Hemphill, 14th Street’s contemporary cornerstone for great art and community awareness, is celebrating their 20th anniversary of doing artsy good for their neighborhood.
This particular exhibition is almost homage to their purpose — to explain to the media and greater community that artists are not simply “possessed by reckless freedom and lacking accountability”; that in fact artists can be and almost always are productive, introspective and forward thinking. To sum it up, artists are good citizens. And Hemphill’s penned the name, “Artist-Citizen,” just for this special breed.
The exhibition’s purpose is honing in on the specific situations that effect and influence artist-citizens living and working in DC. We see Franz Jantzen’s mundane moments in a local barber shop, video art profiling friends and family shot by Larry Cook, Mingering Mike’s mixed media portraits and quick shots of sturdy, geometric buildings taken by Colby Caldwell.
These are simple, fleeting snapshots of the beautiful, the ugly, the boring: the artist-citizen’s daily life in the district.
The show features Colby Caldwell, Larry Cook, Max Hirshfeld, James Huckenpahler, Franz Jantzen, free[space]collective, Mingering Mike, Anne Rowland, Julie Wolfe, and Workingman Collective. The show opened June 5 and will run through July 27.
Bringing the Art in DC to you. – Shira Karsen