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09.25.14

CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC, a nonprofit arts organization, has announced the addition of Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert to the CulturalDC Board of Directors.

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an activist, artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and proprietor of Busboys and Poets, a popular restaurant and gathering place in Washington, DC.  Since its inception in 2005 and expansion into four area locations (more coming soon), Busboys and Poets has featured prominent speakers and authors, showcased exhibitions of visual artists, and provided a venue for social and political activism. Mr. Shallal also founded the Eatonville Restaurant in 2009.  As an artist, Andy Shallal has worked with a variety of materials. His murals have been featured in many publications including the Washington Post and are displayed at Busboys and Poets, The Institute for Policy Studies and DC Vote.  Mr. Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Environmental Award, United Nations Human Rights Community Award, as well as leadership awards in employment and sustainable business practices. He was also named “Democracy’s Restauranteur” in a Washington Post article and Man of the Year by the Washington Peace Center.

Hank L. Torbert is a Principal and Co-Founder at RLMcCall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on industrial, media, technology and special situations transactions.  Mr. Torbert has spent the last 20 years in the venture capital, private equity, operational management, business development and corporate finance world.   Throughout his career, Mr. Torbert has focused on investing in and enhancing early venture and middle market companies, notably in the context of roll up and platform company opportunities. As a founding investor and board member, Mr. Torbert played an integral role in the launch, development and $100MM Initial Public Offering of Mood Media (TSX: “MM”), formerly Fluid Music, Inc., an internet-based music services company.  Mr. Torbert is also a collector of contemporary art, notable emerging DC artists. In addition, he is keenly focused on addressing issues related to the arts, education, and homelessness.

“CulturalDC’s mission is about combining art and business in ways that support artists and art organizations in their creative endeavors and uplift and enliven communities — both culturally and economically”, said CulturalDC Executive Director Juanita Hardy.  “Our new board members bring a passion for both art and business and we are extremely proud and honored to have them join our Board of Directors. Our Board, a team of art-minded business and thought leaders, is among CulturalDC’s most treasured assets.”

Andy and Hank join a board that is eager and ready to champion CulturalDC’s programs and activities and ensure that the organization is positioned to fulfill its mission.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and over 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city.  Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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09.24.14

LESLIE BERNS + SHELLEY WARREN: EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 15

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL
Recent Work by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery presents, Embodying the Ephemeral, a two-person exhibition of multimedia works by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren. Through installations of video, sculpture, sound, and works on paper, the artists explore relationships between art and ritual, identity and the environment, and Eastern philosophical and spiritual traditions. In nature-based videos by both artists, figures enact either Buddhist or private rituals in landscapes featuring the elements; earth, water, fire or air.

Leslie Berns exhibits a video performance entitled Grounding, along with related photographs, reliefs and works on paper.  The visual narrative in her works originates in the experience of loss while marking the gradual return of joy.  Working with a vocabulary of abstract shapes and symbols, Berns simultaneously makes visible the idea of the ‘one drop rule’ and the bi-racial experience of being ‘invisibly black’.

Berns’ works on paper are like pages from a book. Bold, graphic cutouts adorn the gallery wall like time-lapsed stills. One Drop Rule/I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly is arranged in layers of colored paper along a spectrum of earth tones between black and white. The piece shows the Flower of Life folding and unfolding as it references ‘hypodescent’ – the assigning of people of mixed race to the subordinate group.  Through the use of color, Berns aims to show that life and death, as well as different races, are not separate, but linked in a continuum.

In Shelley Warren’s work, Buddhist monks chant prayers over a backdrop of swaying trees and rustling leaves in a windstorm, projected onto static sculptures in a sound and video installation.  Warren merges moving images of a rushing waterfall, flickering butter lamps and Buddhist nuns prostrating with evocative sculptures of fabric, white stones, and flour. Warren invites us to a meditative experience on the relationship between our corporeal, ephemeral bodies and our spiritual selves. The videos are from Warren’s most recent visit to Kopan Monastery, Nepal, where she has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation over 35 years. Her multimedia installations are an attempt to merge one’s inner experience with the outer environment. The work explores the question of human nature, identity and sanctity.

Leslie Berns received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University, both in painting. Her “joyful, transformative” early experiences in Caribbean and modern dance were instrumental in influencing the multidisciplinary direction of her work. Through mixed-media drawing, sculpture, performance and moving image, she explores the transformation of forms in space and time.

Berns has exhibited at venues in the United States and Europe. As part of the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series (2011), an earlier version of Grounding was selected for a screening at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. In Germany, the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut presented Threshold, a collaboratively choreographed, outdoor performance installation sited among the ruins of Heidelberg’s historic Castle Garden.

Berns is a Lecturer in Drawing, Design and Art Theory at the University of Maryland College Park.  She has also taught at Parsons School of Design, American University and Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Shelley Warren earned an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She is a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant, and a Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship. Warren was also granted a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Her multimedia installations and videos have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and her work is in several private and public collections including the Lannan Foundation Collection in Sante Fe, NM.

Warren currently holds a teaching position at the University of Vermont. She has been a Visiting Artist and Juror at Harvard University School of Design, Barnard + Columbia Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Norwich University School of Architecture.

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 the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
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.

Leslie Berns + Shelley Warren: Embodying the Ephemeral
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 17 – November 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1305 or Visit www.culturaldc.org

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email:john@culturaldc.org

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09.24.14

Artist Q&A: Emily Francisco

Emily Francisco-headshotCatch Emily’s show, Something Slightly Familiar, at Flashpoint Gallery until October 11.

Who is your favorite living artist? Why?
Miranda July — as a bizarre but brilliant storyteller
The Chapman Brothers — for a dark dystopian perspective
Francis Alÿs — for his subtle yet wildly effective approach.
Anslem Kiefer — for his ability to manage tremendous literal and metaphorical weight.
Laurie Anderson — for her unconventional approach to music, and for having been Andy Kaufman’s stooge.

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
Allan Kaprow — as an inspirational theorist.
Joseph Beuys — as a mythic character and a brilliant teacher.
Nam June Paik — as someone who understood the inability to recreate a specific moment.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
Various Podcasts & Radio Shows, Experimental Music, Early Folk and Blues Recordings, and a decent dose of art rock among other things.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
I painted watercolor landscapes with my grandfather as a child, and went on to study sculpture after high school. I played music and had access to various instruments until I left my mother’s home, at which point I started making my own instruments by deconstructing others.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A Luthier, Piano Technician, Commercial Screen Printer, Museum Security Guard or AV Technician.

What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater community?
Fuel for conversations pertaining to life and culture.

What’s the weirdest thing you ever found yourself doing for art?
- Deconstructing a piano in a thrift store parking lot.
– Buying a suitcase to transport a collection of used clock radios on a long bus trip.
– Hiring movers to push a grand piano up Wilson Boulevard in rush hour traffic.

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
The Trans-Harmonium, because I learned a tremendous number of things while building it.

What work are you most proud of?
The Ocular Harpsichord and The Trans-Harmonium as sister projects.

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09.23.14

GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION) / ONE NIGHT ONLY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 @ SOURCE

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

WHAT:  Surrender is a biographical, hip-hop theatre piece created by Goldie Deane. A ritual performance of music, dance, and verse, it tells the story of a young woman and her rites into womanhood. The work is a combination of mix-tape performance styles with traditional Yoruba rituals and traditions.  Egbe and Egun (spirit guides and ancestors) lead the main character, Goldie, to revisit her past and confront issues of identity, love, and spirituality, in a desperate attempt to find peace of mind and purpose.  

WHERE:  SOURCE Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Please note, the Rehearsal Hall is not ADA accessible) 

WHEN:  ONE NIGHT ONLY: Sunday, October 5 | 7:30PM 

DETAILS:  PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN

CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

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Photo: Courtesy Goldie Deane

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09.09.14

CulturalDC Announces Open Call for Artists Interested in Participating in Source Festival, Flashpoint Gallery or Mead Theatre Lab Program!

 

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CulturalDC OPEN CALLS for Visual Artists, Theatre Artists, Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians, Filmmakers & More!

SOURCE FESTIVAL
Artistic Blind Date Collaborators & Directors for Full-Length & 10-Minute Plays
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | no application fee

Open to playwrights, directors and artists working in a range of disciplines. Source Festival is an annual performing arts festival for new work running from June 5 – 28, 2015. The Festival features 18 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates (open to performing and visual artists, playwrights, devisers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and filmmakers). Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Source Festival and our Request for Proposals.

(Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.)

FLASHPOINT GALLERY
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to contemporary artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Flashpoint Gallery showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms.  Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Flashpoint Gallery and our Request for Proposals.

MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT
Deadline: Tuesday, November 11, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to artists, producers and arts organizations producing performing arts in any genre. The Mead Theatre Lab Program seeks emerging playwrights and performing artists to present work that explores provocative, new ideas. Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about the Mead Theatre Lab Program and our Request for Proposals.

Photos pictured above:
Jacqueline Levine, The TemptationFlashpoint Gallery 2012. Photo by Brandon Webster Photography.
Dana Figueroa Edidi,  Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea, Source Festival 2014. Photo by C. Stanley Photography
Rob Jansen, The Tramp’s New WorldMead Theatre Lab Program 2015. Photo courtesy of Rob Jansen

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

 CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email:john@culturaldc.org

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09.05.14

EMILY FRANCISCO’S SOMETHING SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR OPENS AT FLASHPOINT GALLERY ON SEPTEMBER 12

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
john@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1322

EMILY FRANCISCO:  SOMETHING SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR
September 12 – October 11 at Flashpoint Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 12, 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Something Slightly Familiar, a solo exhibition of interactive objects by DC-based artist Emily Francisco, will be on view at Flashpoint Gallery from September 12 – October 11, 2014. While the process of reconfiguring old instruments, gadgets and other found objects is meticulous and deliberate, Francisco also embraces the element of chance in her practice and in the gallery. Intentionally or unintentionally, viewers may trigger sound or moving imagery from the pieces, vividly altering the acoustic and visual environment.

The exhibition features looping video and audio samples lapsing in and out of harmony, which establish a foundation for a soundscape in the gallery. Visitors are invited to play a range of re-contextualized objects: a piano that triggers radio frequencies, a functional harpsichord that doubles as a twelve-channel video mixer, and a toy piano made with pieces of a deconstructed grand piano. These responsive sculptures encourage chance encounters, positioning the viewer as a fundamental component of the work.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Francisco is a sculptress specializing in the creation of interactive objects that generate sound. She was born in Honolulu, raised in an isolated Midwestern town, and educated in Saint Louis and the District of Columbia. She is a former Artist in Residence at ARTISPHERE, and will begin a residency at Montgomery College in January of 2015. She recently participated in Transformer Gallery’s Exercises for Emerging Artists Program, contributing work for the Coda of Fermata, the region’s largest exhibition dedicated entirely to sound. She currently lives and works in the DC metro area. 

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 the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
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.

Emily Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: September 12 – October 11, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1305 or Visit www.culturaldc.org

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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08.29.14

LABOR DAY WEEKEND GALLERY HOURS

***Flashpoint Gallery will close early at 3pm on Saturday, August 30***

08.20.14

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: SOURCE FESTIVAL ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization dedicated to making space for art, is accepting applications for the position of Source Festival Associate Producer. This part-time contract position collaborates with the Source Festival production team to present a three-week Festival of new work (June 5-28, 2015). This position reports to the Source Festival Artistic Director/Director of Artistic Programs.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in script and artist selection processes;
  • Manage casting for 18 10-minute plays and 3 full-length plays;
  • Attend LOWT Auditions and Non-Equity Auditions if necessary;
  • Manage staffing for stage management and run crew teams for the Festival;
  • Collaborate with CulturalDC Technical & Facilities Manager to execute production management of Festival;
  • Participate in weekly Festival Staff meetings and major Festival Pre-Events;
  • Serve as Front of House staff as needed;
  • Maintain regular communication with Festival Producer and CulturalDC staff;
  • Support general festival administration as needed. 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum of one year producing experience in commercial or non-profit performing arts organizations;
  • Experience with contracts, casting, production management  working with artists;
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment;
  • Superb writing, customer service and organizational skills, plus excellent computer skills;
  • Flexible work schedule, including some weekdays, evening and weekend hours especially during the Festival; and
  • Comfort in a cooperative environment that supports a broad range of artistic, cultural and social points of view.

Compensation
Fixed Fee Contract 

Closing Date
September 1, 2014 

How to apply:

To apply, submit a resume with cover letter to: sourcefestival@culturaldc.org

Subject: Associate Producer Search

08.19.14

CulturalDC and Fractured Atlas announce new vision for SpaceFinder DC

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Rebrand as nationally networked SpaceFinder

DC SpaceFinder has been rebranded as SpaceFinder DC. As part of a national network of websites managed by non-profit arts service organization Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder DC will benefit from shared branding, traffic and customer service.

Cultural hubs across North America are participating in this network, including: Atlanta, Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto.

As the Local Leader for the project, CulturalDC will continue to work with Fractured Atlas to increase creative community access to spaces through out the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Up-to-date availability of venues (FREE)

SpacefinderDC (GIF)

Calendar upload is ideal for venues looking for an innovative and FREE way to promote rental spaces. Searching for space by calendar is also a huge convenience to renters looking for available space.

Special shout-out to The Artory, a shared space for visual and performing arts, and the very first space to promote their up-to-date unbooked times. Uploading their digital calendar has more than tripled renter views of their Studio space listing!

Increase participation across disciplines

Custom branded community directories are available at no cost for discipline-specific organizations, fringe festivals, film festivals, schools, business improvement districts and anyone whose community would benefit from SpaceFinder DC becoming a truly comprehensive and cross-disciplinary resource. For more info contact dc@spacefinder.org.

Together we can grow this valuable free resource for our community. Please share the good news.

08.12.14

CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES 2014-15 LINE-UP AT FLASHPOINT GALLERY

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Announces
2014-15 Line-up at FLASHPOINT GALLERY

Washington, DC – CulturalDC is excited to announce Flashpoint Gallery’s 2014-15 exhibition season. CulturalDC will present nine exhibitions in the Gallery this year, kicking off the season on September 12 with a show by mixed media artist Emily Francisco. The eight other exhibitions selected will feature: Leslie Berns + Shelley Warren, Martine Workman, Tai Hwa Goh, Ben Tolman, Molly Springfield, Rachel Schmidt, Erik Thor Sandberg + Megan Van Wagoner and Anthony Cervino. All of the artists in the program receive professional development support and are mentored by members of the Gallery’s Advisory Panel.

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Emily Francisco (Small)EMILY FRANCISCO: Something Slightly Familiar
September 12 – October 11, 2014
Opening reception Friday, September 12, 6-8pm

To create a large interactive soundscape, Francisco will establish an atmosphere of looping videos and overlapping soundtracks. Viewers will encounter a series of works involving motion-activated sound, a playable musical instrument that doubles as a twelve-channel video mixer, and a piano keyboard wired to play a series of tuned radios.

 

 

 

berns warrenLESLIE BERNS + SHELLEY WARREN: Embodying the Ephemeral
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening reception Friday, October 17, 6-8pm

In this exhibition of moving images and multi-media installation, artists Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren explore relationships between art and ritual, identity and the environment, and Eastern philosophical and spiritual traditions. Where Berns documents a ritualistic performance on an island in the ‘stream of time’, Warren uses the element of water to describe the ethereal nature of the mind/consciousness.  Both artists use the body to metaphorically convey peeling away the transient, human form.

 

 Martine Workman (Small)MARTINE WORKMAN: Dusk Woods
 November 21 – December 20, 2014
Opening reception Friday, November 21, 6-8pm

In Dusk Woods, Flashpoint will be transformed into an imagined forest with fantasy, playfulness  and humor through different approaches to drawing. Workman presents small mixed media  sculpture, a series of artist books/zines, and animation pieces including a video game. Also  presented is a mix of drawings inspired by old master landscape drawings and etchings, in an  unexpected aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

 

Tai Hwa Goh (Small)TAI HWA GOH: Lull-Print Installation
January 16 – February 21, 2015
Opening reception Friday, January 16, 6-8pm

Created by traditional printmaking techniques and imbued with unique luminosity through hand waxing, Tai Hwa Goh’s installations gradually transform and grow into a space. The image becomes obstructed and buried under layers of delicately waxed papers, transmitting an echo of itself. This process of layering intends to reflect the accumulation of memories and experiences, representing the vulnerability of the human body, and at the same time, the recoverability and power of selfness.

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Tolman (Small)BEN TOLMAN: Civilized
February 27 – March 28, 2015
Opening reception Friday, February 27, 6-8pm

Through drawings, sculpture and video, Ben Tolman explores the relationship between people and their constructed environment and to each other within that environment. Human behavior and daily patterns – particularly along social, economic, and public/private lines – are examined through detailed depictions of commonplace rituals. In taking a step back from this intimate lens onto individual subjects and small networks, the viewer becomes immersed in a wider view of the extraordinary systems that shape our society.

 

 

 

 

Molly Springfield (Small)MOLLY SPRINGFIELD: The Marginalia Archive
May 1 – 30, 2015
Opening reception Friday, May 1, 6-8pm

The Marginalia Archive is an interactive installation that explores the relationships between readers and texts. The source material—contemporary examples of marginalia — is repurposed into a functioning archive viewers can contribute to during the course of the exhibition. A photocopier or scanner is made available in the space to facilitate participation. The marginalia is also used as source material for drawings that blur boundaries between writing and drawing and reading and seeing.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Schmidt (Small)RACHEL SCHMIDT: Meandering Cities
June 5 – July 3, 2015
Opening reception Friday, June 5, 6-8pm

Meandering Cities is a mixed media sculptural installation starring a growing, living, urbanized landscape. Schmidt’s two-dimensional drawings and photo collages are inspired by the concept of future urban wildernesses. She builds a world that extends into the viewer’s three-dimensional experience to explore how this fictitious city will shape the creatures that live in it.

 

 

 

 

 

sandberg van wagoner ERIK THOR SANDBERG + MEGAN VAN WAGONER:  Saturated with Subconscious
 July 10 – August 8, 2015
Opening reception Friday, July 10, 6-8pm

This collaborative installation, which merges Megan Van Wagoner’s narrative objects with the  imagery of Erik Thor Sandberg’s paintings and drawings, invites viewers to be witnesses to the  subconscious. A grid of white porcelain pillows spans the walls, with select pieces veiling  intimate scenes. The audience will be provoked to peer into the recesses of the pillows as  voyeurs peer through the slit in a curtain. The images within will present glimpses into  subconscious reflections, dreams and nightmares.

 

 

Anthony Cervino (Small)ANTHONY CERVINO: Ejecta
August 14 – September 12, 2015
Opening reception Friday, August 14, 6-8pm

Ejecta is a reflection on aging expressed through critique of personal and professional successes and failures. The center of this multi-part installation is a single 25+ foot long sculpture constructed from various works made by Cervino over the past 15 years. The exhibition, curated by Shannon Egan, includes supporting and related displays of video, books, and sculpture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An advisory panel comprised of noted art professionals in the DC area reviews proposals and helps make programming recommendations for each season. That panel includes Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, American University; and Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection. 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 month, CulturalDC helps select a locally-based artist 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 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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @DCArtists on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
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