Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Callling All Geniuses or genii

Creative Genius Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, April 3 at Aroma Bar in DC
Are you an dancer or a poet? A writer or a graphic designer? A drummer or a tagger? Come out and meet other creative geniuses at Aroma (in the back room) (3417 Connecticut Ave, NW) on Thurs., April 3, 6-8 pm. Artists, musicians, writers, and all creative people are welcome. This happy hour is for you!!!
And, feel free to bring your supportive friends who put up with all your...creativity for this casual networking event. RSVP to
Please pass this on to all your genius friends!!!

Heidi Taillefer, Muse Paintings at Irvine Contemporary

April 5 - May 10
Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, April 5

Irvine Contemporary is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer. Taillefer's oil paintings on canvas and panel are an original creative fusion of realism and surrealism combined with popular traditions ranging from illustration and manga to Victorian romanticism. Her striking imagery combines painterly surrealism with the latest cyborg fantasies--Max Ernst meets The Matrix. Preview images.

About the Artist

Heidi Taillefer began drawing at the age of 3, and after a decade of private art lessons, she began pursuing careers in both fine art and illustration. After studying at McGill University, Taillefer dove into the deep wells of Surrealism and Symbolist painting, illustration and comic styles, and all the variations of cyborg imagery. She developed a style in oils and acrylics known for a fusion of mechanical and organic imagery and the appropriation of symbolic styles. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she also designs book, album, and magazine covers. She has exhibited her paintings through venues across North America, including the McAllen International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas, and she is well-known for having designed the internationally recognized image of "Dralion" for the Cirque du Solei

Image Courtesy of Irvine Contemporary

craigslist and 100 ways to kneel and kiss the ground: two exhibitions opening at Civilian Art Projects

In the main gallery: craigslist

On Exhibit:
Friday, March 21 - Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday, 2 to 6pm and by appointment

craigslist explores how four artists utilize this renowned community website as a conceptual component in their artistic practice. The exhibition features works by the artist team Joseph Dumbacher & John Dumbacher, Jason Horowitz, and Jason Zimmerman and is co-curated by Jayme McLellan, Director of Civilian Art Projects and Andrea Pollan, Director of Curator’s Office. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 21 from 7 – 9 pm. An essay by Andrea Pollan will accompany the exhibition.

The artist team of Joseph and John Dumbacher solicit willing models on to meet them in movie theaters where they create haunting and identity-obscuring photographic portraits. Similarly, Jason Horowitz advertises for models to pose in his studio where he shoots extreme close-ups of their body parts and then explodes the scale of the image to create an unsettling nexus of anonymous portraiture and landscape. Jason Zimmerman exploits images posted by users on as his raw material. He creates digital photo albums of hundreds of individuals who publicize their sexual availability by uploading images of their naked bodies but with their facial identities distorted or obscured.

100 ways to kneel and kiss the ground

Concurrently on exhibition with craigslist is 100 ways to kneel and
kiss the ground
, photography by Kate MacDonnell, curated by Jayme McLellan with an essay by Kristen Hileman, a Washington D.C.-based curator working at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Kate’s photography is inspired by and departs from the new topographic school of photography and its prolific photo-documentation of the suburbs during the 1970s and 1980s. Inspired by such photographers as Lewis Baltz, Chauncey Hare, Bill Owens, Robert Adams and Catherine Wagner, Kate builds upon and departs into the documentation of a more personal environment. “Born into this changed landscape and growing up with its visual language…my images are often diaristic, shot within domestic interiors or places that I know intimately,” says the artist. “I look critically and with awe at ordinary, seemingly aesthetically devoid spaces… My domestic interiors are a celebration of the ordinary, of a calm or soothing or just familiar place that does not have the velocity or multiplicity of the outside world. If there is clutter, it is the domestic clutter that dust has comfortably settled upon. If there is life, it is plant life that grows little by little -- imperceptibly. If there is human life it is already fixed in time as a photograph, now rephotographed. Though these pictures celebrate the banal, they also act as reminders that something, many things, are happening outside of the frame.

According to Hileman, “Kate takes us beyond the classic ‘decisive moment’ of photography to an instant that seems impossible.” Precisely mediated and re-mediated which Hileman discusses in her text, Kate’s work reveals a patient, watchful eye that connects these moments in a way that seems to slow our pace and allow for space and time to consider. Instead of jumping from image to the next, as one might read a narrative or watch a documentary, each image uniquely holds the viewer, providing a chance to weigh its power and connection to a larger whole.



May 9 – June 15, 2008
Capitol Plaza building, located at 1200 First Street, NE
(at the corner with M Street)
Washington, DC 20002
Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet Univ.
(M Street exit)
Free admission. Donations accepted

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 pm – 10 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: Noon – 2 am
Sundays: Noon – 10 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s eclectic, engaging — and occasionally even eye-popping — arts extravaganza is back this spring and promises to be more of a draw than ever before.

The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) will host this year’s homegrown art extravaganza, Artomatic. From May 9 through June 15, 2008, hundreds of local and regional artists will exhibit their works throughout the Capitol Plaza building, located at First and M Streets, N.E., just one block west of the New York Avenue Metro station.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and incredibly diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free musical, dance, and theater performances; holiday celebrations; films; educational presentations; and much more.

This year’s Artomatic, occupying 200,000 square feet at Capitol Plaza, will be the largest to date. Designed by the renowned architect Shalom Baranes and owned by Polinger, Shannon & Luchs, Capitol Plaza offers 293,000 rentable square feet of Class A office space, with dramatic Capitol and city views from the upper floors.

Announcement from the artomatic web site