Blasting the southside.

Here we are with Vic and my old PA speakers.  These speakers had great karma about them.  We’re not sure who used them since they were purchased used from Guitar center, but with so many amazing musicians originating from the DC area, who knows, Dave Grohl could have played through them in a club, or they could have been someone’s garage band experience.  None the less, we’ve had them for the last 3 years or so, and they’ve been at many of Art Outlet and our shows.  

These speakers have experienced rock, jazz, and electronic music.  In the pic below, Vic and I delivered them from Flux 2 to the Zip Code show.   The south side of Arlington wasn’t the first time they saw the back of Vic’s ride.  We once drove them from our studio in NE DC down NY ave and south on 395.  We got some pretty amazing looks from the locals.  

All convertibles should have speakers this big in the back.  Who ever said a 10 inch sub was enough.  We want two 15’s.   After the zip code show we sold them to a father and son in Woodbridge, VA who are starting a new group and needed something to practice through. 

 May the speakers live on!  I have a feeling they’ll keep the positive speaker karma flowing.



At the artdc Gallery
Curator: Steven Jones

Dates: October 4 – November 8th, 2009
Reception: October 30th 6:30pm to 9:30pm

The works for the Sculpture:301 show are all recent work by artists who live, work, or go to school in the neighborhood.  This show will introduce these young and mid-career artist to the artdc Gallery.  The work runs a gamut of styles and materials but are tied together by a level of craft and a certain wit.

Two pieces fall in the figurative side of sculpture, Greyson Heck’s “Mixed Emotion’s” and Zac Jackson’s “What” explore how the face can convey a gut reaction.  “What?”‘s latex noses and mouth slowly and rhythmically repeating a silent phrase over and over to you, and after a few minutes with the piece, your own mouth with start mimicking the work trying to decipher what it is calling out.  Greyson’s two cast pieces are frozen in a pose full of expression, but more of a death mask of angst rather than joy.

Sculptors Sarah Laing and Jack Henry both use simple found objects as a starting point, and end on different planets.  Laing’s small cast bronze mushroom grows from the wall like a forgotten fungus, but its simplicity and perfection in the metal acts as a frame asking the viewer to reconsider the toadstool as an object of possible beauty.  In contrast to Laing’s simple object protruding quietly from the wall, Jack’s wall seems to vomit out bright colors and shapes which beakon the viewer.   On closer inspection you make out the source of the shapes; a collection of trash and found kitsch.  It is only the work of the artist that has transformed dollar store junk and side of the road debris into something that the viewer can explore as pretty.

Find more about the artists here:

Jack Henry

Sarah Laing

Jim Vose

Felicia Glidden

Zac Jackson

Stewart Watson

Patron’s show.

December will be an exciting month. We look forward to the positive things that will come to the artdc Gallery in the year to come.  To celebrate, we will give back to the artists who support our activities by offering a Patrons’ Exhibition.  Patrons are invited to submit 5 works of art, and we’ll pick at least one or more from each patron.  Here’s where it gets exciting: we’ll allow patrons to submit another artist’s work with their approval if the patron chooses to be a curator rather than an exhibitor.

What’s so great about the this show?  The month of December will include a Hyattsville open studio day, which attracts great attention, on December 12th.  We had a similar event in May during the arts festival and managed to sell over 20 works of art!  This was unheard of as far as I’m concerned.  We’d like to develop the same kind of energy.

It would be our goal to hang at least 50 works of art.

There will a lot going on during the reception. In addition to our Patrons’ show, we’re planning a cash and carry event, during which we’d also like to schedule lectures and performances to make this an amazing experience.

Become a patron of artdc and exhibit your work in our annual Patrons’ Show at the artdc Gallery in Hyattsville!

Find the call for entry here.

Sy Gresser’s Interview.

We are pleased to see Sy Gresser’s new interview by Jack Thomas of Bulldog Theatrical.  The interview was recorded before the installation of his ’09 shows at UMD – “Carving Hands,” and Yale – “Graven Imaginings.”  Previously we posted about Sy in our art you must acquire series, while his work was displayed in our  Space Contained show.  For more information about Sy, read his Washington City Paper profile entitled  ‘Carving Artist.’   It’s wonderful to see Sy gain this well needed documentation.