by Borderstan.com August 25, 2011 at 11:00 am 2,491 0

Irvine Contemporary, Logan Circle art galleries, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Irvine Contemporary closes this weekend after five years on 14th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades

Irvine Contemporary wraps up five years at its 14th Street NW location with a “Grand Finale Block Party” this Saturday night. On June 1 the gallery announced it was closing, citing rising rents and economic conditions. The party starts at 6 pm in the gallery space at 1412 14th NW and into the back alley area — DJ and music sessions with Yoko K and Will Eastman.

Over the summer, Irvine has recognized a number of its artists with two Tribute exhibitions. The current exhibtion,  “Artist Tribute 2” is on display through Saturday. Artists are Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Sebastian Martorana, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, Kerry Skarbakka and Oliver Vernon.

As TBD.com noted back in June, Irvine will be the third gallery since 2009 to leave the 14th Street corridor due to rising rents. The corridor is still home to gallery plan b (at 1530),  plus Adamson Gallery, Curator’s Office and Hemphill Fine Arts (all 1515). Along the U Street corridor are Hamiltonian Gallery, Project 4 (both at 1353) and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (at 1632). On 9th Street NW are Long View Gallery (at 1234) and the recently opened Lamont Bishop Gallery (at 1314).

Openings and Closings This Weekend

“Local Color” wraps up on Sunday at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW: “Works in various media depicting scenes of local DC neighborhoods by Chad Andrews, Michael Crossett, Ron Donoughe, Charlie Gaynor, Isabella Spicer, David Ballinger, David Kalamar, Joey Manlapaz, Luis Gomez, Steven Stichter and more.” Note: The gallery says that the show will stay up through September 4 and that hours for August 29 through the 4th are “by chance or appointment.”

“ReFresh” closes Sunday at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW: “New work by some of the gallery’s favorites. You can expect to see pieces by Mike Weber, Scott Brooks, Tony Savoie ,Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, Marie Ringwald, Anne Marchand, Zach Sherif, Tom Burkett, Mary Chairamonte, Paula Crawford, Ryan McCoy, Cheryl Wassenaar and many more.”

The Demont “Peekaso” Pinder Exhibition opens this Friday with a 7:30 pm reception at the Lamont Bishop Gallery, 1314 9th Street NW: “The creator and resident on-stage artist for Raheem DeVaughn, ‘Peekaso’ creates unique paintings based on prominent figures in the Hip Hop and urban community.”

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by Borderstan.com August 1, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Gaia, Irvine Contemporary, Luis Gomez Photos, Logan Circle

Gaia’s new wall mural was completed early Sunday morning: “Pierre L’Enfant and 14th Street Rooster/Phoenix.” It is in the alley behind Irvine Contemporary, which is on 14th Street NW. You can enter the alley on the 1400 block of P Street NW just east of Logan Hardware. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

You’ve probably heard plenty about the Utopia project over the past few months. The Washington Business Journal does have some more news, but more importantly, they bring us a rendering of what the project will potentially look like upon completion. It’s the most updated one I’ve seen, so if you have any more, please share them with readers in the comments!

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by Borderstan.com June 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm 1,029 0

Strasse Spiral, Evan Reed, Project 4 Gallery

Evan Reed’s “Strasse Spirale” of acrylic resin and wood at Project 4 Gallery. (Image courtesy Project 4)

From Jana Petersen

Irvine Contemporary: To commemorate the time Irvine has spent on 14th street and the artists that have been featured within its walls, Irvine will be opening an exhibit appropriately titled “Tribute” this Saturday. (Irvine won’t be moving until August 30.)

The artists who will be featured in this first round of “Tribute” (the second round comes July 23) are Edward del Rosario, Teo Gonzalez, Kahn & Selesnick, Shawne Major, James Marshall, Robert Mellor, Phil Nesmoth and Marla Rutherford. There will be an opening reception this Saturday, June 11, at 6 pm with the artists, so be sure to stop by.

Project 4 will also be opening an exhibit this weekend titled, “Evan Reed: Traveling past PROUN.” PROUN (pronounced pr-oo-n) means “project for the affirmation of the ‘new’ ” — and as such, “his work is informed by architectonic structures and driven by his penchant for the fantastical and visionary.” (Project 4)

“The viewer encounters familiar representational forms in an unfamiliar presentation while experiencing Reed’s art. He plays with their sense of space, perspective, place, and time. Without strong references to the past or future the viewer is forced to exist purely in the present with the art.” (Project 4). The opening reception is this Friday, June 10, at 6:30 pm.

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

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by Borderstan.com June 2, 2011 at 6:42 am 1,608 5 Comments

Irvine Contemporary, Logan Circle art galleries, 14th Street NW

Irvine Contemporary’s last day at 1412 14th Street NW will be August 30. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Irvine Contemporary announced Wednesday that it will leave its 14th Street NW location at the end of August, citing rising rents as the reason. The gallery has been at 1412 14th Street, just south of P Street, for five years.

Irvine sent out a press release announcing the decision, but did not disclose its new location. The gallery will have two final exhibitions in the space, one opening on June 11 and the other on July 23.

As TBD.com noted, Irvine will be the third gallery since 2009 to leave the 14th Street corridor due to rising rents.

From yesterday’s Irvine press release:

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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.

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by Borderstan.com March 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm 0

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What’s showing at 11 galleries in the Dupont-Logan area?

With the spring weather starting to show up, take a stroll around Borderstan and see what’s on exhibit at local galleries. There are no openings (and receptions) this weekend.

But if you haven’t seen “Saturnalia” at Irvine Contemporary… checked out the excellent work of Paula Amt and Rod Glover at gallery plan b… or seen “Bound: Selin Balci & Katherine Mann” at the Hamiltonian Gallery, this is your last weekend to catch them.

Find out what’s showing at 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com February 9, 2011 at 6:53 am 0

Ernesto Santalla "Symmetries" Long View Gallery Luis Gomez Photos

Closes Sunday at Long View on 9th Street: Ernesto Santalla’s photo collection, “Symmetries.” (Luis Gomez Photos)

This weekend is the last chance to catch Ernesto Santalla: “Symmetries” at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW. Final day is Sunday, February 13.

Ernesto Santalla’s photographs from his collage series show the February 2010 snowstorms in D.C. Check out the photos from the opening on January 20.

“Saturnalia: New Work by Gallery Artists at 14th Street’s Irvine Contemporary has been extended through March 5 (it was originally scheduled to close February 12). The exhibition opened January 8.

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by Borderstan.com January 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm 1,339 0

“Saturnalia” opened Saturday evening at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th Street NW in Logan Circle. Click on the collage for the slide show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

On a cold Saturday evening Irvine Contemporary opened the post-holiday gallery season with a group exhibition of new works, “Saturnalia.” The artists in the exhibition are Teo Gonzalez, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir llchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Nicholas Kahn & Richad Selesnick. It runs through February 12.

View the slide show of Saturday night’s opening reception.

A bit about each artist, courtesy of Irvine Contemporary:

  • Teo González‘s new paintings challenge the boundaries of organic and geometric form through a process of abstraction from the colors of skies over specific city locations.
  • Melissa Ichiuji‘s new work expands on her approach to materials, identities, domestic space and sexualities.
  • Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi presents new mixed media paintings on Mylar as provocative visual essays on Persian, Iranian and American cultural identities.
  • Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick present works from their new series, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, an historical fictional narrative of the colonization of Mars.
  • Akemi Maegawa expands her work in ceramics and Japanese pop culture with new Jizō figures in white glazed porcelain.
  • Alexa Meade‘s new photographs extend her strategy of defining a new intersecting point for genres and techniques, merging photography, performance, painting, installation and portraiture.
  • Susana Raab presents recent work from her evolving photography series, Cholita, which were shot in Peru.

by Borderstan.com January 6, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,110 0

At Irvine Contemporary: Melissa Ichiuji, “Nature’s Promise,” 2010. Fabric, wood, nylon, feathers, wallpaper, found objects, mixed media. 30 x 55 x 6 inches. (Courtesy Ivrine Contemporary)

“Saturnalia: New Work by Gallery Artists” opens Saturday, January 8 at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street NW. The exhibition will include works by eight artists: Teo González, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 pm; the exhibition runs through February 12.

Exhibitions Closing

  • “New Work” by Paula Crawford at the Long View closes tonight, Thursday, January 6 (at 1234 9th Street NW).
  • Victoria F. Gaitan & Cecilia Paredes: “Foto Baroque” is at The Curator’s Office through Saturday, January 8 (at 1515 14th Street NW).

Another Week

  • At the Hamiltonian Gallery through Saturday, January 15: Magnolia Laurie: “holding up” and Jon Bobby Benjamin: “going home” (at 1353 U Street NW). There is an artist talk on Wednesday, January 12 at 7 pm.
  • “ALPTRAUM!” is at the Transformer through Saturday, January 15 (at 1404 P Street NW).

Check out the listings for exhibitions at 10 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below — and find out what’s opening next weekend.

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by Borderstan.com November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

Get listings for 10 galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Irvine Contemporary presents Street/Studio 2.0, an exhibition with two venues — one at the gallery on 14th Street NW and the other at Montserrat House (9th and U Street NW).

The work of eight artists will be featured in the two spaces, including Shepard Fairey (creator of the iconic 2008 Obama campaign image), Jose Parla, Swoon, Romon Yang (Rostarr), David Ellis, Chris Mendoza, James Marshall (Dalek) and Gaia. Hear from the artists at a discussion on Friday and meet them at the opening reception on Saturday.

Hamiltonian Gallery also opens a new exhibition featuring Elena Volkova and Renee Van Der Stelt this weekend. The opening reception takes place this Saturday from 7 to 9pm and the show will run until December 4.

Below the fold: listings for these galleries plus Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery (DC Jewish Community Center),Curator’s Office, Project 4 Gallery, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, gallery plan b and Hemphill Fine Arts.

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by Borderstan.com October 28, 2010 at 10:41 am 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

Get listings for 10 galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Saturday is the last day to catch two artists at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street: Phil Nesmith’s “Flow,” and Bruno Perillo’s “Uniform.” It’s also the final day to see “Fairy Tale Meets Flesh” from James Rieck and Jonathan Monaghan at Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street NW. Hours for both galleries are in the listing below the fold.

There are new exhibitions opening this weekend as well. Friday night is the opening reception at Long View for Scott Brooks’ exhibit, “We The People.” On Saturday, Transformer Gallery on P Street NW hosts an open house for their new exhibit, “Tang: Freedom & Its Owner.Visitors can enjoy Lillie Ruth Bussey and flavored coffees and chocolates by ACKC from 1pm to 7pm.

Below the fold: listings for these galleries plus Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery (DC Jewish Community Center),Curator’s Office, Project 4 Gallery, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, gallery plan b and Hemphill Fine Arts.

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by Borderstan.com September 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm 0

Beau Chamberlain Project 4 Gallery U Street NW

“Had a Little Faith” by Beau Chamberlain: His exhibit, “Landmarks,” opens Saturday at Project 4 Gallery on U Street NW. (Project 4 Gallery)

Check out the city’s free Art Bus service on Saturday evening with service to H Street NW, 14th Street NW and U Street NW.

Some great new exhibits and opening receptions at galleries on 14th and U Streets this weekend:

  • Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: Meet Rebecca Key at the Friday opening reception for her show, “Archetype.” On Saturday at 2 pm, she will give an artist talk.
  • Project 4, 1353 U Street NW: Catch the Saturday opening reception, 6 to 8 30 pm, for Beau Chamberlain’s “Landmarks.”
  • Gallery plan b, 1515 14th Street NW: The opening reception is Saturday from 6 to 8 pm for a joint exhibit with works by Chad Andrews and Gail Vollrath: “Relative: Recent Paintings and Drawings.”
  • Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th Street NW: Several opening activities on Saturday for “Phil Nesmith: Flow” and “Bruno Perillo, Uniform.” Preview from 1 to 4 pm and artists talks at 4 and 5 pm. Opening reception 6 to 8 pm.
  • Curator’s Office, 1515 14th Street NW, Suite 201: Eric Hibit’s “Picture Cohesion” opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 pm.

Get the details about all the galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm 1,169 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

What’s on exhibit this weekend in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area? (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s the last weekend to catch exhibits at two local galleries, one on U Street and one on 14th Street.

  • At Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street NW: “Introductions 6” with artists include Firelei Baez, Claire Callagy, Steven M. Cummings, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Brendan Loper and Wafaa Yasin.
  • At Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street N.W: “New Now 2010” featuring Hamiltonian fellows Selin Balci, Joyce Lee, Ryan Hoover, Elena Volkova, Jessica van Brakle.

Get the details about all the galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com August 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm 1,257 5 Comments

THIS mural is still there: Gaia’s “Chicken” is on the wall on the east side of the Logan Hardware building on the 1400 block of P Street NW, behind Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A couple of months ago semi-local artist Gaia had an exhibit at Irvine Contemporary. I started to see his work around the city and photographed some of his pieces, posting one from 14th and Q NW on One Photograph a Day.

Gaia also painted a mural on a wall behind the P Street Whole Foods–and now it is gone, removed by the store. I read the story yesterday about how the mural disappeared at TBD.com. Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures of it.

I don’t like tagging and destructive graffiti; they are never good for a community or neighborhood. But to me there are a couple of  things to consider here. First, Gaia’s work is truly Street Art. Second, it wasn’t even on a street facade–it was in an alley. Due to the nature of Gaia’s work, it would eventually disappear. He uses large sheets of paper, which he paints on and then attaches to walls.

Why can’t Washington enthusiastically embrace art in public spaces such as alleys? What, exactly, was so objectionable about Gaia’s mural that a neighbor–facing an alley of trash cans and delivery trucks–demanded its removal? Wasn’t it obvious that this piece of art was not the work of a vandal?

Philadelphia, for example, has tons of beautiful murals all over the city and has even created city tours of murals and street art. It was sad that in the rush to remove the mural that there wasn’t time to talk about the mural… that no one contacted Irvine Contemporary before destroying Gaia’s mural.

What I find somehow funny, and most ironic, is that now the wall has three huge patches of  lightly colored paint on a red wall. No art, just splotches of paint. But, apparently, it doesn’t offend anyone.

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

There are nine art galleries in the Borderstan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s the last weekend for two exhibitions at Borderstan galleries… but first a bit about two openings.

  • Thursday: gallery plan b on 14th Street has an opening reception Thursday from 6 to 8 pm with artists Jason Wright and Mike Weber… meet the artists whose current exhibition, “Take You Home,” runs until August 29.
  • Saturday: Irvine Contemporary, also on 14th Street, will have a preview of “Introductions 6” this Saturday from 3 to 6 pm.  An opening reception with invited artists Firelei Baez, Claire Callagy, Steven Cummings, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Brendan Loper and Wafaa Yasin will also be held from 6 to 8pm.

Exhibits are closing at Project 4 and Long View Gallery. See Cecile Oreste’s post about Long View’s “Informed Design” closing this Sunday.  Get the details about all the galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area below the fold.

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