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

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

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