements of An Unkindness: ecosystems reshaped by human hands for profit and the social and environmental effects of drilling for oil in Canada, the Suez Canal, and the Arctic Circle.
(video compliments of the Cocoran Gallery of Art.)
An Unkindness is on view until Feb. 23. Regular admission to the Corcoran Gallery of Art is $10; the museum is open 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Thursdays through Saturdays.