The Built vs. Natural Worlds: Pam Rogers and Radio Sebastian at AAC


As many of our readers know, I am a HUGE fan of Radio Sebastian. I featured several of their pieces on my holiday wish list last year for Panda Head Magazine (which were later acquired by the DC Art Bank). This summer, they teamed up with Pam Rogers to open the two-person show Agri Interior at the Arlington Arts Center on June 29. Radio Sebastian will continue the show with a live Ikebana arranging on Thursday, September 12, 2013, followed by a closing reception on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  Their mixed media exhibition explores dual realities through ruptures in the intersection of the built and natural worlds.

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Pam Rogers is an AAC artist in residence that first showed together with the dynamic artist duo Radio Sebastian in 2010 at Hillyer Art Space. For their new show, Radio Sebastian and Rogers created pieces for this show that incorporate their past experiences into artwork. They are true mixed media artists using plants, rubber, polymer clay, books, video, and wall paneling. In this exhibit, Rogers and Radio question familiar reality and ask the viewer to look at what lurks beneath—whether it delights or makes us eerily uncomfortable.

"Faint Fields Faucet no. 5"; 2013; Sculpey on fixtures

Described as one of the highlights of the Arlington Arts Center's summer exhibits by Pinkline Project, Agri Interior will, on September 12, host a live Ikebana sculptural experience.  Directly in response to their organic work, Reiko Blackwell will create flower sculptures in the traditional Japanese style. “Viewers are encouraged to come appreciate the harmony of line, color and shape as they learn about Ikebana [and] sip wine,” says the Arlington Arts Center.

 I personally am looking forward to seeing how the show’s end will coincide with the great vision of these artists. See you there! 

What we're doing this weekend: May 18

After such beautiful weather for a Friday, we are certainly looking forward to an art filled day tomorrow! In addition to checking out any current gallery shows, public art or hitting any of the other usual suspects, tomorrow will be spent mostly one on one with artists in their studios. Here are our Saturday plans: 

52 O St Studios: One of DC's most creative spaces will open its' doors to show off the unique collective of artists that call it "home". The work of the artists at 52 O St includes performance, film, photography, craft, painting and fashion. Attendance is free but for more information click here.

Mid City Artist Studio Tour: In its' tenth year, the Mid City Artist group kicks off summer with their bi-annual studio tours. Featuring open studio hours for over 10 different artists throughout the Dupont, Logan Circle and U Street areas, these studio tours are an amazing chance to get to know local artists, their practice and see their new work. The tours run all day Saturday and Sunday (with different hours for each artist), refer to their website for details.

Project 4: MY KIND OF MAGIC Opening: Guest curated by Brooklyn based artist, Beau Chamberlain, the show explores the studio rituals of ten artists from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto. My Kind of Magic explores the unique techniques, practices and results of an artists work. Opening from 6-8 pm at the U Street location 1353 U street NW, Suite #302. 

And for folks out in Virginia... The Arlington Art Center opens the WPA Options 2013 show. Featuring some of the DC area top artists, the show will kick off with a curator talk at 4 pm tomorrow, with a reception to follow. For more information click here. (Featured photo courtesy of AAC)

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