Exhibits

03.14.17

BLAIR MURPHY: FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

Blair Murphy_Image for Press_Copyright Karen Ruckman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLAIR MURPHY

FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

April 15 – May 6, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm

WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook from April 15 through May 6 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Blair Murphy, brings together photographs and other documentation to celebrate past arts spaces in downtown Washington, DC.

“Downtown is home to many artists and small arts groups, which can expect to be displaced if the area succumbs to the soul-less sterility embodied in K Street-style development. Our proposal is an attempt to spark discussion of Metrocenter development by all parties concerned, before the demolition and construction begin.”

– Richard Ridley, John Reyner, and Patrick Carey

“Paper Building,” Art Ink, Spring 1979, Published by the Museum of Temporary Art.

Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook explores the history of arts spaces in downtown DC, from the underrecognized legacy of the Museum of Temporary Art, led by Janet Schmuckal from 1974 until 1982, to the long legacy of Miya Gallery, an arts space dedicated to black art and culture run by Vernard Gray in several locations in downtown DC between 1976 and 2001. Over the last several decades, downtown DC has been home to dozens of galleries, non-profit organizations, dance companies, small theater spaces, and artist studio buildings. Nearly all of these spaces are now gone; many are also nearly forgotten. The exhibition’s title refers to The Lansburgh’s Notebook­­ ­– a trove of meeting notes, letters, contact lists, and other ephemera that document efforts to transform several floors of the Lansburgh Building into a central location for dozens of arts groups from across the city. The notebook was organized by Janet Schmuckal and can be found in the papers of the Museum of Temporary Art, contained in the Archives of American Art.

The history of arts spaces downtown is intertwined with the history of DC’s development, especially efforts by the DC Redevelopment Land Agency and the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation to redevelop large swaths of downtown DC. Smaller arts organizations benefited temporarily, gaining access to empty space at a low cost. However, as development efforts moved forward throughout the 1980s and 1990s, these small groups lost their spaces and relocated to other parts of the city, or shut down entirely. Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook begins to archive and document this history, with a focus on the physical locations occupied by artists and arts organizations in the downtown core from the early 1970s to the present day.

Image: Organizers and potential tenants of the Washington Humanities and Arts Center outside the Lansburgh Building at 7th and E streets NW, 1979. Photograph copyright Karen Ruckman.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Blair Murphy is an independent curator and cultural worker based in Washington, DC and the Managing Director of DC Arts Center. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY). She has written for Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, and Daily Serving, among other outlets. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

BLAIR MURPHY: FOOTPRINT aka THE LANSBURGH’S NOTEBOOK

Exhibition Dates:
April 15, 2017 –  May 6, 2017

Reception:
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

02.15.17

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

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CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL

DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT
March 18 – April 8, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Developing an Argument by Christian Benefiel from March 18 through April 8 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features new work by the Maryland sculptor investigating an argument as the application of persuasion and resistance.

Christian Benefiel’s sculptures address the interaction of elements in systems. His work is driven by the way that a social construct is dependent on balance and tension, both physically and visually. In the end, the argument itself is the construction, the product, and the notion that an issue is more complex than opinion. Through physical structures constructed from networks of wooden and found material forced against itself, Benefiel visualizes the human desire to selectively manipulate the existing environment for purpose or comfort. The form of the works plays on a psychology of species, the connection to materials and places beyond the civilized or enlightened world, and the role and method of individual pieces that make up the larger ideas of arguments and dialogue.

Image credit: Christian Benefiel, Factions of people Certain of what they believe is Oppression, 2017. Wood, dimensions variable (approx. 36”x40”x48”)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christian Benefiel is a Maryland-based artist focusing on sculpture and installation. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions both nationally and in Europe. Recent shows include Structural Tissue at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Doubt at VisArts in Rockville, MD, Indirect Effect at AREA 405 in Baltimore, MD, and the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial in Washington, DC. His sculptures can be found in public parks and schools in Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland, DC, and Finland. Internationally, Benefiel’s work has been included in exhibitions in Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and England. He is the recipient of the Hamiltonian Fellowship, MSAC Individual Artist Grant, and a US Fulbright Grant to Helsinki, Finland. He teaches sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

Exhibition Dates:
March 18, 2017 –  April 8, 2017

Reception:
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

01.06.17

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

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SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE

SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US
February 11 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, February 10 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Selfie: Me, Myself and Us by the Sparkplug Collective from February 11 through March 11 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features innovative work by eight local artists who will examine our cultural obsession with selfies and our narcissistic desire to record and manipulate digital representations of ourselves.

Do selfies represent the downfall of our self-absorbed culture? Are we drowning our deeper selves in a shallow, mesmerizing pool of our own digital reflections? Ultimately, the truth is much more nuanced and complex. People mold their digital identities through selfies, carefully constructing alternate worlds where appearance is more important than reality. Artists have been engaging in this same act of self-portraiture for thousands of years, since paint first appeared on cave walls. In Selfie, the Sparkplug Collective will explore concepts of identity, transformation, and personal deception through painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and a site-specific performance.

Image credit: Michael Booker, Etch-A-Sketch Bust, 2016. Oil on woven canvas, 30”x40”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The DC Arts Center selected the members of the Sparkplug Collective for a two-year program that features annual curated group exhibitions at the DC Arts Center, studio visits, artist talks, and collaboration on independent exhibitions and projects. The eight local artists in the fourth incarnation of the Sparkplug Collective have diverse backgrounds and experiences that span artistic traditions and the arbitrary lines of race, gender, and ethnicity. The collective includes Michael Booker, Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Megan Maher, Jerome Skiscim, Brendan L. Smith, Casey Snyder, Jerry Truong, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

Exhibition Dates:
February 11 – March 11, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, February 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

12.09.16

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

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EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS

PERVERSION THERAPY
January 14 – February 4, 2017
Opening reception & performance: Friday, January 13 from 6-9pm
Performance event: Wednesday, January 18 from 7-9pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Perversion Therapy by Eames Armstrong and John Moletress from January 14 through February 4 at Flashpoint Gallery. Opening a week before the presidential inauguration, the exhibition Perversion Therapy points to the anti-LGBTQ history of the president elect and members of his chosen cabinet through a celebration of queer bliss and domestic deviance.

The exhibition features paintings, performance objects, and multimedia installations. It will also include a live performance at the opening reception on Friday the Thirteenth, and a second performance the following week on Wednesday, January 18. The performances will be outrageous – not to be missed! The artists will subvert the practice of conversion therapy—an abusive tactic of brainwashing meant to “correct” queer and gender nonconforming people. Instead, Perversion Therapy affirms queerness, along with transgression, filth, eroticism, noise, happiness, and friendship.

image credit: Eames Armstrong, Thieves Like Us, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 16”x20”

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Eames Armstrong (they/she) works in performance, noise, language, and time. Eames has performed at the Fringe platform at the Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy), Houston International Performance Art Biennale (Texas), High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music (Baltimore, MD), Mobius, Inc. (Cambridge, MA), Rats9 (Montreal, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial (Washington, D.C.) and Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, D.C.). In 2016, Eames was selected for the Emerging Curator Program at VisArts in Rockville, MD, as well as the S&R Foundation studio program in Washington, D.C. They curated the 2013 Supernova Performance Art Festival (Rosslyn, VA), programmed a monthly performance series Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.), co-curated events at Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), and have organized exhibitions at numerous alternative spaces in the Washington, D.C. area. Eames received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010, and an MFA in studio art with an unofficial minor in dance from The George Washington University in 2016. Eames is interested in conflict and difficulty, complicated gestures, and the ritual celebration of confusion and illegibility. eamesarmstrong.com

John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, they have co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, The George Washington University, and EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, they were awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, they received multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and they were a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. They have directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich, and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Imaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK). JohnMoletress.com

 

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

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, 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

Exhibition Dates:
January 14, 2017 –  February 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6-9pm (free and open to the public) 

Performance Event:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7-9pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 4, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

10.26.16

ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS: WE ARE NOT ALONE

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ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS

WE ARE NOT ALONE
December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, December 10 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present We Are Not Alone by Annette Isham and Zac Willis from December 9 through January 7 at Flashpoint Gallery. We Are Not Alone is an installation that investigates the belief of extraterrestrial existence. Through eyewitness testimony, reenactments, and video documentation, the artists will create a celestial installation that explores individuals and their evidence suggesting mankind is not alone on Earth.

This idea that “we are not alone” is something with which Isham and Willis have always had a fascination. Growing up watching television shows like The X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries, and experiencing intimate testimonials of unnatural occurrences made it difficult to believe that alien beings are not among us, despite over half the country’s disbelief in such lifeforms. There is a small percentage of the population who have come into contact with an extraterrestrial. The majority of these people, however, live in fear of society’s judgment, afraid to speak out about their abductions and other encounters. It is these stories and experiences that Isham and Willis will examine and recreate in their exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Annette Isham and Zac Willis have worked collaboratively for that last several years. Both artists pursue collaboration to play off one another, one up each other, and explore new territories with their work. Their practice is vast, ranging from the completion of a podcast series to the running of a show space for artists called Centerfold Artist at Project 4 in Washington, DC. They have fabricated acoustic installations such as Bathroom Whispers for the (e)merge art fair in DC and Bench Whispers for Harford Community College in Maryland. Their work also includes mixed media collages like Thee Thy King of Kings, shown in the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC and at AQUA Miami. Most recently, Isham and Willis exhibited a multimedia installation at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia that was featured in the exhibition PLAY. In their work, they have explored themes surrounding religion, idolization, iconizing dead celebrities, competition, and failure. Isham and Willis are now shifting their focus toward investigating myths and metaphysics—in particular, the influence of these topics on popular culture belief systems.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

ANNETTE ISHAM & ZAC WILLIS: WE ARE NOT ALONE

Exhibition Dates:
December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, December 10, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

09.09.16

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES 2016-17 FLASHPOINT GALLERY SEASON

CulturalDC-HeaderCulturalDC is excited to announce Flashpoint Gallery’s 2016-17 exhibition season. The selected artists this season will address a wide variety of topics and themes across various mediums in nine exhibitions. Featured artists include Nicole Salimbene, Roxana Geffen, Annette Isham + Zac Willis, John Moletress + Eames Armstrong, Sparkplug Collective, Christian Benefiel, Blair Murphy, Khanh Le, and Danielle Scruggs.


 

Nicole Salimbene Mending

September 17 – October 15, 2016Nicole Salimbene_Mending_Image for Press

Opening Reception: September 16, 6-8pm

This solo exhibition presents the act of mending as art medium, metaphor, and practice. The work invites the viewer to contemplate the poetics of mending as a means to heal, protect, and transform.  It fosters interaction through a low “communal” table reminiscent of a tea ceremony, where audiences are encouraged to thread their own needles and add to the work.

 

 

Roxana Geffen Motherload

October 22 – November 19, 2016

rgOpening Reception: October 21, 6-8pm

A series of installations turn the gallery into a beautiful, funny, and chaotically jumbled place. The works present a mash-up of Geffen’s domestic and digital life.  The installations invoke visuals of the domestic and digital through large photographs of real structures; images of real-life schedules and lists abstracted and re-created as carpets, quilts, and networks of fabric and tape; and large, reworked images from digital landscapes.

 

 

Annette Isham and Zac Willis

We Are Not Alone

December 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017az

Opening Reception:
December 10, 6-8pm

This multimedia install
ation exhibits the ongoing investigation of
extraterrestrial existence. Through eye-witness testimony,  re-enactments, and video documentation, the artists create a celestial installation that explores the façade that mankind is alone on Earth.

 

 

 

Jojehn Moletress and Eames Armstrong

January 14 – February 4, 2017

Opening Reception: January 13, 6-8pm

This installation consists of objects which become props and setting for performances by the two artists. They explore the possibility that home can never be fixed or static, but a process that runs alongside our endless navigation of living.

 

 

Sparkplug Collective

Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us

February 11 – March 11, 2017sp

Opening Reception: February 10, 6-8pm

This group exhibition features work by the Sparkplug artist collective, who will alter and distort representations of themselves as a commentary on and critique of our society’s obsession with selfies. The DC Arts Center selected the members of Sparkplug for a two-year program featuring annual curated group exhibitions at DCAC, studio visits, critiques, and collaborations on other projects.

 

 

Christian Benefiel

Delopment of an Argument

cbMarch 18 – April 8, 2017

Opening Reception: March 24, 6-8pm

Modular and interactive, Benefiel’s work is often constructed and secured through tension and interdependent joinery, without glues or hardware. While the structure of the work is sound, this often serves as a metaphor for interpersonal and societal relationships through temporary and conditional attachment.

 

 

Blair Murphy Footprint

April 15 – May 6, 2017bm

Opening Reception: April 21, 6-8pm

Footprint is an excavation, an archive that draws on the built memory in and around DC’s downtown core to explore how artists have made space in the city and, conversely, how the city has made space for artists. Striving to avoid the nostalgia that often surrounds conversations about the past, this project starts from the belief that we can learn from the past, even as we critique it and prepare for the future, without falling victim to either blind optimism or cynical defeat.

 

 

klKhanh Le Making Memories as We Wait

May 13 – June 3, 2017

Opening Reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Le presents a collection of mixed-media paintings inspired by scrapbooking culture, the history of historical painting, and photograph as memory. He transforms everyday photo albums into colorful abstractions using metallic acrylic paint, gold gelly roll pens, sequins, babbles stickers, and acrylic crystals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Scruggs Migrations

June 10 – June 30, 2017ds

Opening Reception: June 9, 6-8pm

This exhibit combines original portraits of the artist’s family members, found photos of her extended family, and illustrations of various locales her family has lived based on historical records, such as draft cards and Census records. The works trace her personal family history and explore the larger issues surrounding the Great Migration of the early to mid-20th century, which is directly connected to the lingering effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

 

Flashpoint Gallery hours are 12-6pm Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment. Receptions are generally held from 6-8pm on the Friday evening before an exhibition opens. They are free and open to the public. Please visit culturaldc.org/visual-arts for updates on talks at the Luce Local Artist Series and other special events and programming.


 

An advisory panel comprised of noted art professionals in the DC area reviews proposals and helps make programming recommendations for each season. This season’s panel includes Akemi Maegawa, a Corcoran alumni and artist specializing in sculpture and installation works; Laura Roulet, an independent curator specializing in contemporary and Latin American art and fostering artists in the DMV region; Andy Grundberg, an art critic, curator, and a former dean and professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.; and Schwanda Rountree, independent curator and collector for Rountree Art Consulting. The advisory panel also provides guidance and mentorship to the artists and curators in the program to assist in the development of each project.

Participants in the visual program also receive artistic and public relations support from our staff. Additionally, artists and curators participate in Flash Forums, a program designed to help develop and incubate upcoming projects. Flash Forums fosters a meaningful dialogue with a community of fellow visual & performing artists, curators, panelists, and our staff, and gives exhibitors an opportunity to ask questions, gain feedback, and compare notes. This year, CulturalDC will also continue its collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Each artist exhibiting at Flashpoint Gallery has the opportunity to give a talk about their work and how it relates to work on view at the Luce Center. 

 

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

09.09.16

ROXANA GEFFEN: MOTHERLOAD

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ROXANA ALGER GEFFEN

MOTHERLOAD
October 22 – November 19, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, October 21 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Motherload by Roxana Geffen from October 22 through November 19 at Flashpoint Gallery. Motherload is a series of vivid, multi-layered installations that merge imagery and materials from the artist’s domestic space. The exhibition embodies the labor, creativity, and humor needed to find balance in the overwhelming chaos of daily life. While the work reflects a formal interest in pattern, color, and material, it is also a more personal exploration of the complex, contradictory world of parenting. A range of techniques traditionally associated with homemaking and home repair mirrors the need for parents to be jacks-of-all-trades—though often masters of none. Family objects, photographs of familiar landscapes, thrift store finds, building materials, and computer game imagery become ensnared in combinations that both revel in and give order to the resulting dissonance.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Roxana Alger Geffen works with a variety of media and techniques, including painting, photography, textiles, and installation. She holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Geffen is currently a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children. She has shown her work in solo and group shows in DC, Virginia, New York, Boston, Vermont, Atlanta, Denver, and New Zealand. Geffen’s art has been featured in a number of publications, and is part of several private and corporate collections, including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Washingtonia Collection.

 

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

ROXANA ALGER GEFFEN: MOTHERLOAD

Exhibition Dates:
October 22 – November 19, 2016 

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 21, 2016 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, November 5, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

08.05.16

BILLY FRIEBELE & MICHAEL DAX IACOVONE: CITY OF GHOSTS

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BILLY FRIEBELE & MICHAEL DAX IACOVONE

CITY OF GHOSTS
August 20 – September 10, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, August 19 from 5-7pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present City of Ghosts by Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone from August 20th – September 10th, 2016, at Flashpoint Gallery.  City of Ghosts is an exhibition that represents the culmination of a year-long residency at the Labs at DC Public Library.  Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone, founders of Freespace Collective, have collaborated on a series of artworks that use technologies available in the Fab Lab at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to explore the areas surrounding the library and Flashpoint Gallery. The Maker in Residence Program was sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Tenley/Friendship Library.

Tensions of rapid change and collective amnesia are visualized through maps, crime statistics, 3D printed sculpture, video, and an interactive drawing machine.  Together, this work investigates various modes of collecting and archiving the constantly shifting identity of the city.  By drawing attention to temporal aspects of the city, FreeSpace Collective is opening a dialogue to memorialize the present, and suggest the possibility of change.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The FreeSpace Collective was founded by artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone, who began working together on collaborative video projects in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.  FreeSpace Collective focuses on community engagement, public spaces, mapping, and interactivity, with an emphasis on collaboration. They have exhibited in Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Jatiwangi, Indonesia; among other places. FreeSpace Collective is based in Washington, DC.

ABOUT DC PUBLIC LIBRARY and DC PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning, and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity, and to build a thriving city. The DC Public Library Foundation is the District Library’s philanthropic arm, enriching the DC Public Library’s capabilities, resources, and services by forging community connections.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

BILLY FRIEBELE & MICHAEL DAX IACOVONE: CITY OF GHOSTS

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5-7pm (free and open to the public) 

Exhibition Dates:
August 20 – September 10, 2016 

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

08.04.16

NICOLE SALIMBENE: MENDING

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NICOLE SALIMBENE

MENDING
September 16 – October 15, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, September 16 (6-8pm)

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Mending by Nicole Salimbene from September 16th – October 15th, 2016, at Flashpoint Gallery. Mending is an interactive installation that explores meditation and mending as art medium, metaphor, and practice. Contemplative environments positioned throughout the gallery invite audiences to sit or stand in meditation with sculptures and paintings constructed from ordinary materials associated with mending. Thousands of threaded needles, tangled sculptural masses of thread, and stitching offer opportunities for reflection on the work of reparation.

Salimbene’s interdisciplinary approach begins with an investigation into the poetics of materiality and the desire to create public and private engagements as a way for the viewer to embody metaphor. By drawing attention to the art of mindfulness practice and to the act of threading a single needle, Mending encourages us to contemplate the stitch-by-stitch process that may lead to transformations in our lives and in the world.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nicole Salimbene works in painting, sculpture, and installation. Her studio practice is based in Washington, D.C. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as reproduced for publications and purchased for private collections. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New Orleans, New York, and France. She was a recipient of an Individual Artists and Scholars Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In 2012, the Washington Sculptors Group awarded her the Tom Rooney Prize. She also leads workshops in art as a contemplative practice in various academic institutions, community settings, and professional associations.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

NICOLE SALIMBENE: MENDING

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Exhibition Dates:
September 16 – October 15, 2016 

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Sunday, September 25, 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

06.23.16

Kathryn Thibault: CULTIVATION/HARVEST/NEGLECT at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery July 16 – August 18, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2016
Contact: John Richards
john@culturaldc.org
202.315.1322

KATHRYN THIBAULT
CULTIVATION/HARVEST/NEGLECT
July 16 – August 18, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, July 15 (6-8pm)

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Cultivation/Harvest/Neglect by Katie Thibault from July 16th – August 13th, 2016, at Flashpoint Gallery, a series of ephemeral wall-based sculptures visually linked through references to gardens and human relationships. Through images of bodies, physical contact, and natural elements, the vellum and mixed media components allude to conflict, connection, and mortality. The color palette is intentionally restricted, drawing on the white wall of the gallery to give the works a ground while preserving the ephemeral nature of their construction. Some of the artworks grow into one another, eroding their expected boundaries.

The work connects to the artist’s memories of visits to her grandparents’ Iowa farm, and of time spent cultivating vegetable and flower gardens with her parents and siblings. The work reflects her continued investigation into the space between the objects, materials and corporeal experience in order to explore the disintegration of the distance between the self and external structures.

Katie Thibault works across a number of mediums, including computer graphics, drawing, painting, glass, metal, and interactive and performative works. She was a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center for four years before relocating with her family to Seattle, Washington. She has exhibited in commercial and university galleries in the US, Europe and Canada and has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards.  She holds a doctorate in Media, Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she received an MFA from The Ohio State University.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

KATIE THIBAULT: CULTIVATION/HARVEST/NEGLECT

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 15, 2016 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Exhibition Dates:
July 16 – August 18, 2016 

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, July 16, 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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