Reception: Saturday, April 13, 2013 7:30-10PM
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Every Artist is a Hoarder
HYATTSVILLE, MD— April 10, 2013 —artdc Gallery announces a new and compelling exhibition called Hoarders, curated by local artist, Kunj Patel. Throughout the creative process, artists gather information, imagery, and overall inspiration to prepare for their work. As a compulsive collector gathers valued materials within the home, artists gather elements of all that surrounds them to be used within their creations. Hoarders is a show depicting the artistic collection process through such devices as repetition and found objects.
In a minimal style, the works range in prints, paintings, and installations, leaving the popular perception of hoarding in a more humbling aesthetic. “I wanted the exhibit to be less cluttered than the homes of extremists you see on that television show,” said the curator. The show features artists: Eloy Areu, Michael Booker, Mark Earnhart, Adam Echavarren, Rob Hackett, Grayson Heck, Matt Kim, Ava Lowe, Christine Suh, and Janelle Whisenant. All of whom are current or former University of Maryland undergraduate and graduate art students.
“It was important to show work from artists that study or have studied at the nearby university, as the gallery is very community based,” says Kunj. ArtDC Gallery, established in March 2004, is located at the historic, Lustine Center in Hyattsville, MD. Their mission has been to initiate the discovery of artist and create movement in the metro area. They also emphasize the discussion of art through connecting the public with local made artwork.
Hoarders will be up April 10, 2013 to April 28, 2013 at the artDC Gallery. There will be a reception Saturday, April 13, 2013, open to public between 7:30pm and 10:00pm. The artDC Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781. They are open by appointment only; please visit and contact www.artdc.com for any further information about the space.
About the Curator:
Kunj Patel lives and works in the DC-Maryland area. He has a background in both Anthropology and Studio Art, having studied at the University of Maryland. His roles in art are defined by activities in printmaking, sculpture, performance art, installation, curation. Kunj uses repetitive actions and ritualized behavior to portray the unstable identity that spawns from life as a first-generation American. He explores the tense nature that may result, and the ideas of being stuck in a situation of no-identity or new-identity. Kunj has exhibited work at the Gateway Art Center and Hillyer Art Space, with an upcoming performance exhibition at the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, NY. His website can be found at kunj-patel.tumblr.com, and can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org