Monday, June 30, 2008

Sorry for the Blackout!

Urbancode wants to express its deepest regrets that we haven't been on the ball lately. An hellaceous semester in school and some major computer problems have sidelined us for a while, but A new issue of the magazine will be out soon, also some changes going forward will be announced, and regular posts to the blog will begin again shortly. Please stay tuned. We haven't given up on you, our loyal reader or our mission to bring you the most interesting interviews with the most interesting folks in the art scene. Thanks for your patience.
Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Jason Horowitz at Curator's Office

Corpus: Works by Jason Horowitz
at Curator's Office

April 12 - June 21, 2008
A gallery reception for the exhibition will be held on
Saturday, May 17 from 6 - 8 pm.



















Jason Horowitz's provocative large-scale photographs have stopped people in their tracks in DC, Miami, New York, and Portland. Working at the intersection of landscape and anonymous portraiture, Horowitz finds new ground to explore about the human body, not an easy task in our image-saturated society. Horowitz plays with the tension between attraction and repulsion. By exploding scale, he reveals not only the fascinating visual terrain of the body but also challenges our own hidden or unspoken biases about beauty, ugliness, body image, race, sexuality, aging, and the thresholds of exhibitionism.

Corpus is an on-going exploration of people and the human form. The photographs are 42" x 63" archival pigment prints that reveal a hyper-realistic amount of detail about the subject. The images explore the relationship between photographic representation and painterly abstraction and the formal elements in tension with the emotional content of the subject matter. Shot with the same "glamour" lighting set-up used for fashion images, these photographs subvert that process to look at what is real rather than ideal. Larger than life, these images become a vehicle for looking deeply at one's self and others.

This is the debut solo exhibition of Jason Horowitz's work at Curator's Office. Horowitz has exhibited his work at Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC; Peer Gallery, New York, NY; Blue Sky Art Center, Portland, OR; Scope Hamptons, East Hampton, NY; Aqua Art Miami Fair, Miami Beach, FL; The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; PASS Gallery, Washington, DC; Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; the Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA; Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Georgetown University Art Gallery, Washington, DC; School 33, Baltimore, MD; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. His work is in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He is a recent winner of the 2007 Aaron Siskind Award in Photography.

DALEK at Irvine Contemporary



















James Marshall (Dalek), Untitled 2008.3, 2008. Acrylic on panel. 30 X 30 in


DALEK
James Marshall (Dalek): Overweight
May 17 to June 21

Opening Reception for the Artist
Saturday May 17, 6:00-8:00

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20005
202.332.8767
info@irvinecontemporary.com


Performing Arts "Meetup" This Monday

Monday Performing Arts Meetup
at the Indian Head Black Box Theatre

The Indian Head Center for the Arts is an Arts Incubator
for professional Performing Arts companies.

We meet weekly and welcome anyone who is interested in Performing Arts in the entire region. Performers, patrons, volunteers, anyone at all. Each week features a different performer.

Every week a new performer and it's free!
This week our feature performance is:
Irish Music from County Clare,
by John O'Loughlin

Meet new friends and see old friends who love Performing Arts!

  • 7pm - meet and greet and eat
  • 7:30pm entertainment
  • 8pm introductions and news- open forum for your expression
  • 9pm adjourn

This event is free, but you must RSVP on http://theater.meetup.com/189/
or call 301-743-3040 ext 5

Contact: Peggy Palmer
301-743-3040 ext 5
Tell them you saw it on urbancode's blog site!

peggy@indianheadblackbox.org

Rorschach Myth Appropriation II: Creation Stories

MYTH-APPROPRIATION: Creation Stories











"Last time they held this event in the Fall of 2007 they sold out two performances, so they've added an additional performance and have increased the size of the venue! BE THERE!!!

Six timeless tales.
Six new plays.
All created in just six days.

Performing for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Saturday May 24, 2007 at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm (3 shows)
at the WAREHOUSE THEATER (1017 7th Street NW 20001)

It all begins when 6 playwrights chose at random 6 stories and then have 24 hours to adapt them. The directors, designers and casts then spend the rest of the week developing the plays, culminating in an exciting one-night event. Last September the stories were drawn from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, this time around the stories will be adaptations of six Creation Myths from around the world.
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE WAREHOUSE

WRITTEN BY
Randy Baker, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Anne M. McCaw, Shawn Northrip, Malcolm Pellis, Chris Stezin

DIRECTED BY
Cecilia Cackley, Steve Carpenter, Akiva Fox, Chris Gallu, Patrick Torres, Catherine Tripp
DESIGNED BY Hannah J Crowell, David C Ghatan, Veronica Lancaster, Lynly Saunders

FEATURING
Bill Aitken, Vanessa Brandchulis, Tony Bullock, Veronica Del Cerro, Elizabeth Darby, Dan Eichner, Heather Gaither, Julie Garner, Kelsey Grouge, Heather Haney, Niki Jacobsen, Megan Reichelt, Jon Reynolds, Betsy Rosen, Eva Salvetti, Jay Saunders, Colin Smith, Mundy Spears, Josh Sticklin, Reece Thornbery, John Tweel, Andy Wassenich, Wendy Wilmer, Abby Wood, Edwin Xavier

PRODUCED BY
Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell Frederick
MYTH-APPROPRIATION is a part of MAGIC IN ROUGH SPACES, Rorschach Theatre’s play development program.

Christine Gray at Project 4

CHRISTINE GRAY











SPRING THAW
Through May 24, 2008

CLOSING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK:
Saturday, May 17 - 3:00pm

Project 4
903 U Street NW
Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340 fax: 202 232 4341


Christine Gray paints landscapes in oil based on models she has created from common craft materials. The paintings represent this translation from the constructed environment to illusionistic painting, and become fantastically abstracted scenes based on objects domestic and kitsch.

While gestural marks and rich textures compose much of these surreal landscapes, Gray also interposes areas where her source materials are highly rendered. This brings both a compelling balance and an irony to the picture plane. Gray sees this work as speaking to the dysfunction of the "Martha Stewart" system in which individuals imitate models in craft magazines. The work utilizes "failed geometry, failed architecture, and failed illusionism".

Gray elaborates:
"I represent landscape through several degrees of mediation (first through building modest micro-sculptures, then through painting.) This removal from the real reflects what I find to be a prevalent contemporary anxiety toward not only so-called 'nature' but also toward 'the real' itself."

Christine Gray received an MFA from The University of California Santa Barbara, California in 2007 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited in group shows in California and Texas. She currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Sublime Landscape
May 31-July 19, 2008
Opening Recepton: Saturday, May 31 6:00-8:30pm

The expansiveness of humanity’s surrounding landscape has been an age-old captivation. For the summer of 2008, Project 4 will be exhibiting a group show based on interpretations of the Sublime Landscape. Works in the exhibition explore historical issues such as Manifest Destiny as well as contemporary one's such as the increased amount of artifice and development now transforming our landscape, versus the diminishing open land that once defined it.

To display natural scenes of grandeur and vastness connotes broad philosophical questions of existence and romantic ideals. Many contemporary artists choose to depart from this traditional model and focus on trajectories of modern culture which may include the reduction of openness or the rise of new sources of awe. As at one time the depiction of our landscape expressed a purity and idealism, it now addresses the mediations and anxieties present in our contemporary experience.

In the exploration of our landscape, whether seeking new perspectives, personal connections or the Sublime itself, what we take possession of in this vastness and how it’s portrayed is continually expressive of the culture from where the acquisition occurs. Each artist in this exhibition takes ownership of a piece of this broad landscape, which has long served as a metaphor of the individual and society and will continue to bring forth new insights as it is constantly revisited.

Discussion and Lecture at Transformer Saturday, May 17th

Please join Transformer this Saturday, May 17th
for special Here & Now programming:


Saturday, May 17, 2008
*NOTE (all events at 1840 14th Street, NW)

1:30 PM - Discussion of work between selected Here & Now artists and Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Kristen will be leading an abbreviated tour of the exhibition in conversation with artists Jiny Ung (Washington, DC), Mandy Burrow (Arlington, VA), Graham Childs & Lily deSaussure (Washington,DC), and Kyan Bishop & Kate Hardy (Washington, DC).

3 PM - Guest lecture by current Whitney Biennial artist Matt Mullican (New York, NY), presented in partnership with Street Scenes: Projects for DC. Matt will be speaking about his work, sharing images of past and current projects.

Here & Now

May 10 - 24; May 31 - June 14

Focusing on issues of place, time, fragility, security and fantasy, this two-site exhibition features 17 artists creating large scale, site-specific installations and environments within Transformer's project space, and in three floors of the former Church of the Rapture building space up the street from Transformer at 1840 14th Street, NW.

Transformer
1404 P Street NW
Washington DC
202-483-1102


The Washington Film Institute Presents...

EASY RIDER




















Director:

Dennis HopperUSA, 1969, 95 min.

Screenplay:
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern

Cast:
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Phil Spector

Trailer: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/15197/Easy-Rider/trailers

"Easy Rider remains one of the seminal works of late '60s Hollywood both for its trailblazing legacy and its sharply perceptive portrait of its chaotic times."
~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Where & When:
8:00 & 10:00pm screenings
Film Tickets $10 Cash @ Door only
The Goethe Institut
7th & Eye, NW
Washington, DC
202 289 1200

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED


TRANSPORT

SATURDAY May 24
8 & 10pm @ Goethe

"EASY RIDER"

Film Tix $10 Cash @ Door only
Private Drinks Gathering Upstairs 7- 11
No Cover but RSVP Required / DRESS: 60s

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Transformer presents: Here & Now at 2 Locations!

May 10 - 24;
May 31 - June 14

Focusing on issues of place, time, fragility, security and fantasy, this two-site exhibition features 17 artists creating large scale, site-specific installations and environments within Transformer's project space, and in three floors of the former Church of the Rapture building space up the street from Transformer at 1840 14th Street, NW.

May 10 -24

Artists Participating in Here & Now include:

At Transformer (1404 P Street, NW):
Jennifer Burkley Vasher (Placitas, NM)

At 1840 14th Street, NW (entrance on T Street, NW):
Kyan Bishop & Kate Hardy (Washington, DC)
Sonya Blesofsky (Brooklyn, NY)
Mandy Burrow (Arlington, VA)
Graham Childs & Lily deSaussure (Washington,DC)
Derek Cote (Richmond, VA)
Mia Feuer (Richmond, VA)
Lisa Kellner (Hanover, VA)
Jong Sun (Jay) Lee (Baltimore, MD)
Chris Moukarbel (New York, NY)
Amy Rubin (British Columbia, Canada)
Paul Shoemaker (Richmond, VA)
Jiny Ung (Washington, DC)


May 31 - June 14

At Transformer (1404 P Street, NW): Mariah Johnson (Los Angeles, CA) and Valerie Molnar (Richmond, VA)


Please join Transformer's staff and board, and the Here & Now artists in the following special programming:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

1:30 PM - Conversation between Ryan Hill, Manager of Interpretive Programs and Curatorial Research Associate, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and artist Jennifer Burkley Vasher (Transformer)

4 PM - Performance by artist Paul Shoemaker (1840 14th Street, NW)

Saturday, May 17, 2008 (all events at 1840 14th Street, NW)

1:30 PM - Discussion of work between selected Here & Now artists and Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

3 PM - Guest lecture by current Whitney Biennial artist Matt Mullican (New York, NY), presented in partnership with Street Scenes: Projects for DC

Saturday, May 31, 2008 (Transformer)

3:30 PM - Conversation between Cynthia Connolly, Director of the Ellipse Art Center and Curator of The Thread as the Line and artists Mariah Johnson and Valerie Molnar

EXHIBITION HOURS for both Here & Now exhibition venues: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm & by appointment.

48-Hour Film Festival Project

The Washington, DC

48 Hour Film Project

Exhausted Washington Teams Submit Films

Filmmaking teams from throughout the Washington area successfully completed a weekend of, well... filmmaking. Films were due on May 4, and the last few minutes before the deadline saw filmmakers, operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline, rushing to get their films in on time.

All of the films that were submitted on Sunday night will screen this week. Come see what DC area filmmakers can do in a hurry!

want to check out their ...

Filmmaker Blog

Want to hear about the Washington 48HFP from the filmmakers themselves? Then check out the Washington 48HFP Filmmaker Blog, where Washington 48HFP participants tell us stories of their wild weekend of filmmaking.

Screenings

Date: Tuesday-Friday, May 6-9
Time: 7p.m. and 9:30p.m. each night!
Place: AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring , 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Notes: Tickets can be purchased purchased online at www.AFI.com/Silver or at the door. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to get yours early!

One Week Until ARTOMATIC!

ARTOMATIC COMING
MAY 9 - JUNE 15


There’s only one week until opening day for Artomatic 2008, and excitement is building for the arts spectacular of the summer. With more than 100 free events, activities and performances planned over 28 days and nights May 9–June 15, Artomatic is a can’t-miss attraction.

Check out the events on our calendar http://artomatic.org/event
browse the artist catalog, http://artomatic.org/catalog,
or read our latest news release. http://artomatic.org/node/2453

Is Manfred Baumgartner planning a return to DC?

Rumor has it that Manfred Baumgartner, the often surly, sometimes churly, former DC art scene top dog, has been seen looking around DC for a new gallery. Is Manfred ready for a redux? Manfred never does anything on a small scale, so expect him to bring a bit of tony, Chelsea-bred style to DC.

Some of you may remember Manfred form his old digs on R street in Dupont Circle, and on 7th street (his spot presaged the upscale spots that dot the DC artscape these days). Manfred was known to be a bit of a renegade, but time and nearly a decade in New York's trendy Chelsea art district have mellowed Manfred and he couldn't be a sweeter guy! A pussy cat perhaps? We'll see, but it would be a welcome addition to the DC scene if Manfred makes a return to our humble little sphere.
Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Janis Goodman at Reyes + Davis

Janis Goodman
Cross Currents

May 9 – June 6, 2008
Opening Reception: May 9, 6:30-9:00

Reyes + Davis Independent Exhibitions
923 F Street NW #302
Washington DC 20004
Th 2-7pm Fri, Sat 1-6pm and by appointment

Don't Ready to Die Anymore By Benjamin Jurgensen at MEAT MARKET GALLERY

MEAT MARKET GALLERY presents
Don't Ready to Die Anymore

By Benjamin Jurgensen

May 2 - May 31, 2008
Opening: May 2, 2008 6-8:30pm

If blogging were a sculptural practice “Donʼt Ready to Die Anymore” might be the outcome. Observed relationships are presented as a narrative system divided into vignettes, with each piece reflecting collective memories and the rapid changes taking place culturally and environmentally.
The works examine the interconnections of topics ranging from the violent separation of Yugoslavia, to the rapid identity and environmental change in the Disney film Cool Runnings, or even the memorial culture resulting from the murders of Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur. These observations all take place through a hyper-nostalgic lens. The resulting images, framed by media and pop culture, are cropped by lack of understanding and experience. The sculptural works are constructed with mixed materials, medium density fiberboard being the most widely used. The material is machined or hand carved, with varied materials and found objects introduced as necessary. In addition to the sculptural elements, the show includes video works and will launch a web-based project: dontreadytodieanymore.com. The video works parallel the sculptural elements, both in process and content. Through digital randomization and user input, the web-based project will create a complicated system of relationships between image and text.

Meat Market Galllery
1636 17th Street NW
Washington DC
202.328.6328
meatmarketgallery.com

DCAC's Sparkplug!!















DCAC's SPARKPLUG
May 2 - May 11
Opening Reception: May 2, 7 - 9pm
Meet the Artists: May 10, 3 - 6pm
curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow

DC Arts Center’s resident collective Sparkplug launches its first exhibition as part of an ongoing pursuit of adventures beyond the commercial gallery system. Sparkplug is a gathering of a dozen or so Washington, DC metro area emerging artists, curators and writers that meet once a month to discuss their work, explore common concerns and ideas, grow their community, and dream up creative engagements both in DC and around the globe.

Artists: Jenny Walton, Karen Joan Topping, Mark Planisek, Michael Matason, Kathryn McDonnell, Lisa McCarty, Peter Gordon, Deborah Carroll-Azinger

DC Arts Center
2338 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-462-7833

Friday, April 25, 2008

Show John Hanshaw Some Love for His Excellent Film Series

Encourage John to keep his Washington Film Institute film screenings going! He needs at least 200 people to keep this important series viable!

THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN

Saturday April 26 7 & 9:00pm screenings
Film Tickets $10 @ door
Green Party & Expo 6pm - 12midnight
Goethe-Institut
Map/Directions
7th & Eye, NW, Washington, DC
202 289 1200


THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
Directed by Taggart Siegel
Starring

John Peterson, Anna Nielsen, John Edwards, Lester Peterson

Running Time 82 min

GREEN PARTY & GREEN BUSINESS EXPO
6pm - 12 midnight
Tickets $10 @ door
RSVP REQUIRED

Party Ticket Includes:

One Free Drink
Free Hors D'Ouevres
Environmentally Sound Music
Opportunity to Meet & Greet other Greens!
The Chance to Learn more about Green Businesses and Organizations in the DC Metro Area!

A portion of proceeds goes to LIVE GREEN, an organization devoted to making eco-friendly and socially responsible living and business practices accessible, affordable and easy.

Join Amy Lin for a artist's talk this Saturday

Artist Amy Lin Talks about her work
Saturday, April 26 @ 3:30pm
the Art League Gallery
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-1780



Friday, April 18, 2008

Artomatic 2008 Update!

We have almost 700 visual artists and nearly 150 performing artists. While registration remains open for performing artists, registration is now closed for 2-D artists. In order to accommodate the large number of 2-D artists that still needed space and for those on the wait list we met with the building owners and got permission to expand. Artomatic will now be on the 4th - 12th floors of the Capitol Plaza I Building. While we do not have any more spaces for 2-D there still are some 3-D spaces available.

3-D artist that register now: come to site selection at 10:00 am on Saturday and we will hook you up with 3-D space. Please bring proof of payment and tell the person at the desk that you'd like 3-D space. 3-D Artists: Click Here To Register and Reserve Your Space.

Important dates:

  • Installation: April 16 - May 7
  • Opening: Friday, May 9, Noon
  • Meet the Artists Night: Friday, May 16th
  • Artist Social I: Sunday, May 18th
  • Artist Social II: Thursday, June 12th
  • Closing: Sunday, June 15
  • Deinstallation: June 18 - June 29

Artomatic 2008
May 9 – June 15, 2008
Capitol Plaza I
1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave., M Street exit

Photographs by former Ugandan girl child soldiers and Joseph Michael benefiting the Zion project.

Friday Apr 25, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Join the rebirth of Artery 717 and help support the Zion Project and the children of Uganda. Free admission, cash bar, Music, Art, Outreach.
Artery 717 is more than an art gallery. It is more than a venue. It is movement. It is a place where ideas and actions are nurtured for the common good and where creatives gather to stimulate, agitate, articulate and generate. It is a conduit for global change. Artery 717 is pumping life into the underground art scene and partnering with humanitarian causes worldwide.

ARTERY 717
717 N. St. Asaph St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
e-mail

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Frogs! A Chorus of Colors

There's Still Time to Catch This Excellent Exhibit
Very few things are cooler than frogs and I can prove it!
Go see this exhibtion at The National Geographic Society's Explorer's Hall Museum




January 25, 2008 - May 11, 2008

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., at 17th and M Streets NW, the Society is a short walk from Metro’s Farragut North and Farragut West subway stations.
Admission is free. Open Monday through Saturday and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed December 25. For information, call +1 202 857 7588.

O Street Studios "Open Studio"

O Street Studios
Open Studios


Saturday & Sunday, April 26th and 27th, 2008 from 11am-5pm

O Street Artists' Studios 52 O Street NW, Washington DC 20001

TWENTY-FOUR ARTISTS, in one building, working in a wide range of media and styles open their studios for a rare glimpse into the process behind their art. This free event provides the visitor the opportunity to purchase artwork and meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Occupying 28,000 square feet, over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to the practice of Fine Arts in Washington, DC. 52 O Street Studios is located a short walk from Metro's New York Avenue Red Line stop, amidst the burgeoning North Capitol Street corridor. For more information please visit www.52ostreetstudios.org
Image of work in process by Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Christine Gray at Project 4

CHRISTINE GRAY
SPRING THAW

at Project 4

April 19 - May 24, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Project 4 Gallery
903 U Street NW Washington DC 20001
tel: 202 232 4340 fax: 202 232 4341



Christine Gray's paintings represent the translation from a constructed environment to an illusionistic world. Painted from models she creates using common craft materials, the works become fantastically abstracted scenes based on objects domestic and kitsch. While gestural marks and rich textures compose much of these surreal landscapes, Gray also interposes areas where her source materials are highly rendered. This brings both a compelling balance and an irony to the picture plane.

Gray sees her work as speaking to the dysfunction of the Martha Stewart institution for its presentation of perfect craft, food, entertaining, and interior decor as an "Everyday" goal that individuals try to imitate. She explains, "I represent landscape through several degrees of mediation (first by building modest micro-sculptures, then through painting) using themes of failed geometry, failed architecture, and failed illusionism. This removal from the real reflects what I find to be a prevalent contemporary anxiety toward not only so-called 'nature' but also toward 'the real' itself."

Christine Gray received an MFA from The University of California Santa Barbara, California in 2007 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has exhibited in group shows in California and Texas. She currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

If Your ever in Santa Monica!...Bill Miller's excellent Linoleum collages

Bill Miller's EXCELLENT Linoleum collages are on exhibition at Frank Pictures at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.
April 27 - May 28, 2008


If you can't make it to Santa Monica Callie, check out his website:
http://www.billmillerart.com/

Health Harzards in Artist's Materials, Tip #1

Urbancode will be posting health tips about artist's materials from time to time.

Health Tip #1

Some art supplies contain ingredients that are harmful to both humans and the environment. These include naturally occurring heavy metals such as lead, cobalt, cadmium, and manganese, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as turpentine, xylene, acetone, and toluene. So, how can you express yourself creatively while protecting the environment?

Know what you’re buying. The federal government requires that hazardous art supplies be labeled as such. In addition, the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) has developed two supplemental labels to help guide your purchasing decisions:

  • AP (Approved Product)—Indicates that the product contains no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic. It replaces an older AP seal as well as the CP (Certified Product) and HL (Health Label) Non-Toxic seals. The ACMI website lists all products bearing this label.
  • CL (Cautionary Label)—Indicates that the product contains toxic substances but is fully tested and sufficiently labeled with warnings and safe use information. It replaces the HL Cautions Required seal.

If a product’s ingredients are not listed on the label, consult the manufacturer’s material safety data sheet (MSDS), which lists toxic ingredients and provides guidance on spill cleanup and waste disposal. You can request an MSDS directly from the manufacturer or search the online MSDS database maintained by United Art and Education (see the link below).

Find suitable alternatives.

  • Paint—In general, water-based paints (watercolors, tempera, acrylic, gouache) are the best choice. They contain fewer VOCs and don’t need chemical solvents for cleanup. Choose paint colors made from organic pigments such as madder (red) and indigo (blue).
  • Paint thinner—If water-based paint won’t meet your artistic needs, use citrus-based solvents (BioShield Natural Citrus Thinner is an example) in place of turpentine and mineral spirits to thin paints and clean brushes.
  • Crayons—Many crayons are made from petroleum-based paraffin wax. Soybean oil- and beeswax-based crayons provide environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • Inks and markers—Water-based and varnish-free products are a good choice for illustrators and calligraphers because they contain fewer (or no) VOC's.
  • Paper—Choose paper products (including mat and mounting boards) that contain the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Tree-free papers made from kenaf, cotton, hemp, and other natural fibers can also be used.

When the time comes to dispose of these materials, check your local waste regulations. Some products might be considered hazardous waste and cannot be thrown out with the trash.

United Art and Education—Material Safety Data Sheets
http://www.unitednow.com/health/health.asp

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Check out Susan Meehan's Gripping Poetry at Urbancode's Poetry Blog

BIO: Susan Meehan
Four years ago, Susan retired as the District of Columbia’s only Patient Advocate for all persons in substance abuse treatment; one of her most successful poetry readings was to 300 HIV-positive drug addicts and their families. She now devotes herself to politics and poetry. The two were combined several years ago, when Marion Barry commissioned her to write and deliver an inaugural poem for his second term as mayor – "the largest audience I have ever read to"...

For her full bio and three riveting poems see Urbancode's Poetry Blog at:
http://urbancodepoetry.blogspot.com/

Here's a way you or your children can help feed the hungry around the world

OK. How about a bit of shameless self promotion?

I don't often do this, but here's a rare shot of a painting I had at PASS last winter.









Stuart Greenwell
"NEVER let a stranger in your studio"
From the series "A Jackpot of Nothing"
Acrylic Enamel on Masonite, 2007
~10' x 5'

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Washington Film Institute's GREEN SCREEN Presents...

INTO THE WILD
Directed by Sean Penn
Written by Jon Krakauer

Saturday April 19
Goethe-Institut
7th & Eye, NW
202 289 1200

Film
7 & 9:30 pm screenings
$10 cash @ the door
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Reception
6pm - midnight

$5 in advance or $10 @
door
/ 21+ / RSVP REQUIRED

  • Free Organic and Veg Snacks
  • One Free Drink
  • Environmentally Sound Music
  • Opportunity to Meet & Greet other Greens!

A portion of proceeds goes to LIVE GREEN an organization devoted to making eco-friendly and socially responsible living and business practices accessible,
affordable and easy

What better cause than Kids and Peace?

Chalk4Peace
September 14 - 21, 2008

CALL TO AREA ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, GALLERIES, AND PUBLIC/NON-PROFIT SPACES: Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory is still seeking collaborative partnerships (at no cost) from metropolitan DC area arts organizations, art galleries, artists, and public/non-profit spaces. If you or your organization can offer a physical space for CHALK4PEACE activities, we need to hear from you. Chalk4Peace is a great, low-budget way for your organization to involve the public in arts and to promote your organization's mission. What's more energetic than kids working with colored chalk?
Many in the Washington DC arts community may know Dr. John Aaron, a prior award winning Director and Curator for the Museum of Modern Arf in Arlington, VA. John's gone on out to California and is now busily spearheading a global non-profit organization called CHALK4PEACE, recently featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (9/14/06). Since 2006, John's efforts have contributed to over 12 - 14 football fields worth of original, intergenerational, and inspirational temporary art for the sake of peace.

This year, Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory is honored to announce we will be working in conjunction with Dr. Aaron and Ms. Marielle Mariano of Woodlawn Elementary School to promote a concentrated Washington DC effort. Our goal is to help expand the work being conducted by CHALK4PEACE. There is simply no better time (prior to elections) and no better location to educate, communicate, participate, and enjoy this great activity.

More information about CHALK4PEACE is at http://www.chalk4peace.org/ or http://www.chalk4peace.blogspot.com/. Information about Dr. Aaron can be found at http://www.modernarf.smugmug.com/ and he can be reached at chalk4peace@gmail.com. Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory is at http://www.shaunaleelange.com/ or shaunaleelange@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Willem deLooper at the Katzen Arts Center















Willem deLooper

The Katzen Arts Center at American University
April 1–May 18

Hours:11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tue–Sun
(Admission is free)

Please go and see Jack Rasmussen's wonderfully curated and wonderfully hung show featuring Washington's dean of abstract painting, Willem deLooper. The show looks great and it spans deLoopers work from the 60's forward. If you remember that time it's great walk down memory lane, as well as a great opportunity to put this artist's work into its proper context. If your not old enough, or weren't around DC in the 70's and 80's, it's a great chance to see where DC art has come from. deLooper is one of the few "direct" links to the acclaimed Washington Color School.

Born in 1932 in The Hague, Netherlands, Willem de Looper studied under Ben L. Summerford and Robert Gates at American University and was the long-time curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. This one-person show examines de Looper's unique contributions to color field abstraction developed during the past fifty years.

Image: Willem de Looper, Untitled, 1970.
75 1/4 x 84 in. Acrylic on canvas.
Courtesy of the artist.