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Highlights from the Borderstan (e)merge Art Fair

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Work by Ismael Wodzianski. (Courtesy (e)merge Art Fair)

This year (e)merge rolled out the red carpet for the local art talent of Washington, DC. The abundance of independent artists and DC galleries was a clear indication that the emerging talent in DC is being recognized. As with last year, (e)merge was organized by unrepresented artists on the first floor and galleries from all over the world on the second floor. While I did notice that the galleries only took up one floor as compared to last year’s three floors, the local presence more than made up for that in my opinion.

The unrepresented artists ranged from the brilliant performance pieces of J.J. McCracken to my personal favorite, The Relationship by Alison Miller and Jonathan Latiano. This dynamic, semi-interactive sculptural work was a true representation of any relationship full of emotion.

The two bursts are as if they come straight through the wall to meet in a passionate embrace. Miller and Latiano use various materials of wood and plaster to create the sculpture and added hints of color to really get it some depth.  It was a powerful piece to be in the presence of!

Jumping to the second floor, DC galleries were well represented by WPA, Contemporary Wing, Flashpoint, G Fine Art and of course CONNERSMITH (and others). However, the real Borderstan star of the gallery section was Transformer  The non-profit, small gem of the 14th Street neighborhood really brought out a great show.

In addition to their room of very reasonably priced art (ranging from $20-$500) from their Flatfile collection of photography, painting, drawing and more, they had a second room of works by emerging talents. Transformer Room 202 featured the work of local artists Mariah Johnson, Heather Ravenscroft and Andrew Kozlowski.

My personal favorite? Mariah Johnson!  Johnson chose to create her work in response to the surroundings of the Capitol Skyline room where her work was displayed; Johnson’s rug imprints were really well done and captivating. Overall, our neighborhood gallery put their best and biggest foot forward to really represent the local scene.

(e)merge was a great success overall and I do congratulate and applaud all of the participants for their efforts. I am definitely looking forward to next year!

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