by Borderstan.com December 29, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,031 0

go mama go! Borderstan, 14th Street,

Click for the slide show. The year’s most read arts and entertainment story was about the March farewell party at the closing of go mama go! (Luis Gomez Photos)

Following are the top arts and entertainment stories each month on Borderstan in 2011. The top story each month was the one that was read by the most readers. The writer’s name is next to each story.

Top food story for the year in terms of reader views? The winner was Photos: Sunday’s Farewell Party at go mama go! by Luis Gomez, followed closely by  Danny’s Top 10: D.C.’s Best 2010 Concerts from Danny Shapiro.

Of note: While one gallery closed on 14th Street NW in 2011, another gallery opened. See the August stories below: Irvine Contemporary closed in September and [email protected] opened in November.

by Borderstan.com December 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,176 1 Comment

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Peter e Harpers and Joren A. Lindholm at harmon art lab on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

There is plenty to see this weekend at the local galleries. Grab your coat and get ready to start your holidays with a nice relaxing stroll to see some wonderful art.

Remember: Art is a wonderful Christmas-Holiday gift! A number of the galleries have some wonderful pieces that are very reasonably priced and perfect for someone-special-in-your-life. Contact the galleries ahead of time to see what they carry in your price range or take a stroll the neighborhood and pop in. Full contact information below.

Don’t Miss

At harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor, you should not miss the work of Peter e Harpers and Joren A. Lindholm: “Peter e Harper’s work may seem easy at first. Bold, brave color. Roughly drawn grids. Birds heavy in flight. Planes falling toward the earth. If you stop there, you will not be disappointed. But the work is more complex than that. Taken in its totality, Harper’s installation at harmon art lab is about the complexity of life. Joren A. Lindholm’s project space installation is a fragmention of our collective experience. He examines our place in the world, the heirarchic structures that keep us rooted there, and our own collusion in the process.” (harmon art lab)

Closing Exhibitions this Weekend

Get more details on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “One Foot In America: The Artwork of Eugeen Van Mieghem” runs through December 30.
  • Overview: “Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) found inspiration in the men and women, many of them Jews, waiting at the Antwerp docks to board ships to take them to America. One Foot in America, opening September 22, features his works and creates a stunning visual record of those leaving behind one life as they search for a better life in a far away, unknown place.” (Bronfman Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

[email protected], 1830 14th Street NW

  • Overview: [email protected] is a new addition to the Mid City gallery lineup from artist Regine Miele. Current works on display are Miele’s paintings.
  • Next solo exhibition begins February 7 and runs to March 30 with photographer Al Wildey.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Breck Omar Brunson: Churchin” closes December 22.
  • Overview: “The exhibition includes collage, sculpture, video and sound. Using found material and a raw, urban and quirky aesthetic, Brunson peels away the artifacts of the everyday world to find the mystery that fuels his artistic practice.”
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • “Year-End Group Show” runs through Thursday, December 22.
  • Opening Reception Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8 pm.
  • Overview: “Featuring the work of 40+ artists and preview of our 2012 exhibition schedule.” (gallery plan b)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Selin Balci and Ryan Hoover” runs through January 22.
  • Overview: “Although Balci and Hoover implement distinct artistic practices, both artists present new works of precisely controlled media, imbued with their ruminations on the structures of interpersonal relationships, international affairs, and geography.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Works by artists Peter e Harper and Joren A. Lindholm runs through January 13.
  • Overview: “Peter e Harper’s work may seem easy at first. Bold, brave color. Roughly drawn grids. Birds heavy in flight. Planes falling toward the earth. If you stop there, you will not be disappointed. But the work is more complex than that. Taken in its totality, Harper’s installation at harmon art lab is about the complexity of life. Joren A. Lindholm’s project space installation is a fragmention of our collective experience. He examines our place in the world, the heirarchic structures that keep us rooted there, and our own collusion in the process.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW

  • Tom Wolff’s “U Street Portrait Project” runs through December 17.
  • Overview: “Nationally recognized photographer Tom Wolff is best known for his published work in the Washington Post Magazine, House & Garden, Garden Design, Smithsonian Magazine, and New York Times Magazine. This fall he focuses closer to home with his most recent series, ‘U Street Portrait Project,’ capturing the local business owners, residents, and artists that together make DC’s U Street Corridor a rich and diverse cultural center.” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW

  • “FLYY ON THE WALL Exhibition and Pop up Shoppe”, Opened December 10,  7 to 11 pm.
  • Overview:“Flyy on the wall is an exhibition that will feature the works of Rakiyt Zakari a high end street wear designer with the eye of a tailor, known for creating 3-d graphic designs with a surgeons precision and attention to detail, think Basquiat x Jeremy Scott. Flyy on the wall also will encompass The Original David pop up shoppe, their  first ever experiential retail event!.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Amy Genser’s “Coiled Terrain” runs through December 11.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “In Season”, runs through December 23.
  • Overview: “In Season will feature a variety of media and showcase works by Margaret Boozer, Beau Chamberlain, Christine Gray, Lisa Kellner, Tricia Keightley, Thomas Müller, Ellington Robinson, Foon Sham, Jill Townsley, and Paul Villinski.” (Project 4 Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • 9th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition runs through January 28.
  • Overview: “9th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition presents the work of Lily deSaussure in a site-specific installation of hand-embroidered images originating from snapshots of family, close friends and lovers, central to this autobiographical body of work.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

by Borderstan.com December 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,075 0

Margaret Boozer, White Detritus, porcelain, stoneware, magnets 24" x 21" x 1", Project 4 Gallery

Margaret Boozer, “White Detritus,” porcelain, stoneware, magnets 24″ x 21″ x 1″ (Courtesy Project 4)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at [email protected]

“In Season” runs through January 7 at Project 4, 1353 U Street NW. Participating artists are Margaret Boozer, Beau Chamberlain, Christine Gray, Lisa Kellner, Tricia Keightley, Thomas Müller, Ellington Robinson, Foon Sham, Jill Townsley and Paul Villinski.

Last Saturday night, Project 4 opened it doors for its end-of-year exhibit, “In Season.” The show features 22 works by 10 artists featured at the gallery earlier this year.

Casual visitors, friends of the artists and gallery, and potential buyers mingled together at the opening with artists Foon Sham and Ellington Robinson along with the gallery’s owner and director.

The gallery’s two floors house a wide array of artistic styles, from precisely crafted wooden vessels to acrylic paintings to butterflies fashioned from aluminum can. For most of the artists featured in the show, the medium contributes as much – or more – to a work’s meanings as the subject matter does.

Christine Gray, Daisy Drain, watercolor on paper 21.5 x 14.5", Project 4 Gallery

Christine Gray, “Daisy Drain,” watercolor on paper 21.5 x 14.5″ (Courtesy Project 4)

The works on the main floor exemplify this approach. Margaret Boozer’s “White Detritus,” an arrangement comprised of circular pieces of found material (porcelain, stoneware, and magnets) draws the viewer in as the repeated circular form allows the varying textures and subtle complexities of the material to play of one another. Similarly, Foon Sham exploits the tension between nature and manmade objects. One works of his contains fragments of rocks and a phonebook set against a background of a linear pencil-drawn pattern.

Upstairs, the works are more figurative but no less evocative. In Jill Townsley’s haunting series of photographs “Fulford in Fog,” the obscured landscape background becomes a brooding and startlingly captivating subject.

Other pieces hold a more whimsical appeal. Four child-like watercolor images on sheets of deckle-edge paper are strung up and hung by metallic binder clips in “Giraffe, Flower, Majestic, Flower” by Thomas Müller. Christine Gray most fully realizes both the whimsy and melancholy nostalgia that pervades many works in the show. In her watercolor “Daisy Drain,” daisies droop in a surrealistic melt against a framework “God’s Eyes,” the Popsicle stick and yarn contraptions viewers will recognize from elementary school craft projects.

Whether you want to reconnect with your childhood or to buy a piece for yourself or as a gift, you can stop by Project 4 before January 7 to see “In Season.”

by Borderstan.com December 2, 2011 at 10:30 am 0

gallery plan b,

The “Year End Group Show” is at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW through December 22. (Courtesy gallery plan b)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

There is plenty to see this weekend at the local galleries. Grab your coat and get ready to start your Holidays.

Opening Receptions this Weekend

  • Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8 pm: “Year-End Group Show” at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW.
  • Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8:30 pm: “In Season” at Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U Street NW.

Closing Exhibitions this Weekend

Don’t Miss

Tom Wolff’s “U Street Portrait Project” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW. Wolff is a nationally recognized photographer and this exhibition features “the local business owners, residents and artists that together make DC’s U Street Corridor a rich and diverse cultural center.” The exhibition runs through December 17.

Get more details on the 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “One Foot In America: The Artwork of Eugeen Van Mieghem” runs through December 30.
  • Overview: “Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) found inspiration in the men and women, many of them Jews, waiting at the Antwerp docks to board ships to take them to America. One Foot in America, opening September 22, features his works and creates a stunning visual record of those leaving behind one life as they search for a better life in a far away, unknown place.” (Bronfman Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Breck Omar Brunson: Churchin” runs through December 22.
  • Overview: “The exhibition includes collage, sculpture, video and sound. Using found material and a raw, urban and quirky aesthetic, Brunson peels away the artifacts of the everyday world to find the mystery that fuels his artistic practice.”
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • “Year-End Group Show” runs through Thursday, December 22.
  • Opening Reception Saturday, December 3, 6 to 8 pm.
  • Overview: “Featuring the work of 40+ artists and preview of our 2012 exhibition schedule.” (gallery plan b)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Elena Volkova In Between” runs through December 3.
  • Overview: “Volkova presents a series of graphite drawings in which the subject matter is light. Seemingly fundamental, her drawings of folded paper and shadows on walls using a subtle value range are indicative of a systematic process-oriented approach to drawing, yet the result speaks more about the space around the actual drawn object.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Works by artists Alexandra Silverthorne and Ira Tattelman runs through December 3.
  • Overview: “Silverstone Alexandra Silverthorne uses the camera as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. Tattelman is an artist and architect who has lived in Washington, DC for close to fifteen years. He has created site-specific installations, exhibited in galleries, participated in group shows, and presented slide shows about his work.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW

  • Tom Wolff’s “U Street Portrait Project” runs through December 17.
  • Overview: “Nationally recognized photographer Tom Wolff is best known for his published work in the Washington Post Magazine, House & Garden, Garden Design, Smithsonian Magazine, and New York Times Magazine. This fall he focuses closer to home with his most recent series, ‘U Street Portrait Project,’ capturing the local business owners, residents, and artists that together make DC’s U Street Corridor a rich and diverse cultural center.” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW

  • “FLYY ON THE WALL Exhibition and Pop up Shoppe” opening reception, Saturday December 10,  7 to 11 pm.
  • Overview:“Flyy on the wall is an exhibition that will feature the works of Rakiyt Zakari a high end street wear designer with the eye of a tailor, known for creating 3-d graphic designs with a surgeons precision and attention to detail, think Basquiat x Jeremy Scott. Flyy on the wall also will encompass The Original David pop up shoppe, their  first ever experiential retail event!.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Amy Genser’s “Coiled Terrain” runs through December 11.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “In Season” with an opening reception on Saturday December 3, from 6 to 8:30 pm. Runs through January 7.
  • Overview: “In Season will feature a variety of media and showcase works by Margaret Boozer, Beau Chamberlain, Christine Gray, Lisa Kellner, Tricia Keightley, Thomas Müller, Ellington Robinson, Foon Sham, Jill Townsley, and Paul Villinski.” (Project 4 Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • Store Front Video Exhibition runs through December 4.
  • Overview: “Transformer revisits the use of our storefront space as a way to interact with audiences through the sidewalk presentation & viewing of video. Working in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and organizations. Works will be on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

by Borderstan.com October 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm 1,036 0

gallery plan b, Kermit Berg, Logan Circle art galleries

“Tokyo Night Office Lemon Tea” by Kermit Berg at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW. (Image courtesy gallery plan b)

There are two exhibitions opening this weekend while three are closing. Along with Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios, it’s a great weekend for art in the Borderstan area.

There are openings this weekend at gallery plan b and Project 4 Gallery:

  • Saturday opening reception 6 to 8 pm for Kermit Berg and Delna Dastur at gallery plan b 1530 14th Street NW.
  • Saturday the work of artist Agnes Bolt goes on exhibit at Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. Opening reception 6 to 8:30 pm.

Closing this weekend are three exhibitions…

Get more details below on the 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “To the Ends of the Earth” runs to October 29.
  • Overview: “Adamson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its Fall 2011 program with a group exhibition entitled “To the Ends of the Earth,” which explores the relationship between humans and the natural environment. The exhibition takes its title from the enormous lengths that photographers Camille Seaman, Robert Polidori, Edward Burtynsky, and Alfredo De Stéfano have gone to record the changing natural environment.” (Adamson Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “One Foot In America: The Artwork of Eugeen Van Mieghem” runs to December 30.
  • Overview: “Belgian artist, Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) found inspiration in the men and women, many of them Jews, waiting at the Antwerp docks to board ships to take them to America. One Foot in America, opening September 22, features his works and creates a stunning visual record of those leaving behind one life as they search for a better life in a far away, unknown place.” (Bronfman Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; and Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “elsewhere” closes October 22.
  • Overview: “Curator’s Office announces the opening of its fall season with an exhibition of sculpture and new works on paper by New York, Los Angeles, and DC-based artists Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher. The Dumbachers will also be debuting a public sculpture at their DC studio’s terrace one block from the gallery.” (Curator’s Office)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • Opening Reception: An opening reception Saturday, October 22, from 6 to 8 pm with works by Kermit Berg and Delna Dastur.
  • Overview: “Berg will be presenting his portafolio of images enttled “Tokyo Night Office” (shot before the recent, devastating earthquakes). Dastur paintings show the influence of the brilliant colors of her childhood in India ” (gallery plan b)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “New Works by Nora Howell and David Page” runs to October 29.
  • Overview: “Through sculptural installation, video and photography Howell and Page have created new work driven by both their observations of society and their own personal histories concerning issues of identity, power systems, fear and safety. Differing in artistic tone and subject both artists delve into and explore the semiotics of identity infused in everyday exchanges.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • An exhibition of work by artists Michel Modell and Mariah Anne Johnson runs through November 4.
  • Overview: “Michel’s paintings investigate how humor facilitates the exposure of anomies; social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values within a community. Humor is not the end, but a means to afford access to topical issues and provides a fulcrum point between two simultaneous but oppositional viewpoints… Since Mariah Anne began working as an artist, she has been interested in narrative, memory, domestic life, and the effect of place on our perception of these topics. She explores these ideas in a variety of media, from painting and drawing to installations made from bed sheets.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday-Friday during business hours.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW

  • “VESSEL” is part of The 9/11 Arts Project and runs through October 22.
  • Overview: “The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will bring together local artists to create a place of ‘holding.’ By combining abstract works to evoke a sacred space or vessel the gallery will serve as a safe space where open dialogue around the trauma of 9/11 and personal traumas may be addressed. Hence selected works will not be a re-telling of 9/11, but rather express an effort to move beyond and communicate that ‘healing is possible’ for everyone and that the arts are a powerful tool in that journey.” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW

  • Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm. Sundays by appointment only.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Paintings by Clyde Fowler runs through November 6.
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
  • Overview: Clyde Fowler describes his paintings as ‘pictorial choreography’. He approaches his work in a manner similar to that of a choreographer, filling them with orchestrated sensations and intuitive notations while giving consideration to movement, rhythm, space and form. His art explores the associative nature of visual relationships and the dynamic potential of juxtaposition involving a language that is purely abstract.” (Long View)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Agnes Bolt “Dealing” opens October 22 and runs to November 26.
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 6 to 8:30 pm.
  • Overview: “Project 4 is proud to present “Dealing,” a solo exhibition featuring new work by Agnes Bolt. Bolt is an interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, installation, and intervention in her art practice. .” (Project 4)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • transformers: the next generation closes Saturday, October 22.
  • Overview: transformers: the next generation “features new works by five recent graduates of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s class of 2011: Forest Allread, Pavlos Karalis, Sarah Robbins, Aris Slater, and Victoria Shaheen.” (transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

by Borderstan.com July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

Evan Reed, Project 4 Gallery

Evan Reed’s “Detail of Burj Al Shawq,” 2009-2011 13 x 7 x 5′ wood. (Image courtesy of Project 4 Gallery)

From Jana Petersen

Understanding the often overwhelming number of distractions that come with the summer season, I thought I’d ease the burden (am I the only one who finds too many choices burdening?!) with a prioritization of gallery opportunities! So, first comes first — Project 4 and Irvine are rounding out their current exhibits this weekend.

“Evan Reed: traveling past proun” closes at Project 4 this Saturday; in his exhibit, Reed explores the convergence of wood sculpture and media with everyday objects. According to Project 4, “his work is informed by architectonic structures and driven by his penchant for the fantastical and visionary.”

“Tribute” also closes at Irvine this weekend. In a nod to its place and role in the Borderstan community, this exhibit over the last month has commemorated the contributing artists and community. That said, if you can’t make it to Irvine this weekend, not to worry; Tribute (part 2) will be opening on July 23, so be on the lookout!

Over at Transformer on P Street NW, Saturday is the last day to see the work of Oreen Cohen. She is the first of three artists in the “E8: Sculpture” series.

Now, to open the can of worms – here are the rest of your local gallery options – enjoy!

Get more details  below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.

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by Borderstan.com June 30, 2011 at 11:40 am 0

"PODS," Lauren K. Sleat, gallery plan b, Borderstan

“Pod S3″ by Lauren K. Sleat, charcoal on paper, 11″ x 14” (Image courtesy gallery plan b)

Staying in town and want to stay cool? Spend an afternoon in local galleries (remember that most are closed on Mondays.) What’s showing?

Three exhibitions opened just last week… at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW catch “Creative Process: Four Artists’ Expressions Through Uniquely Different Mediums”… at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW go see “PODS”… and at the Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street NW, take in “Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking,” the annual show of the 10 Hamiltonian Fellows.

Also showing in the neighborhood are:

Get more details  below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.

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by Borderstan.com June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,350 0

Borderstan, Longview Gallery, 9th Street NW

“Artist of the Washington Glass School” closes this Saturday, June 18, at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW.

From Jana Petersen

There are three galleries closing their current exhibits this weekend: Gallery plan b, Hamiltonian and Long View. See descriptions below to devise your divide and conquer plans.

Gallery plan b, “Works by Gordon Binder, Works by Tanja Bos, Works by Beverly Ryan”: Each artist in this exhibit chooses a different way to paint his/her environment. While Gordon Binder captures the world around him through natural landscapes and cityscapes, Tanja Bos uses ink and paper to create ethereal scenes “that seem to glow from within” (Gallery plan b) and Beverly Ryan’s “narrative paintings are populated with soul-searching figures amongst decorative and colorful patterns” (gallery plan b).

Hamiltonian Gallery, “Concurrent Exhibitions by Three Hamiltonian Fellows: Ryan Hoover, Jessica van Brakle, and Linda Vargas de la Hoz”: In this exhibit, each artists explores the notion of physical objects and space to paint a convergence that is not normally seen — a tent made out of a clothes jacket? What about furniture implanted with micro-controllers?

Long View Gallery: Find out how students and teachers at the Washington Glass School have taken glass sculpture outside of its traditional form.

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 3:00 pm 0

Borderstan, DC art galleries, Logan Circle art galleries

Take advantage of the three-day weekend and the decreased number of people in town to visit galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

We’re back at it and with a four-day week and three exhibits closing this Saturday, there’s a lot to get done. Hemphill, Irvine, and Project 4 all end their current exhibits this Saturday, June 4 — only to be seen what comes next.

To recap:

  • “Anne Rowland” at Hemphill: 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).
  • “Dataklysmos” at Irvine: “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.
  • “Liminal Light” at Project 4: “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).

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 May 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,208 0

Borderstan, DC art galleries, Logan Circle art galleries

Take advantage of the three-day weekend and the decreased number of people in town to visit galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

Hanging in D.C. for Memorial Day Weekend? It’s the best of both worlds: empty sidewalks and plenty of activity within the gallery scene – a great prospect, especially if the weather is as unpredictable as it’s been.

Let’s start with the exhibit “Supernatural,” now at the Curator’s Office. Artist Ann Tarantino successfully delivers “airy” – not to be confused with simple or whimsical – pieces through the finely-tuned technique of using her breath to direct ink through a straw.

Tarantino’s art references systems, “from the delicate patterning of nervous tissue revealed through Golgi’s method of staining brain cells, to the emotional ties revealed through contemporary social networks, to the intricate web of parasitic and symbiotic relationships required to maintain healthy ecosystems and the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities” (Tarantino).

This weekend is also the second to last to see exhibits at Hemphill Fine Arts, Irvine Contemporary, Project 4, and Transformer Gallery. Understanding how overwhelming and paralyzing options can be, I’ve attempted to light-heartedly categorize each exhibit below — accompanied by a less-biased and more serious synopsis. Continue to scroll down to get the hours for each gallery.

For those who might be caught hiking in the Shenandoah any other weekend:

  • “Anne Rowland” at Hemphill: 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).

For those who know what a “borg” is and can talk extensively about said topic:

  • “Dataklysmos” at Irvine: “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.

For those who otherwise might be sitting in a coffee shop pondering the boundaries of reality:

  • “Liminal Light” at Project 4: “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).

For those with attachment to Hawaii, white/black sand beaches, identity – any or all of the above:

  • “This Is Hawaii’i” at Transformer: Indulge yourself remotely! This IS Hawai’i artists Solomon Enos, Puni Kukahiko, Carl F. K. Pao and Maika’i Tubbs explore — through site-specific installation, artistic actions and public programs — what it means to be “Hawaiian” in the 21st century.

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

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