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!

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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!