From Jana Petersen
What happens when art form becomes the end, instead of the “means to an end”? Visit Gallery plan b this weekend to find out. On Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm, gallery plan b on 14th Street NW will host its opening reception featuring the works of Greg Minah, Mars Tokyo and Andrew Wapinski.
Minah’s and Wapinski’s works in particular challenge the viewer to understand art as the art development process, rather than the byproduct of certain artistic techniques.
Confusing? Allow me to an offer an example. Imagine a blank canvas in front of you. You have a bottle of red acrylic paint. You pour some paint in the center of the canvas, but find yourself at a critical decision point: do you tilt the canvas left or right? A tilt to the left guides and shifts the paint in a way that a tilt to the right would not, ultimately dictating the final product and the way the viewer understands or interacts with the art piece.
Minah describes his art as a “collaboration between the spontaneity of liquid paint and the control that I have over its behavior. The result is a lyrical moment, suspended in time, that evolves with closer readings. The significance of the painting, its purpose, is always fluid, as it relies entirely on the encounter with the viewer” (Minah).
For a different spin on “textured” art, consider rounding out the weekend with a visit to the Hamiltonian Gallery. This Saturday at 7 pm, the Hamiltonian Gallery will host an opening reception for its exhibit, “Call + Response: Textures.” Playing “matchmaker between writers and artists,” this exhibit pairs four writers with four artists, each writer contributing one call — a short piece of fiction or poetry — and each artist creating a new installation piece in response to that call. At 5:30 pm on Saturday (before the reception), each writer/artist pair will lead a discussion around their work.
Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold. (more…)