Monday, April 7, 2008

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


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
Preview of work:
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

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