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Reception: February 14th, 2010 1 to 5pm

HYATTSVILLE, MD– artdc Gallery, Design Studio Art Gallery, and Cheryl Edwards Studio will host this exhibit. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2010 from 1-5pm. The exhibit will run from February 8th – March 3rd 2010.

In collaboration with multiple Arts District galleries, we will work to create a movement in celebration of that wonderful time full of love.  You know the day–February 14th!  V-day.  We will be developing a semi-all inclusive show that will be curated in one space, and then split between galleries.   This movement goes beyond space limitations and activates the neighborhood through multiple gallery collaborations.

Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14.  There’s an energy which drives us to fall in love. Philosophers, scientists, and artists study it.  Lust is an intense craving for one’s lover and has been a tremendous force in the creation of art and spirit.  Lust is joyful and painful at the same time.

Dante compared it to the sweeping force of a whirlwind with no hope of escape to cleanse your soul and purge your minds from desire.  Lust controls many of us with muscle truck unstoppable force!  We are exploring lustful creativity with a tremendous, ground-breaking show which crosses individual gallery barriers.  As a group, each gallery director will assist in curating the show. We will then divide the work between our spaces.  Lust will create a movement for the month of February!

The art will range from publicly accessible art PG-13 to much spicier concepts! This is not an erotic art show.  We need to explore this unstoppable whirlwind of fear, need, anxiety, love, and desire.  Lust and love move deeper than sex, it’s power.


The artdc Gallery in the Lustine Center (appropriate name for the show!)


The Design Studio Art Gallery


Andrea Waldron Bates’ photo of the Lustine Center sign in celebration of the show.

Gallery Websites:
www.artdc.com
www.designstudioartgallery.com
www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/cheryl-edwards.html

Addresses of Participating Galleries:
artdc Gallery:   5710 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Design Studio Art Gallery: 5702 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Cheryl Edwards Studio:   4303 Rhode Island Ave, Studio 215 Brentwood, MD 20722

View the call for artists here.

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter

Alex, a close friend of artdc.org just sent this ebay link via email.  This is it.  I feel like Dean Moriarty writing this.  You have to check out this item.  It’s a sculpture that sells it self.   This is Robert Morris taken to a new level.  It’s not the sound of it’s own making.  It develops it’s own sale.  It has 12 bids and is up to over $4,000.00 plus $50.00 shipping.  You own it until it sells it self again.

Evidently it pings a server every 10 minutes to make sure that it’s still for sale.

This goes beyond artificial intelligence, it’s something different.  I’d love to see the auction history for this item with past and future sales.

Here’s a link to the artist’s site.

UPDATE: It sold for US $6,350.00 and $50.00 for shipping on January 28, 2010.

artdc love / benefactor

We were really pleased to hear that a small package was delivered to the gallery via the EYA sales office. I opened the package and with great surprise, the benefactor sent us a gift! They want the world to support artdc.org so they sent us a great shiny silver piggy bank! Kim from EYA was very excited by the Benefactor’s idea. She loved the fact that they offered this kind of support and affirmation in small ways with big meanings. Personally, it had a great impact on us. Someone is willing to think about us and let us know that we’re doing something right.

We send our thanks to the benefactor! Check out these shots unpacking the bank and monopoly money. Here’s an image of the box shortly after we opened it under a painting by Jill Hackney.  

We thought the bank looked so good in the gallery that we put in on a pedestal for display!  Let’s hope the public get’s the point and supports us!

Here’s a full shot of the bank on the pedestal. We think it looks great in the space!

Maybe the monopoly money was a little prod at the Washington Post’s Reliable Source accusations of a connection with the collector. (scroll down to read their blurb about “The Collector’s Identity? It’s as Clear as Frosted Glass.”)

Lust in Lustine

February is going to be an amazing month.  We are doing something bright and wild.  We will be collaborating with 2 other independent galleries to create a month long movement in the celebration of that wonderful time full of love.  You know the day.  February 14th!  V-day.  We will be developing a semi-all inclusive show that will be curated in one space, and then split between 3 galleries.  The fun will be finding your work.

Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14.  Lovers express their emotions by sending gifts, cards, and themselves.  There’s an energy which drives us to fall in love, philosophers, scientists, and artists all study it.  Lust is an intense craving for their lover and has been a tremendous force in the development of art and the creative spirit.  Lust is joyful and painful at the same time.  Donte compaired it to being continuously swept around in a whirlwind where they cannot cleanse their soul and will never purge their minds from their desire.  Lust controls many of us with muscle truck unstoppable force!  With that in mind we would like to explore our lustful creativity with a tremendous ground breaking show which crosses the barrier into multiple galleries.  As a group, each gallery director will curate the show as a group, and we will divide the work between our spaces as a whole exhibit!  Lust will create a movement for the month of February in the DC area!

We will be looking for a wide variety of art ranging from publicly accessible art PG-13 and below to much spicier concepts! This is not an errotic art show, and Strictly adult themed images or pornography will not be accepted since we really want to explore this unstoppable whirlwind of fear, need, anxiety and desire.  Lust moves much deeper than sex, it’s power.  We want to see a wide range of work from the science behind love to those gentle images of lovers holding hands to heat and desire to related abstraction.  We reserve the right to curate the show to keep art related to the theme and to deny work that doesn’t meet our requirements.  The Jury members will be Cheryl Edwards, Erica Riggio, and Jesse Cohen.
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People’s choice

Inspired by The People’s Choice

We are introducing a new show inspired by our group curatorial project developed through our home page exhibitions, entitled The People’s Choice. Before our Hyattsville curatorial experience we needed to expand beyond our popup gallery shows. We pushed forward, developing on-line exhibitions.

This process is unique. We have continued with an all inclusive spirit into unique juried shows where the group at-large curated themed exhibitions with only one main requirement curators must not submit their own work!

Artists were invited to tour our on-line gallery with the job of selecting works related to a group-selected theme which were presented in a numbered list. The entire forum was invited to vote from this list developing a group-curated exhibition. With this process in mind we’ve reached a diverse group of art styles. It’s particularly exciting to know that this show is based on the curatorial vision of the group and not an individual or appointed Jury.
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Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all of the artists and art patrons in the area, and the world at large for your support in ’09 and the great things to come for ’10.  It’s could out there, but art is hot in the DC area.  We’re overflowing details, events, and new plans for the year to come.  We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.  Create art, and collect more art, and support the DC area creative economy weather it’s with us or another area gallery!  Speaking of which, check out the ever increasing number of pins on our art map. Click on a pin, zoom in, zoom out, drag the map, and look, the art even extends beyond the beltway! There’s a lot to see.


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