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Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Art of Sound, Handwriting and Conversation Edition

Thursday, July 24

Washington Project for the Arts - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This Thursday, WPA presents the sixth installment of the Lobby Project with the work of artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. The exhibition features 280 prints created solely on an iPad examining the role technology and social media play in the arts. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE.

Transformer and Artisphere - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transformer and Artisphere present the culmination of sounds created during the three months of the Exercises For Emerging Artists program, which focused on artists working with sound art. E11: Coda is the final movement in this process and will be on display for three weeks at Artisphere's Terrace Gallery. To read more about this exhibition, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, July 26

Harmony Hall Regional Center - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Tom Kenyon will be at Harmony Hall Regional Center for the final day of the exhibit, Dreams of Speed. His artist talk delves into his inspiration for the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on this event, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

Pleasant Plains Workshop - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop to celebrate the art of handwriting with artist Danielle Scruggs. Make sure you bring along your favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter to transcribe. For more information about this wokrshop, click here.  (Note this is in Brookland, not on Georgia Avenue). 

Pleasant Plains is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Bursting in Air! - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists will turn the Route 1 Overpass into a focal point for the Gateway Arts District. Spend the afternoon celebrating this unique event with live music, performances, and refreshments. To read more about this event, click here.

Bursting in Air is located at Franklin’s parking lot at the railroad overpass on Route 1 in Hyattsville, MD.

Project4 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyware explores the work of three artists collaborating through social media to create pieces that are in constant change and dialogue. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson reflect on contemporary issues and reevaluate the mundane or overlooked in our cities. For more information, click here.

Project4 is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Photo Credit: Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

5 Things That Might Be Kinda Fun... I Hope!

Although I will sadly be up in NY for Art Southampton... Here are 5 things that would be fun for an ArtSee weekend: 

1. TONIGHT... If you don't have plans... Head over to Arlington at Artisphere for E11: Coda opening with Transformer 7-9 pm [link] 
2. Also TONIGHT Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. opens his WPA Lobby Project from 6-8 pm [link] (photo credit!)
3. On SATURDAY night Project 4 Gallery on U St opens Everyware from 6:30-8:30 pm [link]
4. Bursting in Air and art, music, food and beer extravaganza will be SATURDAY from 3-8 pm in Hyattsville, MD [link]
5. Persephone, curated by DC' Eames Armstrong at Capital Fringe, closes this SUNDAY with a performance in collaboration with Hayley Cutler at 7 pm [link]

HAVE A BLAST! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

East City Art Round Up: Brookland Third Thursday Edition

Thursday June 19

Brookland Arts Walk - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Third Thursdays in Brookland, one may visit over 29 open studios in the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. Two of the spaces, the Washington Drawing Center and The Wild Hand Workspace will host opening receptions (see details below). Enjoy food and live music courtesy of Danceplace featuring performances by Polvo & Scree starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St, NE

Washington Drawing Center - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington Drawing Center presents Chris Dolan’s 07092012-09212013: Recent Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland. Dolan “set himself the challenge of producing one landscape every day for the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.” For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

Washington Drawing Center is located in Studio #7 on the Arts Walk

The Wild Hand Workspace- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also in Brookland, The Wild Hand Workspace will host an opening reception for the illustrations of Hannah Dean in her first exhibition It’s a Wonderful Life. Her work examines relationships and organizational themes spanning a variety of media. To read more about the exhibit, click here.

The Wild Hand Studio is located in Studio #8 on the Arts Walk

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WPA Professional Practices presents Working with Galleries. The panel discussion, led by experts in the field, will help artists navigate through the challenges of working with a gallery. This event is free for WPA members and $10 for non-members. For more information about panelists and the event, click here.

The panel will be held at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

doris-mae - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get a last look at the site-specific installation of Hsin-Hsi Chen (she’s covered an entire room, floor to ceiling, with her work!) and Amanda Kates’ intensely colored multi-media work. Meet the artists at this reception before the exhibit closes on Saturday.  Details found here.

doris-mae is located on the second floor at 1716 14th Street NW.

Friday, June 20

Washington Sculptors Group - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Sculptors Group has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to present Gedankenexperiment. Curated by Sarah Tanguy, this exhibit draws inspiration from scientific and mathematical theories. To read more about this event, click here.

The AAAS is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW.

Montpelier Arts Center - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Montpelier Arts Center for a reception honoring this summer’s exhibitions. The reception will feature three exhibitions in the Main Gallery, the Library Gallery, and the Residents Artist Gallery.  See work from the Washington Sculptors Group, Elizabeth Burger and Melissa Burley. For details on this event, click here.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD.

Saturday, June 21

Brookland - 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

Gallery O on H - 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

After taking Rajan Sedalia’s street art class stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood. In addition to viewing the gallery’s permanent collection, visitors can peruse “The Shops” starting at 4 p.m. while the music begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Explore the Brookland Arts District this "Third Thursday" with over 29 artist studios and galleries open from 6-9pm.  (Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art).

5 things for the next few days...

A TON going on Thursday night but take Friday/Saturday to hang out, enjoy a cold one and the non-arts related events in DC... But otherwise here are my 5! 

1. TONIGHT grab a drink for happy hour with Transformer for the FlatFile monthly mingle from 6-8 pm [link]
2. WPA hosts professional practices panel on working with galleries from 6-7:30 pm THURSDAY [link]
3. It's a Wonderful Life, a solo show featuring Hannah Dean opens at Wild Hand at 6 pm [link]
4. Brian Petro opens a retrospective of work from 1996-2014 at Art17 from 6:30-8:30 pm [link]
5. CLOSING PARTAY for Softer, Softest on THURSDAY from 7-9 pm [link]
6. Also... In case you missed it... The found this mystery man in a Picasso painting [link

Happy Hump Day! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

This Weekend: 5 Creative Things To Do

Let's get right down to it.... Since # 1 is OUR awesome Brookland Creative event TONIGHT, I'll throw in an extra: 

1. Brookland Creative TONIGHT at 728 Lawrence St NE [link]
2. Fathom Gallery presents Nima Veiseh TONIGHT from 6-10 pm [link]
3. WPA opens HOTHOUSE VIDEO by Brandon Morse at Capitol Skyline TONIGHT from 6-8 pm [link]
4. YOUNGPAYNE & The Kids Table present: Color Me Collaborative FRIDAY 6-9 pm [link]
5. FLOAT opens at Transformer SATURDAY from 6-8 pm featuring the work of four unique artists [link]
6. ALL WEEKEND: Mid City Artists Open Studios... Amazing art, great people and a chance to buy from the artists [link]

I know... Lot's to do on Thursday but that gives you time to relax this weekend and enjoy the sunshine! See you at #brooklandcreative 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Black & White Edition

Friday, April 25

Mount Rainier Better Block– 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mount Rainier’s Better Block Project kicks-off its third year of festivities featuring Lesole’s Dance Project, Urban Eats Arts and Music Café, Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio, Beloved Community Mosaics, artist Kenny George and Patrick McDonough’s Chard/Hops spot, a Hoop Jam by Noelle Powers to the body rollin’ tunes of BOOMscat, an open studio at Ani Kasten Ceramics, a pop-up exhibition by Krista Schlyer and family crafts with Community Forklift.  For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

The festivities will take place between Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street in Mount Rainier, MD

Saturday, April 26

39th Street Gallery 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Eric Rhein will hold an artist talk at the gallery to discuss his current exhibition Natural World.  The subject matter of Rhein’s mixed media work is heavily influenced by his HIV positive status.  To read more about natural world, click here.

The 39th Street gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, second floor, Brentwood, MD

Capitol Hill Art League–  5 p.m. to  7 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Art League’s Black & White & In Between exhibition will showcase league member’s work in all media.  Juror Richard Dana will speak at 5:30 p. m. to discuss his selection and process.  For a list of selected artists, click here.

The CHAL exhibition is located at 545 Seventh Street SE at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Saturday Workshops

CHAW–  10 a.m. to  12 p.m.

Take a classic black and white photography workshop with wet-lab; all materials included.  Details here.

SCRAP DC–  11 a.m. to  3 p.m.

SCRAP DC will help you turn invasive plants into paper and ink; create your own botanica art! Details here.

Sunday, April 27

Washington Project for the Arts– 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You can’t take it with you when leave— so goes the saying.  However, as an artist, you can make plans to make sure your artwork is cared for when you pass.  The WPA presents a workshop about estate planning geared towards preserving and cataloging artwork for probate purposes.  Details here.

The workshop will be held in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Spring Studio Tours (Save the Dates!)

May 3— East DC Open Studios & Takoma Art Hop

May 10—  10th  Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Stephanie Bianco.  Artist selected for the Capitol Hill Art League's Black & White & in Between juried exhibition.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

This Weekend: Spring Into Art

So since May starts next week and it's Spring... Right? Here are 5 things to help you Spring Into Art...

1. TONIGHT - Next to Last featuring Corcoran art students at WPA opens from 
2. Just when we thought it was warmer... Shiver opens on FRIDAY night at 7 pm
3. Amateur Status with Transformer and the DC Library Foundation on SATURDAY from 2-4 pm 
4. Back to School - AU opens their student show FREESPACE featuring our very own Shira Karsen on SATURDAY at 6 pm
5. Annnd we celebrated Earth Day this week with 5 local artists - CHECK THEM OUT! 

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Photo Credit: Georgia Nassikas

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Elizabeth
 

Weekend East City Event Round Up: April Super Saturday Edition

Saturday, April 12

Art Enables– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Enables’ April second Saturday workshop is all about the superhero!  Create you very own with all materials supplied. Details on this free activity here.  

Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

Salve Regina Gallery– 2 p.m. (curators talk) 3 p.m. (closing reception)

Meet the curators of Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School and discuss their selection of eight well-known DC artists whose work best represents the Washington Color School.  A closing reception follows.  For more information about the exhibition, click here.    

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE

Catalyst Projects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Capitol Hill-based Catalyst Projects has partnered with doris-mae to exhibit new work by DC-based artist Steve Wanna whose work in A Slight Suggestion combines music, video, sculpture and photography to describe sights and sounds specific to observed locations.  For more information, click here.

doris-mae is located at 1716 14th Street NW, second floor

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In the ongoing Hothouse Video Series, the WPA will inaugurate three Jonathan Monaghan videos whose surreal imagery employ Baroque architecture and science fiction. The animated series loops endlessly while touching on themes of wealth and power absent of morality or meaning.  For more info, click here.

The Hothouse videos are located in the lobby of the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

CONNERSMITH– 5 p.m. (artist talk) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (opening)

CONNERSMITH presents two concurrent exhibitions by artists Katie Miller and Agniet Snoep who have rendered traditional subject matter such as portraiture and still-lifes contemporaneous through the use of 21st Century imaging technology.  For a full description, click here.  Read an interview with Agniet Snoep by East City Art’s Eric Hope here.

CONNERSMITH is located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE

artDC Gallery–  7 p.m. to  10 p.m.

artDC Gallery in Hyattsville is exhibiting the works of eight area-based abstract painters whose vibrant palettes and shapes mirror the arrival of spring.  For a full list of exhibitors, click here.

artDC Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

Sunday, April 13

Montpelier Art Center–  2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DC Glassworks artist Joseph Corcoran and painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann find An Uncommon Intersection between Glass and Paint.  Tzu-Lan Mann’s mixed media work, which can become three-dimensional when her two-dimensional decoupages foliate into large-scale mobiles, seamlessly pairs with Corcoran’s blown-glass sculptures.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit:  Agniet Snoep "Still Life Series: Oyster" 2013, C-Print mounted on aluminum.  Courtesy CONNERSMITH.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: H Street Voodoo Edition

Thursday, April 3

Wild Hand Workspace– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber’s work has been featured in numerous national publications.  Her whimsical, vibrantly colored work will be on display at the Wild Hand Workspace in Brookland .  To read more about Graeber’s work, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located in Studio 8, Monroe Market Artwalk (716 Monroe Street NE)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Initiated in 2009, the WPA hosts a series of annual curator residencies known as InfoEX.  This week, international curator, critic and writer John Barrett-Lennard will discuss recent projects and developments in the art world.  For more information including the portfolio review sessions, click here.

The WPA Curator Talk is in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Saturday, April 5

Riversdale House Museum– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange invites the public to draw inspiration from the Riversdale House Museum gardens and to create art.  The event is free and registration is not required.  For more information, click here.

The Riversdale House Museum is located at 4811 Rivtersdale Road, Riverdale, MD

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Student shows are one of the best parts of the spring exhibition schedule.  This Saturday, students from George Mason and James Madison Universities will display recent work which “embraces process and explores new boundaries.” Details, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

RandallScottProjects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At first glance, Baltimore-based artist Bobby Coleman’s work appears random and non-sequential. However, in The Things I Think I Can Make, Coleman’s work speaks a deliberate visual language that discusses the re-creation of urban objects derived from his memory.  This is the artist’s first solo show   For more information about Coleman’s work, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)

Gallery O on H– 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—  The gallery invites the public to view the art exhibition (non-ticketed).

From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.— Prepare yourself for a night of  New Orleans style voodoo!  The ticketed event is produced by Cirque du Rouge, Gallery O and Palace Productions.  In Snake Oil, Holy Water & Sweet Tea the audience should prepare itself for a night of revelry and burlesque to include juxtapositions between “Shadowmen”- preachers, politicians and charlatans!  More information and required advanced ticket purchase here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Spring will Come Edition

Friday March 21
Salve Regina Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Selman Gallery– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Two seniors from Catholic University have assembled a group of well-known local artists for Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School.   These eight DC artists selected works from their personal art files which represent pieces influenced by the Washington Color SchoolFor list of artists and directions click here.

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE
The Victor L Selman Community Gallery is located at 3305 8th Street NE

Saturday March 22
39th Street Gallery – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In Natural World, artist Eric Rhein catalogs the world he has come to understand as a man living with HIV-AIDS.  Transcending his vulnerability, Rhein creates works in all mediums including photography, mixed-media and sculpture.  The exhibition includes a memorial to people the artist has lost to the disease.  Details here.
The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Now in its 33rd year, the WPA gala and arts auctions is one of DC’s premiere art events and expos.  Friday March 21 is the last day to view Select 2014 before Saturday’s ticketed event.   Full description here.   
Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

Saturday Workshops
CHAW– 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumi-e Ink (last week): Chrysanthemum– Details and registration here.
Black and White Photography- all equipment, materials included – Details and registration here.

Brookland Art Lofts – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Street Art Experience with Brookland Artist Rajan Sedalia – Details and registration here.

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Photo Credit: Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

(e)merge: ArtSee's Picks

Unfortunately, the (e)merge Art Fair is over. But that doesn't mean the conversation (and mild obsession...) has to stop just yet! Below are a few of our favorite artists, now colloquially known as ArtSee Picks. 

Elizabeth Grazioli, ArtSee Founder and Creative Operations Director

David Brown, Goya Contemporary, 2nd Floor:  

The large red forms and fish-like shapes of Baltimore-based David Brown’s artworks were of instant intrigue.  Brown had two bodies of work being shown. The first, a smaller series of black-and-silver ink on paper numbers are made using a directional shift in what Brown calls his "eye motif." His interest in the numbers involves their form and how his "eyes" can make this form appear by simply changing the way he draws them. In contrast, the "Red Eye" series (pictured) consists of skeletal forms that do not entirely fill the page. I was captivated by the empty space Brown leaves around the shapes, opening room to imagine what could be there, while at the same time appreciating the strange form that exists. Brown uses x-rays of vertebrae to find his image but enjoys the imperfection in creating that image out of his tiny "eyes." The red is a deliberate nod to the human body and the blood that connects it, similar to the way the spine functions as a connector. What really struck me about Brown's work was what was not shown at (e)merge. Brown has a series of these "eye motifs" on panel that take different forms. One such piece hangs on the corner of two walls in the home of Amy Eva Raehse, Goya Contemporary curator and executive director. I hope to see more of Brown’s work soon and maybe one day, find a place in my home for one too! 

Si Jae Byun, Washington Project for the Arts, 2nd Floor:

It didn't take long being in the WPA room to realize the talent in Si Jae Byun.  Immediately making the connection to her powerful work from her past show at Arlington Arts Center (AAC), I has instantly connected. What proved to be even more impressive was her process for her silk works WPA presented this year. As explained by Samantha May of WPA, each piece is layered with 4-5 layers of silk with paint and ink applied over it to reveal forms of how architecture and nature intersect.  What stood out most to me are the way Byun's colors pop. They create a wonderful composition of her imagination. 
Si Jae Byun also won the Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize.  

Shira Karsen, ArtSee Creative Assistant

Jeremy Dean, Aureus Contemporary, 2nd Floor:

Native New Yorker Jeremy Dean explores the American dream in sculptural and definitive ways; a presidential face pasted on American printed dollars, the dichotomy between rich and poor, superwoman versus the business man. But the pieces that struck me the most at (e)merge are some of his most current works. "Owe and Own" and "Buy and Sell" are two Chinese-centered pieces a museum in Shanghai commissioned Dean to create. These pieces are deconstructed tourist flags, broken down thread for thread and divided between the horizontal and vertical strands. Dean then reconstructs the flags from that one singular flag, making one out the horizontal and one from the vertical, implanting them onto a board with a needle for each thread. Behind the Chinese flags are the English words, "owe" and "own", a commentary about how the Chinese are owned by the Americans and want to own American goods. Likewise, behind the American flags are the Chinese characters "buy" and "sell". These pieces are so deeply detailed, aesthetically striking and of course, highly political, it would be difficult for me not to admire them.

 Lennox Campello, Alida Anderson Art Projects, 2nd Floor:

A member of the DC-based Alida Anderson Art Projects, Lenny Campello is a seriously energetic and frenetic artist. The works that caught my eye were hanging on the wall, plugged into an outlet. These pieces are original charcoal and graphite drawings that display Campello’s impeccable figure drawing skill with an added 2.0 techy twist: each one has a cut out with a digitally produced image peeking through. They are quirky, fun and totally modern. One of my personal favorites is "Frida Kahol: An Homage to Bloch." Campello is of interest to ArtSee for not only his technical skill, but also his unbelievably smart, savvy and cheap marketing. For a mere $75, a buyer can own an original 8 x 10 inch charcoal drawing, and for $125, the admirer can have it framed and matted by the talented hands of Campello. How do I know this? I bought one myself.

Roxanne Goldberg, ArtSee Creative Writer

Larry Cook, Shanti Grumbine, and Alan Turner, Present Company, 2nd Floor:

Brooklyn-based exhibition, performance and social space Present Company exhibited three uniquely dynamic artists who explore taboo pieces of American culture and who together, revealed a darker side of American society. Curators Brian Balderston, Chad Stayrook, and José Ruiz used cardboard to line the walls of the hotel room and installed additional lighting to create a sleek, clean, curated exhibition space. The extra effort successfully converted the hotel room into an art gallery that highlighted the excellent quality of Larry Cook’s photographs, Alan Turner’s graphite and colored pencil drawings, and Shanti Grumbine’s screen prints. Cook’s striking portraits examining issues of race and racism challenged the viewer with a sense of sincerity and confrontation, while Turner’s “box house” works inserted the viewer within vacated buildings around New York City, begging her to consider economic disparities. Grumbine’s broken horizontal lines reminiscent of a broken television screen were set against a glittered background and hung between the social and economic concerns of Cook and Turner, effectively questioning American media culture and its relation to the issues presented by the other two artists.

 Carol Jackson, Benjamin Bellas, slow, 2nd Floor:

Chicago-based alternative contemporary art venue, slow, presented dark, contemplative, and undeniably humorous conceptual art works that innovatively utilized the fully-furnished hotel room. Walking into the booth, the viewer was greeted by the beautiful script of Carol Jackson. The last words of condemned criminals, so elegantly composed in old-world calligraphy, caused the viewer to alternate between emotions of disgust and contempt, sympathetic compassion, and disturbed hilarity. Humor continued throughout the space, ending under the bed. Crouching near the floor with a flashlight in hand, artist Benjamin Bellas encouraged viewers to crane their necks and lie on the floor in an attempt to see and identify sugar ball constellations. The installation was fun and brilliant for the way in which it engaged the viewer, encouraging a curious audience, and also played with the childhood fear of finding monsters under the bed. Leaving slow’s booth, one could not help but to be affected with a peculiar smile and inquisitive thought. 

Naomi Minkoff, ArtSee Intern

Ali Miller, CONNERSMITH CONTEMPORARY, 2nd Floor:

Ali Miller exhibited many works from her collection bad habits. However, a few small, vibrant pieces stood out to me. These incorporated crystals stuck into the paint. They added a three dimensionally of light and pulled in the viewer's imagination. In her works, Miller takes an ordinary scene from everyday life and departs from it into a fanciful, imagined view of reality. She explores the psyche and the crazy, unexpected directions in which our minds take us. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

The ArtSee Team