Monday, April 26, 2004

Adam Bradley and Please For those of you who think there's nothing interesting currently being offered by Washington area galleries my only piece of advice is to get out and actually go visit some galleries.

In Canal Square, Parish Gallery has an excellent sculpture exhibition (runs until May 18) of Argentine sculptor Miguel Van Esso.

Parish next door neighbor to its left is MOCA, and Clark has mounted an interesting exhibit of early work by David Lynch, perhaps the Corcoran's most famous graduate.

Parish next door neighbor to its right is us (The Fraser Gallery) and we also have a very interesting sculpture exhibition by one of our area's most innovative young sculptors, Adam Bradley, whose work we've been showing since he was an undergraduate student at GMU (where he now teaches). Bradley works with found objects, and there's one particularly amazing piece in this show titled "Please" made completely out of discarded objects.

The life-size sculpture has open arms that beckon you for a hug. As you hug the sculpture, two levers on the back control her arms, which pull you in a tight grip and impale you on a host of knives, sharp objects and files which emerge from her stomach.

A couple of blocks up M street is Hemphill Fine Arts where George has another very interesting show: "Vote" - a show of Presidential Campaign photographs featuring work by Abbas, Bob Adelman, Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Raymond Depardon, Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Hiroji Kubota, Constantine Manos, Wayne Miller and Alex Webb and also "The Hole Shebang" - with Eduardo Del Valle and Mirta Gomez's works on the subject of the Florida Ballots from the 2000 Presidential Election.

Kathryn Cornelius will be doing a performance piece in which she will "speak" on Postmodernity and Language.

Title: “Theory Will Eat Itself: Notes on Postmodernity from A – Z”
Date: April 29, 2004
Time: 7:30-9pm
Location: Georgetown University, Reiss 103 Lecture Hall. By the way... buy Kathryn Cornelius now.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the grand opening of Baltimore's newest art gallery, Light Street Gallery. Two area photographers, Danny Conant and Grace Taylor will have work in The Male Nude Group Show, the gallery's second show, which opens May 8, 2004 with an opening reception on May 15 from 5-10 PM.

That same night, Conner Contemporary hosts the opening reception and return to DC of acclaimed New York based media artist Leo Villareal, whose first show at Conner I reviewed and was quite impressive. Reception from 6-8 PM.

And the night before, on May 14, Marnin Art on 7th street is hosting an opening reception for Giuseppe Maraniello, who is an Italian artist who lives and works in Milan and in Europe. Reception 6 - 8:30 PM.

And G Fine Art, which is operating out of a temporary space while their new space on 14th street is finished, has a group show opening on May 7th, 2004 from 6:30-8:30pm. The show includes work by gallery artists and others. Artists in the show will be Noah Angell, Iona Rozeal Brown, Astrid Colomar, Linn Meyers, Maggie Michael, Team Response, Jose Ruiz, Luis Silva and Jeff Spaulding.

NY Times reports that Lawrence Rinder, curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art for four years, has resigned to become Dean of graduate studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Rinder was just in town over the weekend.

Washington area artist Stuart Gosswein's letter to the Sunday Arts in yesterday's Washington Post discusses the important fact that the salvaged facades of the World Trade Center - which in many people's opinion, including mine, became the key symbol of the 9/11 attack - are to be "chopped up and displayed in an underground museum" rather then re-used in a final WTC monument, as it was originally envisioned.

And Stuart has thus started a campaign to reassemble the facades around the Tower footprints. For more information or to help, contact:Stuart Gosswein at (202) 783-6007, ext. 30 or email him at