5 Things For An Art Filled Weekend

It's summer, it's hot, but get out and get #artsee with these 5 things... 

1. Opening TONIGHT at Studio Gallery from 6:30-8:30 PM, The Last Picture Show from faculty and students of the Corcoran  [link]
2. And down in Anacostia... Honfleur opens the 7th Annual East of the River Exhibition TONIGHT [link]
3. TONIGHT - DCAC will open You Can't Put Art on a Pedestal [link]
4. On SATURDAY, Open Studio DC will host a moving/opening party at their NE location from 7:00-9:00 PM [link]
5. And then SATURDAY NIGHT is double the fun at Connersmith with the (e)merge party and opening of Academy 2014 [link]

Hope we see you there! 

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Photo Credit: Connersmith, Work of Emerson Myers

The 25 Project: Cory Obendorfer

In our second interview with on of the amazing artists from the 25th Anniversary celebration for DCAC, the 25 Project. The 9th artist in this exhibition is local artist Cory Obendorfer, the resident artist on making like larger and more colorful.

Obendorfer has been in DC since 2008 when he started his MFA at American University. Lately, he has been seen at (e)merge, Katzen, Mclean Project for the Arts, and Artomatic. He has been known for his larger than life works that bring ordinary, often bizarre images to life. Lately his subject matter has included skaters, popsicles and candy. We caught up with him to do a Q&A about the 25 Project.    

Why the 25 Project? What inspired you to be a part of it?

I've always admired the organizing partners who put together The 25 Project - No Kings Collective and DCAC. I think both have a terrific presence in DC and provide great opportunities for artists. I haven't exhibited with either in an official capacity, so I eagerly jumped on board when I was invited.
What can we expect to see of your work with the Project?
Popsicles. I have been obsessed with painting popsicles recently, larger than life.
What intrigues you about popsicles and skaters?
Both fascinate me, but they contradict each other.
The skaters in my Rollergirl series are icons of contemporary feminism. They are strong, tenacious, feminine, aggressive, dedicated, sexy, playful, athletic. All the qualities I admire.
The popsicles are icons for youth and innocence. They are both general and specific in the way they reach people. Most people share the same response upon seeing the popsicles, but each viewer's tie to the work is very personal. I have heard so many stories of when and where people would get certain popsicles, including their favorite flavors and who they were with at the time. I have seen total strangers stand in front of a popsicle painting and start sharing memories of their childhood. I love that!
The waffle video? Did you lie or not lie?
I lied about the fact that my obsession with the waffle video was a secret. It's totally not a secret.
But I find the video itself hilarious and brilliant!
Here's why it works:
The title of the video gives away the punchline, the waffle will fall over. Which means there will be tension and anticipation as we await the fall.
The waffle itself is a stoic creature. Its grid structure is solid, strong, stable and predictable (and is echoed in the background). Our waffle hero is infallible, and yet we are foretold of its ultimate demise.
The close-up composition creates a monumental perspective. We ignore the fact that it is probably only five inches tall and sitting on a stove. It can easily be perceived as being of a human scale or much larger. This makes the fall more powerful.
When the fall happens, we cannot prevent the action. The waffle does not falter, it simply succumbs to the inevitable burden of gravity and its own weakness as an organic construction.
The waffle does not noticeably bounce or move upon impact. This reinforces the previous conceptions of its monolithic nature.
The waffle commits. It accepts its fate during the tipping, the fall, and the landing. It does not fight its fate.
We feel compassion for the waffle. Our hero has fallen, literally. It is just as difficult for us to accept the waffle's demise as it was for the waffle.
It is a waffle. A breakfast pastry has created the most captivating six seconds of cinema I have ever seen.

For more information on the 25 Project, visit their website here.  And for more information on Cory Obendorfer, visit her website here.

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The 25 Project: Kate Warren Kicks It Off

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), No Kings Collective and 25 amazing, local artists will bring together the 25 Project. The project will celebrate this milestone and the artists that make the DCAC possible.

The first artist in the project will be Kate Warren, otherwise known as GoKateShoot.  Kate has been a staple on the DC art scene not only as a unique artist but as the go to photographer for some of our greatest publications, blogs, and more! In line with the 25 Project, we did a little Q&A with Kate to help kick things off.

You’ve work with No Kings Collective before… What’s that like? What keeps you working with them?

I've worked with No Kings Collective on their last several projects, and find it completely creatively energizing each time. At the Water Street Project I produced the WW Club, a sold out menswear style speakeasy event with whiskey tasting and burlesque. I've also created small murals, fashion video installations, and had my photography featured in their exhibitions. We're friends, but more importantly they work harder than almost anyone else I know to build the city in which we want to live - that's what keeps me coming back. Their ability to hustle on a dozen projects at once is astounding, and I owe a lot of my own commitment to creative hustle to them. 

What can we expect to see of your work with Project 25?

I err on the deeply personal side when I exhibit my work, so I'll be showing a short series of medium format film photographs that illustrate intimate commonalities in quiet Sunday mornings.  Made with a wieldy, indiscrete Mamiya RZ67 medium format film camera, the act of taking the photo disrupts the delicate moments it seeks it capture, creating a layer of voyeuristic tension within the images. 

What made you interested in this opportunity? 

DCAC gave Peter and Brandon their first start in the arts in DC when they offered to showcase their stunning project, "The Document" several years ago. Since this show is a fundraiser for them, I wanted to pay it forward and help the people who helped the people who helped me. 

Are there any other artists that you are excited to be participating with? 

All of them - the mix of established and emerging artists creates an amazing energy to the show. 

Sweet potato pie... really? Why? 

I'm from Vermont and love fall - sweet potato pie is warm comfort food. I'm ready to hole up and make art all winter, and need just the right food to do it!

For more information on the 25 Project, visit their website here.  And for more information on Kate Warren, visit her website here.

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