First Friday is the DC arts patronâ€™s steady date. Always accountable, eternally pleasing and ceaselessly entertaining, the informal evening of gallery hopping and exhibition viewing offers a delightful break at the end of the humdrum workweek.
ArtSee recommends beginning Februaryâ€™s First Friday at Hillyer Art Space, where Denmark-based artist John Reuss will be showing provocative works on paper, described as â€śexistential surrealismâ€ť and â€śpsychological realism,â€ť and Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) graduate Marcia Wolfson Ray will be displaying sculptural works constructed from natural forms and materials, each inspired by the materialâ€™s intensely personal beauty and physical properties.
Studio Gallery will be showing for the first time, Peter Karpâ€™s Solo Show: Shadows. The artist who cites Kurt Schwitters and other Dada masters, as well as Man Ray, and Joseph Cornell as his greatest influences, will be juxtaposing photographic images with found objects, cutouts and geometric shapes, in order to expose the ambiguity of what we perceive as real, objective, and true.
And donâ€™t forget that one of DCâ€™s most respected artists, Steven Cushner, has brought back a series of shaped paintings that he executed in the early 90s, to Hemphill Fine Art. Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991- 1993 challenges viewers to consider the irregularly constructed canvases and structural forms as inspired by such pioneering minimalist artists as Frank Stella, and Washington Color Field Movement painters like Thomas Downing.