Bruce McKaig- TIME MARKERS
January 27, 2006

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Bruce McKaig- TIME MARKERS

JANUARY 27- FEBRUARY 26, 2006
Curated by art critic Andy Grunberg
Opening Reception Friday January 27, 7-9pm
In-gallery events February 11,18 and 25 at 2:30pm

A project that simultaneously makes a single cumulative pinhole photograph and a digital time-lapse animation of scenes from the arts, science, business, family and social rituals Since January 2005, Bruce McKaig has been photographing people in their places of work, simultaneously using a pinhole cameramade froma paint can and a digital camera to capture time-lapse stills at regular intervals. The project is called Time Markers anduses both crude pinholephotography and digital technologies to record and display events from science, the arts, nature, business,social and family rituals. The materialresults from Time Markers include the single cumulative pinhole exposure, large digital contactsheets of the still images, and a DVD where allimages have been clipped together to produce a flipbook-like animation. This projectexamines activities that surround us but that are rarely observed: a bookkeeper, a construction site, a business meeting, a family reunion, a cake decorator, a Rock and Roll band rehearsal, waiters at a sidewalk cafe, an archivist, people watching the news, a photography class, a paper mache artist, an exotic dancer, a frame shop, tourists in DC, a pianist rehearsing, me hand coloring photographs.

In Memory D Thompson
December 16-January 22

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In Memory D Thompson
Curated by Buck Downs

December 16, 2005 – January 22, 2006

Opening Reception: December 16th, 7-9pm

A series of visual poems created by rubbing words from the names and related inscriptions found on headstones in historic Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC. Equal parts ghost story and concrete poem, each sequence teases out a mysterious syntax buried in the names of the dead. Buck Downs is a poet and book artist, publisher of Buck Downs Books.

Points of Departure
November 11, 2005

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Points of Departure

Works by Nathan Manual and D. Billy,
Curated by Trish Tillman

Opening Reception November 11, 2005

Enter into a conversation between the two newly acquainted DC area artists Nathan Manuel and D. Billy, and you might think you are entering a choreographed sitcom. Mix the silly nature of throwing around language and shapes paired with a whimsical yet careful attitude towards the outcome of their collaborative artworks, and you’ll find that it’s not only about the art, but that it’s also a game. In fact, the more the two artists learn each other’s artmaking aesthetics, the more strategic the game gets. The resulting gems of painted and collaged panels speak miles with an array of caricatures cut
out from books, scraps of food packaging, cardboard boxes and discarded educational materials. Lines section off compartments to define thoughts and put stereotypical lifestyles on a pedestal. Circular clouds waft ideas across the composition, projecting questions into the garish jabber jaw of fleeting discussion. In the end, the games Manuel and Billy present extend through to how life’s idioms can be taken out of context and put into someone else’s set of rules. One large-scale drawing in the exhibition will be made using ‘viewer input’ from ballots (available at DCAC) that are submitted in the month leading up to the show.

An Art Exhibit & Reception
November 7, 2005

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An Art Exhibit & Reception

Featuring Stella Mercy Atal Artist/Painter of Uganda

On Monday, November 7th, 2005, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Hosted by Angelique Shofar, Executive Producer & Host of “Africa Meets Africa” on WPFW 89.3 FM

A drawing will take place for a fabulous gifts and prizes bring your business cards

“Herb’s Choice: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts”
October 14th, 2005

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“Herb’s Choice: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts”

Opening: Friday, October 14th from 7-9 PM

DC Arts Center resides in a facility that is donated rent-free by arts supporter and avid collector, Herb White. Now retired and living in Miami , FL , each year Mr. White chooses a DC artist and offers an exhibition of their work. This year he has chosen to feature the work of visual arts students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The exhibited work will be a selection from their annual Spring Exhibition from 2004 – 05 which initially featured 296 pieces of art. The work will represent three levels of the department’s curriculum, 9 th, 10 th, and 11 th grades. It will showcase the enrichment and experiences of various techniques, processes and mediums while exploring a variety of subject matter. The work also represents a focus in developing excellence in craftsmanship and compositional skills as well as individual creative thinking skills.

“The New Breed”
September 9, 2005

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“The New Breed”

Sept 9- Oct 9, 2005

New Work from Team Lump from Raleigh, N.C.
Opening: Friday, September 9th from 7-9 PM Old trees, girls with slight mustaches, malformed animals, hippies, trash, a slew of faces, pretty things and tinfoil robots are just some of the topics covered by these Team Lump artists. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, and probably other suprizes will be made by the likes of Justin Crosby, Stewart Sineath, Gary Smith, Tory Wright, Bob Schatte, Josh Rickards, Jeremy Taylor and Allyson Mellberg

KIOSKdc presents: TRAVELING WITH GULLIVER
June 24, 2005

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KIOSKdc presents: TRAVELING WITH GULLIVER

June 24 – July 24

The artists’ collaborative KIOSKdc (Karen Joan Topping, Ian Jehle, Alan Callander) and “Dirtfarm” cartoonist Ben Claassen III present an exhibition titled Traveling with Gulliver which uses the four lands visited by Gulliver to showcase four original works of drawing, video, installation and cartoon by the artists. With the help of text provided by writer Peter Donovan, Traveling with Gulliver invites the viewer to experience the lands of the Lilliputians and the giants, the philosophers and the horses with the same sense of wonder, good humor and befuddlement as Jonathan Swift’s hero. For more information on KIOSKdc visit www.kioskdc.com

SUPERSTITION
May 20, 2005

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SUPERSTITION
Curated by Jefferson Pinder

May 20 – June 19

Art and superstition are both forms of secular spirituality that ambitiously seek to define fate and environment. Often associated with fear and ignorance, superstitious is a term that society has used to label folks who choose their own paths and their own sets of beliefs. Bad luck and good fortune are often connected to a whole series of actions that ultimately are determined by the rationale of the subscriber. In this delicate existence, a broken mirror could curse an individual for years or an umbrella opened indoors could spell uncertain doom. Similarly, artists often forge unique paths while abiding by a personal sense of truth and spirit. In creating myth and illusion, artists weave enigmatic “real world” elements into objects that become personal relics and icons.

Noelle Tan: LATENT
April 8, 2005

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Noelle Tan: LATENT
Curated by Paul Roth

April 8 – May 15th 2005

LATENT was the first exhibition in Washington of work by one of the city’s most promising young artists. A graduate of CalArts and winner of a prestigious 2005 Creative Capital grant, Tan makes photographs that are at once conceptual explorations of our current social unease and technical forays to the medium’s outer limits. From dark shapes etched against a cold midnight blackness, to figures shimmering in blasted territories of white heat, her stunning images suggest a psychic landscape latent under the surface of our surroundings. This exhibition was organized for DCAC by Paul Roth, associate curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Read the Washington Post article on Latent here

EXISTING TO REMAIN
February 25, 2005

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EXISTING TO REMAIN

Curated by Margaret Boozer and Claire Huschle
February 25 – April 3 2005

Dina Weston, Dave Snead, Rebecca Murtaugh, Kate Hardy, Claire Sherwood. Four artists used ceramics and other materials as a point of departure to study transformation in the artisticprocess – what is lost and what remains. Kate Hardy (DC) examined the slippery deliniation between art & craft (in public collections). Rebecca Murtaugh (NY) considered the permanent and ephemeral elements of clay. Claire Sherwood (WV) looked closely at the transformation of materials like coal and clay over varying conditions and periods of time. Dina Weston Snead (MD) studied the record of time and touch in an installation that uses existing architecture.

THE FLEETING INSTANT OF NOW Recent Works by Karey Kessler
January 21, 2005

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THE FLEETING INSTANT OF NOW

Recent Works by Karey Kessler

Jan 21 – Feb 21 2005

“a timeless region, an eternal presence in complete quiet, lying beyond human clocks and calendars altogether… the quiet of the Now in the time-pressed, time-tossed existence of man…this small non-time space is the very heart of time.” – Hannah Arent “The Fleeting Instant of Now” consisted of a series of drawings that evoked both history of place and the experience of non-place (space-time, the mystery of the unknown, the spirit that fills a place). In Karey Kessler’s work, color represents both nature and industry. Paint pigment comes from the earth – rocks and minerals – and is used in industry for everything from cars to billboards and houses. Color can create a mood, evoke a memory, or it can represent something beyond this world, something closer to time than space, closer to feeling than experience — not nothingness, but everythingness.