Monday, October 31, 2005

News Break!

The Style section has a visual arts review on a Monday!

P.S. No, not a DC show silly, it's a Brooklyn Museum restrospective of a Canadian photographer.
Burtynsky is 6 feet 2 and, aside from a graying goatee, he doesn't look particularly artsy, nor is there anything pretentious or obscure about the way he discusses his work. He could pass for upper management at some small business where it's always casual Friday, which is actually what he was, for a while. In the mid-'80s he started a photographic printing company called Toronto Image Works, which he still owns and which now has 35 employees.
News Break II
We're philistines!

News Break III

The WaPo's former Chief Art Critic on Monica Castillo at NMWA.

The WaPo's current Chief Art Critic on Turkish Imperial silks Putting on a dazzling show at the Sackler.

Openings this Week

I'll be updating these openings later and adding some more events...

On the first Friday of the month, the Dupont Circle area art galleries have their extended hours and openings. Don't miss Christine Kesler's "New Directions," opening at Irvine Contemporary with a reception for Kesler from 6-8PM. The show runs through November 26. At Kathleen Ewing, Michael Gross opens his show "Sources," with a reception also from 6-8PM. The show runs through December 30. Over at Aaron Gallery, the fair Sabrina Cabada exhibits her latest paintings and has a reception from 6-9PM. At Conner, Wayne Gonzales has new paintings and the opening is from 6-8PM.

Over in Georgetown, the fair Anne C. Fisher exhibits Far Flung in her Canal Square gallery. The show includes a recent travel collage series by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, photo transfers by Laura Seldman and intriguing maplike drawings by Karey Kessler. Opening reception is 6-8PM.

German abstract artist Roswitha Huber opens Saturday, Nov. 5 at Nevin Kelly Gallery with a reception from 5-8PM. The exhibition runs through the 30th. Also on Saturday, William Willis and the very talented Mary Early have an opening reception from 6:30-8:30PM at Hemphill.

On Sunday, November 6 at 2-5PM in Target Gallery in Alexandria, there's a talk with curator Ginny Friend about the current "Hardware" show at the gallery.

Yuriko Yamaguchi

One of our area's most elegant and interesting artists, Yuriko Yamaguchi returns to Numark with a show titled "Return." That exhibition opens on Friday, Nov. 14 with a reception from 6:30-8PM at Numark's beautiful award-winning space. The show runs through December 17, 2005.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Tate is the word that we've heard

A few days ago I visited Tim Tate's studio at the Washington Glass School to see what Tate has been working on for his new solo show that opens next November 11 at our Bethesda space.

And WOW! For this (his third solo show with us) Tate continues to drag glass away from the vessel (and craft) and towards the genre of the narrative and the fine arts.

Be ready to see a marriage of glass, steel and cement that will definately set a new path for this talented artist.

The show opens at Fraser Gallery Bethesda on Friday, Nov. 11 with an opening reception from 6-9PM. If you only see one of our shows this year, make this one the "it."

Artomatic 419

The city of Toledo, Ohio likes the idea of Artomatic so much that they’re considering doing an Artomatic 419.

Artomatic 419 uses their area code (419) for the northeast corner of Ohio as their unique identifier.

Artomatic has made also the great leap forward into incorporation is now officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Arthelps 5th Annual Silent Art Auction Benefit and Reception

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JAM Communications is the sponsor for this year's Arthelps 5th Annual Silent Art Auction Benefit and Reception to raise money for Food & Friends and the DC Arts Center (DCAC) – two organizations are in their own way are key components of our area's social and cultural tapestry.

Support from artists and art donors is integral in making this night a success and that is why they are asking for your help. They welcome a variety of art donations–from original and limited edition paintings and prints, to photographs, glasswork, jewelry and sculpture. I intend to donate to this auction.

In fact today, for the first time in ages, I had some time to sit down and do a drawing, and I did the below charcoal and conte drawing, which I will donate to the auction, marking the proceeds for DCAC.

Cala Lily by Campello

For more information on how you can donate art, and for additional details on the Arthelps event, please go to – where you can download a PDF art donation form.

To arrange for a pickup of your artistic donation call: 202.986.4750 and talk to Ambre Bosko (ext 19) or Alex George (ext 13) or email: or

You can also drop off or mail your donation to the JAM offices located at:

1638 R Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20009,
between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm (Monday – Friday).

Please RSVP for the event at

Friday, October 28, 2005


There's a ton of openings next week, but meanwhile, Carol Brown Goldberg opens tonight, at Osuna Art & Antiques in Bethesda. Opening Reception is from 6-9PM.
Marina Abramovic, Lips of Thomas - At Curator's Office - Image Courtesy Sean Kelly
And this Saturday, October 29th from 6:30-8:30pm is the opening of "Me, Myself and I: Artist Self-Portraits from the Podesta Collection" at Curator's Office (that's Marina Abramovic's Lips of Thomas at Curator's Office - Image Courtesy Sean Kelly.

Power of the Web

JT has a pretty spirited discussion ongoing over at Thinking About Art about Ms. Blake's comments on my criticism of her work.

Read it here.

Conner at Artissima

Conner Contemporary Art will be participating in Artissima XII, International Fair of Contemporary art in Torino, Italy, November 11-13, 2005.

For the new entries section of the Fair, they will present new oil glaze on wood panel paintings by Erik Sandberg, digital photographs by Julee Holcombe and drawings by Avish Khebrehzadeh.

Hidden Track

Hidden Track is a new art book by Robert Klanten about to be published.

The book's pre-publishing publicity states that:
"the book illustrates how urban and street art have recently broken even further out of the subculture and are being featured more often in galleries and museums worldwide. It analyses how these public art forms are being perceived in an international art context and investigates the fundamentally different forms of presentation that this new context demands."
Artists featured include Dave Kinsey, Barry McGee and Mark Jenkins' Storker Project.

As far as I know or can remember, two of our area's art galleries (us and David Adamson) have recently featured street artists, and I included a couple of them in Seven. I am curious as to who will be the first DC area museum curator to curate, organize and/or include a street artist in a DC museum show.

But when and if they do, I bet they will go to either NYC or LA or London streets to look for the street artists; after all their streets are better than our streets.

Update: I am reminded that there was one other street artist show in the District a while back that we don't want to forget: Ron English at MOCA in Georgetown. English is in many ways a "founder of the movement" and took on Camel Ads. His work was also featured in that movie "Supersize Me."

There was also the documentary ("Popaganda: The Art of Ron English") in a small DC film festival. Showed English doing his billboard wheatpaste overs and they had interviews with Mark Clark, Slash from Guns n Roses, and Jonathan Levine.

Sheila Blake Responds

Options 2005 artist Sheila Blake responds to my criticism of her work:
Dear Lenny,

It's possible to look at two thousand, or 20 thousand paintings and still miss what looking is all about. Fortunately for me, Libby Lumpkin has that ability but I wish you'd at least concede that there are some things that you don't understand -- (I love Vermeer, but that has nothing to do with my intention; The tradition I work in has much more to do with Bonnard and Rousseau, Birchfield and Wolf Kahn).

My paintings can be looked at forever and they'll keep yielding up new things. The most superficial way of seeing them is that they're paintings of my back yard. (Although if you came out to my back yard, that's not what you'd see.) What I'm doing is constructing a reality and if you'd let yourself enter into the paintings, really walk around in them, you'd feel the air, and a specific moment in time. If you look up at the sky there'd be the surprise of that particular sky and the whole configuration of buildings and trees creates spaces that you can wander up to, through, even around and be endlessly satisfied. And there is also an ominous quality -- spring isn't the pastel spring that you think of, but some almost acidic feeling of being oversaturated with the moist air. Winter has to do with the rhythm of the bare branches and shadows and the golden light hitting the tops of the trees and sometimes a feeling of gloom. If you look at the pastels, the information is in them; they are my point of departure, but then the paintings are re-imagined to create a new reality.(That's not kudzu on the tree -- it's Virginia creeper, but what's on the real tree is English ivy. The crepe myrtle I lifted from Pinehurst N.C. along with the loblolly pine.) And then there's the light. The way I use color to create light has everything to do with the most subtle color interactions.

It's easy to dismiss as the cliché' of "light" -- but who really does this in the way I do? My color isn't representational, but creates a light and atmosphere which can be felt. I've never seen it and I'll bet you haven't either.

I'm writing this because I'm so disappointed at the superficial way you have categorized and dismissed my work. It's clear from your critique that you are either unable or unwilling to immerse yourself in a deeper way of looking.

I'm going to quote Jed Perl here: "the more an artist asks us to look at a work over a period of time, the more a work drops beneath the radar screens that criticism has set up to track the contemporary scene."

I have the highest standards for my paintings. I mean every single brush stroke. I've been a painter my whole life; I taught at Duke for years and at the Corcoran.

I know what I'm talking about. My hope is that you'll think about what I'm saying and take another look.

Sheila Blake

Thursday, October 27, 2005

UVA and Cuban Art

Slowly but surely, the University of Virginia Museum of Art is acquiring an interesting collection of Cuban art.

Yesterday, an exhibition titled "Mi Cuerpo, Mi País: Cuban Art Today," curated by Andrea Douglas opened at the museum, and includes work by the leading vanguard of Cuban artists in the world.

Some of the works in this exhibition are on loan from us, or have been acquired by the Museum in the past couple of years.

Cuban artists in the exhibition that we represent include:

Aimee Garcia Marrero

Elsa Mora

Cirenaica Moreira

Marta Maria Perez Bravo

Sandra Ramos

The exhibit runs through Dec. 23rd and there's a gallery talk on November 5 at 2PM.

The Kids Aren’t All Right

Is over-education killing young artists?

Read this interesting piece by Aaron Rose here.

Gallery Talk

Andrew Wodzianski, whose current show at our Georgetown gallery is getting a lot of attention due to its marriage of technology for immediate feedback to the artwork, will be having a gallery talk this coming Saturday, October 29th at 1 PM.

The talk should be interesting, if anything because of the significant number of recorded and text comments that AW has received so far, as well as his unusual interest in Mexican wrestling.

The talk is free and open to the public. The gallery is at 1054 31st Street, NW inside the Canal Square in Georgetown. 202/298-6450.

Arts Beat

Jonathan Padget with further proof that our area's visual arts scene is one of the best around. Read it here.

Too bad the WaPo continues to ignore it. Thursdays used to be "Galleries" day in Style. In the year since they cut the "Galleries" column from weekly to twice a month, the WaPo's new Style editor (Ms. Deb Heard) has consciously decided to keep Style's coverage of art galleries down to a bare 25 or so reviews/columns a year!

There are over 1,000 visual art shows in the DC area each year in our commercial fine art galleries, non-profit visual art spaces, embassy venues, cultural institutes, etc.

It's certainly not "lack of print space," which is generally the excuse that the WaPo has given me in the past. In today's Style there are three music reviews and two theatre reviews.

All this on the day that Style is supposed to focus on "Galleries."

And an Arts Beat column telling us how good our art scene is, which now includes good apartment shows, like they have in NY and LA.


Might as well add those to the ever growing list of visual art shows that will be ignored by Style's ever diminishing coverage of our visual art scene.

25 yearly reviews/columns from a potential set of 1,001 exhibitions, and counting.


A couple of days ago I mentioned in my review of Options 2005 that it seems like Suzanna Fields is all over the place these days, in the sense that I keep seeing her work in exhibitions all around the region.

Another artist whose name suddenly is everywhere is the talented Jiha Moon, who's not only the most recent winner of the prestigious Trawick Prize, but who has also been exhibiting (and selling) all over and everywhere!

And Moon's works will be taken to Scope Miami by Curator's Office (who is also taking Marianela de la Hoz.

But what brought her name to my attention today is that Moon will also be part of the University of Maryland's Union Gallery exhibition titled Boundaries: Contemporary Landscape, on view November 10 through December 22, 2005.

The exhibition features four Washington, D.C. area artists - Karey Kessler, Isabel Manalo, Jiha Moon, and Christine Buckton Tillman. The opening reception will be held Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 7pm.

Silverthorne on Wodzanski

Alexandra reviews the Wodcast Revolution here.


Bailey, Bailey, Bailey...

Never, ever, ever, ever... piss off (or give a valid reason to piss off) Bailey.

Bailey, color-named artish wannabes scribes, The Getty, art gossip (bullshit), boring museum burocrats.. yawn....

Read it here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Options 2005

If there was ever a Washington, DC based curated art show that could used the descriptors "poisoned well" and "a no win situation," it was the current Options 2005 WPA/C show at the former Staples store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown (All images courtesy Ding Ren).

And now that the show is finally up, like any big group show, it offers up a diverse array of results, and if I can reach into the trite bag of descriptors again, Ubercurator Libby Lumpkin has delivered a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Dr. Libby LumpkinLumpkin has been (unfairly I think) pounded in both the mainstream press and the online art critics and observers, taking blasts from every side and quarter. And the show itself has been similarly diminished in nearly all published accounts so far.

A bit of history: since 1981 the Options show have been focused on attempting to showcase the best emerging artists in the region; that is, artists that are not represented by any commercial fine arts gallery. Many of the past artists selected for earlier Options have gone on to become well-known and some have gone on to exhibit in even more controversial and highly attacked group shows like the Whitney Biennial.

For the 2005 version, savvy DC art collector Philip Barlow was initially selected, and almost just as quickly fired by the WPA/C because of his decision to exclude from his selection process all artists who had participated in the Panda public art project. Barlow felt that artists who had made this decision had erred in their artistic path and he felt that he would use this as a culling factor in the set of emerging artists that he would start with.

Although many of us disagreed with Barlow’s perspective, we all supported his right as a curator to choose whatever means and views he chose as a way to select a show. The WPA/C didn’t and he was fired, and a firestorm of online protesting erupted, and when Dr. Lumpkin was selected to replace Barlow, we all settled down gloomily to await her show.

And thanks to the power of the web, we were able to follow Lumpkin’s progress as she visited studios and universities and homes. Seldom has a curator been under such a magnifying glass for a regional show. And seldom has an "outsider" curator delivered such a... how shall I put this? Expected show and still deliver a couple of discoveries.

In Dr. Lumpkin’s defense, let me say that it is not easy to put together a group show full of successes; in fact it is impossible. And considering the hand that she was dealt before she was even selected as the replacement curator for Barlow, she has delivered more than an interesting show, with a couple of really good finds and a handful of really surprising choices for such an elite member of the West coast art mafia.

Suzanna Fields

Stepping into the former Staples store in Georgetown, two things occurred to me: first in my head was the thought of what a great permanent space for the WPA/C this venue would be. Second was Suzanna Fields’ 3-D acrylic sculptural drips, which face towards the entrance to the gallery.

It seems to me that suddenly Fields is everywhere; if there ever was an emerging artist that has suddenly popped into the region’s visual arts cognizance, it is this talented artist.

And Options 2005 gives us a bipolar or perhaps a hybrid Fields. First we see what can best be described as colorful acrylic drips, shaped into circular shapes, with solid lines of paint stacked delicately atop each other to deliver "flowery" looking pieces that project into three dimensions. They are interesting and colorful; my problem with them is that I’ve seen dozens and dozens of this generic type of work, nearly identical in fact (except for the color of the paint used), at most outdoor art shows around the nation.

This is fragile ground: the fact that I’ve seen this kind of work (with paint used this way), over and over and over, at the Annual Boardwalk Art Show in Virginia Beach, or Arts in the Park in Richmond or wherever, doesn’t make it "bad," but it makes it sort of "common" and more "crafty" that "fine arts" in my mind, and somewhat surprising that this work was selected. Perhaps Lumpkin doesn’t venture into the plebian member of the art scene that is represented in the minds of some by an outdoor art show.

The "other" Suzanna Fields in the show is a more elegant and minimalist artist, and I particularly liked the black drawing-like pieces that show surprising texture on close examination. This is definately an artist to keep an eye on.

Lindsay Rogers

Drawing by RogersAnd next we come to the best work in the show: Lindsay Rogers’ amazing and vastly overpriced black pastel drawings.

I use the adjective "amazing" because, regardless of high fallutin’ art critics’ continued attempts to dismiss realism as a leading "contemporary" member of today’s dialogue of art, it keeps staying ahead of them and the rest of the words in that dialogue (witness Richter and Hirst’s recent successes).

Rogers’ work steals the show, because this being a large group show, size and subject matter, duh... matter! And Rogers’ choice of subject matter are rather common subjects (friends and fellow students I assume), elevated by her mastery of the medium, and the size of that presentation, to a sublime state. Furthermore, in using black pastel (rather than charcoal or graphite), she offers the blackest of black in her presentation, which allows the drawings to reveal a surprising range of tones, delivering the always pleasing illusion of reality on a two dimensional plane.

Anne Benolken

I first saw Anne Benolken’s mixed media boxes at Art-O-Matic a while back, but I must admit that I saw them in a new light here, and perhaps it was because I saw them more “clearly” and outside of the beautiful cacophony of art that Art-O-Matic delivers. And Benolken tore at my feelings when I read the little book that allows one to read each individual box’s title(s) all in sequence. And with titles like "Kali realizes she’ll never get her ducks in a row," one gets an insight into the frailties and insecurities and tender areas of Benolken’s life and being. By the end of my examination of her works, I wanted to give Benolken a hug.

This is highly personal work that will rarely find commercial success, unless it is preceded by curatorial exposure, as this sort of personal work always seems to find a soft spot in the eyes of museum curators. Benolken has been creating this Kali series for fifteen years, and she should find fertile ground to continue to exhibit its progress in the future in universities, museums and non profit art venues.

Jorge Benitez

Jorge Benitez's ArchMy next pleasant discovery were the superbly technical drawings by Jorge Benitez, whose work I’ve never seen before. At first sight, they’re a bit of a head scratcher, as they appear to be blueprints for buildings and planes, etc. But once we read the titles, they are reconfigured in our vision in a whole new light. And now the design for a massive arch titled "Victory in Iraq Triumphal Arch" takes on a new, political meaning; and delivers to artists everywhere the immense power of a title associated with a work of art, and the resulting psychological change that it has on the viewer.

The grand master of titling artwork remains Barnett Newman, but Benitez deserves some praise for using this often unexploited part of the art process. There is a lesson in there for all artists.

Sheila Blake

A lot of fuss has been created by the inclusion of Sheila Blake’s very traditional paintings in this show. Her inclusion is by far the biggest puzzle in my mind. What was Lumpkin thinking?

Sheila BlakeI’ve never met Sheila Blake and as far as I know I’ve never seen her work before. But as a gallerist whose gallery gets approached in one way or another by nearly 2,000 artists a year, and as a curator and juror (who recently went through a few thousand slides at the WPA/C), and who juries shows by most of our area’s art leagues and groups, and as a critic who visits a lot of galleries on a continuous basis, I have seen common, unremarkable work like her's many, many times before.

And thus I return to the fact that this kind of painting has (at least in my mind) saturated my senses so much, that its inclusion surprises me as much as including paintings of ballerinas, or kittens, would have caused.

And at the risk of stepping into a minefield and even offending Ms. Blake, although these are technically adequate paintings, they are not technically brilliant paintings.

What does that mean?

It means that Ms. Blake appears to be focused on painting a subject matter to create the illusion of reality. She does an adequate job, but while Lindsay Rogers does a spectacular job of delivering technical mastery over the subject (and it is a different subject and a much easier subject to master, and inherently easier to depict by being monochromatic), Ms. Blake still shows a technical flaw here and there, especially when her work is viewed with a total focus on such a task.

Technical mastery is hard to achieve. Even Vermeer screwed up the coathanger-shaped area formed by the maid’s arm and the bowl in his painting of the Dutch maid pouring milk.

And when you see a thousand good paintings depicting light on trees and leaves, the quality factor is raised for all of the next few hundred paints that I'll see with this subject matter.

And Blake shows several technical flaws, and my Virgo personality focuses on the fact that she fails to mix the paints properly to deliver the gray in the pots in a couple of her paintings. Making gray can be a challenge to the most virtuous of painters, but here’s a hint: gray is never just black and white paint mixed together, and Blake has attempted to discover the secret of gray in her brushwork for the pots, but fails to convince, just as the geometric arrangement of her leaves on trees or the kudzu growing on the tree trunks fails to replicate the ordered randomness of Nature.

Lynne Galluzzo

Not that technical mastery alone is a recipe for success. In fact, I submit that having technical mastery over a medium has not been a "requirement" for artistic success in a very long time, with perhaps the exception of fine art glass.

And Lynne Galluzzo is definitely a technical master of colored pencils, but again my reaction to her work is colored (pun intended) by the fact that there must be a kaleidoscope virus associated with artists who work in this genre.

Why do I say this?

I’ve been visiting the Art League’s monthly group show religiously since 1993 or so, and because of the large size of the League’s membership, in that timeframe I’ve observed the work or perhaps a dozen color pencil artists. And they all seem to have an uncommon fascination with creating beautiful color pencil drawings of kaleidoscope images. And to go back to my first observation on Suzanna Fields’ drippy acrylic pieces, a visit to any major outdoor art show will offer the viewer a choice of 2-3 color pencil artists with one thing in common: kaleidoscope drawings!

My advice to Lynne: use your exceptional technical skills to explore other subjects. Color pencil art is almost a rare thing to see in the independent fine arts commercial gallery world, and perhaps that rarified artmosphere is ready for a color pencil artist working in other subjects.

The Sculptors

When I was in art school at the University of Washington, one of my art projects involved going to the various forests around Seattle, and I would glue or duck tape a mannequin to a tree. I would then spray the mannequin with adhesive and then throw dirt and tree bark on top of the mannequin. Then I would apply individual pieces of bark all over the mannequin until the entire figure was an actual part of the tree, almost a growth from it. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these (about a dozen of them) were done in the magical forest that used to be Mount St. Helen’s, and I suspect that most of them are now in art heaven.

Marc Roberge sculptureAnyway, because of this experience, I was predisposed to immediately like the works of Marc Robarge, whose sculptures appear to have morphed out of trees, since Robarge finishes them by gluing tree bark to visceral, organic, slightly threatening forms.

They are visually attractive and interesting and are by far the best sculptures in the show, especially when compared to the rather common, cookie-cutter abstractions of George Tkabladze that appear to channel a few 20th century sculptors, although I also did like the clean, elegant and minimalist paper sculptures of Randy Toy, but didn’t get the wall noses by Tim DeVoe.

The Token Videos

What would be a contemporary group art show curated by a well-known curator without a video? Unfortunately Julian Bayo Abiodun’s and Ryan Mulligan’s token videos entries join that immense mass of "yawn" videos that populate that part of the art world controlled by museum it notes

Mulligan’s video made no impression on me, and the Post-It notes do not deserve any mention, other than an image so that readers can see what I mean.

Lumpkin has written that the Bayo Abiodun video (which shows a huffing and puffing Miami Vice-dressed man running around a building rooftop in an endless loop) has created a "finely tuned, expressive metaphor for the futility of locating one’s essential identity." I would agree, except that I would replace "identity" with "interest." Interestingly enough, I quite liked Bayo Aboidum’s painting of Lance (the running character in the video).

Painting beats video... again.

Overall, and considering the hand that Lumpkin was dealt to start with, I believe that she has put together an adequate show, whose main flaws are her inexplicable choice of some artwork that exceeds the subtle adjective of "common" and begins to creep towards "wall décor." However, because of her hard work, she has also managed to find a couple of new jewels in our emerging artists pool, and for that alone both her and the WPA/C have accomplished the mission of Options 2005.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Come Back

I'll be finishing up and posting my review of Options 2005 later today.

Y'all come back.


Transformer is having its Second Annual Silent Auction Benefit & Reception, Saturday, October 29, 2005 from 7 to 10pm, hosted by Fusebox Gallery.

$50 before Saturday and $75 at the door. Details here.

45 pieces of art will be up for auction. The work was curated by a savvy group of DC area experts. The artists are:

Gabriel Abrantes, Ken Ashton, Lisa Bertnick, Kheshan Blunt, Chan Chao, William Christenberry, Mary Coble, Billy Colbert, Cynthia Connolly, Frank Day, Djakarta, Jason Falchook, Suzanna Fields, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Jason Gubbiotti, Linda Hesh, Lucy Hogg, James Huckenpahler, Jeff Huntington, Erick Jackson, Susan Jamison, Judy Jashinsky, Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Dean Kessmann, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Jae Ko, Bridget Lambert, Pepa Leon, Mike Lowery, Kevin MacDonald, Maki Maruyama, Mimi Masse, Maggie Michael, Jiha Moon, William A. Newman, Piero Passacantando, Beatrice Valdes Paz, Lucian Perkins, WC Richardson, Luis Silva, Jeff Spaulding, Dan Steinhilber, Zach Storm, Trish Tillman, Kelly Towles, Jason Zimmerman and Ian Whitmore.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Open Studio Tour

Paint and Plaster has an excellent tour of some of the 52 O Street Studios' artists.

Read it here. Sean discusses Betsy Damos,Matt Hollis, Andrea Haffner, Thanasi Papapostolou, and Micheline Kragsbrun Frank.

Click here to find out more

Takin' to the streets (Museums)...

Are street art and street artists the newest "new"?

Read this.

And in Europe, check this amazing Brit.

In my opinion, DC's three heavy hitters of street art are (in alphabetical order):

Borf (now retired I assume)

Mark Jenkins

Kelly Towles

Update: A couple of readers have pointed out to me the similarities (read he copied him) between Borf and Banksy.

Update II: I am told that Borf is far from retired and is now putting up work in NYC.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hirshhorn Lectures (Is Painting you-know-what?)

There are a few of interesting lectures coming up at the Hirshhorn.

Next Wednesday, MOMA director Glenn Lowry delivers "Ranking the Modern: New Perspectives," as part of the Second Annual James Demetrion lecture. Wednesday, October 26 at 7PM at the Ring Auditiorium.

On October 28, 2005 at 12:30 pm, Renée Stout, who is a Washington, DC-based artist whose work I first saw at a past Art-O-Matic, and who uses objects from everyday life in her art, will explore the ways "modern and contemporary artists have transformed ordinary materials into works of art." Stout's work is now on view at Hemphill Fine Arts and closes Sat. Oct 29th. Meet Stout at the Information Desk.

And this one should be interesting: Canadian-born and now DC-based painter Lucy Hogg, whose superb work I reviewed here a while back (and who is the wife of "painting is dead" acolyte and WaPo chief art critic Blake Gopnik) will deliver a talk with the interesting (and tired) subject of Is Painting Over?

Hogg's lecture is November 4, 2005 at 12:30 pm. Hogg will be "looking to works in the Hirshhorn's collection and will examine the relationship between abstraction and figuration in 20th-century painting. She will explore the similarities between contemporary painting and work created prior to World War II." Meet at the Information Desk.

That last one sounds interesting, doesn't it? Let's keep an eye and an ear out for it.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Something New

That overrated qualifier, something new, happens in the world of contemporary art tonight, as Andrew Wodzianski opens in our Georgetown gallery.

Andrew's innovative marriage of technology, not as part of his artwork, but as a vehicle to discuss it and learn about it, has so far received a lot of interest from the press and assorted art venues.

Opening is tonight from 6-9PM as part of the five Canal Square Galleries openings. Catered by the Sea Catch Restaurant.

See ya there!

Bromirski on Options 2005

Anaba discusses Options 2005.

Read it here.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Bailey on Jenkins

Bailey opines on Mark Jenkins.

Read it here.


To area artist Richard Dana, who was one of the key artists in Seven, and who's having a great show in New York at Tribes Gallery.

And congrats to Seven artist Samantha Wolov, whose sexy photos have been selected by Nerve for publication.

And congrats to Seven artist Frank Warren whose The PostSecret Book, "PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives," is now available from Amazon and continues to have great pre-publication numbers!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Young Artists' Grants

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities recognizes up and coming DC artists with The Young Artists Grant Program.

This initiative, which offers grants of up to $3,500 to artists between the ages of 18 and 30, has a deadline coming up: October 26!

Details here.

Silverthorne and Kirkland on Options

Alexandra discusses Options 2005 here.

Kirkland's views here.

Bailey on Options 2005

Bailey delivers his verdict, and a bit of history, on Options 2005.

Read it here.

Day of the Dead

I know it's still a few days ahead, but this is such a cool event, that you should RSVP now, lest the event fills out.

It's La Fiesta de la Muerte or the Day of the Dead Celebration at the Cultural Institute of Mexico.

Festivities include the opening of an exhibit showcasing Mexican artwork related to the Day of the Dead (68 masterpieces, altar of the dead, masks, woodwork, clay and wire skulls and cardboard pieces).

And a concert featuring Margie Bermejo, accompanied by Dimitri Dudin (piano), interpreting Mexican Popular Music related to the Day of the Dead.

And movies: Rites of Day of the Dead. Learn about the ancestral rituals of the Day of the Dead through this remarkable documentary film.

And food: Tamales, Pan de Muerto and chocolate

When? Thursday, Nov. 3, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Where? Cultural Institute of Mexico
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington D. C. 20009

RSVP: (202) 728 1675 or

See ya there!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Options 2005

Just had a good walkthrough of Options 2005 and I'll be writing a review for a local paper later this week.

Tonight I'll be at the The 12th annual cocktail reception and live auction benefiting Whitman-Walker Clinic.


Capitol Arts Network presents "125", a holiday art sale as part of the next Bethesda Art Walk, taking place at 4850 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland.

The concept is simple: bring your art, up to five pieces (any media) to the gallery on October 29th, from 1pm to 4pm, along with the registration form and $25.

The night of the show, November 11th, all work will be priced at $125. If your work sells, you get $100, the nonprofit gets $25. No jurying, no hassle. Work can be framed, matted, and/or bin ready, or tabletop. Registration forms and more info can be found at

They will accept work until the gallery is full, so come early!

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline December 9, 2005.

Call for Entries: Stretched Tight at Target Gallery. The juror is my good friend and fellow blogger Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

Stretched Tight is an exhibition that is open to all artists in the United States and abroad working in the medium of painting. Artists are encouraged to submit work that challenges conventional notions. Work may represent a broad range of subjects, genres, concepts and/or processes. Show dates February 24-March 26, 2006

Entry fee $30.00 for 3 images (slide or CD). $500.00 in award money. For a prospectus send a SASE to:

Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria VA 22314

Call 703-838-4565 ext 4, or E-mail:


In just a handful of hours I'm receiving a lot of feedback on my old Video Biennial idea, including some great feedback from a Smithsonian specialist who informs me that the booths shouldn't use Lexan, but instead perhaps something along this Mylar polyester coating.

Proposal to DCCAH

I sent an idea to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities last November for a novel public art project.

Nothing heard back from them so far, so I am assuming that they are not interested, and I am thus hereby posting a gist of the idea/letter in case some other city or organizer is interested:
November 17, 2004

From: F. Lennox Campello
To: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities


Summary: This point paper offers a recommendation for a recurring public art project designed to attract worldwide attention to the Washington, DC fine arts community. This idea is being submitted for consideration by DCCAH for future implementation.

Background: Washington, DC public art projects, like many other cities, have yielded a mix of public success and bitter art criticism. Most recently, projects such as “Party Animals” and “Pandamania” have enjoyed spectacular public acclaim, but have been severely criticized by area art critics. Whereas it is my belief that a publicly-funded DCCAH should answer to the public and not to elitist art critics, I believe that I have come up with a concept and idea that is both novel and creative. No other city has done this before (to my knowledge) and this project, if funded and implemented, will make a huge leap in placing Washington, DC on the leading edge of the art world.

The Project: A call for artists to create art videos. No theme, no guidance (other than the standard caveats to preclude pornography, hate-mongering, racism or personal attacks): just a call for artists (either worldwide or Greater DC area) to create an art video. This has never been done before by anyone, anywhere, as a mass call for public art. A public project that delivers art videos on a massive, public scale will place this contemporary genre of art outside of a museum environment for the first time ever.

The Logistics: 100 20-inch TVs with built-in DVD players will be needed ($269 each). Each one placed inside a custom built viewing bubbles (see attached design). The viewing bubbles can be constructed by the same company who built the Pandas. The material for the “bubble” can be the same as the Panda material, except for the viewing area, which should be constructed of Lexan, which is the plexiglass material from which NASCAR racecar windshields are made from; it is practically indestructible and it does not fog or scratch. Cost for these “bubbles” should be approximately the same as a panda or party animal.

Electrical power will be needed; however, this is easily available on nearly every street in DC, as every single lamp post in Washington has a power source at the base of the lamp post. The “bubbles” will have to be built and placed so that a safe connection to the power source can be accomplished.

The accepted videos will be run on a 24/7 continuous loop so that they can be viewed by the public ad hoc. At the end of a specified period, signed still photography from the videos can be auctioned off – or even sold throughout the period (from a website). This is very common in the world of art videos – no one buys videos, but they will buy signed photographs from the videos.

The Process: A worldwide call for videos: the call for art can be made for free in many Internet web sites (places like as well as magazines such as ArtCalendar, etc.) If successful, this can become an International Public Video Biennial (no one is doing this!) to a huge public audience. Call it the Washington Video Biennial!

We ask for artists to submit videos (CD ROMs) and then a panel selects 100 videos to be exhibited to the public. Each year DCCAH can hire two curators (cost is $300-$500 each) to select the videos (or an advisory panel can be picked to select the videos).

Copyright: I have had this idea researched, and no one else is doing this as a public art project or as a project in general, so I have had it copyrighted. However, I am submitting it to DCCAH at no cost or monetary compensation to me. I am doing this (at no cost to DCCAH) to ensure that my ideas and concepts for this project are carried out as I have envisioned them, and I hereby re-iterate that I am not seeking monetary compensation in any form or manner from DCCAH.

I reserve all rights to market this idea to other cities in the event that DCCAH declines to implement it, or after it has been successfully implemented by DCCAH or any other institution in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Since it is my desire and intention to implement this in Washington, DC, and for the benefit of Washington, DC, I hereby grant DCCAH a period of 180 days to notify me of their decision for "first right of refusal" to implement, fund and execute this proposal. At any time after that, or if declined in writing, I intend to submit this proposal to other cities.

Next Step: I hereby request a meeting with DCCAH to verbally explain this project and answer any questions.


Monday, October 17, 2005

Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge is easily the world's largest annual group show.

This year it is being hosted by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York, and there are around 1500 original works of art for sale to benefit Visual AIDS.

Details here. The participating artists are listed below and I've highlighted several DC area artists whose names I recognize.

The Artists

Tim Aanensen, Mary Jo Aardsma, Luciana Abait, Samira Abbassy, David Abbott, Myriam Abdelaziz, Joshua Abelow, Issa Abou Issa, Rachel B. Abrams, Daniel Abrams, Vito Acconci, Paula Acosta, Irina Adam, Derrick Adams, Raymond Adams, Brian Patrick Adams, MaryAnne Adjei, Ferid Agi, Abbey Agresta, Pierre Ahlstrom, Tatiana Akoeva, Michael Alago, Michael Alan, Lora Alaniz & Jennifer Beth Guerin, Anne Alarcon, Beatriz Albuquerque, Susan Alden, Aldwyth, Alexander 23, Ali, Meredith Allen, Blanka Amezkua, Shannon Amidon, Marie Anakee, Kristin Anderson, Chris Anderson, Stephen Andrews, Chad Andrews, Victor Angelo, Anonymous, William Anthony, Paul Antonio Szabo, Polly Apfelbaum, Sally Apfelbaum, Ida Applebroog, Robert Appleton, Tomie Arai, Carolyn Arcos, Joan Arena-Mastropaolo, Soledad Arias, Robin Arnold, Alonys Art, Nora Aslan, Dotty Attie, Ochiishi Augustmoon, Dominick Avellino, David Aviles, Joseph Ayala, Joseph Ayers, Helene Aylon, Nancy Azara, Aziz + Cucher, Adam Baer, Julie Baetzold, Ralph Baginski, Shane M. Bainbridge, Patrick Michael Baird, Paul Baker, Melanie Baker, Gikanjali Bakshi, John Baldessari, Phyllis Baldino, Julia Barber, Gerard Barbot, Perry Bard, Oliver Barnes Newton, Burt Barr, Olivia Barr, Paula Barr, Katie Barrie, Megan Barron, Rita Barros, Mark Barry, Beth Bartholomew, Barbara Bashlow Guzman, Elliot Bassman, Larissa Bates, Jackie Battenfield, Hilary Batzel, Erica Baum, Amy Bay, Kristin Beal-Degrandmont, Robert Beck, Jaq Belcher, Adam Bell, Caroline Bell, Anna Bell, Bellavia, Stuart Bender, Barton Lidice Benes, Garry Benet, Benito, Joseph Bennett, Terc Bennett, Ross Bennett Lewis, Gene Benson, Kermit Berg, Stacy Bergener, Ragna Berlin, Jason B. Bernard, Katherine Bernhardt, Amy Bernhardt, Alberte Bernier, Patrick Berran, Elizabeth Best, Stephen Beveridge, Sujata Bharani, Anna Bhushan, Susane Bifano, Peter Bill, Michael Binkley, Sherry Bittle, Darla Bjork, Christine Blackburn, George Blaha, Nancy Blair, Nayland Blake, Julie Blattberg, Ross Bleckner, Lucinda Bliss, Theresa Bloise, China Blue, Deborah Boardman, Victoria Anne Boardman, Daniel Bodner, Alana Bograd, David Bonfim, David Bonfin, Chakaia Booker, David Borawski, Frank Boros, Desiree Borrero, Todd Bosworth, Matthew Bourbon, Nina Bovasso, Astrid M. Bowlby, Melissa Bowman, George Box, Bruce Wesley Boyce, Daniel Boyer, Nicole Boyle, Bern Boyle, Gail Bracegirdle, Philip Bradley, Marcelo Brantes, Dana Brauckmann, John Breiner, Susan Breitsch, Matthew Brennan, Nancy Brett, Norbert Briar, Ben Briere, Celeste Brignac, Walter Briski Jr, Shane Britenstein, Mona Brody, Nancy Brooks Brody, Ashley Brollier, Arnold Brooks, John Brown, Stacy Brown, Brice Brown, Valerie Brown, Shash Broxson, Neil Bruce, Robert Bruce, Miriam Brumer, Loreen Bryant, Mija Bryen, Vanessa Bucci, Matthew Buckingham, Brian Buczak, Thomas Bugarin, Greg Bugel, Sarah Kate Burgess, Christopher Burke, Kenneth Burke, Marty Burns, Bob Burnside, Hannah Burr, Keil Burrman, Nancy Burson, Julie Cabell, Morgan Cahn, Robert Calame, Philip Calkins, Michael J. Cambre, Sandra Camomile, Susan Camp, Kirsten Campbell, F. Lennox Campello, Barbara Campisi, Theresa Rose Canto, Lincoln Capla, Suzanne Caporael, Karlos Carcamo, Claudette Carino, Susanna Carlisle, Joel Carlson, Curtis Carman, Victor Carnuccio, Frederic P. Carpenter, Kevin Carpio, Colleen Carradi, Mary Ellen Carroll, Lana Carter, Casey Leigh Carty, Megan Cassell, Blas Yenzzy Castro, Rick Castro, Janice Caswell, Niccolo Cataldi, James Catania, Andrea Cautmen, Andrea Cautmen, Teresa Celemin, Celso, Li-Trin Cere, Bindu Chadaga, Richard Chaloux, Mark Chamberlain, Anthony Champa, Paul Chan, Victoria Chang, Jennifer Chapek, Ben Chase, Amy Cheng, Pansum Cheng, Andrew Chesler, Julia Chiang, Mike Chiarello, Kathleen Ching, Kim Chivers - D’Amato, Kyung Cho, Wonjung Choi, Cecile Chong, Kevin Christy, Ann Chuchvara, Monica D. Church, Amanda Church, Elise P. Church, Vincent Cianni, John Cizmar, Karen Clark, Rob Clarke, Nuala Clarke, Robert Clarke-Davis, Alex Clates, Aaron Cobbett, Jon Coffett, Orly Cogan, Neal Cohen, Ben Colebrook, Ryan Coleman, Peter Colen, Susan Colgan, Cecy Colichon, Patrick Collier, Vicky Colombet, Greg Colson, Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff, Chrissy Conant, Aron Conaway, Ernest Concepcion, Elisabeth Condon, Doug Condon, Dusty Conley, Brendon Connors, Emily Conover, Juliette Conroy, CB Cooke, Jenifer Cooney, Pam Cooper, David Corbett, Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld, Kathryn Cornelius, David Correa Muñoz, Jose Luis Cortes, David Corwin, Erin Cowgill, Doug Cox, Steve Cox, Warren Craghead III, Patrick Craig, Matthew Craig, Peter Cramer, Fred Cray, Brian Crede, Kate Crilley-Fauvell, Ada Crisclone, Elizabeth Crisman, Judith Croce, Crudo, Pedro Cruz-Castro, Janet Culbertson, James Cullinane, Alan Cumming, Daphne Cummings, Megan Cump, Colleen Cunningham, Pasquale Cuppari, Peggy Cyphers, Kathleen Dac, Melissa Dadourian, Kara Dahlberg, Pradeep Dalal, David Dalessandro, Kelly Darr, Julie Davidow, James Davis, Raoul de Jong, Jose L. De Juan, Angela De Rosette, Marc DeBauch, Blase DeCelestino, Elisa Decker, Chris Dei, Matthew Deleget, Gianna Delluomo, Christina Delsandro, Jason Deneault, Priscilla Derven, Andrew DeShong, Almut Determeyer, Aasta Deth, Geoffrey Detrani, Sarah & Pearl Detweiler, Yoko Devereaux, Linda Di Gusta, Mike Diana, Mare Dianora, Alise Ann Diavastes, James Diffin, James Diffin, Simone DiLaura, Lesley Dill, Roz Dimon, Danielle Dimston, George Dinhaupt, Aureo Diniz, Abigail Doan, Erica Dobin, Corinne Dolle, Rory Donaldson, William Donovan, William Donovan, William Donovan, Sarah Doremus, Samantha Mae Dorfman, Elissa Dorfman, Elizabeth Dougherty, Christopher Dovas, Chad Downard, Claudia Drake, Charles Drees, Melanie Ducharme, Daniel Dueck, Angela Dufresne, Linda Dugger, Jeff Dunlap, Sheila Dunn, Alexis Duque, Chad Durgan, Anne Dushanko Dober, Kimberly Dwn, Annie Dwyer Internicola, Marcel Dzama, Michael Eade, Janae Easton, Mat Eaton, Masako Ebata, Marlene Eckhardt, Allison Edge, Cynthis Edorh, Frank Egloff, Melissa Ehrenveich, Per Eidspjeld, Jason Eisner, Emily Elahi, Eva Eland, Deborah Elliott Deutschman, Scott Elms, Mia Enell, Elise Engler, Cara Enteles, Paula B. Entin, Joy Episalla, Sharon Epperson, Mark Epstein, Donelle Estey, Yvonne Estrada, Beth Evancho, Margaret Evangeline, John Evans, Patrick Evans, Dore Everett, Bruce Eves, Bruce Eyster, F. Facer, James Fackrell, Rachael Faillace, Diego Assis Fainer, Jessica Falango, Neil Farber, Emily Farranto, David Faulk, Ming Fay, Nicholas Fedak II, Tony Feher, Cui Fei, Josh Feldman, Brandon Ferebee, Rea Silvia Feriozzi, Eliza Fernbach, Brad Fesmire, Celeste Fichter, Toma Fichter, Angelo Filomeno, Janet Filomeno, Sandra Fine, Michael A. Fink, Brian Finke, Christina B. Fischer, Katie Fitzsimmons, Paul W. Flanary, Jr., Becket Flannery, Sean-Michael Fleming, Ralph Rafael Fleming, Bettina L. Fliegel, Irina Florov, Robert Flynt, Karen Foley, Roy Foo, Jean Foos, Tom Foral, Monique Ford, Juliana Forero, Jennifer Formica, Nicholas Forrest, Peter Foucault, Martine Fougeron, Nicole Fournier, Lindsey Fox, Tara Fracalossi, Anne Maria Frassila, Travis Frazelle, Christopher Frederick, Jacqueline Freedman, Jacqueline Freedman, Martin Freeman, Sabra Friedman, Matthew Fritze, Nichole Frocheur, Joanna Frueh & Jill O’Bryan, Terra Fuller, David G., Faith S. Gabel, Mark Galindez, Arturo Garcia, Corey Garcia, Roberto Garcia, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Milton Garcia Latex, Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman, Joy Garnett, Deborah Garwood, Bob Gates, Jeff Gauntt, Stan Gaz, Madeline Gekiere, Amy Geller, Mike Geno, Alexis George, Valerie George, Sarah Getto, Cris Gianakos, Byron Gibbs, Haya Gil-Lubin, David Gilbert, Shelley Gilchrist, Ardian Gill, Jean K. Gill, Eric Ginsberg, Ava Ginsberg, Luis Gispert, Sean Gittens, Judy Glantzman, Milton Glaser, Sydell Glasser, Robin Glassman, Sybil Gleaton, Daniel Glendening, Angela Glennon, A. Godard, Kate Goertzen, Monika Goete, Susan Gofstein, Justin Goh, Jo Going, Nat Goldberg, Kenneth Sean Golden, Sheila Golden, Ben & Emma Goldman, Lance Goldsmith, David Goldstein, M. Xiomara Gomez, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Kathy Goodell, Alicia Goodfarb, Abby Goodman, David Emanuel Goodman, Juliette Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, Lee Gordon, Kay Gordon, Gore.b, Michelle Gorenstein, Tal Goretsky, Jeff Gottesfeld & Mike Diana, Sarah Gottlieb, sr(s) (gr)over, Leor Grady, Deborah Grant, Robin Graubard, Deba Jean Gray, Kimberley Gray, Joanne Greenbaum, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Eric Gregg, Stan Gregory, Peter Griffin, Michela Griffo, Clare Grill, Carina Grossmann, Katrin Grotepass, Caroline Grubbs, Erin Rae Guenzler, Ivaylo Guergiev, Kathy Gulrich, Rikki Gunton, Diana Gurfel, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Hans Haacke, Theresa Hackett, Patricia Haemmerle, Katherine Hagan, Sara Haley, Joan Hall, Cassandra Jennings Hall, Linda Hall, Brent Hallard, Dan Halm, Cristine Halt, Katy Hamer, Anna Hammand, Harmony Hammond, Jane Hammond, John Hampshire, Linda Handler, Tan Hang Wee, Rose Hankish, Erik Hanson, Kim Hanson, John Hardy, Joann M. Harrah, Christopher Harris, Rodney Harrison, Rose Hartman, Peter Harvey, Ellen Harvey, Michael Harwood, Naj Hasani, Naj Hasani, Naj Hasani, Skowmon Hastanan, Fred Hatt, Bobbi Hau, Sarah Hauser, Tom Hawkins, Stuart Hawkins, Mary Heilmann, Mara Held, Jessica Renee Helfand, Gary Heller, Thomas Hellstrom, Brizzy Hemphill, Doug Henders, Tyrone Henderson, Geoffrey Hendricks, Bill Hendricks, John Hendriks, Carol Henry, Ed Herman, Matthias Herrmann, Alex Hetherington, Bernard Hildebrandt, Amy Hill, Claudia Hill, Juan Hinojosa, Colleen Ho, Jim Hodges, Anne Hodson, Anna Hofverberg, Laura Holeman, Frank Holliday, Joseph O. Holmes, Katie Holten, Sylvia Hommert, Meejin Hong, Stephen Honicki, Jerry Hooten, Barbara Horiuchi, Marni Horwitz, Gail Howland, Joel Hoyer, Mary Hrbacek, Gilbert Hsiao, Elizabeth Huey, Morgan Hughes, Laura Hughes, Timothy Hull, David Humphrey, John Hyde, Nash Hyon, Jessica Iapino, Shigeno Ichimura, Asia Ingalls, Matthew Ingle Gaertner, Ketta Ioannidou, Carmen Isasi, Selene Isham, Junichiro Ishida, Ellen Ito, Albert J. Winn, Alfredo Jaar, Larry JaBell, Sandra Jackman, Clarke Jackson, Jackson, Angeliki Jackson, Peter Jacobs, Brooke Jacobs, Jerry Jacobson, Jimmie James, Nicholas James, XYLOR Jane, Matthew Jankowski, Lisa Marie Jankowski, Bobbie Jansen, James Jaxxa, Jim Jeffers, Jamie Jeffers, EunKyung Jeong, Tom Jezek, Aram Jibilian, Pedro Jimenez, Laura Johansen, Erick Johnson, Liz Johnson, Holly Johnson, Nikki Johnson, Carolina Johnson, Jon Joint, Darrell Jones, Bill Jones, Benjamin Jones, Hallie Jones, Darrell Jones, Julie Jones, Michael Joo, Jose Luis Jorge, Alexander Jugasz, Miranda July, Frank Jump, Paul Justice, Ellen Kahn, Faten Kanaan, Robin Kappy, Fernanda Kaspin, Nina Katchadourian, Betsy Kaufman, Jessica M. Kaufman, John Carlos Keasler, Andromahi Kefaloo, Millan Kelley, Shawn Kelloway, Shawn Kelloway, Jamie Kelty, Kate Kernstein, Sam Kerson, Shirin Khaki, Kianne, Hee Sook Kim, Young Kim, David King, Anki King, Sarah Kipp, Susan Kirby, J.T. Kirkland, Dmitry Kiyan, Ross Klavan, Barbara Klein, Susan Klein, Thomas Klem, Elisabeth Kley, Lucretia Knapp, Karen Knesevich, Emily Knight, Frances Knight, Elizabeth Knowles, Cassie Rose Kobeski, Philip Kogan, Terence Koh, Carol Kohn, Francine Kohn, Despina Konstantinides, Thomas Koole, Katherine Koos, Fran Kornfeld, Roy Kortick, E. Jan Kounitz, Joyce Kozloff, Hope Kozluca, Aaron Krach, Helmut Krackie, Benjamin Kraus, Fawn Krieger, Debra Kruse, Liliana Krynska, Melora Kuhn, Louis Kunsch, Melissa Kuntz, Michelle Kurlan, Srinivas Kuruganti, Eri Kuwabara, Greg Kwiatek, Michael Kwiecinski, Eliot Lable, Edwin Lacend, David Lachman, Stephen Lack, Miles Ladin, Abshalom Jac Lahav, Thomas Lail, Lexi Lambros, Jeremy Landau, Marc Landes, Aaron Landow, Jesse Langille, Jessica Langston, Yuliya Lanina, Barbara Lapin, Eve Andree Laramee, Laura Lark, Laura Lark, John S. Lathram, III, Sebastien Latreille, Ayala Laufer-Cahana, Dion Laurent, Louis Laurita, Louise Lawler, J.C. Lazarus, Norene Leddy, Marjeta Lederman, Cal Lee, Tom Lee, Roz Leibowitz, Catarina Leitao, Marc Lepson, Paul Leroy Gehres, Christopher Lesnewski, Barbara E. Leven, Joe Levickas, Les Levine, Esther Levine, Steven Johnson Leyba, Danny Licul, Edward Lightner, Glenn Ligon, Clarence Lin, Mindy Lin, Ming Lin, Jennifer Lindley, Martha Link, Megan Lipke, Stephen Lipman, Marcia Lippman, Lump Lipshitz, Jackie Lipton, Tim Lonergan, Daniel Long, Jason Longchamps, Hilary Lorenz, Nelson Loskamp, Valerie Love, Mary Ann LoVerme, Gina Lovoi, Bailey Lowenthal, Rebecca Loyche, Elizabeth Kom Lozake Browning, Robert Ludwig, Vera Lutter, Janelle Lynch, Giles Lyon, Noah Lyon, Noah Lyon, Noah Lyon, Mandy Lyons, Diana Lyons, Marci MacGuffie, Ian Mack, Krista Madsen, Megan Maguire, Cecilia Mahal, Charles Werner Mahal, Jr., Jennifer Mahlman, Rebecca Major, Luis Mallo, Stephen Mallon, Marian Maloney, David Mandel, Patricia Anne Mandel, Jason Mandella, Dina Mann, Ricky Manne, Erica Mapp, Mitchell Marco, Amy Marinelli, Thom Markee, Norma Markley, China Marks, Sandy Marostica, Adria Marquez, Kathleen S. A. Marquis, Christopher Marquis, Ena Marrero, Neil Marshall, Trevor Martin, Joanna Martinez, Bob Marty, Joanna Marzullo, Christina Massey, Randy Mastin, Thomas Matsuda, Joanne Mattera, Kegera Matthews-Lawrence, Matuschka, Gina Mauro, Annie Maxwell, Jen May, Lauren Mayer, Xanda Mc Cagg, Kerry McAnulty, Polly McCaffrey, Emma McCagg, F. Mott McCampbell, Allison McCarthy, Mark D. McComb, Harold McCray, Colleen McCubbin Stephanic, Nicole McCumber, Robert McCurdy, Meredith McDonald, Tim McDonnell, Barry McGee, Dominic McGill, Brendan McGillicuddy, Conor Mcgrady, Paul McHale, Kate McInerney, John McKaig, Craig McKenzie, Anne Q. McKeown, Sarah McKiel, Mark McLoughlin, Denise McMorrow, Bruce McNally, Jamie McPartland, Beverley McQuillan, Lisanne McTernan, Amanda Means, Roberto Medina, Pam Fradina Meheran, Morgan Meheran, Linda Meisenhelder, Brad Melamed, Reyez Melendez, Kristin Ann Melin, Haley Mellin, Margery Mellman, Ann Messner, Lucia Alba Mettler, Scott S. Meyers, Maggie Michael, Vincent Michaud, Elinor Milchan, William H. (Billy) Miller, Judith S. Miller, Holly Miller, Mireille Miller, Zan Miller, Marilyn Minter, Richard Mirabile, Michael Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell, Tadashi Mitsui, Joseph Modica, John Monaco, Christopher Mondello, Dean Monogenis, Leah Montalto, Katherine Montelaro, Ken Montgomery, Gregory Montreuil, Chris Moody, Randy Moore, Cindy Moore, Nik Moore, Kellie Moore, Paul Moran, Michael C. Morgan, Janet Morgan, Lora Morgenstern, Juri Morioka, James Morrison, Leo Morrissey, Shawn Mortensen, Keren Moscovitch, Arezoo Moseni, Carrie Moyer, Ryan Mrozowski, Roger Mudre, Jill Mueller, Jay Muhlin, Erick Assis Munari, Susan Munoz, Elizabeth Murray, Tatyana Murray, Prema Murthy, Stefanie Nagorka, Math-You Namie, James Nares, Antonella Natale, Florence Neal, Victoria Neel, David Nelson, Irene Neno Diaz, Barbara Nessim, Becky Newsom, Kathleen Ney, Annysa Ng, Christian Nguyen, Elise Nicol, Thisbe Nissin, Nick Normal, Lorie Novak, Mardi Nowak, Judith Nylen, Robert O’Donnell, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Robyn O’Neil, Leah Oates, Ashley Oates, Staci Offutt, Iviva Olenick, Nancy Olivier, Stephen Olivier II, Stephen Olivier II, Suzanne Olmsted, Dawline-Jane Oniesele, Yoko Ono, Sarah Oppenheimer, Nicki Orbach, Steven Ott, Tom Otterness, Gwen Oulman Brennan, Joe Ovelman, Jennifer Overbagh, Lindsay Packer, Jean-Paul Page, Holly Painter, Mervi Pakaste, James Paladino, Ruby Palmer, Sachin Pannuri, John Thomas Paradiso, Jung Eun Park, Brendan Parker, Mike Parker (a.k.a. Swami), Rocio Parra Parra, Stephanie Parto, Garrett Jay Paulus, Jim Pavlicovic, Leanette Peles, Carol Peligian, Leemour Pelli, Liz Penniman, Sheila Pepe, Osvaldo Perdomo, Osvaldo Perdomo, Osvaldo Perdomo, Osvaldo Perdomo, Antonia Perez, Matteo Pericoli, Bruno Perillo, Quimetta Perle, Daniel Perry, Gilda Pervin, Samantha Pesono, Carol Petino, Karsten Petrat, Daniel Petrov, Alexander Petti, Carlos Pez, George Pfau, Carol Pfeffer, Laura Sue Phillips, Tracy Phillips, Corina Pia, James Picard, Lauren Picciano, Angelia Pickett, Marta Pierazzuoli, Jack Pierce, Lee Pierce, David Pierce, Vickie Pierre, Maya Pindyck, Mary Pinto, Kim Piotrowski, Philip Pirolo, Joe Piscopia, Lucia Pizzani, Lola Planells, Dan Plansky, Anna Plesset, Betsy Podlach, Tiffany Pollack, Ben Polsky, Michael Ponce, Nuno Pontes, Bonnie Portelance, Amy Jean Porter, Josefina Posch, Maggie Prendergast, Lily Prentice, Rubin Press, Elisa Pritzker, Rick Prol, Carol Prusa, Joan Puchalski, Ernesto Pujol, Dianne Purdy, Antonio Puri, Conny Purtill, Matthew Pych, Wayne Pyle, Ileana Quintano, Fred Quintiliani, Dada Ra, Kwanghee Ra, Svetlana Raby, Luis Rabyo, Michael Rader, Dean Radinorsky, Ramirex, Paul Henry Ramirez, John Rand, Meryl Lynn Ranzer, Rappel, Jon D. Rappleye, Kaylyn Raschke, Amy Raudenbush, Moriah Ray, Evan Read, Ashley Reagan, Florita Realin, Catherine Redmond, David Reed, Catherine Renae, Richard Renaldi, Jennifer Renshaw, Carla Repice, Barbara Jo Revelle, Miguel Angel Reyes, David Reyes, Carla Reyes, Eric Rhein, Misty Rice, Jean Richard, Robert W. Richards, Benito Rios, Stefanie Roach, Daniel H. Roberts, Marie Roberts, Dale Roberts, Cynthia Roberts, Daniel H. Roberts, Andrew Robinson, Gregory Robinson, Elise Robles, Debbie Rodenhauser, Kristina Rogers, Patricia Rogers, Sunsook Roh, Tina Rojas, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Sonia Romero, Taney Roniger, Kara Rooney, Tara Rose, Kim Rosen, Caren Rosenblatt, Theo Rosenblum, Robin Ross, Ryan Roth, Billy Rotter, Joy Faye Rowan, Carrie Rubinstein, Cornelia Ruehlicke, Scott Rummler, Thomas Rupich, Ed Ruscha, Arlene Rush, Craig Russell, Gaetano Ruvio, Carol-Anne Ryce-Paul, Carol-Anne Ryce-Paul, George S., Tara Sabharwal, Beatricia Sagar, Ken Sahr, Aiana Saigueko, Karl Saliter, Vincent Salvati, Terry Samilson, Ginny Sampson, Toni-Lee Sanastiano, John Sanchez, Joel Sanders, Joel Sanders, Reuben Sandwich, Tom Sanford, Gloria Sangoyo Ruenitz, Carmine Santaniello, Katia Santibanez, Jonathan Santlofer, Paul Santoleri, Nelson Santos, Maria & Florentine Santos, Justin Sanz, Jennifer Sarkilahti, Gordon Sasaki, Richard Sawdon Smith, Thomas Arthur Schaefer, Michael Schall, Robert Schatz, Sebastian Schaub, Sascha Schaumburg, Ann Schaumburger, Kristen Scheffold, Laura Schindelman, Joseph Schindelman, John Schluenz, Diana Schmertz, Ciarra Schmidt, Jean Schneider, Gary Schneider, Holli Schorno, Tom Schreiber, Susan Schwalb, Molly Schwartz, Sandra Scicchitani, Caroline Scott, Jeffrey Scott, Chris Scroggins, John Seal, Laura Seewoester, Analia Segal, Jackie Seles, Andreas Senser, Christina Serchia, Dixie Serrano, Mary Seveland, Joseph Sexton, Grant Shaffer, Reena Shah, Lauren Shahroody, Babe Shapiro, Laura Sharp Wilson, S. Orrin Sharpless, Donna Sharrett, Patrick Shaw, Renee Shaw, David Shebird, Frank Sheehan, Mark Sheinkman, Albert Shelton, Kate Shepherd, Etienne Latour Genore Hughes Sheppard, Christine Sheppard, Nick Shiflet, Monica Shimkus, Heesun Shin, Gabrielle Shiner-Hill, Kaori Shiota, Ellen Shire, Peter O. Shire, Kiriko Shirobayashi, Ethan Shoshan, Skip Shot, Alyson Shotz, Joyce Siegel, Nathaniel Siegel, Rebecca Siemering, Lori Sikorski, Amy Sillman, Tawnie Silva, Pet Silvia, Stephanie Simek, Jimmie Mack Simmonds, Yvette Simone, Kelley Simons, Kirsten Fae Simonsen, Sonita Singwi, Jean Sirius, Linda Sirow, Liron Sissman, Christina Sitja Rubio, Christina Sitja Rubio, Kiley Sjogren, Gwendolyn Skaggs, Jasna Skroce, Berty Skuber, Tom Slaughter, Jill Slaymaker, Susannah Slocum, Oren Slor, Aminah Slor, Adam Smith, Kiki Smith, Lory Smith, Louise Smith, Alix Smith, Jaimee E. Smith, Chris Smith, Chris Smith, Elisabeth Smolarz, Tom Snelgrove, Dorothy Snyder, Claudia Sohrens, Deanne Sokolin, Jan Lynn Sokota, Xian Soldier, Lori Solondz, Thomas R. Somerville, Thomas R. Somerville, Erika Somogyi, Fierce Sonia, Robert Soret, Mario Sostre, Ilyse Soutine, Teddy Spath Jr., Maria Spector, Sabina Speich, Tracey Sperling, Gary Speziale, Gary Speziale, Gary Speziale, David Spiher, Margot Spindelman, Matthew St Adelmann, Sherry St. Renz, Francis Stallings, Chrysanne Stathacos, Rene Stawicki, Will Steacy, Anne Stebbins, Barry Steely, Clint Steib, Sarah Steinwachs, Pat Steir, Stanley Stellar, Seyda Sterns, Steven A. Stewart, Sam Still, Michael Still, Linda Stillman, Charles Stimson, Sara Stites, Mark Stockton, David Storey, Sonya Stoweng Artis, William Streeter, Lisa Studier, Christine Stuht, Lorien Suarez, Rachel Sugar, Daniel Suits, Daniel Suits, Barbara Sullivan, Patricia Sullivan, Paul Sunday, Rachel Sussman, Futaba Suzuki, Mariko Suzuki, Jenny Swartz, Jane Swidzinski, Edward Swift, Jason Szalla, Beata Szpura, Catherine Tafur, Barbara Takenaga, Sam Tan, Tattfoo Tan, Juanita Tarnowski, William Tarnowski, Tim Tate, Yumiko Tateishi, Steed Taylor, Morgan Taylor, Holly Taylor, Lidya Tchakerian, Tom Teebe Baoe, Lynn Teichman, Mary Temple, Sam Teoste, Julie Tersigni, Gwenn Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Sharon Thomas, Megan Thomas-Melly, Mike Thompson, Ginger Thompson, Ken Thurlbeck, M.F. Tichy, Arno Tijnagel, Elizabeth Tillotson, Mary Ting, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Zdravko Toic, Mette Tommerup, Jessie Tong, Anne Marie Torrez, MIchael Tracy, Kim Tran, Jim Trask, Bill Travis, Daniel Trese, Tret, Daniel Trout, Andrey Tsers, Marina Tsesarskaya, Tomoe Tsutsumi, Tomoe Tsutsumi, Roger Tucker, Spencer Tunick, Atiim Turnbull, Calvin Twogons, Chris Twomey, Kako Ueda, Aya Uekawa, Debbie Ullman, Penelope Umbrico, Chea Ryan Urioste, Angela Valeria, Teressa Valla, Janet Van Horne, Kathryn Van Winkle, Laura Varn, Ted Vasin, MaryJo Vath, Wilmer Velez, Leo Venice, Daniel Venne, Alejandra Villasmil, Jamyson Vining, Jeroen Visscher, Don Voisine, Bruce Volpone, Anja Volz, Anna Von Gwinner, Whitney Vosburgh, Angela Rose Voulgarelis, Melanie Wadsworth, Saudia Wadud, James Arthur Wagner, Kenneth Wahl, Todd A. Wahnish, Nomi Waksberg, Robert Walden, Jen Waldhaus, Athena Waligore, Joy Walker, Meg Walker, William Boyd Walker, Kay WalkingStick, Glen Walls, Glen Walls, John Walter, Gary Walters, Elizabeth Wang, Nari Ward, Tom Warren, Marcy Wasserman, John Waters, Brian Wayne, Mary Weatherford, Patrick Webb, Tenesh Webber, Joan Weber, Jarred Weese, William Wegman, Shirley Wegner, Michael Weidrich, Mary Weiher, Louise Weinberg, Michael Weinberg, Lawrence Weiner, Dan Weiner, Ejay Weiss, Barbara Weissberger, Lindsay Welch, Carolyn Weltman, Michael Werner, Patricia Wersinger, Carol Westfall, Frederick Weston, Kurt Weston, Charmaine Wheatley, Jojo Whilden, Ken Whitbeck, Dina White, Stephen White, Lisa Wicka, Angela Wieland, Mark Wiener, Meghan Wilbar, Randal Wilcox, Wild Goddess, L.K. Wilde, Darrell Wilks, Ross G. Williams, Michelle Williams, Wendy Willis, Corey J. Willis, Maggie Willman, Fred Wilson, Millie Wilson, Letha Wilson, Martha Wilsson Edelhert, Rosalie Winard, Jean Winget-Gibson, Adela Winter, Maud Wirstrom, Gene Wisniewski, Joshua Abram Witten, James Wodarek, Connie Wolfe, Samantha Wolov, Mike Womack, Colby Wong, Ann F. Wong, Jeffrey Jay Woodbury, Cindy Workman, Helena Wright, Joanna Wright, Tory Wright, Timothy J. Wright, Jeanine Wright, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Rob Wright, Peter Wyman, Noel Wynn, Rob Wynne, Michael Wyshock, Cathy Wysocki, Junko Yamada, Michi Yamaguchi, Lynne Yamamoto, Carrie Yamaoka, Tim Yankosky, Max Yawney, Bo Sung Yoom, Sunhee Yoon, Laurence Young, Rorie Young Sullivan, Daisy Yuhas, Cheryl Yun, Patricia Zarate, Andrew Zarou, John Zaso, Richard D. Zauner Jr., Susan Zell, Miguel Jimenes Zenon, Carolyn Zick, Richard Zimmerman, and Alice Zinnes.

The Power of the Web

John Martin discovers a couple of artists who are following Duane Kaiser's tremendous online success (with his Painting a Day idea) a little too closely.

Read it here.

Medium Format Pinhole Lego Camera

A pinhole camera made from Legos.

Read it here.

Wodzianski, Yellow Arrows and Wodcasting

Four words every artist dreads to hear: "I don’t get it."

Andrew Wodzianski (a DC artist and Assistant Professor at the College of Southern Maryland) hopes that he can eliminate these words with Lucha Libre!, his second solo exhibition at our Georgetown Fraser Gallery.


Throughout the duration of the thirteen painting exhibit (Oct. 21 – Nov. 16, 2005), Wodzianski is implementing new technology that allows his viewers unique opportunities to interact with, and respond to, the artist and his artwork. This new hi-tech approach includes the use of podcasts, cell phones, and other wireless devices for would-be critics to leave their own commentary.

Podcasts and cell phones in an art gallery?

"Art is essentially a form of communication – and at no time in human history has technology allowed for such an immersive and intelligent participation in the communication between art, artist, and audience," says Wodzianski. To underscore that point, he is preparing a podcast – an audio commentary meant to be played on an MP3 player or computer – that will be available for download before the show’s opening reception this coming Friday Oct. 21, 2005 from 6-9PM.

Think of this as an audio tour among the artwork, from the artist himself.

Wodzianski’s podcast (make that - Wodcast!) will help listeners decipher the story behind the largely narrative paintings, explain techniques, and reveal inspirations. MP3 players preloaded with the Wodcast will be available at the reception, and attendees with their own player can download the file onsite during the opening reception.

Furthermore, as part of the exhibition, Wodzianski is inviting gallery attendees to provide their own commentary. Wodzianski and associates have developed a free service for anyone with a cellular phone to call and record their own podcast, describing their thoughts and feelings the work is evoking. These recordings will be published immediately at the Wodcast website (, allowing participants to share their critiques with those in attendance or absent.

Visitors to the show who would not be not listening to podcasts can still interact with the artist’s work through Yellow Arrows.

What is/are Yellow Arrows?

Yellow Arrow is a new concept in mobile interactivity. When a Yellow Arrow placard is found pointing to a painting, a cellular phone user can send a text message to a provided number, and discover comments left by previous viewers. Texters can also leave their own message; opinions about the artwork – or maybe the artist himself.

Will this be an exercise in popular culture invading the traditional appreciation of art, or a sign of the natural evolution in the field? The artist, for one, believes it will be the latter.

"With the advent of these new tools, artists can interact with viewers using sound, text and visuals that would otherwise be impossible outside a museum setting," says Wodzianski. "It narrows the gap between the art elite, and the casual gallery visitor. Everyone has an opinion, and throughout this exhibit, each opinion is equally represented. And frankly, it’s a lot of fun."

Lucha Libre by Andrew Wodzianski
The show opens this Friday at Fraser Gallery Georgetown with a catered opening reception from 6-9PM. The exhibition and concept will then travel to Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

See ya there!

Silverthorne on Winslow

Alexandra reviews our current John Winslow exhibition at Fraser Bethesda.

Openings this week

Tuesday, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, located at 1530 P Street NW is the Art for Life Auction to benefit Whitman-Walker Clinic. Details here, and you can preview the artwork here and also additional artwork here. Tickets are $75 each. At 6:00 pm the reception and silent auction begins, and at 7:30 pm, the live auction will begin.

Thursday, of course, is time for the 3rd Thursday Gallery Walk around the 7th Street area. The participating venues are listed here.

Also on Thursday: Our Children, Our World, a photography exhibit featuring the works of children from Accra, Ghana; Pinar del Rio, Cuba; Washington, D.C. and Gary, Indiana using traditional and digital cameras all orchestrated by DC-based Afro-Cuban photographer Nestor Hernandez. Opening Reception, Thursday, October 20, 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW.

And also on Thursday, Alexandra Silverthorne and Pat Dunning will be having a reception for their exhibit at Warehouse from 6-8PM. And still on this busy Thursday, Water/Wax: Brian Petro & Sondra N. Arkin open with an Artists’ Reception from 6-9 pm at Coldwell Banker, 1606 17th Street NW in DC.

Since this is the 3rd Friday of the month, the five Canal Square Galleries in Georgetown will be hosting their openings and extended hours. New shows at MOCA, Parish, Alla Rogers, Anne C. Fisher and Fraser. We will be hosting the second solo show of Andrew Wodzianski. The openings are catered by the Sea Catch Restaurant.

Also on Friday, Union Printmakers Atelier is hosting its Fall Studios Open House from 6pm-10.00pm. Prints and drawings by Scip Barnhart, William Christenberry, David Chung, John Driesbach, Jenny Freestone, Fred Folsom, Kerry Mc-Aleer-Keeler, Jody Mussof, Robert Nelson, Judith Nulty, Russell Richards, Thomas Seawell and Claudia Vess, and many others. Also "Powerpoint" a Drypoint Portfolio by 15 Washington area artists. Union Printmakers Atelier is located at 926 N St (rear) NW (1.5 blocks from the new Convention Center). For more information: 202 296 5857 or 202 277 1946, or email or

On Saturday, October 22, William Adair opens at Matrix with new works from his Cup Series. The opening is from 3-6PM and the exhibit runs through November 19, 2005. Matrix is at 3307 M Street, NW in G'town. For more details call 202/744-8770.

Also on Saturday, Transformer has the opening for Past/Perfect, by Pat Graham & Melanie Standage from 7-9PM. There will also be an artists' talk on Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 3 pm.

If I've missed any openings, please email me.

40 paintings in 30 days

Ming is trying to paint 40 paintings in 30 days while keeping a day job.

See them here.

Found Sound

One of the coolest art projects around DC these days is Found Sound, curated by Welmoed Laanstra (just the pronounciation of his name makes a cool sound).

"By placing the sound booths on the sidewalk, the project will make this innovative art accessible to a large number of people," says Welmoed Laanstra, the exhibit's curator. "The aim is to create a public experience focused on the developing field of sound art."

Participating galleries, artists and venues are here.

If you like sounds, and think of it as art, then the amazing FreeSounds Project by Richard Humphries, is a must visit online and you can even contribute a sound.

Humphries, who works as a Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer for the Discovery Channel, has been collecting sounds since the early 1990's.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: November 26, 2005.

International Visions Gallery is hosting a Small Works Competition.

December 8, 2005 through January 4, 2006. The award is a Solo Exhibition. Max size 16 x 20 inches. $25 entry fee for 3 entries. Original works, 2D only in all media will be chosen from 35mm slides or CDs. 40% commission. Insurance. SASE for prospectus to:

International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Or call 202-234-5112 or

Spectrum seeking new members

Spectrum Gallery, a distinguished co-op gallery located in Georgetown and which has been around for 40 years, is looking for new artists to join the gallery.

I am told that it is an exciting time for the gallery; they are restructuring and looking to bring in a crop of talented emerging artists to become member artists.

Member artists have their work shown every month in their group show and have regular solo shows about every two years.

Artists in all media are welcome to apply. For questions and other information, please call the gallery at 202-333-0954 or visit their website.

Baltimore Open Studios

On the weekend of October 22 & 23 from Noon to 5 p.m., in conjunction with Arts and Humanities month, School 33 Art Center will host the Annual Open Studio Tour, where more than 100 visual artists in and around Baltimore City will open their doors to the public.

Details here.

Scope London

Two area art dealers are participating in scope London: Bethesda art dealer Rody Douzoglou and DC's Conner Contemporary.

Rody Douzoglou will feature artist Pablo López and also works from Amalia Caputo, Magdalena Fernández and Carolina Sardi.

Conner Contemporary will be featuring new work by photographer Julee Holcombe. The gallery will also exhibit photo/conceptualist work by Joe Ovelman, new paintings by Erik Sandberg and photographs by John Kirchner.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Tape Excrement

Mark Jenkins is at it again.

Update: WOW! I didn't know that these Mark Jenkins' sculptures had been placed outside the Found Sound booths. And now Jenkins has been policed!

Update II: Mark Jenkins has now apologized for this.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bethesda Row

Lack of posts due to my being at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

I'll catch up later... have a ton of stuff to post and discuss. Come back!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Friday at the WaPo

Mercy me! Two visual art reviews in the WaPo in one day!

In Style, Gopnik surprises us again by reviewing another "local" (I mean "Washington-based") artist: Sam Gilliam's retrospective at the Corcoran.

And in Weekend, Michael O'Sullivan delivers yet more evidence why he's one of the few area art critics who truly knows "Washington-based" artists in this review of Options 2005.

And Thinking About Art's comments on O'Sullivan's review.

Can't wait to see the show!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Solo3 Opens Tonight

Solo3, a solo show in three parts by artists Alexandra Silverthorne, Joseph Barbaccia, and Pat Dunning opens tonight at Warehouse. The opening reception is from 6-8pm.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tim Tate's Pad

Tim Tate's DC pad is becoming famous once again, this time appearing in an episode of "Small Spaces, Big Style" on HGTV this Thursday night at 8:00 PM.

Tate's apartment was transformed from a dull gray into a stunning pad by the amazing team of Sean and Rania of Scenic Artists.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Heading South...

I'm heading out to the Carolinas later today, but will be back by Friday, hopefully in time to make the opening for Prof. John Winslow as he opens his second solo show with us.

The opening for Winslow is this coming Friday at Fraser Gallery Bethesda from 6-9PM and it is part of the Bethesda Art Walk.

A free guided tour is also offered. See details of the tour here. Tours will begin at 6:30pm. Attendees can meet their guide at the Bethesda Metro Center, located at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue. Attendees do not have to participate in tours to visit Art Walk galleries.

Monday, October 10, 2005

click here to see book
To area photographer Tracy Lee, whose erotica has been included in The Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotic Women.

Tracy Lee's work was last seen locally in Seven.

Blake again

I had been staying away from reacting to our "local" WaPo Chief Art Critic's musings lest I be recognized as a Blakemonger. But I bit the other day and now I find myself reading one of the oddest, most entertaining, off-kilter, intelligent, unexpected, "will someone please return the real Blake Gopnik" (NOT!) articles by someone claiming to be Blake Gopnik that I have ever read.

Read it here.

And then read Bailey's diss...ertation on the article here, which as usual, raises some good, interesting and valid points.

Atelier Yoyita

As a response to the tragedies of hurricanes Rita and Katrina, Atelier Yoyita in Jackson, Mississippi is creating, hosting and showcasing artists affected by the hurricanes at no cost to the artist, for 6 months to a year.

Interested and eligible artists should contact Dr. Gloria M. Norris through their website or via email at

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: December 1, 2005

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, invites proposals for exhibitions in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: 8-10 exhibitions, beginning February 2006.

Proposal Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 1, 2005.

Eligibility: Open to artists and organizations throughout the northern Virginia area. Works can be in both two and three-dimensional formats. Exhibitions may be group or solo.

Entry Procedure: Please submit the following:
* A completed application form with each entry.
* A maximum of 12 slides that represent your work. Slides should be numbered and each should include your name and the title of the piece. Slides should be submitted in a clear plastic slide sleeve.
* A resume.
* A brief description of work to be considered for exhibition attached to application form.
* If you would like your slides returned to you, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope large enough and with enough postage to return them.

Notification: Initial selection will be based on proposals submitted. Final selection may require studio visits. Finalists will be notified by January 6, 2006.

Terms: Artists/organizations are responsible for shipping/delivery/pick-up and preparation of works, as well as any unusual installation requirements. Northern Virginia Community College will insure works while on the premises. Artists must indicate insurance values for all works exhibited.

Information: For further information, contact Leslie White, Managing Director (703-845-6229) or Andrew McPherson, Gallery Coordinator (

Submission: Send applications to:
Schlesinger Center/NVCC
Att: Exhibitions
3001 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA, 22311

Applications received "Postage Due" will not be accepted.

OPTIONS 2005 Pics

Options 2005 window

Some early pics from the OPTIONS 2005 show and the Curator's Talk. I missed both, and will try to see the show soon. Comments and photos invited; please email them to me.

Dr. Olivia Lumpkin

Dr. Libby Lumpkin discussing the work

Libby Lumpkin

And Dr. Lumpkin again

More photos here.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Artists' Market

Today is the Bethesda Artist's Market. The market runs from 10am-5:30pm inside the Bethesda Place Plaza located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue. Nearly 30 local and regional artists will display and sell their original fine art and fine craft in the plaza outside our gallery.

See ya there!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Artists: Tell Jen How You Live!

(Thanks Alexandra)...
How Do Artists Live?
Jennifer Dalton has an interesting survey going on. How Do Artists Live?

It takes only a couple of minutes to complete; visit How Do Artists Live? here.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Gopnik on Buster

Blake Gopnik checks in with one of his once a year area gallery reviews and has a rare review of Kendall Buster at Fusebox. It's a good review of a superb show.

Fusebox, easily one of the best galleries in our area, sort of gets "screwed" by the WaPo on a general basis, as the regular "Galleries" column has never covered them, as Jessica Dawson has recused herself from covering Fusebox shows due to private reasons.

The only one time that "Galleries" covered Fusebox was when Glenn Dixon shared the column with Jessica for a little while, before he had a dispute with the WaPo and quit.

This could easily be solved if the WaPo just honored their earlier promises to hire another freelancer and return "Galleries" to a weekly column on Thursdays.

Meanwhile Fusebox gets screwed because they're never covered in "Galleries," and Blake gets screwed because he's forced to make up for that by actually having to write about a "local artist" (his words), and the rest of the galleries get screwed because the Chief Art Critic of the world's second most influential newspaper rarely writes about them/us.

This could all easily be solved by having the WaPo simply hire another independent freelancer to cover the two weeks of the month currently without gallery reviews.

He's back

Glad to see that Jeffry Cudlin is back at the City Paper.

Cudlin reviews "Kahn & Selesnick: The Apollo Prophecies" at Irvine and also Symbioland at Curator's Office.

We were beginning to get worried that the CP was Washingtonpostdownsizing* their visual arts coverage.

More please...

*At the present rate, by the time 2005 ends, there will have been about four times more European/NYC fashion show reviews in the WaPo than gallery reviews. If you don't get it, you don't get it.

Holly Foss at Foundry

Our Georgetown gallerina, Holly Foss, is having an exhibition at Foundry Gallery, and the opening reception is tonight as part of the First Fridays Dupont Circle gallery crawl.

Using a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and one from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Holly has been documenting her Georgetown neighborhood through photography.

A few years ago Holly was driving through Georgetown, was involved in a serious car accident, and woke up many months later, following an extended coma, in Georgetown University Hospital. She writes:
All I know is I was lucky to be alive and for the first time took notice of so much I had missed before. In leaving the hospital and driving through Georgetown’s residential neighborhoods, I suddenly became aware of the neighborhood’s stylish detail and historic fabric – the facades, turrets, towers, portals, lintels, sills, fences, fire plaques – now became fascinating in their unusual way. And the easy transfer of lines from one building to the next worked in a way that only enhanced the dignity of these grand imposing structures. Having lived in both Boston and New York City provided an historical perspective enabling me to appreciate what make Georgetown so unique.
Holly Foss earned her BA at Wellesley College, where she also took classes in Photography at MIT. Her work has won many awards and been featured on television on WETA and Fox Sunday Morning news and has appeared in many of our local newspapers.

Tonight's reception at Foundry is from 6-8PM and Holly's show hangs through October 30th.

Options 2005 (first report)

It's just a little bit past midnight, and yet the emails are already pouring in about what a great opening Options 2005 hosted and as to the significant number of works that sold at the opening (around $15,000), which is always (as an art dealer's perspective) a good sign for a show designed to showcase new, emerging talent!

I am sorry that I missed the opening, but I am home and sore from some new cool hamstring-stretching routines that we learned tonite (we have a new Sensei, and she's really good!) Photos and more details later (of Options 2005 that is).

And let me be the first to send a virtual congrats to the WPA/C.

Transformer Auction

Transformer's 2nd Annual Silent Auction Benefit and Reception is coming on Saturday, October 29, 2005 from 7 to 10pm.

Hosted by Fusebox, the auction will feature over 40 original artworks and limited edition prints by some of our area's emerging and best known artists.

Details here.

Artists in the curated auction are:

Gabriel Abrantes
Ken Ashton
Lisa Bertnick
Kheshan Blunt
Chan Chao
William Christenberry
Mary Coble
Billy Colbert
Cynthia Connolly
Frank Day
Jason Falchook
Suzanna Fields
Sabrina Gschwandtner
Jason Gubbiotti
Linda Hesh
Lucy Hogg
James Huckenpahler
Jeff Huntington
Erick Jackson
Susan Jamison
Judy Jashinsky
Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick
Dean Kessmann
Avish Khebrehzadeh
Jae Ko
Bridget Lambert
Pepa Leon
Mike Lowry
Kevin MacDonald
Maki Maruyama
Mimi Masse
Maggie Michael
Jiha Moon
William A. Newman
Piero Passacantando
Beatrice Valdes Paz
Lucian Perkins
WC Richardson
Luis Silva
Jeff Spaulding
Dan Steinhilber
Zach Storm
Trish Tillman
Kelly Towles
Jason Zimmerman
Ian Whitmore

Tickets can be bought online here and then click on the tab for "auction."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Options 2005 Opening Tonight

Anybody who is anybody in our area's visual arts universe, and maybe even those who only frequent the same 2-3 galleries, but comment in general terms about all of our galleries and area artists, will be at the Options 2005 opening tonight.

I have my usual Thursday night martial arts class (and I missed last week's because of California travel), so I will miss the opening. The reception is from 6:30-8:30PM at the former Staples store in Georgetown (located at 3307 M Street, NW).

Someone please email me some comments and/or some photos of the opening.

New Blog

Andrew Wodzianski, who will be having his second solo exhibition with us opening next October 21st at our Georgetown gallery, will really be pushing the technology button in this coming exhibition through the use of innovative audio technology advances.

And in the next few weeks, our local media and you all will be hearing a lot in the DC area about Yellow Arrows.

More on that and Andrew's exhibition later; meanwhile, The Zodiac Group has a new variation on the art blog with Wodcast: A Blog dedicated to the use of technology for artist and audience interaction.

Visit Wodcast here.

Holy Cow!

I once warned people not to piss off that amazing human word-processing Carbon unit known as Bailey.

Read the evidence here.

Additions to the collection

Last night I went to the Art-O-Matic happy hour at Warehouse, and while there, I ran into Alexandra Silverthorne, who was busily hanging her show upstairs. Alexandra has one of the three second floor galleries; the other two being filled by the intelligent work of Joe Barbaccia and Pat Dunning.

So I went upstairs to look the work, and came away with two of Alexandra's photographs, which by the way: are a steal; and which by the way: are one of a kind Holga silverprints; and which by the way: she's donating half of the proceeds to Empower DC, Project Northstar, Charlie's Place, and other local organizations that provide services to DC's low-income and homeless residents.

The two photos I bought

The three person show is up for viewing now at Warehouse, and the opening reception is Thursday, October 13th, 6-8PM. Preview Alexandra's work here.

Looking for some couples

Chris Combs is a photojournalism intern at the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive and a photojournalism student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and he's working on a project documenting both inter-racial (Caucasian, Black, Asian and Native American) and inter-ethnic (Hispanic, Arabic, Persian, Laplander, etc.) couples and "the struggles they face in a surprisingly skeptical society."

Interested couples can contact Chris via email or call him at 703/304.8241

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wanna go to an opening?

Tonight is the Art for Life preview and opening (6:30 to 8:30 pm) at the Toro Mata Gallery (2410 18th Street NW, Washington, DC). This is one of my favorite art auctions and a major fundraiser for the Whitman-Walker Clinic. See the work online here.

Tomorrow night is the opening for the long awaited WPA/C Options 2005 exhibition. The show and reception is at the former Staples store located at 3307 M Street, NW in Georgetown. The opening reception is Thursday, October 6, 2005, from 6:30-8:30 pm. I will have have to miss the opening to this important and long awaited show, as I have martial arts classes on Thursday nights, but I certainly plan to visit and review this show later on. Of the artists chosen by the curator (Dr. Libby Lumpkin), I am only familiar with the work of the fair Amanda Sauer, so it should be a refreshing exhibition (for me); the exhibiting artists are:

Julian Bayo Abiodun
Judy Baumann
Jorge Benitez
Anne Benolken
Sheila Blake
Chadd Caldwell
Kimberly Caputo-Heath
Tim DeVoe
Suzanna Fields
Lynn Galuzzo
Emily Hall
Lori Larusso
Ryan Mulligan
Mark Robarge
Lindsay Rogers
Amanda Sauer
Gary Thompson
George "Gia" Tkbladze
Randy Toy
Susan Noyes Vaughan

Friday is the first Friday of the month and thus the openings and extended hours for the galleries of Dupont Circle. On view through October 22 at Conner Contemporary is Julee Holcombe: "Homo Bulla (Man is a Bubble)" and Mary Coble: "Note to Self." A few steps down, Washington Printmakers Gallery has Earthprints, recent monotypes, monoprints, and linocuts by Jean Barnes Downs. At Gallery 10, I am looking forward to seeing "Fortune," an exhibition of new work by Carol Lukitsch. She is donating 30% of the proceeds from sales from the show to the Katrina Artists' Fund. Over at JET Artworks, it is the last chance to catch "Go Figure," which includes the work of the amazing Alessandra Torres. Read a review of Torres by Kriston Capps here. If I were ever to buy art solely as an investment, Alessandra Torres, is one of the artists whom I'd be stocking up on now. I predict an amazing future for this exceptionally talented and driven young artist (now living in New York).

In Bethesda, Justin Pyles will be exhibiting at the Orchard Gallery through October 14, 2005. A reception will be held on Friday, October 7, from 6-9pm. The gallery is located at 7917 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda. Call 202/497-1912 for more information.

On Saturday, it is the Capitol Hill Art League's season opening show: "Poetry in Motion." This is a juried show, open to the League's membership and it is juried by Max-Karl Winkler, a printmaker and teacher at the Smithsonian and the Waldorf School. The opening reception is Saturday, October 8 from 5-7 pm. The gallery is located at 545 7th Street, SE, at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

Also on Saturday, the Gallery at Pierce School Lofts hosts the opening reception of its exhibition of photographs by Secondsight member Antonia Macedo and paintings by Bev Ryan from at 4-7PM. The exhibition runs through November 6 and the gallery is located at 1375 Maryland Ave, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 and phone is (202) 543-3379.

If you rather hang around Alexandria, then on Saturday, Pa Dian Accents has a reception for Autumn in Color, a collection of more than 20 works by Nigerian artist Lola Akimade and Lebanese artist Jinan Jaber. The opening reception is on Saturday, October 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will be sponsored by D Street Desserts and runs through the 14th.

If I've missed any openings, email me.

Money + Art - An Inside Look at the Art Market

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum offers a wide range of public programs and workshops, and on Thursday, October 20, at 7PM they will present what sounds like an interesting event: an illustrated lecture with collector Barbara Guggenheim titled: Money + Art - An Inside Look at the Art Market.

According to the news release, "Barbara Guggenheim, president of Guggenheim Asher Associates, gives us an insider's look into the complex and ever-changing art market. For more than twenty years, she has advised both private collectors and corporations on how to successfully build an art collection, and she regularly contributes articles with titles such as "How to Start an Art Collection" and "Adventures on eBay" to popular magazines. She will share her insights into what to do and what not to do for beginning collectors."

For additional information, email or call (202) 233-0667.

Irvine Contemporary at Scope Miami

Irvine Contemporary will be participating in the Scope Miami art fair, which is held concurrently with ArtBasel/Miami, December 1-4, 2005.

Their featured artist in Miami will be Bede Murphy, a Brooklyn-based artist who will also have a solo show at Irvine this coming January. A selection of works by other gallery artists will also be on view and available at Scope Miami.

Art-O-Matic Happy Hour

There will be an Art-O-Matic next year, and tonight there is a happy hour (6-8PM) gathering at Warehouse Cafe, Theatre and Gallery Complex on 7th Street, NW.

This informal gathering is a chance to catch up with AOM friends and like-minded artists. Come hear what has happened in 2005 and what is in the hopper for 2006.

There will be an event in 2006 -- they're aiming for the Fall of 2006. Come by tonight and find out how you can be a part of the 2006 AOM.


To area photographer Prescott Moore Lassman, whose photograph "White Horse" received the Gold Award in Black & White Magazine's prestigious first annual Single Image Contest.

Black & White Magazine is a nationally distributed art magazine that specializes in black & white photography.

According to Scott, the magazine received over 5,000 entries from over 900 individual photographers. The winning images are reproduced in B&W's Contest Annual, which just became available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Traffic and Turtles

Talking (or actually writing) about traffic and hits, John Martin over at Art in the City points out an article by Kristin Royce in The Artrepreneur on how to increase traffic to your art blog.

Read "How to Increase Traffic to Your Artist Blog: 7 Free Ways to Promote Your Blog" online here.

Testudo Public Art ProjectJohn also has a posting announcing that the University of Maryland is now seeking artists to participate in a University sponsored public art project: "Fear the Turtle."

Maryland is going to be putting out 50 fiberglass sculptures of Testudo, the school mascot, as a means to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school. Call for proposals is here and artists can get more info here. The deadline for proposals is October 7, 2005.

I can already hear the heartburn boiling inside a couple of wrathful art blogers (and an art critic or two), neither one of whom (I suspect), has ever set foot inside College Park.

Fear the Turtle! Man... Blake Gopnik is going to love this...

Shape of things to come

I've got a lot of openings and art stuff to discuss and promote as I try to get back into the art groove after spending over a week in the Left Coast with an ornery laptop. Come back later.

I'm also getting an unusually and constant high number of visitors today from all over the world. Wonder what triggered that? but to all new visitors: Hello and come back often!

A trip to Alexandria

Before I left for my latest left coast venture, I spent a few hours in Old Town Alexandria (as opposed to Old Town San Diego, which is really cool, not to say that Old Town Alexandria is not cool)... anyway, herewith some notes on that visit to our Southern suburb...

Count on the Art League to deliver a terrific group show each month. That should be an art aficionado’s mantra.

And the most recent juried show was selected by Howard Paine, the former art director of National Geographic Magazine, and a regular juror at the Art League (this is the 6th show that he has juried!).

And such an experienced juror brings some good advice to artists.

Payne states that he brings a selection process that is "intuitive, based on decades of looking and working with art, So I almost immediately know what seems right and what seems wrong, overall, or uncertain details of color, composition, perspective, or even framing."

Good for Payne! And this is often the main difference in a show selected by a new juror, as opposed to an experienced juror, and yet Paine walks right into one of my pet peeves in juried art shows when he says also: "I try to select a balance of subject matter and techniques." And while that it what most jurors go for, it is what I avoid personally. When I jury a show, whenever possible I aim to leave a focused show that leaves a footprint on what I like, and my shows disregard 100% of that stuff that I don’t appreciate (read "like") in art.

Paine selected a large semi-abstract painting by Marcia Dullum, titled "Tribute to Bonnard" as the winner of the Shayna Heisman Simkin Award and issued 16 Honorable Mentions.

After walking the show a couple of times, my own selections are a bit different (as usual), and I first of all, I was absolutely amazed by a brilliant oil by an artist named E. Atzl titled "Vidalia," and which depicts the famous onions in absolutely full and total mastery of the oil medium, but with that added touch of genius that takes such a mundane subject and elevates it to the sublime level.

Because I’ve never seen Atzl’s work before, I asked about the artist; and to my next level of astonishment, I was told that it was the work of the 17-year-old daughter of one of the Torpedo Factory artists. "Vidalia" is a classical painting, and perhaps that’s why it was ignored by Paine for an award. It is however; the best oil in the show, and although vastly overpriced at $1250, it represents an amazing new discovery of obviously a hugely talented young artist.

By the way, someone should check the water at the Factory; this is at least the third teenaged offspring of a Factory artist who has managed to astound me in the last few years. Prior to her I was left speechless when I first saw the watercolors by Jenny Davis, daughter of one of the Factory’s best watercolorists: Tanya Davis.

My other top choices for this show were Susan Herron’s "Road at Tilghman Island," an exquisite and loose landscape painting (and a steal at $400), and Sheep Jones"Allium Akaka." I cannot say enough good things as to how good both these artists are; their work is immediately recognizable as theirs, and it just keeps getting better and better.

I also liked Fae Penland-Gertsch’s sexy red shoes watercolor titled "Inner Soul," Jackie Saunders "Three Views of Alan," and a gorgeous charcoal drawing by M. Slater titled "Solitude."

"Solitude" was by far the best drawing in the show, but it was unfortunately badly framed under acidic double mats and the charcoal was not properly fixed, and had already begun to drip charcoal bits on the cut edge of the mat. Tsk, tsk...

In the Art League’s solo show, painter Michele Rea’s watercolors for "Urban Survivors" (the title of her show) had done exceptionally well. When I walked through, over half the large paintings had been sold. "Urban Survivors" focuses on exceptional city features of Rea’s two favorite places: New York and Chicago.

The Art League’s nearby neighbor, Target Gallery, had "Role Play: The Definition of Self in Contemporary Society," another juried exhibition. This one was curated by my good friend J.W. Mahoney, a well-known DC area artist, teacher, curator, and art critic for Art in America magazine.

Mahoney selected a mixed bag show, which is often the direct result of the pool of entries submitted for a juried competition. The best entry in the show (by far) are three macabre digital pieces by Stephanie Hocker titled "Fear 4,5,6."

I liked them because they are so adept at standing out in the show, and because they use the magic of digitalism well. I also liked Trish Klenow’s two entries "Reborn Self" and "Self Portrait in Yellow" because they were not only good paintings, but also because they gave me a peep into the artist herself. Also on my short list was Laurel Hausler "Paxil," a quirky painting that was funny and intelligent – sort of a modern "Las Dos Fridas."

Upstairs, after visiting Rosemary Feit Covey’s studio, and after going gaga over her last project, which involves the creation of whole new set of her amazing wood engravings focused on the theme of head operations, head trauma, the brain, etc., I came away, as I always do, realizing that Feit Covey is one of the most amazing artists in our area, and another one that the Corcoran should add to their short list of ignored area artists deserving a retrospective.

Still on cloud nine from Feit Covey’s works, I visited Multiple Exposures Gallery to see the landscape photographs of Colleen Spencer Henderson, and I was again very impressed how digitalism is making old things new.

There isn’t a single photograph in this show that doesn’t owe a debt to the great masters of landscape photography, but there isn’t a single photograph in this show that also doesn’t carve a new road for this talented photographer, who has flexed the power of digital color so as to blur the line between what nature offers the photographer and what Colleen has muscled in through the magic of ink and dyes and bits. For example, "Blue Moonlight," a tiny photograph ostensibly of clouds, is not about clouds at all, as the digital medium’s exaggerated colorization of the blue, has yielded an exceptional, intimate work that pushes deep into the realm of color and abstraction while seducing us with a hint of recognition.

Bravo Colleen!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Lenny flies away
Airborne today and heading back home with a ton of stuff to post and discuss!

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