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.

Monday, April 7, 2008

You drive me ape, you big gorilla! APES on Tour

DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

The deadline for the DC Shorts Film Festival is April 15th!
Be sure to get your films in now!

MovieMaker Magazine calls DC Shorts “one of the nation’s leading short film festivals.” Filmmakers enjoy fabulous parties, city tours, and are provided with housing, meals and transportation. But most importantly, they enjoy the opportunity to meet and learn from other filmmakers — an experience that comes from the premier showcase dedicated to short films and the people who make them.

In 2007, DC Shorts reviewed more than 500 entries from around the globe. We selected 89 short films for screenings at 8 showcase, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 100 filmmakers in attendance.

Lu Zhang at Randall Scott Gallery

Lu Zhang
Meditation, Time and Seduction
April 19th-May 24th
artists reception April 19th 6-8pm


Lu Zhang creates highly intricate drawings that explore the nature of time, the structure of objects, and chaos found in structure. Her drawings are both intimate and expansive. She deconstructs her elements into delicate marks, fading watermarks and long, flowing strands of line, utilizing ink, graphite and tar on both paper and panel.


In her first solo exhibition, Zhang presents three dissections of life: Meditation, Time, and Seduction. Her drawings, organic and flowing in free form meditative abstraction pull from a beginning of "Object" and quickly breakdown the elements of structure as her hand, mind and eye spontaneously work in unison to "see" through what is surface. Zhang thus recreates elemental structure and forms a new order to what is around her.
Time is represented, not as a expansive linear equation, spiraling around a point of origin, but as layers of sediment, debris that collects on a blank surface, a white space that becomes a sculptural platform meant to capture a recording of thought as falling drawings.
In her Opera series, Zhang is drawn to intricate headdresses and costume beards of Chinese Opera characters. These objects themselves were seductive; fine wrapped lines, torqued and pulled, amounting to an abstracted, iconic, dense, and solid form. They are an important signifier of gender, specifically masculinity and the experience that comes with age. Zhang presents an iconographic form, often appearing centrally on the page, almost symmetrical. This image, however, is created though the density of lines, allowing a certain movement and shifting of a seemingly static form.


Lu Zhang is based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004 and then went on to study at the Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Amy Lin at Art League Gallery













Amy Lin: Interaction

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8pm
Thursday, April 10 from 6:30-8pm at the
Art League Gallery,
Torpedo Factory,
105 N. Union St, Alexandria

Gallery Contact: 703.683.1780 http://www.theartleague.org
Preview of work: http://www.amylinart.com
Exhibition Dates: April 10 - May 5, 2008
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: noon - 5 pm
Other: The drawings in this show appear courtesy of Heineman Myers

Jason Horowitz's "Corpus" at Curator's Office










Corpus
Jason Horowitz

April 12 - June 21, 2008
Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 17 6 - 8 pm
in conjunction with the gallery receptions at
1515 14th Street NW, Washington DC

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"x63" 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 für 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.

Image Above: Jason Horowitz, Scott, archival digital print mounted onto Sintra, 42" x 63", 2007

Friday, April 4, 2008

Mini Interview

URBANCODE TALKS WITH ALBERT SCHWEITZER

UC: Where does the inspiration for the characters in your "pictorial dramas" originate?

AS: I have always been drawn to the image of a figure. I paint very spontaneously, and at times the images seem to have no rhyme or reason to them. It’s almost like a bunch of people on a city bus, or in line at a supermarket, all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, I paint people I know, or I am painting an autobiographical world that I live in. The paintings are arranged like a narrative, doing nonsensical things to each other. My work evokes many different emotions. Emotions of love, loss, angst, despair, sexual erotica, passion, laughter, comical situations, and uncertainty.

I love jazz and the blues and when I paint, I feel the colors and emotions fly from them; I think my paintings are about where I and others fit in this world. I also love cats and they end up in my work, as well as other animals.

UC: You switch between mediums quite easily, from paint, to sculpture, to clay. Can you tell me a little about that?

AS: I have always felt a need to work simultaneously in 2-D painting and 3-D sculpture, when I was an undergrad; I took ceramics and painting, and was taught to draw properly. It seems only natural for me to do this, to build these sculptures and give them a world that they belong in, and interact with these other people in my work. I build static boxes or dioramas and place these figures in them, and then to place them in a story telling theme, it’s almost like a folk story.

UC: What artists do you feel the most kinship with?


AS: I have always loved Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn, when I saw Appel’s painting “Angry landscape” I felt his instant, emotional sense of the human condition. His painting was like an impromptu explosion of emotion escaping into the atmosphere. I also am quite moved by Otto Dix’s political paintings of WWII, and Joan Miro’s weird wonderful worlds, between hell and bliss. The artists I admire, depict fantasy, and embrace a Dadaistic nature, giving symbolic meanings and depicting dream like states. They push the imagination.

Bio:
Alber Schweitzert is a visionary artist who lives and works in Baltimore Maryland. Although classically trained his paintings are imbued with the naive, raw simplicity and energy that one would associate with outsider art. As a student Albert studied with Grace Hartigan. This association with Grace Hartigan has created a lasting influence on his work.

Born in Wisconsin in 1967, Albert now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1990. He received an M.F.A. in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied under Grace Hartigan at the Hoffberger School of Painting, graduating in 1995.

Albert exhibits frequently in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. His work is in many private and permanent collections.

Artist's website: www.albertschweitzerart.com


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Yuri Schwebler?

Mini Interview with Rob Chester

URBANCODE TALKS WITH ROB CHESTER












UC: Your recent work contains elements of 70's fashion photography, eastern block graphic design, Soviet and Moorish architecture co-mingled, and a strong sense of decay and alienation exists throughout. Can you tell me how these elements came about in your work?

RC: Three years ago, I was living in Uzbekistan and traveling Central Asia, experiencing places where cultures have been mixing since ancient times. Moda: Desolation Chic draws from the cross-culturalism in that part of the world. I saw elements of past and present, decay and grandeur, existing together and incorporated into a surreal setting. The people display stoicism in the face of change; civilizations rise and decline but people go on, life endures.

To embody these concepts in my new work, I pulled from drawings, photos, and found media collected during my travels. The printed material consists of old currency, newspaper, and a 1972 Soviet fashion magazine. Each element adds a layer to the story: They tell of the past and of the future as globalism and the increasing speed of change leave people alienated in the landscape.

UC: Your use of text in your compositions is quite assertive. Can you tell me a little about that?

I first came to use text in my images by way of comic books. I started making comics when I was a kid and continue today. Mixing words and images is a potent form of communication. I use it in my images to convey a meaning or to simply draw a viewer into the composition and hold their attention. I find that even a sentence or word fragment adds new dimensions as it causes the audience to formulate their own connections.

For much of the type in Moda, I experimented with various custom-made model decals.

UC: Some of your works are dark and moody, still others contain bold, electric, sometimes glowing color. How do you choose color and what do those choices mean to each respective composition?

I usually focus on a single color in my subject, and build the scheme from there. I start with a neutral base mixed from the primaries and white and add unmixed color to that in order to draw out the hues I'm looking for. I use the same neutral as the base for all the colors in a single work or series, giving them a unified look.

I've always been going for an emotional atmosphere in my work. I used to think I had to use dark colors to get at this, but later discovered that bright color adds an unexpected depth to the emotion. I like how it conveys lightness even while the overall atmosphere may be ominous. I think that mirrors true emotions, which are often not as simple as black and white.

UC: Thanks Rob

Bio:
Rob Chester was born in Independence, Missouri in 1978. His mother is an artist and educator and has encouraged his creativity since he can remember. During his undergrad he studied painting for a semester in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Missouri Central. After living as an active artist in Kansas City, he joined the Peace Corps with which he taught and explored Asia for two years. After returning to The States he relocated to Washington DC, where he maintains his life as an artist. Rob has been represented in numerous galleries and juried exhibitions across the United States and abroad.

To learn more about Rob Chester's artwork see:

http://www.robchester.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alive_world_runners/collections/72157603535095423/

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

GRAND OPENING: STUSSY WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER

CHECK OUT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE
WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER OF STUSSY!
Special Guest DJ
BIZ MARKIE
THURSDAY APRIL 3RD
At CHLOE 2473 18th Street NW
in Stinky-Assed, Funky Butt Adams Morgan
10pm - 2pm FREE Giveaways

Check this totally fly Stussy apparel store and a cool little corner of the city! Have you noticed the stores popping up around 18th and Florida. Kinda different than the other areas of the city. It's got its own flavor and its nice to see this block doin' it's own thing.
Entrepreneur "Adrian" has got something going on there and YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT! I'm lovin it myself and as soon as the man pays me my little pittance I'm gonna scoot down there as fast as I can and scarf some of the awesome tees they got for sale. All at totally affordable prices! In fact some of them are insane! I'm lovin this!
GO TO THIS STORE!
1781 Florida Ave. NW
Phone: 202.265.1155

Hey All you Artomaticians

ARTOMATIC Happy Hour
Tonight! Wednesday, April 2nd, 6-8 pm at The Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW, Washington DC 20036. Come on out!
Artomatic Happy Hour happens the 1st Wednesday of every month. The next meet up will be Wednesday, May 7th.

ARTOMATIC 2008
Registration for visual and performing artists is now open
Click Here To Register and Reserve Your Space
.

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

Important dates:

  • Site Selection: April 12 - 15
  • Installation April 16 - May 7
  • Opening: Friday, May 9, Noon
  • Closing: Sunday, June 15
  • Deinstallation: June 18 - June 29

All-Committees Event Planning Session

Saturday at 2:00 PM the Steering Committee Chairs are sponsoring an information sharing and planning session at the Artomatic site for anyone interested in volunteering. Committee chairs will provide updates on their work to date, attendees can discuss projects, provide input, and ask questions. Newbies welcome.

To suggest agenda items, contact steering@artomatic.org

Volunteer Opportunities

The Visual Arts Committee offers several ways to have fun with your fellow artists and art lovers:

  • Do you have a skill you would like to teach to children on a Saturday afternoon? Contact kids@artomatic.org
  • Do you have a topic on which you would like to lead a workshop for adults and possibly children? Contact workshop@artomatic.org
  • Would you like to lead a tour of your favorite artworks? Contact tours@artomatic.org!

General volunteering inquiries: volunteer@artomatic.org
Performing Arts committee: Perform@artomatic.org
Visual Arts: Visual@artomatic.org
Marketing and Development: Marketing@artomatic.org
Event and Program Management: Event@artomatic.org

Design on a Dime
We need furniture donations to fill the music halls and multiple lounges. Couches, chairs, love seats, folding tables, folding chairs, coffee or lamp tables, and lamps (floor or table). Contact Patrick at 202-413-0956 to arrange pick up.

DC Arts Center and Theatre Du Jour present













Self Accusation
by Peter Handke

Translated by Michael Roloff

Directed by B. Stanley
Assisted by Rachel Reed

Who are you? Are you what you should have been? How did you become who you are? Can you face your inaction, your culpability, your own judgment? Theatre Du Jour presents an aural spectacle that invades your awareness and permeates your experience. “A spectacle without pictures, inasmuch as they give no picture of the world,” as described by the Austrian author, who wrote this “Speak-in” in 1966. The words of this spectacle take us from birth to the present, from awareness of self to awareness of action, from duty to demands, from expression to language, and from what we thought to what we became.

Back by popular demand following a successful short run in November. Don’t miss this chance to see Self Accusation before the production heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland as a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theatre festival in the world.

Featuring Jerry Herbilla and Kris Roth. Sound design by Nate Taylor.

April 10 – May 31, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
(No shows on May 1, 2, 3 or 22, 23, 24)

$15.00/ 12.00 DCAC members

DC Arts Center, at 2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC
Info/Reservations (202) 462-7833
www.theatredujour.org

Migration: A Gallery presents...

Michael Janis, Tim Tate and
Erwin Timmers

Migration: A Gallery features the work of three leading glass artists from Washington DC for its April show. Tim Tate, whose work hangs in the Smithsonian, incorporates video into his blown glass sculptures to astonishing effect; Michael Janis "draws" with glass powder and creates complex sculptural narratives with fused and blown glass; Erwin Timmers is one of Washington's leading green artists and works magic with recycled glass and neon. Together, they are the directors of the acclaimed Washington Glass School.

Opening reception with the artists
Migration: A Gallery
DATE: Friday, April 4th
TIME: 5:30pm - 8pm
LOCATION: 119 5th St., SE Downtown