STRING ROOM | Oct 21-Nov 15 | Yards Park (Ward 6)
A sculptor, designer, and educator working in the Washington, DC area. His studio practice exists at the intersection of art and design with a particular interest in themes of play, work, and identity. Coming out of an architecture and sculpture background, Pirrone’s work looks at social, material, and experiential concerns situated in the built environment
An artist and part-time faculty member in the Art Department at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Her work includes both installation and two dimensional work conducting visual research into the concept of home.
ADAPTATION/MIGRATION IN THE ANTHROPOCENE | Nov 24-Jan 1 | Smithsonian's National Zoo (Ward 3)
UNCANNY FANTASTIC | Jan-Feb
John David Deardourff is an artist and designer residing in Washington, DC. In 2012 he received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Karl Wirsum and Albert Oehlen. JD is interested in the vocabulary of comic book art: exaggeration, energy, movement, contour line, the interplay of sequential images, and, most importantly, artificial color. He collages this imagery into unpredictable, abstract, and bittersweet compositions that are simultaneously optimistic and apocalyptic.
DC-based fiber artist and lifelong knitter. Wike's work plays with the ideas of translation, interpretation, and the complexities of language. Amy takes small nuances of speech—turns of phrase, words that have multiple meanings, and the varying ways we interpret them—and abstract them beyond recognition by translating them into Morse code and knitting the transcription row by row with yarn. The resulting amorphous shapes act as visual representations of the intricacies of communication.
IN A WORD
I make drawings and large, site specific installations which are also drawings. They are (usually) composed of hundreds of quick, gestural acrylic and flashe paint sketches made with a fat brush that are then cut and collaged onto both built armatures and the existing surfaces of a space; these are sometimes further animated with embedded lighting. The effect is somewhere between a comic book and a stage set.
JUNG MIN PARK
I am interested in imaginations from observing cities, nature and people, and experiencing their interactions within urban lives. The imaginations are implying my memories by transaction through seasonal and temporal city view and reinterpretation of artifacts and nature of cities where I have been. Artificial and natural objects are transformed, or rather distorted into various colors and forms which have personified and identified characters and perspectives. A new memory space is reconstructed in one piece of painting.
My work investigates our relationship to the landscape we live in and the imprint we leave in it when we’re gone. My original inspiration comes from witnessing the death of my father and experiencing that profound grief in my early twenties. He had a tremendous presence in my life. Touching his hand after he died transformed my perception of the world permanently. It was in that moment that I realized our body is only a façade, a container, whenever there is no life within it. This experience led me to question the meaning of all supposed authenticity and try to understand what exists beyond our superficial perception. My art thus explores the simulations of nature as expressions of the human desire for immortality.