|Curated by Gina Marie Lewis, Process: Reaffirmation is an exhibition which focuses on and reaffirms the processes of artists within their studios. This exhibition honors the personal philosophies, practices, and vocabularies of eight artists and attempts to explore a visual dialogue between their works. Ms. Lewis states, "The lack of a specific theme outside of this dialogue is not an oversight. The entire process of this exhibition from submission through selection to mounting the show is an experiment of creation in progress."
The exhibition represents an opportunity for artists to retain power over their work in the context of their own philosophies and interpretations. The artists selected for this exhibition include Anne Bouie, Daniel Brookings, Joel D’Orazio, Victor Ekpuk, Corwin Levi, Barbara Liotta, Adrienne Mills, and Cleve Overton. In some cases, the relationships between their works may be obvious, and other instances invite the viewer to inquire and explore the relationships from their own point of view. As a starting point, such aspects as linear relationships, creation of new processes, innovative use of materials, the making of marks, and defining space were most apparent during the curatorial process.
Barbara Liotta creates installations which float, cascade, and undulate as suspended stone defines an ethereal space.The flowing linear character of her "chords" call to a similar aspect of Anne Bouie’s shields. The raw naturalness of these shields reaffirms a cultural past in Daniel Brooking’s masks, which also possess an other-worldly quality that Joel D’Orazio’s chairs embody.While Cleve Overton adds to the linear conversation, his statement challenges the unearthly with a sense of solidity.Victor Ekpuk and Corwin Levi share in the composition of rhythm and texture through their use of marks and text calling to both the real and contrived in written and visual language. Adrienne Mills’s photographic compositions dance within the implied space between past, present, and future which addresses the multitude of time, timelessness, and continuum references made in the work of the other artists.
There will be a free talk with the curator and artists featured in the exhibition on Saturday, April 23 at 3:00pm.
For additional information about the artists and images of works in the exhibition, please contact Lisa Gold at lgold or 202-234-7103 ext 3.
About the Curator
Gina Marie Lewis is a professor at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland as well as a practicing artist. Gina’s work is currently on view at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC as part of the exhibition In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists. She has curated a number of exhibitions, most recently Contemporary Color: Contemporary Artists and the Color School Legacy,co-curated with Sam Gilliam.
Washington Project for the Arts is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide essential resources to support the creative spirit and success of regional artists. WPA presents contemporary art through imaginative and provocative programs, and connects artists with the community in both traditional and unexpected ways. www.wpadc.org
The purpose of Black Artists of DC is to create a Black artists’ community to promote, develop, and validate the culture, artistic expressions, and aspirations of past and present artists of Black-Afrikan ancestry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Some of the goals of BADC are to produce, exhibit, document, continue, and conserve our artistic legacy; create a cooperative trans-generational training ground for artists; create an advocacy for Black artists through community and political activity; and create and support a market for the art created by people of African descent.badcblog.blogspot.com
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Transformer Gallery, Art House Co-op and Hillyer Art Space present:
The Sketchbook Project @ Hillyer Art Space
April 15th – April 16th 2011
On April 15th & 16th, Hillyer Art Space is collaborating with Transformer and the Brooklyn based Art House Co-op to host The Sketchbook Project for two days in our gallery space. This exhibition is taking place in conjunction with Transformer’s SKETCH exhibition (on view in April and May), which focuses on artistic development and the creative process and features the work of 16 Washington D.C. artists working in a variety of mediums.
The Sketchbook Project is a touring library and exhibition which features nearly 10,000 sketchbooks by artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds and nationalities. Each artist included in the project was given a brand new 5½" x 8½" moleskin sketchbook and requested to fill it with art demonstrating their own individual style and creative eccentricities.
The sketchbooks offer unique insight into the artistic process–echoing Process: Reaffirmation’s focus–and work with one another to form a fascinating, fun exhibition. Audiences are invited to peruse over the inspiring books to their hearts’ content!
Over 700 D.C. area artists participated in the Sketchbook Project!
The Sketchbook Project will be touring nationally until the end of July when the sketchbooks will enter the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library where they will cataloged and available for public view.
About Transformer Gallery
Transformer is a Washington DC based non-profit visual arts organization, providing a consistent, supportive and professional platform for emerging artist to explore and present experimental artistic concepts, build audiences for their work, and advance their careers. Transformer connects and promotes emerging visual artists within regional, national and international contexts through exhibitions and programs partnerships with artists, curators, commercial galleries, museums and other cultural institutions.- www.transformergallery.org
About Art House Co-Op
Art House Co-Op is a Brooklyn based organization, creating massive, international art projects that tie thousands of artists together – and anyone can participate. They have interacted with tens of thousands of artists from around the world, all brought together with the common goal of creating art and sharing it with each other. In an attempt to give artists as much recognition as possible, they have started taking select projects to guest galleries around the country. – www.arthousecoop.com.
For more information, please visit: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject