Censored, Thank you!

We are blown away by the positive attendance to our Censored show.  Thank you to those who stayed, and thanks to those who really looked at, and talked about it.  With the mass local openings at the Design Studio Art Gallery, Violetta Markelou, and Cheryl Edward’s spaces, the energy was hopping.  With 4 galleries marketing an opening, we’ve really developed some attention.  I look forward to the next area group project.  We’re creating a destination, and it’s working!  Pics to follow…


Please join us for the opening of “Censored”, a show sponsored by artDC. “Censored” will be held at the artDC gallery in Hyattsville, MD. The opening will be Saturday, March 13th from 6pm to 9pm. Light refreshments will be served.

“Our theme, “Censored” is in response to the typical thought process that nudity is taboo. Our intention is to poke fun at the long-running practice of moral and societal censorship of art by covering the genitalia in each work with post-it notes. Visitors will be encouraged to take a sneak peek of what’s going on underneath the notes. The artists in this month’s show were specially chosen for their work in fine art nudes and erotica. The artists are Billy Monday, Chris Brady, Jerry Harke, Jesse Cohen, Kollin Bliss, Michael Woodward, Rahul Saha, Raju Singh, and Renee Woodward.”

Facebook invite here.
artdc.org discussion here.

What is art…

From a discussion on artdc.org.

“Art is an addiction.  There’s a compulsive need to create and express your self.  It’s sweet and painful at the same time.  Art is Junk.  People think they can control it, do it just once in a while, but that’s just a lie created by one’s own arrogance.  Art is all consuming.  There’s no such thing as a part time artist.  There are those who make a living, and those who don’t, be we think about it 100% of the time whether it’s our bread winner or not.  When I’m not making art, I’m thinking about what I’m going to create next, and if I’m not doing that, I’m suffering from the lack of inspiration, and completely aware of it at that moment.  It’s an addiction, full of love, pain, and tolerance for the lack of freedom to do what you want as you’re fighting to survive, learn a new technique, or find that next moment of joy that are few and far between.  Art takes arrogance and the need to learn, practice, steal, mimic, progress, and create new ideas.”

-Jesse Cohen

Brash at “Lust…”

Just in time for the show’s closing, BRASH dropped off the first run of Lustrous chapbooks at the artdc Gallery in the LUSTine center. They’re already selling, so get your order in if you want one. It’s a different approach that the usual postings done in the past at places like Artomatic and the ZIP Code show in that the poems are compiled in one place, so you can have a take-home collection that spans the entire show. An added twist (from BRASH’s much twisted sensibilities) is that the poems are not directly attributed to the work that inspired them. (There’s also a poem in there about the trash can at the LUSTine center–that’s assuredly not about any of the art!, as well as a small tribute to the wild weather of February 2010 and an examination of Olympic Ice Dancing as a metaphor for love.) I’m told that this is so you the artist can decide which one goes with your work, and then explain why by writing to BRASH@bust.com. The books, put together in an interesting 3 panel way, have identical poetry in each copy, but are compiled randomly, so that different books juxtapose different poems. There are almost 100 poems for the low price of $13, five of which goes to support ArtDC ventures. I’m also told that because the formatted file of the poems was lost right after printing the first draft copy, these early runs will include all the errors and errata that make early runs so much more valuable! So get your copy now!