Larry Cook showing with CoDM in Multimedia @ The Lincoln Theater

Larry Cook showing with CoDM in Multimedia @ The Lincoln Theater

Hamiltonian Fellow Larry Cook’s video works will be screened alongside Rashid Johnson, Jefferson Pinder and Alexis Peskine inCoDM in Multimedia, a live performance at the Lincoln Theater on Friday, December 12th from 7:30 – 10:00 pm.

This multimedia crescendo celebrates the conclusion of Ceremonies of Dark Men, a 5×5 project curated by A.M. Weaver and designed to encourage discourse on the subject of the Black Male Image via film, poetry and music.

Fellow Larry Cook to show with Curator’s Office @ CONTEXT ART MIAMI

Fellow Larry Cook to show with Curator’s Office @ CONTEXT ART MIAMI

Curator’s Office is pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 edition of the Context / Art Miami Art Fair in the Wynwood area of Miami from December 2 – 7. We invite you to visit us in Booth # E13.  In this booth, Curator’s Office explores identity and racial politics through contrasting approaches. Larry Cook and Jefferson Pinder wrestle with the issues of masculinity and strength in a mutually dynamic interdisciplinary fashion. Merging ideas of ritual, community, and pride, the work challenges the viewers to revisit stereotypes and visual tropes. Exploring new language with familiar iconography, both artists grapple with contemporary blackness. Ultimately the display of both artists’ works offers a politically charged yet poetic booth presentation focusing on the complex representation of the black male in American culture and the African diaspora. Curator’s Office will introduce photographic work by Washington, DC – based artist Larry W. Cook and present objects and works on paper by Chicago – based artist Jefferson Pinder.

Hamiltonian Fellow Larry Cook to participate in 5×5

Hamiltonian Fellow Larry Cook to participate in 5×5

Hamiltonian Artists is excited to announce that curator A.M. Weaver has selected Hamiltonian Fellow Larry Cook to be part of this year’s 5×5 Public Art Initiative – aProject of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Transforming the District with Public Art A.M. Weaver’s proposed project for “Five by Five”, Ceremonies of Dark Men, will feature large-scale photographs by five male artists placed in key areas around the city. Their works will, in part, address issues of black manhood in creative ways.

(read more here)

Hamiltonian Alumni Nominated for Select 2014

Hamiltonian Alumni Nominated for Select 2014

The WPA has just announced that Hamiltonian Alumni Ryan Hoover and Magnolia Laurie are among the artists names whose work was selected by Mera Rubell from the WPA 36 Studios marathon in Baltimore October 26 and 27 to participate in Select 2014.

 Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

 Magnolia Laurie

Magnolia Laurie

 

SELECT 2014 will be on view February 27 through March 21, 2014 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209. Hours are Wednesday-Friday: 4 – 11pm; Saturday: Noon – 11pm;Sunday: Noon – 5pm; Monday & Tuesday: Closed. Admission is free.

Read the full announcement here

 

 Vantage Points

Vantage Points

Hamiltonian celebrates its five-year anniversary with a curated exhibition of its alumni in Vantage Points. Vantage Points will run from October 26 – November 16, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 26 from 7 – 9 pm.

The Hamiltonian program was begun in 2008 by Dr. Paul So, a professor of physics at George Mason University as an innovative two-year fellowship program aimed at helping emerging artists in the greater DC metro area bridge the gap between their academic training and their professional careers as visual artists. Now in its fifth year, the Hamiltonian program has produced has a growing roster of distinguished alumni.

Selin Balci is a 2013 Trawick Prize finalist

Selin Balci is a 2013 Trawick Prize finalist

Selin Balci is a 2013 Trawick Prize finalist. Check her profile out here. The reception and awards ceremony will be on September 6th.

In other news, UMD’s Stamp Gallery recently acquired one of Balci’s works of art. You can see Balci’s artwork along with others in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union’s Contemporary Art Collection Latest Acquisitions 2013

September 9 – October 5, 2013   | Reception September 12, 2013 5-8PM

Spring Update from Nora Howell

Spring Update from Nora Howell

For your enjoyment, here’s the link to some photos of my recent performance, ‘Whitening’ at American University’s Katzen Center (click here for photos and video of the performance).

Next week, Wednesday, April 10th @ 6pm, I will be giving a talk about my art work and my recent projects as part of Maryland Art Place’s (MAP) lecture series: “Thirty Under 30.” MAP is located in the Power Plant Live district (northwest corner of the plaza).

Save the date, June 22nd 7-9pm, for the opening of my final focus show of my tenure as a Hamiltonian fellow in Washington, DC. Lets just say there are a couple 100 marshmallows involved–you don’t want to miss it! I’ll also be facilitating a workshop at the CIVA, ‘JustART’ Conference in Wheaton, Illinois for those of you in the area.

More information about other summer shows coming soon.

Billy Friebele at Artisphere

Billy Friebele at Artisphere

Although Friebele has staged drawing installations using various instruments in multiple locations, Floating World marks his largest drawing installation in an indoor space. On view in addition to the Floating World installation in the Town Hall will be documentation of the process by Artisphere’s Front Desk.

Alumni Selin Balci to Show in OPTIONS 2013

Alumni Selin Balci to Show in OPTIONS 2013

Dates: April 10 – June 9, 2013, Wednesday – Friday, 1-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm
Location: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Curated by: Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions and Faculty, MFA in Curatorial Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Participating artists: Selin Balci (Annapolis, MD), Christina Billotte (Baltimore, MD), Michael Borek (Bethesda, MD), Julia Brown (Washington, DC), Carolyn Case (Cockeysville, MD), Bonnie Crawford Kotula (Baltimore, MD), Evan Hume (Washington, DC), Lisa Marie Jakab (Washington, DC), Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore, MD), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), Mark Parascandola (Washington, DC), Wendy Rodgers (Takoma Park, MD), Kathryn Sowinski (Baltimore, MD), Colette Veasey-Cullors (Baltimore, MD), William Whitaker (Washington, DC), and Millicent Young (Ruckersville, VA).

Opening Reception: April 13, 2013, 6-9pm
Curators Talk: May 18, 2013, 4:00pm

OPTIONS 2013 is the fifteenth installment of WPA’s biennial exhibition of works by emerging and unrepresented artists from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Begun in 1981 under the direction of WPA Executive Director Al Nodal, the OPTIONS biennial has, for over three decades, showcased vibrant, challenging, and innovative work by artists from the mid-Atlantic region.

Selected from several hundred submissions, the artists in OPTIONS 2013 bring their own strongly developed visions and artistic practices to the exhibition. By presenting work by sixteen distinctive artists the exhibition highlights the diversity of artistic practice in the DC, MD, and VA region. While no single exhibition of this size could fully encapsulate the current state of contemporary art in DC, MD, and VA, OPTIONS 2013 provides a glimpse of the vitality and diversity of the region’s contemporary art scene by highlighting some of the area’s most thought-provoking emerging and unrepresented artists

Joshua Smith Nominated for 2013 Baker Award

Joshua Smith Nominated for 2013 Baker Award

The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund supports Baltimore’s artists, the city’s rich and diverse cultural offerings and the participation of its residents in the region’s creative life. Explore the site to see the breadth and diversity of the Baltimore region’s artists. Login to the site to nominate yourself and participate by making comments and selecting your own exhibit of favorite artworks.

Joshua Wade Smith has been nominated to receive a 2013 Baker Award.

Alumus Joyce Y-J Lee Showing at the Sibler Gallery

Alumus Joyce Y-J Lee Showing at the Sibler Gallery

In Perspectives: A Look through Cultural Lenses,a new art exhibit at Goucher College,Joyce Yu-Jean Lee presents divergent views of her American and Chinese heritage through video works. The cross-cultural exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs in the Silber Gallery on Goucher’s campus from Tuesday, October 30, to Sunday, December 9. The art can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An reception will be held Friday, November 9, 6-9 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Call 410-337-6477 or visit www.goucher.edu/silber for more information.

For the exhibit, Lee compares perspectives of pictorial space and ways of seeing still and moving images, ideas of illumination, and visual consumption. Her animated video works are in response to references of Western art history.

For more information on Lee, a Baltimore resident and Maryland Institute College of Art instructor, visit www.joyceyujeanlee.com.

 

Annette Isham @ LIC Horror Film Festival

Annette Isham @ LIC Horror Film Festival

Long Island City Horror Film Festival

Annette Isham debuts her latest work on October 27th 2012 at the Long Island City Horror Film Festival at 5 Pointz and Local Project Art Space featuring the following selected short films who participated in 2012 Open Call.

  1. ★   “Anne Lake” by Annette Isham from North Woods
  2. ★   “The Story of Mrs. Crumley” by Byron Guinanzaca from Queens, New York
  3. ★   “T.A.T”  by Wilmer Pozo from Quito, Ecuador
  4. ★   “Polterzeitgeist” by Carl Diehl from Portland, OR
  5. ★   “A Red Line” by Ellen Wetmore from Fitchburg MA
  6. ★   “Ante Fenestram Somniat in Albo (Against the Window, She Dreams in
    White)” by Scott F. Hall & Janae N. Corrado from Merrit Island, FL
  7. ★   “Cables” by Luis Enriquez from Quito, Ecuador
  8. ★   “Promethean Dreams” by Matt McKee from Hyde Park, MA
  9. ★   “The Obscure Red” by Sofia Escobar from Toronta, Canada
  10. ★   “Cadaver Sex With Minors” by Ulysses Castellanos from Toronto Canada
  11. ★   “Sacrebleu” by Fabian Elias Jimenez from Queens, New York
  12. ★   “Year Zero” by Richard Cunningham from New York
  13. ★   “Tenant Patrol” by Ray and Rita Normandeau from Queens, New York

+ guest films selected by artistic curator Jason Artiga and executive curator Gabriel Roldos

Timothy Thompson Makes his Mark in Arlington

Timothy Thompson Makes his Mark in Arlington

A failed restaurant. An impressive drain pipe. A popular home renovation.

These are some of the humorous and true observations of extremely local history that artist Timothy Thompson has turned in to a series of historical markers in and around the Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd) in Virginia Square.

Thompson’s historical markers are part of the Arlington Arts Center’s 2012 Fall Solos exhibition, which opened on Oct. 3 and features works by seven regional artists. The exhibit is set to hold its opening reception on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Four of Thompson’s markers are located inside the gallery. Two are within two blocks of the center on N. Lincoln Street. Another is adjacent to the center along Wilson Boulevard.

Thompson will be leading a walking tour of his historical markers from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Fall Solos exhibit will be in place through Dec. 23.

 

http://www.arlnow.com/2012/10/18/art-project-wacky-but-true-historical-markers/

Ham Around Town: Alter/Altar

Ham Around Town: Alter/Altar

The Department of Visual Arts and Design at Montgomery College presents the exhibition titled, “Alter/Altar,” showcasing five Vietnamese-American artists, whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

“Alter/Altar” brings together a group of artists who meditate on the past, and whose selected works use the idea of the ancestral altar as a point of departure. In many cultures the memory of the deceased ancestors are incorporated into daily life. Viewed as a constant presence, the past can be seen as dynamic and changeable. These artists are connected by their desire to alter familial artifacts, either by removing, inserting, or distorting elements of photographs; through the layering of disparate images; or creating new mementos and forms of reverence, as an intervention into the linear historical narratives. Their different artistic approaches offer a contrast and insight into how contemporary American society thinks about yesteryear. Together, the artists reconsider our shared histories and present predicaments. Artist Ann Le, Viet Le, Hong-An Truong, Jerry Truong, and Lien Truong are featured in the exhibition.

King Street Gallery

Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 19

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The King Street Gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The arts center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, which is immediately behind the center. Additional parking is available in the East Campus Garage on Fenton Street with pedestrian access by a bridge and walking path.

For maps and directions, visit http://www.montgomeycollege.edu/maps
For more information: Call 240-567-5821 or visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions

Magnolia Laurie opens the season at Frosch & Portman

Magnolia Laurie opens the season at Frosch & Portman

frosch&portmann is pleased to present what could hold us together, Magnolia Laurie’s first exhibition with the gallery. The artist lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

In her show, Magnolia Laurie poses the question of what could hold us back from the brink of falling apart, as mounting political, social, and economic calamities perpetually threaten. The paintings and sculpture may be seen not only as a question to a hopeless answer, but also as a resilient statement of hope and assurance of what will persist, endure, and maintain. The title of the exhibition comes from a line in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. The artist has been recently rereading the novel along with Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and John Steinbeck’s America and Americans. These narratives of precarious transition with wandering narrators inform the visual language and psychology of the environments in the artist’s work.

To create the paintings in this exhibition, Laurie first composed collages as a starting point for the structures that inhabit her illusionistic, yet abstract landscapes. Her formations and barriers appear to be manmade, however the figures who created them are nowhere to be seen. The viewer is the only witness to the sense of an aftermath in the paintings. Structures and barriers are perched upon seemingly uninhabitable landscapes that have endured a devastation of some sort. Despite the imagined disasters present, there is also a strong sense of hope in Laurie’s work. Throughout the paintings, brightly patterned nautical signal flags appear. This universal emergency system is a call for help amidst the chaos. The curiously built framework and flags  bravely endure despite the precarious environments they inhabit. The paintings work to balance domesticity with survival, the falsity of facade and the reality of barriers, and the hopeful with the hopeless.

The installation in the exhibition, leisure came to us before we knew what to do with it, is composed of found and gathered materials, many of which are from the artist’s home. Two structures, similar to the ones in Laurie’s paintings, unite as one. They are rigged together, connected across the gallery with bright orange mason line, making them dependent on one another with the notion of counterweight. This sculpture, which includes objects of leisure such as a vintage croquet set and a stereo casing from the 1970s, is indicative of the multidudinous forms of entertainment we create to construct seemingly comfortable lives. The chaotic nature of the installation suggests that when we have an excess of leisure activities we can make chaos out of them and they can become absurd and counterproductive. The sculpture may also be seen as two people connecting despite all the chaos surrounding them. The amalgamation of disparate parts creates a unified and beautiful whole. In her latest work, Magnolia Laurie deftly uses structure to imply vulnerabilty, and the persistence of futile gestures to embody hope.

September 5 – October 21, 2012

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon – 6pm

Michael Sirvet opens at Adlon

Michael Sirvet opens at Adlon

PRESS INFORMATION
Washington, DC March 2012
Art and Home Fuse in Georgetown
Artist Michael Enn Sirvet opens at Adlon Design
Reception March 30, 6 – 8 pm
Adlon Showroom – 1028 33rd Street NW – Washington DC 20007
Washington – Artist Michael Enn Sirvet and Adlon Design are pleased to announce an installation of the artist’s work at their Georgetown venue. For the Adlon exhibition, Sirvet has created new works and pairs them with select sculptures of metal, polymers, wood, and light.

Adlon Design will launch Sirvet’s contemporary design pieces, which are functional sculpture in their own right. The partnership was establishedwhen the Adlon design team and Sirvet came together to create a one-of- kind sculptural wall for a private residence.

Sirvet describes his work as a “collision between industrial precision and natural organic forms.” Across the different aspects of Sirvet’s work, from sculpture to contemporary craft and design, his style is connected. The works are wedded by an interpretation of transformation as seen in the natural world and the impact of mankind. The artist turns metal into flame and polymers into light, causing the viewer to consider alternative form.

A former structural engineer, Sirvet has been working full time as an artist for the past several years. While 2011 saw the completion of several public art pieces, Sirvet’s first DC public art project was completed in November of 2011 in downtown. “Farragut Spheres,” a light sculpture of 20 aluminum convex disks riddled with 139,847 holes that allow the light from orange and yellow LEDs to pour through, can now be seen at the Farragut West Metro station on Farragut Square Park.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michael Enn Sirvet is a contemporary sculptor, craftsman and designer who creates two and three-dimensional works using metals, hardwoods,  polymers and other materials. Michael’s vision makes use of industrial and hand processes to restructure and fuse the organic chaos of nature with the crafted precision of manmade construction. His works are reflections of his musing upon nature, science and sensuality. He lives and works in Washington DC. Visit his website at www.sirvet.com

ABOUT ADLON

Adlon is a constantly evolving Design Workshop. Stemming from a 12 year retail experience and expanding to a full-service interior design source. The unique Georgetown space is not only home for major European furniture brands, but also the setting where creativity and originalityare brought together. As it continues to be a platform for established talent in the 3D arts. Visit www.adlondesign.com for more information.

SHOWROOM HOURS:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-6:00pm, and by appointment.

Selin Balci awarded 2012 CAA fellowship

Selin Balci awarded 2012 CAA fellowship

2012 Professional-Development Fellows and Honorable Mentions

CAA has awarded seven 2012 Professional-Development Fellowships, five in the visual arts and two in art history, to graduate students in MFA and PhD programs across the United States and in England. In addition, CAA has named five honorable mentions in art history and two in the visual arts. Each fellow receives a one-time grant of $5,000. The fellows and honorable mentions also receive complimentary one-year CAA memberships and free registration for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Barbara Nesin, president of the CAA Board of Directors, will formally recognize the fellows and honorable mentions at the conference during the presentation of the 2012 Awards for Distinction on Thursday February 23, 12:30–2:00 PM in West Hall Meeting Room 502 AB, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center.

Initiated in 1993, CAA’s fellowship program supports promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Awards are intended to help them with various aspects of their work, whether for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers. The program is open to all eligible graduate students in the visual arts and art history. Applications for the 2013 fellowships will open in May 2012.

Selin Balci, an installation and bioartist based in Washington, DC, received a bachelor of science degree from Istanbul University in Turkey and a BFA from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She is in her final semester at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she is pursuing an MFA degree in studio arts.

Balci applies her knowledge of scientific laboratory practices to create her process-based work. Focused on interactions and transformations, she is constantly discovering and combining nontraditional art media and materials, such as living organisms, in her work. She has received multiple awards, including the Anne Truitt MFA Scholarship, a Vermont Studio Residency Artist Award, and a Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant from the University of Maryland Graduate School. Most recently she was awarded a fellowship from the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. Balci’s work has been exhibited at national and international venues, such as the Scope Art Fair in Miami, Florida,in 2010 and in the “Mind the Gap” project in Istanbul during ISEA 2011 Istanbul.

Selin Balci exhibits in "Field Work" at Visarts

Selin Balci exhibits in "Field Work" at Visarts

FIELD-WORK-Postcard
FIELD-WORK-Postcard

Start date:

Thursday, 08 March 2012

End date:

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Price

Free

Location

Gibbs Street & Kaplan Gallery

Call VisArts for information about this event.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 9th 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Nine artists investigate the relationships between community, resources, sustainability and art. Featuring the work of: Dan Allende, Ian Cox, Selin Oguz Balci, Margaret Boozer, J.J. McCracken, Lynn Cazabon, Patterson Clark, Hugh Pocock, and Jackson Martin.

FIELD WORK EVENTS:

  • Panel Discussion Saturday, March 24th - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

A panel of artists, scientists, community sustainability promoters, farmers join FIELD WORK artists to discuss the relationship between community, resources, sustainability and art.

  • F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2012 Saturday, March 24th - 7:00pm to 10:00pmFEAST at VisArts is a public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers. FEAST at VisArts invites artists, thinkers, and organizations to submit proposals for funding for up to $1,000. Project proposals will address the theme of Sustainability.  For more information: FEAST at VisArts
  • Prospecting for Materials from Invasive Plants Saturday, April 14th - 1:00pm to 4:00pmPatterson Clark leads a hands-on workshop that will introduce ways of isolating paper making fibers, cordage and pigments found in local weeds. Participants will harvest vegetation from a local park and return to the studio to explore the potential of each plant.  This event is a partnership between the City of Rockville Sustainability Program and VisArts. Suggested Donation: $10.00
  • Rockville Environmental Photo Contest Friday, June 8th - June 22ndVisArts hosts an exhibition of the winners of the Rockville Environmental Photo Contest. Photos taken within the city limits of Rockville capture what is valued in Rockville’s environment.
  • Stream Critter Drawing/Sculpture Workshop Saturday, April 7th - Time TBDRockville Stream Savers will be at work in local streams collecting and counting critters to determine the health of local waterways. VisArts will offer a workshop where participants of all ages can interact with the Stream Savers Critters kit (little macro invertebrate samples and possibly a microscope) through drawing and/or sculpture. The City of Rockville Sustainability Coordinator through the Rockville Environmental Management Division will provide a staff member and/or volunteer to help with the education portion. Suggested Donation: TBD