Permacounterculture | Orchestrated by Naoko Wowsugi

Hamiltonian is pleased to present “Permacounterculture”, a new exhibition orchestrated by artist Naoko Wowsugi. The exhibition will run from August 13 – September 10, 2016 with an opening reception and punk show on Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 – 10 pm. Taking its namesake from the notion of “Permaculture”, an agricultural system characterized by its reciprocal self-sufficiency and community ethics, this exhibition creates a unique ecosystem revolving around the U Street community, DC’s punk scene and urban farming.

Hamiltonian Gallery will be transformed into a music venue, in which a series of punk shows will be hosted inside a garage-like structure that doubles as a greenhouse for growing wheatgrass. Sound waves from the punk music, coupled with the increased exhalation of carbon dioxide from the show-goers, will circulate air around the plants. In return, the plants will accelerate the production of oxygen for the punk celebration. The plants will then be converted into nutritious wheatgrass shots that will be offered to the public on a weekly basis.

By drawing from the shared intensity and raw energy of punk culture and wheatgrass, “Permacounterculture” highlights the mutually beneficial ecosystem formed by the two, which in turn extends to our everyday life. Simultaneously, we inclusively energize the wider DC community as they partake in the holistic benefits of this communal wheatgrass shot.

The “Permacounterculture” punk show series will be open to all ages. Suggested donation of $5 – $10 for local bands is appreciated!

August 13 : LITERALS + HEATWAVE + UNKNOWN THREAT + SMART HEARTS (Philly)
Featured photographer: Farrah Skeiky
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August 25 : EARTH GIRLS + SEM HASTRO + BBC
Featured photographer: Alex Schelldorf

September 9 : DISINFECTANT + PINK FILM + SEDATIVE
Featured photographer: Chris Suspect
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Contributions by:

Sarah O’Donoghue, Chris Moore, Kohei Urakami, Alexander Dowd, Sarah Puralewski, Tef Reese, Emanuel Cooper, Beck Levy, Hannah Eliasoph, Hillary Rochon, Kenzi Waddell and many more!

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About the artist:
Using art as a form of communication, Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, creates playful interactions between various local communities. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions include “Come Back to Rockville” at VisArts, Rockville, MD (2015) and “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” which will travel from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. to the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2016-2018). Her works have been reviewed in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Smithsonian Magazine, and Photograph Magazine. Wowsugi will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017.