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“Call and Response: Textures” and “Sketch” Closing Saturday

by Borderstan.com — May 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm 0

dNASAb, Unique sculpture, Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington, DC, Borderstan

From Jana Petersen

This Saturday is the last call to see “Call and Response: Textures” and “Sketch” at the Hamiltonian Gallery and Transformer Gallery, respectively.

About “Call + Response: Textures” at Hamiltonian. “Call + Response: Textures” fittingly builds on the theme of “call and response,” a succession of two distinct phrases played by different musicians, in which the second phrase comments on or responds to the first. In the case of this exhibit, a writer provides the “call” in the form of a new, intense piece of short fiction or poetry, which incites an artistic installation, the “response.” The final result: harmony between two seemingly disparate worlds. Hamiltonian Gallery is at 1353 U Street NW.

About “Sketch” at Transformer. “Sketch” is an exhibition designed to highlight and investigate the creative processes and development of art through sketchbooks. “Sketch” features the sketchbooks of 16 local artists, all currently on display at Transformer, which is at 1404 P Street NW.

Each of these exhibits knocks down any wall of artistic convention, and embodies, if not demands, discourse, engagement and dialogue between two parties generally understood as distinct. “Call + Response” is an exhibit that is highly interactive among the artistic pairing (writer and visual artist). One work is the byproduct of another; one cannot stand on its own without the other.

Similarly, “Sketch” is set up in a way that it demands participation from the viewer; though it has rounded out its opportunities for draw-ins from community members, the exhibit still presents the work of D.C. natives and is staged in a way that invites patrons to flip through each artist’s sketchbook as fast or as slow as the viewer wants.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery
DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th Street NW
202.518.940
Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Adamson Gallery
1515 14th Street NW
202.232.0707
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
Curator’s Office
1515 14th Street NW
202.387.1008
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
gallery plan b
1530 14th Street NW
202.234.2711
“Paintings by Greg Minah, Works on Paper by Mars Tokyo, Works in Gold Leaf by Andrew Wapinski” through May 15.  

Overview: “The works of these three artists can be described as process driven,” says gallery plan b. Minah and Wapinski demonstrate this process through the textured surfaces of their works, while Tokyo shows process through the unique depiction of coastlines.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW
202.332.1116
“Call + Response: Textures” through May 7. 

Overview: Call + Response: Textures fittingly builds on the theme of “call and response,” a succession of two distinct phrases played by different musicians, in which the second phrase comments on or responds to the first. In this case, a writer provides the “call” in the form of a new, intense piece of short fiction or poetry, which incites an artistic installation, the “response.” The final result: harmony between two seemingly disparate worlds.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th Street NW
202.234.5601
“Anne Rowland” through June 4.  

Overview: “Anne Rowland’s complex photographic engagement with the farmland around her home in rural Virginia springs from an instinctual feeling for nature and the inherent melancholy of our intrusion upon it. In her collection and mending together of visual data, Rowland points to a place in the human brain that desires to commune with and care for the wilderness.” (Hemphill)

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW
202.332.8767
“Dataklysmos” April 30 through June 4. 

Overview: “Dataklysmos” is an exhibition of new multimedia sculptures that show the world of data and the materiality of digital technology in new ways. The implication of the Brooklyn artist’s name [dNASAb] — “Disney-NASA-Borg” — is only the tip of the ice berg.

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to  6 pm.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street NW
202.483.8600
“What Matters.” Judy Byron’s “What Matters” is on display 24-7 during construction at the gallery. 

Overview: What matters? Too much? Not enough? Too difficult to articulate? In her installment, “What Matters,” Byron uses the dialogue that flows from the question to inspire and create six life-size models of the women she engages (life-size models currently on display). “What Matters” is an exploration of the elusive nature of this question and these women.

Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th Street NW
202.232.4788
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 9 pm; Saturday, 6 to 10 pm.
Long View Gallery
1234 9th Street NW
202.232.4788
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.
Project 4 Gallery
1353 U Street NW
202.232.4340
“Liminal LightApril 30 through June 4.  

Overview: “The show liminal light at Project 4 Gallery features artists who explore various means of representing reality and the boundaries beyond, bringing the viewer to the visual realm of the sublime. Using graphite, India ink, smoke, and photo collage the artists exploit the duality between black and white to reveal the spectrum of infinite shades of gray” (Project 4).

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery
1404 P Street NW
202.483.1102
“Sketch” through May 7. 

Overview: “Sketch” is an exhibition designed to highlight and investigate the creative processes and development of art through sketchbooks. “Sketch” features the sketchbooks of 16 local artists, all currently on display at Transformer.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm.

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