Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Art-O-Matic Update
As everyone knows by now, AOM opens this coming weekend in Crystal City at 2121 Crystal City Drive, just a couple of blocks from the Crystal City Metro station and also boasting plenty of free parking after 4PM.

Herewith some updates:

- The Right Reverend Bailey challenges the WaPo's chief art critic to give AOM a fair critical eye (good luck with that!). Details here.

- If you see some naked painted people walking around, don't freak out as I am told that there's going to be some body painting going on around the 6th floor of AOM on Friday.

- After 4pm there is free underground parking in the Crystal City Shops across the street.

Artomatic will open to the public at 3pm, Friday, April 13, 2007. It is free and open to the public (donations accepted).

Busy week

This week (in fact all of April) is shaping up to be a very busy set of days for visual arts lovers along the Mid Atlantic. In addition to the mega opening of Artomatic this coming Friday, the following openings stand out (and I'm leaving out a ton of stuff that I hope to be able to mention later in the week):

In Philly, Nexus has two new exhibitions by member artist Matthew Pruden and a collaboration between member artist Yukie Kobayashi and artist Elasabé Dixon. The opening reception for both exhibitions is Thursday, April 12 from 6 to 9 PM. Matthew Pruden presents his 2nd solo exhibition at Nexus Gallery, titled "Magnetic Sleep." This exhibition of multi-media projects is the result of his research into 19th century spirit photography, parapsychology, and Spiritualism. Yukie Yobayashi has collaborated with artist Elsabé Dixon to create Kumo Cloud Wolk, an installation comprised of hand made paper and silk weavings. There's also a gallery talk on Sunday, April 15, at 2 PM, moderated by Elyse A. Gonzales, Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibitions run through April 29, 2007.

In Baltimore, on Thursday, April 12, 2007, photographers Thomas Struth and Mitch Epstein will be discussing their work at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of BMA's "Conversations with Contemporary Photographers" program. Free and open to the public and no registration is necessary. BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium, 7 pm. The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) highlights eight first-year students in MICA’s graphic design master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program in conjunction with the Graphic Design MFA Thesis Exhibition. First-Year Graphic Design MFA Exhibition provides a glimpse into the work of emerging artists and graduate students in the College’s graduate programs. The exhibition takes place in Bunting Center’s Pinkard Gallery at 1401 Mount Royal Avenue, with an opening reception on Friday, April 13, 5–7 p.m. and open studios on Friday, April 13, 7–9 p.m. Works by 11 students form the First-Year MFA III Exhibition from Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22, with an opening reception on Friday, April 13, 5–7 p.m. and open studios on Friday, April 13, 7–9 p.m. The students are Mount Royal School of Art students Lauren Boilini, Michael Burmeister, Andrea Chung, and Ben Steele; Rinehart School of Sculpture students Katie Cirasuolo, Jessie Lehson, and Elena Patino; Hoffberger School of Painting students Osvaldo Budet and Dominic Terlizzi; and photography and digital imaging program students Andrew Buckland and Anna DiCicco.

In Bethesda, MD, as this coming Friday is the second Friday of the month, it's time for the monthly Bethesda Art Walk, with 13 galleries and studios that open their doors from 6-9pm on the second Friday of every month. At Gallery Neptune, C'ville artist Warren Craghead has "How to be Everywhere," which is new work by Craghead based on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire. Work by David Wallace and sculptures by Mark Behme will also be on exhibition. Also available will be a book of the same title consisting of drawings based on Apollinaire's poetry. The opening reception and book launch will be Friday April 13, 6pm - 9pm. At Fraser Gallery, New York painter (and VCU graduate) David Gordon makes his DC area gallery debut. Opening reception from 6-9PM.

In Arlington, VA, the Arlington Arts Center has the opening receptions for their Spring Solos on Friday, April 13, from 6-9PM. Solos include Keith Sharp (MD), Katherine Kavanaugh (VA), Ephraim Russell (PA), Gail Gorlitzz (DC), Soomin Ham (VA), Dominie Nash (MD) plus an Eye on Arlington exhibition of John M. Adams (VA). Outside on the AAC grounds you can also check out "Disintegration," curated by Twylene Moyer, Managing Editor of Sculpture magazine with works by Margaret Boozer (MD), Michele Kong (PA), and Cory Wagner (MD).

In DC, Conner Contemporary Art has an exhibition of rarely seen paintings by Howard Mehring, who has been called the "sleeping giant" of Washington Color Painting and who was the first of the second generation of Color Field painters to explore the potentials of color through novel experiments with painting techniques including pouring, staining, stippling, and sectional painting. There will be an opening night reception, Friday, April 13th from 6 to 8pm. The reception is concurrent with Marsha Mateyka Gallery around the corner, who will be presenting "Gene Davis: Selected Works from the Estate of the Artist." The next night, Hemphill Fine Arts has an opening reception on Saturday, April 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM for three different artists: Leon Berkowitz for "The Cathedral Series," and ex-Fuseboxer now living in France Jason Gubbiotti for "Wrong Way To Paradise," and also Portia Munson's "Pink Project: Contained." The exhibitions go through May 26, 2007. Over at Irvine Contemporary, Martin and Lauren have "Oliver Vernon: Macro/Micro," featuring paintings and on-site sculpture by Vernon. Opening Reception with the Artist on Saturday, April 14, 6-8 PM and the exhibition runs through May 19, 2007.

Also in DC, 52 O Street Artist Studios will be hosting its annual Open Studios on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 from 11am-5pm. Sixteen artists, in one building, working in a wide range of media and styles open their studios to the public. This free event provides the visitor the opportunity to purchase artwork and meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Occupying 28,000 square feet, over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to the practice of fine arts in Washington, DC.

Still in DC, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop has "A Comedy of Errors," a collection of works in all media by Capitol Hill Art League members, opening on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and juried by my good friend J.W. Mahoney. "Not What You Think", an a cappella ensemble affiliated with the Gay and Lesbian Chorus of Washington, will present two brief sets of music during the opening. Through May 4, 2007. And the Randall Scott Gallery has the opening of "The Living Room" (a marriage of comtemporary art and modern furniture) with an opening reception on Saturday, April 14th from 6-9pm.

Finally, on Saturday April 14, 2007 a whole bunch of openings and lectures are happening in galleries and art spaces all over DC and the DC suburbs as part of the ColorField.remix celebration of painting. More than 30 Washington area museums, galleries, arts organizations and businesses are participating. The event honors the 1950s and 1960s Color Field visual art movement and the Washington Color School, which put Washington, DC on the art world map. Details and schedules here. More on this project later.