“DFTA…” walkthrough

“Don’t Feed The Art…” opened well with solid attention and excitement for kinetic art.  This show allows patrons to interact with the work.  Entering the show, you are forced to walk through Zac Jackson’s work.  You’re surrounded by their questioning faces, your left not knowing what they are trying to say, like a slow silent scream.

As you walk in, you’re confronted by Grayson Heck’s tweaking bug that flashes with excitement.  The kinetic nature of Christian’s inflatable work along with the energy and size of Sarah Martin, and Peter Gordon’s works on paper and canvas create impact.    Every work in this show is a tremendous representation of these artist’s creativity and insight into the future of our art scene.  Come, support Maryland area artists.  Support UMD’s artists by increasing your collection with some wonderful works of art from Maryland artists.!

Checkout this snapshot of Peter Gordon’s installation “Smart Grid” 576 growing cups, plastic trays, soil, telephone and power cords and plugs.  He’s obsessed with the future of the over production of obsolescent technology.

Peter Gordon’s “Smart Grid”

Take a look at this walkthrough of “DFTA…” Check back for details on the closing reception on July 9th, 2010.

“Don’t Feed The Art…”

artdc Gallery
5710 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Dates: June 5th to July 10th 2010

Reception: Friday June 18th 7:30 to 10pm

View the gallery preview below:

Don’t feed the art, because it may bite!  Don’t feed the art (DFTA) explores the boundaries of movement in art.  Motion in sculpture is often perceived without existing.  DFTA jumps out with energy and electricity while it sings to you with noise and calamity.  DFTA encompasses a wide range of techniques that are powered by motors and the viewer, creating motion, which ranges from random physical movements to very defined circles.

Christian Benefiel joins an artdc exhibition for the first time.  He’s developed a unique series of wind powered inflatable kinetic sculptures.   While many of his works are directly attached to hose or pump, this sculpture is free standing removed from the blower.  His work occupys space in such a uniuqe way.  You must see it!

Zac Jackson’s disembodied faces moved by servos taunt you with faces reminiscent to fear, pain, and orgasm which grab your attention as the grind, rattle, and shutter.

Peter Gordon, who you may know for the microwave project, the G-40 exhibition, and artdc’s Big,  knocks us out again with installations that make us ask questions, and 2d work that he’s completed with mastery.

Grayson Heck has built an assembly of parts which crank, buz, flap, blink and jitter with an intensity reminiscent of a few too many caps of Adderall.  While his bug taunts you with a winged seizure like activity,  you can play his found metal based art organ.   He’ll give you a demonstration.  It’s mechanized performance art in action.

In a room overflowing with tweaker like energy, Sarah Martin’s paintings jump out and grab your attention with calming power.  With the combination of the size, content, abstraction and technique  she’s managed to create several gigantic 6 foot x 6 foot works of art which convey her abstracted portraits and figures.

Come experience this show.  Come with your checkbook or Visa.  Buy work from all of these artists while we still can.  Collect their work before we can no longer afford it!  We say this often, but we mean it more and more with each show as they grow with quality and energy.

Artist Links:
Zac Jackson

Christian Benefiel

Grayson Heck

Peter  Gordon

Sarah Martin


Yes!  It’s that time again!  Gallery cleanup.  We de-installed the ’10 12×12 show, several artists artists in the show helped take down the work and organize it for pickup.  Then Grayson and I started the process of bringing the gallery back to life.  We filled holes, sanded, cleaned up previous drips, stripped the wall plates, tapped what we couldn’t remove, and started to roll paint.  I must say this time around, it looks clean, the room itself is a great canvas for our next show!

Artist Sign Out
Here’s Grayson Heck sitting at the desk we set up to sort the work that sold and make room for other artists to sign out work that didn’t sell.  Collectors purchased 2 of David’s glass rockets, we asked him to bring more, we sold a 3rd, the on on the desk was the only one left!  This show was quite successful and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Deinstalling the work
We can see Zofie Lang, Kelly Perl, and a few other artists help us de-install the 2-d work on the walls.

Right side of the gallery cleaned up and painted
To me, these perfectly clean walls are beauty.   See the moveable walls with fresh paint on all 4 surfaces!  A simple wonderful surface ready to display new work.  There’s something extremely pleasing to see these walls ready to go; most likely it’s the excitement about the exhibition to come.

Clean Walls!
Here’s a second image of the left side of the gallery.  Prepped, painted, and ready to hang!  The next show is going to be a knockout!  For a sneak preview, the title is, “Don’t feed the art…”


We decided to conduct an experiment.  We asked artists to take a gamble and offer up their work for a raffle during the Hyattsville Arts Festival on this past May 22nd.  We had a ton of foot traffic and a great deal of attention last year, so we figured this was an opportunity to take advantage and develop a different way to sell art.

Kevin Mellema stepped up to the plate and brought a few drawings by my place that were previously on display in the Lee Art Center.   Kevin’s work “Ponytail #3” pictured below really spoke to me, and he agreed to offer it for a raffle.  One extremely lucky art lover was going to get an amazing deal!

Ponytail #3

The raffle idea is a bit unusual since it fights the traditional affluent art buying mentality.  It’s still an expensive work of art, but one lucky collector will get the work through funding developed by the masses, not the individual wallet.  We had to protect the artist with a minimum.  It would be a travesty if the gamble failed and he only received pocket change for his work.  The project was successful, and we sold enough tickets to pick a winner.

At the close of the day, Amy and I tossed all of the tickets into a pitcher, shook them up, and then she picked one at random!  There was no bias! (see the video below!)  Kevin and I are both quite pleased that the winner is an artist and an art lover.  Which means it will go to a loving home where it will get the respect it deserves.

The winning ticket.