Fade 2 Grey: Exhibit and Artists Talk at Vivid Solutions Gallery

pic courtesy of Adrian Loving, Vivid Solutions

pic courtesy of Adrian Loving, Vivid Solutions

From the Gallery at Vivid Solutions:

Artist Talk: April 19, from 2-4pm         Exhibit Dates: March 7 – April 25

Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is a groundbreaking new solo art exhibition by artist Adrian Loving. His works explore androgyny, gender roles, fashion and the sensationalism of style in 80s pop music. Included in this show is an installation of rare album covers from the late 1970s through the mid 80s from Loving’s personal collection. Themes of New Wave, Punk, Electro Boogie, New Romantic, Sexy Robots, Hair Bands and Jheri Curl Funk all play out through the identity of the artists presented on each album. The primary focus of the exhibition will be a series of six video art installations that will explore the aesthetic tension of duality in the visual identity of select musicians including: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Sylvester, Boy George and Prince all artists who have made an enduring statement in their musical careers through the use of androgyny. These short videos will be Loving’s aesthetic response to his impression of that duality and content of the musicians work. Each video contains a mix of sound, photography, video, text, pattern and rich color. Loving’s artistic goal is to tap into the unique essence, social power and flamboyance of how androgyny is played out in each musician. The viewer is challenged to make his or her own opinions about sexuality, gender and artistry as it relates to these legendary musical figures and confront Western society’s rigid constructs and viewpoints about gender.

*Please take note: Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is the first exhibit at the new home of Vivid Solutions Gallery, located within the Anacostia Arts Center. The new address is 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, just two doors down from its old location.

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Corcoran Uncorked Is Back: What’s New

pic courtesy of the Corcoran

pic courtesy of the Corcoran

Every Third Wednesday

5 p.m.–9 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Corcoran Uncorked is back! Beginning in November, join us on the third Wednesday of every month for a new and different kind of Corcoran experience. Each month brings with it a different themed evening and will include creative art making activities, playful and enlightening gallery talks, tours & games, lively music, a cash bar, and much more. Admission to Corcoran Uncorked is $12, and pre-registration is recommended. Members receive free entry and special offers every month.

Wednesday, April 16

This evening is all about what’s new, up-and-coming, and innovative! Take a tour through the gallery’s spring exhibitionsJennifer Steinkamp and Jimmy Johnson: Loop, Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawing #65, and Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse—and hear Corcoran graduating seniors discuss their work on view in the exhibition, NEXT at the Corcoran. Hear live music performed by three local bands on the rise, and enjoy innovative cocktails all evening long prepared by Muse.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  H Street Voodoo Edition

"Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans."

“Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.”

Thursday, April 3

Wild Hand Workspace– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber’s work has been featured in numerous national publications.  Her whimsical, vibrantly colored work will be on display at the Wild Hand Workspace in Brookland .  To read more about Graeber’s work, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located in Studio 8, Monroe Market Artwalk (716 Monroe Street NE)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Initiated in 2009, the WPA hosts a series of annual curator residencies known as InfoEX.  This week, international curator, critic and writer John Barrett-Lennard will discuss recent projects and developments in the art world.  For more information including the portfolio review sessions, click here.

The WPA Curator Talk is in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Saturday, April 5

Riversdale House Museum– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange invites the public to draw inspiration from the Riversdale House Museum gardens and to create art.  The event is free and registration is not required.  For more information, click here.

The Riversdale House Museum is located at 4811 Rivtersdale Road, Riverdale, MD

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Student shows are one of the best parts of the spring exhibition schedule.  This Saturday, students from George Mason and James Madison Universities will display recent work which “embraces process and explores new boundaries.” Details, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD

RandallScottProjects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At first glance, Baltimore-based artist Bobby Coleman’s work appears random and non-sequential. However, in The Things I Think I Can Make, Coleman’s work speaks a deliberate visual language that discusses the re-creation of urban objects derived from his memory.  This is the artist’s first solo show   For more information about Coleman’s work, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)

Gallery O on H– 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—  The gallery invites the public to view the art exhibition (non-ticketed).

From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.— Prepare yourself for a night of  New Orleans style voodoo!  The ticketed event is produced by Cirque du Rouge, Gallery O and Palace Productions.  In Snake Oil, Holy Water & Sweet Tea the audience should prepare itself for a night of revelry and burlesque to include juxtapositions between “Shadowmen”- preachers, politicians and charlatans!  More information and required advanced ticket purchase here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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Interconnected: Science, Nature, and Technologies Show at Adamson

detail of Cloud, 2014, hand cast resin, stainless steel wire, copper and brass

detail of Cloud, 2014, hand cast resin, stainless steel wire, copper and brass

Adamson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new multimedia installation pieces by Yuriko Yamaguchi.  Like the clouds for which they are named, these ethereal but vital pieces are constructed from networks of steel, copper, and brass wire, which connect hand-cast resin representations of silicon molds made from organic materials. It is from this mixture of the natural and the unnatural: biology and technology; the visible and the invisible; the manual and the automatic; the web and the cloud, that the exhibition takes its main themes. As Yamaguchi says, “I found my purpose in creating works that remind people that we are all connected in many overlapping webs woven out of the common forces that affect the human condition: family origin, economic stressors, religious beliefs, nature, time, place, and technology.”

Yamaguchi likens her process to the “chance operations” of musician John Cage.  For some pieces, she begins by drying cabbage leaves, peeled onion skins and sliced potatoes until they no longer resemble their former selves and are instead almost abstract objects that have taken on new, curved shapes: biological, but not natural. She then creates a silicon rubber mold and hand-casts pigmented resin in a range of colors, which she connects into modules until a substantial shape emerges.  Other pieces make use of leaves, wax,  and coral, all of which are recombined into new and unexpected shapes, colors, and forms. Yamaguchi states, “My work tells me what to do next. I just follow. This process is similar to the growth of an organism.”

It is certainly easy to view Yamaguchi’s exquisite sculptural works, sometimes studded with tiny LED lights, as transcendental organic bodies: the curvature of the resin shapes and the networked wires cast ghostly shadows on the walls and the ceilings upon which they are mounted and suspended. They bring to mind, as the artist intends, a technological rendition of nature; an otherworldly environment. At the same time, they also reference another interplay of technology and nature: the information cloud; a deliberate move on Yamaguchi’s part: “Both are artificial products and both are able to multiply endlessly; once we are determined to destroy them, they can be corrupted instantly. In today’s civilized society, we no longer can live without technology and artificial materials.  We co-exist with them although we are part of nature.”

Yuriko Yamaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan but has lived and worked in the United States since the early 1970s. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been collected by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Museum of American Art.  She is also on faculty of the Studio Art program at George Washington University. This is her second solo exhibition at Adamson Gallery.

Public opening reception: Friday, April 11, 2014, 6-8 PM
1515 14th Street NW

For more information, please contact the gallery at (202) 232 0707 or info@adamsongallery.com.


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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  End of Days Edition

"Pat Autenrieth.  Untitled study (electric grid), 2005, machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted, 26" x 33" (65 x 84 cm). Courtesy of the Artist."

“Pat Autenrieth. Untitled study (electric grid), 2005, machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted, 26″ x 33″ (65 x 84 cm). Courtesy of the Artist.”

Saturday March 8

Harmony Hall Gallery– 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In Thoughtless, Patricia Autenrieth creates work by stitching together mediums as disparate as photographs, fabric and rubber stamps. The end result resembles what most people recognize as a quilt.  An artistic pioneer, Autenrieth championed this medium long before it gained greater recognition in the art world through the advent of feminism and material studies.  Read more about Thoughtless here.

Harmony Hall is located at 10701 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD

Catalyst Projects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Catalyst Projects will be hosting a closing party to celebrate their six month run at Studio 13 on the Monroe Street Art Walk.  The gallery owners will be shifting their exhibition strategy to a pop-up model. DC-based band These Quiet Colors will perform to mark the occasion.  For the complete line-up, click here.

Catalyst Projects is located in Studio 13, Monroe Market Artwalk (700 block of Monroe Street NE)

Off Rhode Gallery– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To commemorate the gallery’s Amazing Marvels group show which elevates freak-show and circus acts to fine-art status, Night of a 1,000 Hot Dogs celebrates the banal and the freakish through ordinary food and uncommon art.  The gallery has requested advanced registration and a nominal donation prior to attending.  Registration information here.

Off Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE


NOTE: The Brentwood Arts Exchange GMU & JMU student exhibition will NOT open this Saturday and is rescheduled for next Saturday, April 5.

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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We Like Beer, We Like Photos: Beer & Photos at Jack Rose

pic courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

pic courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Brought to you by New Belgium Brewing and BYT: A celebration of insta-nostalgia, DC street photography, the #SNAPSHOTWHEAT #DC Photo Contest winners and a wonderful new beer, Snapshot!

In partnership with Brightest Young Things, we are welcoming Snapshot, our newest transplant to the DC area, with a throwback party at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St NW) from 6:00pm til 9:00pm, Wednesday,  March 26.

This beer celebrates unfiltered moments, so we’re setting the scene with live bluegrass, Outlaws DJs, photo booth good times, a New Belgium cruiser bike giveaway, the #snapshotwheat #dc photo winners gallery, and a full line up of New Belgium beers.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Spring will Come Edition

"Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist."

“Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist.”

Friday March 21

Salve Regina Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Selman Gallery– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Two seniors from Catholic University have assembled a group of well-known local artists for Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School.   These eight DC artists selected works from their personal art files which represent pieces influenced by the Washington Color SchoolFor list of artists and directions click here.

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE

The Victor L Selman Community Gallery is located at 3305 8th Street NE


Saturday March 22

39th Street Gallery – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In Natural World, artist Eric Rhein catalogs the world he has come to understand as a man living with HIV-AIDS.  Transcending his vulnerability, Rhein creates works in all mediums including photography, mixed-media and sculpture.  The exhibition includes a memorial to people the artist has lost to the disease.  Details here.

The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Now in its 33rd year, the WPA gala and arts auctions is one of DC’s premiere art events and expos.  Friday March 21 is the last day to view Select 2014 before Saturday’s ticketed event.   Full description here.    

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA


Saturday Workshops

CHAW– 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumi-e Ink (last week): Chrysanthemum– Details and registration here.

Black and White Photography- all equipment, materials included – Details and registration here.

Brookland Art Lofts – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Street Art Experience with Brookland Artist Rajan Sedalia – Details and registration here.

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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