Tuesday, October 03, 2006

McCabe on The Exhibitionists

"The Exhibitionists" is the title of the current three-person show in Baltimore's Gallery Imperato, and the City Paper's Brett McCabe does a nice job reviewing the exhibition here.

The exhibition includes work by the most recent Trawick Prize winner: James Rieck.

Mid Atlantic Openings

October 3

"Operation dogleg II" are landscape works and a video projection by Scottish artist Dana Hargrove that opens tonight at Philadelphia's Bridgette Mayer Gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 28 and tonight's reception is from 6-8:30pm.

Also tonight in Philly there's an opening at Vox Populi of an installation of alternate universes by Diana Al-Hadid. The universes exist through Oct. 27, and the opening tonight is from 6-11PM.

Photography by Keith Sharp also opens tonight in Philly at the Muse Gallery which is a Philly co-op. The show runs through Oct. 29. Opening reception is from 6-8pm.

October 4

Recent Acquisitions to the George Washington University Permanent Collection. This exhibition includes fifteen of the University's most recent aquisitions to the University's permanent collection, including works by Sam Gilliam and Jules Olitski. In addition, two works by Joan Miro and Giorgio de Chirico will be shown from a collection of promised gifts. At the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery through October 27, 2006.

October 5

Ellyn Weiss: Circular Reasoning opens at Nevin Kelly Gallery in Washington, DC through 29th. Opening Reception Thursday, October 5th, 6 - 9pm.

Migration: A Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College join forces to present Georgia artist and art professor Tim Taunton on the evening of October 5th. The gallery will open its fall show "Insights" featuring Tim Taunton’s figurative clay sculptures with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 6:30-8:30pm. Prior to the reception, the public is invited to see a slide show and hear the artist speak about his work at 5:00pm in the Black Box Theatre (Room 202) of the Dickinson Building at PVCC. Seating is limited in this wonderful venue, so plan to arrive early. The gallery is located at 119 5th Street SE in Charlottesville. PVCC is located at 501 College Drive. The show runs through November 30.

In downtown DC, Zenith Gallery has an opening tonight from 6-8PM for "Lightness of Being," and the exhibit features works by Gloria Cesal.

In Baltimore, "Cluck" is an exhibit by Raissa Contreras featuring chickens (I shit thee not) at the Craig Flinner Gallery and the opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.

Also in Baltimore, the Faculty Exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art features works by more than 40 current faculty members at MICA. Exhibition is at the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries and the opening reception is from 5-7PM. Look for the photographs of Gabriela Bulisova, the sculptures of Jeff Spaulding and the paintings of Raoul Middleman.

October 6

Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC has two joint exhibits opening tonight. First there's "Giants in the Earth," which are photographs by Holly Foss, former Fraser Gallery Georgetown gallerina and a most talented (and award winning) photographer. The second show is an exhibition titled "Let's Dance," and the exhibit features paintings by Roger Strassman. Reception from 6-8PM.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore, MD presents the Fourth Annual Curators’ Incubator program, featuring independent curator Fabian Goncalves Borrega and the curatorial team of Myra B. Greene and Bennie F. Johnson. On exhibition through October 21 will be "The Photograph as Representation and Reflection of Cultural Objects," Fabian Goncalves Borrega, curator (artists in the exhibition include: Luis Delgado Qualtrough, Kathryn Dunlevie, Katia Fuentes, Lucy Gray, Susannah Hays, Germán Herrera, Mary Daniel Hobson, Javier Manrique, Deborah L. O’Grady and Sharon Wickham) and "Conversations Most Intimate: The Lens of Myra Greene," Jeffreen M. Hayes and Bennie F. Johnson, curators. Gallery Talk starts at 6 pm and the opening reception from 7-9 pm.

Richmond, Virginia's The Gallery: Art & Design has an opening tonight at 6PM for Colombian-born artist Carlos Torres. RSVP to info@the-gallery.it.

The Woodbourne Collection in Kensington, MD has an opening tonight for Jason Douglas Griffin. The show runs through oct. 14. Details and info at 301/530-5832.

"Adjoining Lot," paintings, photographs and video by Franco Mueller opens at Pentimenti Gallery (Main Gallery & Project Room) in Philadelphia, while Noel Neri's solo sculpture exhibition "Sacred Windows" opens at the Annex Gallery. The reception to meet the artists is Friday, October 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Mueller lives and works in Switzerland while Neri (who received an MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore) lives in Philly.

Sabina Cabada opens an exhibition of her new work at Aaron Gallery in Washington, DC. Reception is from 6-9PM. Show runs through Nov. 2, 2006.

October 7

"Imagined Heritage" opens tonight at Falling Cow Gallery in Philadelphia with an opening reception from 6-8 pm and runs through October 28th. The exhibition features paintings, drawings and mixed media works by Alana Bograd, Caroline Falby and Fay Ku.

Project 4 in Washington, DC presents "Good Cop/Bad Cop," two solo exhibitions featuring the work of artists Daniel Davidson and Tricia Keightley. Both artists received a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Their work has been exhibited widely in both the United States and abroad. They live and work in Brooklyn, N.Y. Exhibition runs through November 11, 2006, and the opening reception is Saturday, October 7, from 6:00-8:30pm.

October 8

The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia opens "Echo in the Forest," which features sculptures by Tatyana Schremko. The Art League is probably the Mid Atlantic's largest artists' co-op. The reception is 2-4PM.

October 13

"Modern Art and Modern Furniture," which opens on October 5th at Gallery Neptune in Bethesda, Maryland has a public reception on the 13th from 6-9PM.

"Eyes on Baltimore, Charm City as Viewed by Area Artists and Photographers," opens at Light Street Gallery in Baltimore with an opening reception on Friday evening, October 13th, from 6-9 PM.

In DC, Touchstone Gallery on 7th Street, NW has an opening reception for Carole Lyles Shaw from 6-8:30PM.

Jean Hirons has a reception for her new show "Pure Color" at Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. The reception is from 6-9PM. Hirons is the Vice President of the Maryland Pastel Society.

October 14

Heineman Myers in Bethesda, MD has an opening reception from 6-9PM for Nancy Scheinman. The show runs through November 25 and there's an artist's talk on Nov. 5 at 2PM.

October 17

"Between Worlds," a new installation by Philadelphia-based artist Candy Depew, which opened October 5 at the Physick House Museum in Philadelphia and runs through Nov. 26 has a free public reception with the artist tonight from 6-9pm. Curated by Robert Wuilfe, this is the first-ever exhibition of contemporary art at Physick House — the Federal-style home of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the "Father of American Surgery," and the second exhibition of the new Landmarks Contemporary Projects program.

Experiment and Spontaneity: MFA Thesis Exhibition for Leanne Juliana. Juliana examines the interaction of human personalities using clay, grout, and wood as mediums. She explores the myriad of relationships different individuals participate in on a daily basis. Juliana's vases represent the human psyche and its responses to life, shown as the tiles, spikes, lines, and colors. Through October 27 at the George Washington University's Dimock Gallery.

If I'm missing your opening, email me.

Opportunity for Artists from the African Diaspora

Deadline: October 31, 2006.

The Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College seeks works for an exhibition, tentatively titled "Negotiating Identities in the African World," and scheduled in conjunction with the 13th Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference, Interrogating issues of Citizenship, Identity, Ethnicity and Race in the African World, 150 years after the Dred Scott Decision.

Exhibition dates are March 30-April 22, 2007. The conference and exhibition will both be part of Gettysburg College's 175th Anniversary celebration and Africana Studies' 20-year celebration. Artists from the African Diaspora are invited to submit artworks engaging either the conference or exhibition themes. Works will be selected by an academic and curatorial committee. Please forward slides or jpegs, artist statement and vita to:

Molly Hutton
Schmucker Art Gallery
Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Electronic submissions may be sent to mhutton@gettysburg.edu.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: November 13, 2006

Rebooted: Life Ater E-Junk. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., invites artists to create a work of art for the upcoming exhibition, "Rebooted: Life After E-Junk."

They want you to create a two or three-dimensional work of art which incorporates at least one component of a computer, cell phone, handheld or other technological tool into something wholly new and unexpected. Create an assemblage about how your life has been changed by computers. There is no entry fee to participate in this exhibition. The exhibition runs Dec. 3, 2006 to Feb. 11, 2007.

Contact information: please call the John Michael Kohler Arts Center at 920/458-6144 for more information and to receive a registration form.

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: October 6, 2006

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Art Bank Program has a call for entries as they are purchasing artwork to be part of the District of Columbia's 2007 Art Bank Program.

Works in the collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and loaned to other District Government agencies for display in public areas. Deadline: October 6, 2006.

For more information and an application, please visit their website to download the Call for Entries application, or call 202-724-5613 to have one sent to you.

The City's Art Bank is a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art, the District’s Art in Public Places Program.

Works in the collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and are loaned to other District government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. This collection helps preserve the city’s past and is an important legacy for future generations. Currently, approximately 1,600 artworks are on display in more than 100 agencies.

This year the work will be chosen by Carl Cole, who is one of the DCCAH Commissioners; Judy A. Greenberg, Director of the Kreeger Museum; Karen Holtzman, who is a fine arts Appraiser; my good friend Alejandro Negrín, who is the Director of the Cultural Institute of Mexico and Paul Roth, Curator for Photography at the Corcoran.


To DC sculptor Dan Steinhilber, who gets a hip interview with Baltimore Sun art critic Glenn McNatt (of the kind the WaPo has never done for a DC artist), about Steinhilber's mini show at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Congratulations also to Steinhilber's next door neighbor on G street, NW, Tim Tate, and to Tate's partner at the Washington Glass School, Michael Janis, both of which will be included in the London-published 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass edited by Lisa Hoftijzer and which will be out next month!

Congratulations to hard-working DC artist Sondra Arkin, whose solo show "Indian Summer" opens at the Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on October 6 and runs through November 2, 2006.

More on remarkable confluence

"Remarkable confluence" is what I have decided to call the curious phenomenom of what happens when two artists, working in different cities and either at different times or same time frames, and completely unaware of each other's existance, seem to arrive at remarkably similar visual works.

A while back I noted how the Louis Cameron paintings currently at G Fine Art in Washington, DC were remarkably similar (in both idea, subject matter, and size) to the work that I did six years ago.

Over the weekend Virginia artist Andrew Devlin, winner of the 2004 Georgetown International Art Competition read this mini-mention of artist John Beech's exhibition (also at G Fine Art) and was also intrigued as to how Beech's current drawings are so similar, both in subject matter and presentation and delivery (with the whole "drawing under a swath of shiny acrylic paint" element) as Devlin's own work from a couple of years ago. See examples of both below.

Alexandria Poles by Andrew Devlin

A la Brasa by Andy Devlin

Dumpster Drawing by John Beech

I imagine that somewhere on the planet, at the same time that Pollock was dripping paint onto canvas, some other artist, blissfully unaware of Pollock's work, was possibly doing exactly the same thing is some smaller, less aware place.

"Remarkable confluence" also happens a lot in science, where inventors toil away at their inventions, and as soon as they are published they discover that someone else, a half world away, has been working and invented the same thing.