Sparkplug: STATES OF BEING,
November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021

STATES OF BEING

November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Digital Reception: December 10, 2020

Curated by Fabiola R. Delgado

Sparkplug Collective Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, Steve Wanna

States of Being presents multidisciplinary artworks, including painting, sculpture, print, photography and site-specific installation, that reinterpret sociological concepts and discuss the nature of unpredictability, our response to ambiguity, and the profound impact of an under-defined and fluid state of life.

Sparkplug is DCAC’s artists collective. Launched in 2007, Sparkplug is a two-year program that offers members a place to meet, helps to organize studio visits, provides opportunities to hone presentation skills, and make connections with arts professionals such as curators, collectors, and established artists. In addition, DCAC organizes two curated Sparkplug exhibitions: one each year.

Fabiola (or just Fa) is a Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer turned Arts and Culture Strategist. A social justice activist since childhood, she became the youngest Amnesty International Regional Manager, installing the first chapter of the organization in her state of Carabobo at age 19.

Her political activism in Venezuela proved too dangerous, which forced her to seek Political Asylum in the United States, where she dedicates herself to finding justice through artistic and cultural expressions.

 

Nano Gallery: A Native Son,
small works by Gary Honig
October 10 – December 10, 2020

A Native Son
work by Gary Honig

October 10 – December 10, 2020
virtual reception with the artist: TBD

 

“A Native Son” is a collection of new works highlighting Honig’s delicate sensibilities as a painter.

These active paintings use a deconstructed method, blurring and breaking down imagery on multiple levels. Honig is process-driven and invested in the act of painting. From right to left, the role of the artist steps far back, influenced by the expanding microcosm of activity and color. They then move to cut and shifted works, gaining a new control again of the image at arm’s length. Ultimately, torn and reassembled paintings focus on organic yet geometric color segments, as if the artist were very close and involved.

These small works are deeply emotive and personal. Like society at large, our understanding of events and concepts begins on a global level. As an individual considers events, connections shift and the focus changes to become something to work on. The picture has even, balanced parts. And then, as personal connections begin from small pieces, they are not always weighted the same. These collaged pieces of different sizes become something we work and add to, to create a new whole.

The paintings progress and grab inspiration from Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” He claimed the title as a double comment on what it means to be fully from a place. By using lines from the novel for his titles, Honig found similarities between legal justice of the 1940’s and many points made today with Black Lives Matter.

Honig is a DC native, and his work is deeply inspired by music and the connections between people.

 

“Vast White Looming Walls” (detail), 2020, acrylic on paper, 8″ x 6″

 

1460 Wallmountables,
August 8th – October 18th, 2020

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1460 Wallmountables 2020

August 8 – October 18, 2020

Virtual Reception: Thursday, September 3, 7pm
prize winners announced,

Join our director B. Stanley for an online reception, a virtual tour of the gallery and the announcement of three $100 prizes.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 915 3474 9808
Passcode: 2020

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Appointment to visit gallery: Click here

 

We’re back and we could not think of a better show to end the summer with than our annual all inclusive group show.

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We divide the gallery walls into two foot by two foot squares, in which everyone and anyone can hang their artwork on a first-come basis. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike.

Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in this show, including Richard Seigman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage to name just a few. The inclusive nature of 1460 Wallmountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, so participating artists can enjoy a substantial amount of exposure.

Artists can purchase up to five 2′ x 2′ spaces to hang their artwork. Spaces sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per square. Current DCAC members receive one free space and brand new members receive 3 spaces for their membership fee of $30.

Installation and gallery visits by appointment only. Artists are responsible for hanging their own work. Don’t forget to bring hanging materials! 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.

This year gallery attendees will vote for artists who made the most innovative use of the limited space. There will be 3 winners who will each receive a $100 “Best Use of Space” prize which is presented during the online reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(De)composition by Stephanie Garon,
February 21st – March 22nd 2020

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(De)composition

by Stephanie Garon

curated by Jerry Truong

February 21st – March 22nd 2020

Closing/Artist Talk: March 22nd, 5-7pm

Stephanie Garon’s current body of work, presented in “(De)composition,” includes drawings, sculptures, and a hanging installation. Each piece contains industrial elements, such as steel, combined with natural materials she personally collected. While deceptively formal, the resulting artworks are actually ecologically motivated interventions. As the pieces move and change over time, the physical process of decomposition becomes evident, emphasizing the fragility of nature. In this exhibition, Garon continues her exploration of the ways in which the environment is vulnerable to humanity, as well as her own evolving role as an artist, poet, and activist.

 

“Untitled”, Steel, charcoal, beet, 30×40 (2019)

Nano Gallery: Talismans
Small works by Joanne Kent
February 28th – May 18th

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Talismans

work by Joanne Kent
February 28, 2020 – May 17, 2020

Reception with the artist: March 13, 2020, 7-9pm  POSTPONED

Talismans invite us on a path to introspection, to meditate and to conjure. Any object made with specific intentions can serve as such. Because art is imbued with the energy of its making, it can act as talismans and energize the space it inhabits. The sculpted and textured hues of the small works in this show are organic and visceral, and hopefully will assist the viewer in a reconnection with and respect for the manifested power contained in art and the nuanced abstractions of nature’s and life’s bits and pieces.

Kent, a Minnesota native, holds an MFA from the University of  Minnesota. She has been living and working in DC for several decades. Her work is mostly heavily impastoed and reductive in nature, crossing the lines between painting and sculpture.  In addition to oil paint on canvas, this show contains several of her constructed wall sculptures. Her work is non narrative and focuses on the intrinsic qualities of the materials and its materiality, in addition to the process of making the work, which often takes months or even years to complete. 

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THIS RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. OUR GALLERY HOWEVER, WILL REMAIN DURING OUR REGULAR HOURS 2-7PM, WEDS-SUN.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***

Once Upon a Journey
January 17, 2020 – February 16, 2020

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Once Upon a Journey

January 17th – February 16th, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th, 7pm-9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, February 13th, 7pm-9pm

Featured Artists: Roya Ansarian, Sarah Barzmehri, Parisa Faghih,
Rosa Fakhrai, Mitra Lore, Guita Vafai and Sohayla Vafai

Curated By Nancy Nesvet

This visual arts group show by Iranian women features photography, mixed media, drawing and sculpture. Iran is a millenia-old nation made up of many cultures and multiple stories. Those cultures and those stories have been transported with women who brought their roots to this country, to remember those cultures, patterns and surroundings and recreate them in their art.

“Poems by Rumi” Mixed Media on canvas. 49”x 52”

 

 

Karen Schiff Out of Joint Small Drawings
November 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020

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Out of Joint – Small Drawings

by Karen Schiff

November 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12th, 6-8PM
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, February 23rd, 5-7PM

These playing-card-sized drawings, made with graphite and watercolor pencil, twist and pull at the classic forms of the modernist grid. Space is revealed to be delightfully unpredictable and lumpy, no longer smoothly consistent or mathematically measurable. The exhibition title derives from a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: the beleaguered title character laments, “The time is out of joint.” But the drawings add a touch of humor, as their forms persist in singing a bit “off-key”.

Off-Key drawings (2018) by Karen Schiff, 4¼ x 3½ inches each

Laugh Index Theatre
January 15 – May 13th, 2020

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Laugh Index Theatre

Every Wednesday at From January 15th – May 13th  POSTPONED

Laugh Index Theatre is your one-stop shop for your comedy needs offering a variety of comedy shows and classes in stand-up, improv, sketch, & storytelling.

Door: $16 General / $12.50 DCAC Members

Tickets are available here

 

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***