Sparkplug: New Work,
June 17th

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JUNE 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – After a year of working, talking, and being together as a collective, the seven current members of DCAC’s Sparkplug present riveting new work in their second exhibit at theDC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. The group exhibit, Something Other Than The Presentexplores the desire for non-existent places, unreachable times, and unattainable states of being. Working in the media of photography, painting, video, assemblage and textiles these artists draw from one another’s experience and process in this exhibition meticulously curated by Blair Murphy. In Something Other Than The Present the Sparkplug collective presents work that both reflects and comments on the common human longing for places, times, and states that are, ultimately, unattainable. Sparkplug is currently Chajana denHarder, Todd Gardner, Joseph Hale, Chandi Kelley, Matt Smith, and Dafna Steinberg with Blair Murphy participating as curator and writer.

Paint Mix, curated by Rebecca Kallem,
February 11 – March 13

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Paint Mix by five dc/va painters

February 11 – march 13
Opening reception: February 11, 7-9 pm
Artist talk: march 13, 5 pm

Featuring work by:
Emily Do
Christopher Dolan
Mike Dowley
Brian Kelley
Joren Lindholm

 curated by Rebecca Kallem

“Paint Mix: Five DC/VA Painters” highlights the work of four emerging painters who live and work in Virginia and Washington, DC. Curator Becca Kallem invites Emily Do, Christopher Dolan, Mike Dowley, Brian Kelley, and Joren Lindholm to show their work. As a group, the paintings play with the slippery boundaries between abstraction, representation, and nonobjective art. Whether showing us a recognizable landscape or a cluster of shapes, each artist makes a beautiful mix of colors, marks, feelings, and ideas.
The District of Columbia Arts Center, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit arts space dedicated to promoting the freshest, most under-recognized artists in the Washington metropolitan area. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, DCAC is comprised of a 750 square foot gallery and a 50 seat black box theater. Over the years, DCAC has received local, national and international reviews of its over 100 visual arts exhibitions and 500 performance events. We encourage an ongoing dialogue between new artists and the greater arts community, assisting artists in both the business and craft of art. As DCAC continues to draw poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors, and performance artists from around the corner to around the world; the Center remains a mainstay of the Washington, DC arts community.

Champneys Taylor, The Phonographic Cycle,
October 14- November 13, 2011

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Study for Votive Painting, 2011

The Phono-Graphic Cycle

Champneys Taylor
Curated by Casey Smith

October 14 – November 13, 2011

Opening: October 14, 7-9 pm
Happy Hour Reception: October 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk: November 13, 5 pm

This exhibition features paintings by DC-based artist Champneys Taylor that reflect Taylor’s ongoing intrrest in color, luminosity, and invented landscapes both physical and psychical. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Washington area.

Curatorial Initiative: Organic Plasticity, curated by Metasebia Yoseph,
September 9 – October 9, 2011

74 hours, Natalie Cheung, Cyanotype Photogram, 60” x 42”, 2011

Organic Plasticity

Works by Selin Oguz Balci and Natalie Cheung

Curated by Metasebia Yoseph
Mentor Curator: Isabel Manalo

September 9 – October 9, 2011

Opening: September 9, 7-9 pm
Happy Hour Reception: September 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist talk: October 9, 5 pm


Organic Plasticity features works by Selin Oguz Balci and Natalie Cheung, highlighting the organic vs. artificial manipulation of forms. The work of Selin Oguz Balci is produced through the stimulation of organisms whose by-products result in colorful biological close ups reminiscent of scientific texts. The work of Natalie Cheung utilizes the chemical to capture the natural reactions to light and air, leaving behind crystallized formations that evoke forgotten landscapes. Although their methods and materials are very opposing there is a familiarity ever present in the patterns they’ve created.

1460 Wallmountables
July 22 – August 28, 2011

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1460 Wallmountables July 22 – August 28, 2011

Installation: Wed., July 20, 3–8pm; Thur., July 21, 3–8pm; Fri., July 22, 3–6pm

Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 7–9pm

DCAC’s annual open exhibition. On Wednesday, July 21 DCAC will open its doors at 3pm, beginning a three-day installation process during which artists can purchase up to four 2′ x 2′ spaces to hang their work. Spaces sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per square, with DCAC members receiving one free space and brand new members receiving four spaces for their membership fee of $30. It’s not unusual to see returning participants lined up outside DCAC’s door by 2:30pm, patiently waiting for installation to begin with an eye towards grabbing the gallery’s prime wall space. Work is accepted from a wide range of media created by artists at various stages in their careers. There is no curating; if it fits, it shows. To sweeten the deal,a $100 “Best Use of Space” prize is presented during the opening reception to the artist who makes the most innovative use of their 2’ x 2’ squares. Since the first Wallmountables in 1990, the exhibition has become a celebrated summer tradition at DCAC. One of the center’s most important fundraising events, the open exhibition runs from July 22–August 28.

Contact:, call 202-462-7833, online at

General Guidelines: • Each 2′ x 2′ space is $15 for non-members (maximum 4 spaces) • DCAC members receive one free space. Additional spaces are available for $10 each (maximum 4) • Become a DCAC member at the event and receive four spaces for free! (regular membership starts at $30) • Each piece must be 2′ x 2′ or smaller. Spaces may not be combined to accommodate larger pieces (larger pieces can be divided and placed in adjacent squares) • All art must be wall mountable • No painting or writing directly onto the wall • No adhesive materials can be used for hanging (i.e.- spraymount, adhesive velcro, 2-sided tape or wallpaper glue) • Artists must bring their own materials for hanging their work (hammer, nails, screws, wire)

Sparkplug: Something Other Than The Present, curated by Blair Murphy,
June 17 – July 17, 2011

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Chandi Kelley, Untitled, Archival Inkjet Print, 24″ x 36″, 2011

Something Other Than The Present

Curated by Blair Murphy

June 17 – July 17, 2011

Members Only Preview: June 16, 7-9 pm
Opening Reception: June 17, 7-9 pm
Artists Talk: July 16, 5 pm

Work by Chajana denHarder, Todd Gardner, Joseph Hale, Chandi Kelley, Matt Smith, and Dafna Steinberg

Sparkplug presents Something Other Than The Present, a group exhibition exploring the desire for non-existent places, and unreachable times. The members of DCAC’s Sparkplug collective present work that both reflects and comments on the common human longing for places, times. and states that are, ultimately, unattainable.

Curatorial Initiative: Re-collections: Material, Space, Memory.
May 13 – June 12, 2011

***From the Archives***

Re-collections: Material, Space, Memory

Works by Victoria Greising
Curated by Isabel Manalo
Apprentice Curator: Metasebia Yoseph

May 13 – June 12, 2011

Opening Reception: May 13, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: June 12, 5 pm

Webbed installations of manipulated fabric and cord proposes to the viewer an experience that is at once sculptural as well as environmental. These landscapes of collected and woven three dimensional lines elucidate a symbolic coming together of a specific grouping of family and friends, as well as a manifestation of an enigmatic logic of determined handiwork.


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Chloe Watson, Travel Season,
April 15 – May 8, 2011

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Mills, Acrylic, Colored Pencil and Contact Paper on Panel, 2011, 14″ x 10″

Travel Season

Chloe Watson
Curated by Geoff Delanoy

April 15 – May 8, 2011

Opening: April 15, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: May 7, 5 pm

Chloe Watson uses acrylics, colored pencil and contact paper to create abstract imagery of familiar spaces that creates a dialog between individual memories and collective spaces. The stripping of details, save for patterns which serve as a surrogate for the real, form highly geometric representations, which become spaces for reflection and the projection of experience.

Stewart Watson, Family Room,
March 18 – April 10, 2011

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From 2009 studio installation, inheritance, 96″ x 80″ x 80″, steel, upholstery, fabric, raw wool, and thread

Family Room

Stewart Watson
Curated by J.W. Mahoney

March 18 – April 10, 2011

Opening: March 18, 7-9 pm

Steel rods and pillowy puffs, and casters and feathers and shiny fabric and probably some drawings and maybe a book or two.

Baltimore sculptor Stewart Watson’s installation, “Family Room,” will transform DCAC’s exhibition space into a living hive of connectivity, a network of metal rods and soft cushions that will telegraph a dialogue between unresisting softnesses and restlessly irresistible forces. The word “family” is a deliberate ambiguity – from the idea of a human domestic interior, with its own psychodynamics, to the “families” of subatomic particles, whose invisible relations occur at unimaginable speeds – and the “room” will have become the site of a dauntingly abstract drama.

Richard Siegman, ReSolve,
January 14 – February 6, 2011

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Reinvent Series No. 10, Acrylic and acrylic enamel on resin board, 2010


Richard Siegman
Curated by Joanne Kent

January 14 – February 6, 2011

Opening reception: January 14, 7-9 pm

ReSolve is abstractionist Richard Siegman’s re-examination of a 30 year painting process that finds him creating his most realized, and freshest work to date. By balancing his signature expressionist gestures against a contra-indicated slick, hard-edged ground, the result is a controlled dynamism of infinite proportion.

FOCUS GROUP: Four Walls, Five Women, curated by Zoma Wallace,
November 19 – January 9, 2011

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Danielle Scruggs, Untitled, Digital photograph, 60″ x 48″, 2010

FOCUS GROUP: Four Walls, Five Women

Curated by Zoma Wallace

November 19 – January 9, 2011

Opening Reception: November 19, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: January 9, 5 pm

Kristen Hayes, Natalie Lords, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon, Danielle Scruggs

Presented by Black Artists of DC (BADC). A discussion on how material languages are deciphered, valued, interwoven, and acquired.