Last week I had the amazing opportunity of seeing two shows. One that has been open that I have been dying to go to and the other that just opened. Here are a few thoughts to hopefully entice you to see them before they are gone….
Conner Contemporary is currently showing Leo Villareal through June 30. This is Villareal’s fifth solo show with the gallery and is certainly a huge success. Using LEDs, Villareal creates abstract imagery that glows so brightly, even in the light of day. Although minimalist in nature his latest body of work, at Conner now, truly is larger than life and captivating. My personal favorite from the show, Invisible Hand, stands alone in a dark room. It alternates between colors and patterns of flashing light; it kept my eyes locked to it for some time. Recently, it was announced that Villareal’s work would be joining the permanent collection at the Phillips Collection. Villareal’s work is no stranger to the walls of some of the world’s greatest collections, including the concourse of between the east and west buildings of the National Gallery of Art. This is definitely a show worth seeing before his work is included in the price of admission.
The second show, that just opened, is that of the queer collective, Boys Be Good. Like the rest of Washington, through Metro Weekly and other channels, I had been following along as the latest collective of artists prepared for their June show. The opening was buzzing with people who, like me, wanted to see the latest from the work of the members of the collective but it was the work of one artist that had me there until the very end, Cassidy Duhon. A photographer by trade, Duhon’s created three large word prints reflecting deep sentiments of being a homosexual. His work is powerful and really makes you wonder the circumstances in which these were created. Within the words you can vaguely make out the figures of people, but only from a few feet away. Boys Be Good will be showing Duhon and many other artists now through July 17 at Arts@1830 with a performance piece on June 19th.
If you have time… Don’t miss both of these boys (and more)!
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