In Material/Ethereal, Baltimore-based painter Dan Perkins and Mexico City-based artist Alejandro Pintado dissect and re-contextualize the visual and social histories that surround depictions of constructed and natural spaces from the 19th-century to the present day. Pintado and Perkins interrupt Romantic landscapes and interior spaces with luminous geometric forms, graphic patterns and trompe l’oeil effects, creating destabilized, artificial spaces where materials and forms morph and shift. By reversing hierarchies of foreground and background and making incongruous compositional choices, both artists upend pictorial conventions and invite viewers to consider painting’s inherent falsity while acknowledging its potential as a catalyst for communication and ideation.
Allison Spence on her current exhibition 'Spread'. Spence is joined by author and science writer Sam Kean to discuss her sculptural paintings, video work, and overall practice.
Allison Spence presents an installation of paintings, archival matter, and video in her latest exhibition 'Spread'. Drawing parallels between Tomie--a Japanese horror manga with an infinitely regenerative femme fatale as its protagonist--and Pando--a prodigious and clonal forest colony in Utah that revitalizes itself in the wake of wildfires--Spence considers the potential for destructive acts to give rise to additive, creative, and infinite forms. Operating in a fluid space that confounds medium, language, and planarity, Spence's work overlays reality with a gloss of its abject and sinister undercurrents.
Allison Spence presents an installation of paintings, archival matter, and video in her latest exhibition Spread. Drawing parallels between Tomie—a Japanese horror manga with an infinitely regenerative femme fatale as its protagonist—and Pando—a prodigious and clonal forest colony in Utah that revitalizes itself in the wake of wildfires—Spence considers the potential for destructive acts to give rise to additive, creative, and infinite forms. Operating in a fluid space that confounds medium, language, and planarity, Spence’s work overlays reality with a gloss of its abject and sinister undercurrents.
In Nara Park‘s latest site-specific installation Between Millions of Years, the artist stacks and arranges clear plastic boxes to create a dizzying analog of monumental stone gorges. Inspired by her travels in West Australia’s Karijiny National Park where towering layers of rock stand testament to millions of years of shifting geologies, Park translates these natural forms into a modular ravine straddling mass-production and aesthetic re-interpretation. Coupled with a selection of new sculptural wall pieces, Park questions and undermines the assumed permanence of natural resources to nuance our understandings of temporality, mortality, and authenticity.
Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new bodies of work by artists Rob Hackett and Kyle Tata. The exhibitions will run concurrently from January 9 – February 13, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, January 9 from 7-9 pm.
Sculptor Rob Hackett explores the subtle complexities of space, architecture, and the body in Mode(s). Through three sculptural installations, Hackett deploys formally restrained and geometrically discrete motifs to consider the visual and corporeal reception of our physical surroundings. In turn, the works spur a re-consideration of our constructed environment through relatively simple yet familiar shapes, materials, and means.
Please join us Saturday, November 14 from 7-9pm for the opening of the group exhibition Fellows Converge, an annual exercise in which Hamiltonian Fellows create new work around the premise of an invited guest curator. Fellows Converge | re: gift was orchestrated by Jennie Carlisle, Program Director at Elsewhere, a living museum inside a three story thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new bodies of work by artists Adam Ryder and Dan Perkins. The exhibitions will run from August 8 until September 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 8 from 7-9 pm.
Through photography, found imagery and other media, Adam Ryder presents a new body of work that operates as evidence of a secretive fraternal organization known to its members as “Renovatio Imperii”. Latin for “restoration of the Empire”, Renovatio Imperii is purported to be clandestinely involved in geo-political affairs and claims ties to the Roman imperium of classical antiquity. Inspired by the neoclassical architecture of Washington, DC, conspiracy theories and the Masonic brotherhood, Ryder cleverly employs found objects, imagery and manipulated photographs of familiar landmarks in order to build a case for Renovatio Imperii’s existence and their ominous hand in global affairs.
As we conclude our seventh year of artist-centric programming, Hamiltonian is proud to announce the five new, distinguished 2015 Hamiltonian Fellows to join our five existing fellows. We are thrilled to introduce:
Kyle Tata (BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Nara Park (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
In I’m looking for you…Lisa Dillin explores the architectural legacy of the modern built environment and its disconnect with nature as it affects our ability to form relationships and communities. Utilizing visuals commonly associated with malls, lobbies, and hospitals, Dillin aims to expose homogenous design as a means to isolate individuals even as they continue to live in close proximity. By referencing the contemporary urban landscape with its corporate design tropes, I’m looking for you… reveals how lighting, fountains, polished stone, and foliage lull denizens with an artificially serene environment while stripping them of their innate diversity, heritage, connection to the land and to one another. Although these environments were once thought to create the “third space” of social interaction and community, in Dillin’s perspective, these spaces dominate and control the individual resulting in feelings of solitude and disengagement in our everyday experience of the world. Through the objects on view, Dillin tells a story of a collective longing for connection: the consequence of modern convenience.
Hamiltonian is pleased to present a new body of work by artist Larry Cook. The exhibition will run from May 19 – June 20, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 21 from 7 – 9 pm.
Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological term in which a person taken captive begins to identify and empathize with their captor, is re-defined in Larry Cook’s exhibition as a form of cultural amnesia in which contemporary Americans have maintained a complacent and subdued conscience by idealizing and avoiding America’s racist history. Stockholm Syndrome challenges viewers to revisit the past and consider the evolved nature of racism today, while questioning the notion of progress in a so-called “post-racial” society.
Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new bodies of work by artists Will Schneider-White and Dane Winkler. The exhibitions will run from April 7 – May 9, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 11 from 7 – 9 pm.
Will Schneider-White continues his painterly translation of literary themes in The noise of his name. Thinking about the notion that, as author William Gass writes, “a character, first of all, is the noise of his name, and all the sounds and rhythms that proceed from him,” Schneider-White creates figures who float between states of specificity, touching on ideas of character, portrait, and the artist’s surrogate. The works in The noise of his name. revel in a preoccupation with the mechanics of painting, which, when combined with literary-cum-representational ideas, weave narratives with deep emotional resonance.
The Hamiltonian Fellowship Program serves as a professional steppingstone for emerging visual artists by helping them reach new levels in their artistic practice and career.
The two-year program offers a comprehensive suite of exhibition opportunities, professional development trainings, mentorship, career guidance and an annual artistic stipend to five new artists annually. Emerging visual artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be postmarked by or dropped off at Hamiltonian Gallery by 6pm on Saturday, March 14th.
Hamiltonian is pleased to present Save As... an ongoing performance and installation by artist Nancy Daly. The exhibition will run from February 24 – March 28, 2015, with the artist working in the gallery on select dates from 12 pm until 6 pm throughout the duration of the exhibition. Save As… will culminate in a closing reception on Saturday, March 28 from 7-9 pm.
In Save As… Nancy Daly will be methodically excavating her digital archives from 2002 to the present, printing out everything she has ever saved, including vacation photos, emails, resumes, essays and Gchats. As she makes the digital physical, Daly will transform the gallery into a visual diary of her virtual life over the past 13 years, exposing the normally hidden minutiae that she has gradually collected over time. The project, designed to overtake the gallery in a process of slow accrual,
January 10 – February 14, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 7 -9 pm
Hamiltonian kicks off 2015 with two performance-based art projects that invite community and collaboration into the gallery: Hamiltonian Fellow Naoko Wowsugi and guest performance group Whoop Dee Doo will open a birthday-themed exhibition on January 10, 2015.
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.
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.
Please join us on Friday, November 21 from 7-9 pm for the opening of our group exhibition Fellows Converge, an annual exercise in which Hamiltonian Fellows contemplate and create based on the premise of a selected guest curator.
Fellows Convergeenables an exchange that extends across all disciplines and summons a common challenge in an artist’s ability to respond to an outside concept, and consequently reevaluate his or her learned studio practice. Curated by Klaus Ottmann, the Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large at The Phillips Collection, the Fellows Converge exhibition facilitates an original collaboration among the Hamiltonian Fellows.
The 5×5 Project is the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ new temporary public art biennial. DCCAH selected five contemporary art curators to select and work with five artists to develop and present exciting, temporary art works in public spaces in the Fall of 2014. The resulting twenty-five projects served to activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces and add an ephemeral layer of creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the District of Columbia.
September 13 – October 25, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday September 13, 7 – 9 pm
Please join us Saturday, September 13, from 7-9 pm for the opening of our annual group exhibition new. now. in which we will debut the work of our six new, distinguished Hamiltonian Fellows for 2014. We are thrilled to introduce:
June 28 – August 2, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday June 28, 7-9pm
Billy Friebele translates the bustle of the U Street corridor into abstract images and sound in U Street Chromatic (for Duke) with an opening reception on Saturday, June 28 from 7-9 pm.
In U Street Chromatic (for Duke), Billy Friebele pays homage to Duke Ellington’s Soda Fountain Rag, an improvisational piano composition inspired by the mechanical motions of a soda fountain machine. First played at the Poodle Dog Cafe on the 2000 block of Georgia Avenue, Soda Fountain Rag carried traces of what would become defining characteristics of Ellington’s musical style: spontaneity, improvisation and the ability to translate impressions into sound.