Jimmy Miracle: Wearing Ethereal

Jimmy Miracle

February 8 – March 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 6 – 8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by DC area artist Jimmy Miracle opening on February 8 at Flashpoint Gallery. Wearing Ethereal will feature a series of photographs and sculptures that show the artist’s practice of transforming found materials into installations and sculptures. The artist explains, “I’m interested in accumulation and repetition. I seek to create a humble monumentality built by carefully and obsessively assembling ordinary materials into something spiritual.”

Twelve photographs on display document a project from The Rockaway Series, a four- month self-imposed residency where Miracle created site-specific work using trash and organic material found washed-up on the beach in Queens, New York. During that time, Miracle assembled and destroyed over sixty pieces on the beach. The photographs show the detritus – plastic cutlery, funerary garments, clothing, buoys, rope and shells – that the artist accumulated and then painstakingly arranged and morphed into something both curious and sacred. The exhibition will also include a large, antique armoire propped open to reveal an interior that Miracle carefully threaded with luminous string. Like The Rockaway Series, the sculpture takes ordinary materials and transforms them into mystical and contemplative works.

The exhibition will offer a space for the viewer to reflect, but also questions our consumer culture by meticulously transforming the residue of mass consumption into something spiritual.

There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, February 8 from 6-8pm. Jimmy Miracle will be giving a talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center on Saturday, February 23 at 1:30pm.

Contact Karyn Miller, Director of Visual Arts and Communications with all press inquiries and image requests: karynmiller@culturaldc.org.

Jimmy Miracle was born in 1982 in Ohio and now lives and works in Washington, DC. He received a BA from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. His art career began while living in Brooklyn, NY from 2006-2011. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Washington, DC, London and Berlin. He has shown with HKJB, Washington Project for the Arts, NYCAMS, Islip Art Museum, StorefrontBushwick, The Pigeon Wing and Norte Maar. Wearing Ethereal is Miracle’s second solo show in Washington, DC and is funded in part by a grant from CulturalDC.

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint’s 2012-13 Hotel Partner. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2012-13 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Jimmy Miracle: Wearing Ethereal
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 6-8pm
Exhibition: February 8 – March 9, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

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Email: karynmiller@culturaldc.org

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