Michael Booker_Image for Press_Etch-A-Sketch Bust02.11.17 – 03.11.17

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us 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.

 

Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 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

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