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Catalyst Projects Presents Sensations by Bryan Lewis Saunders and Nicole Bailey

Ear Nibbles, 2013, mixed media on paper, Bryan Lewis Saunders (left), Nicole Bailey, (right). Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

Ear Nibbles, 2013, mixed media on paper, Bryan Lewis Saunders (left), Nicole Bailey, (right). Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8 from 6pm to 9pm

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The exhibit runs February 6 through March 1, 2014.

Known internationally for his Self-Portraits under the Influence of Love and Other Drugs, Bryan Lewis Saunders returns to his hometown Washington, DC for his first exhibition in the nation’s capital. In addition to his performance work and drawings under the influence, Saunders is probably best known for his self-portrait a day project. Since 1995, he has been completing daily self-portraits in sketchbooks, amassing hundreds of volumes of uncensored images of love, loss, pleasure, and pain.

For Sensations, Saunders collaborates with Nicole Bailey to present drawings that directly examine and refer to a shared experience of intimate physical interaction.  Foot massage, ear nibbles, nipple stimulation, and spooning are just a few of the ‘sensations’ that are represented by both artists in playful, intuitive, and delicate drawings. The artists embarked on an exploration of sensory perception; for Saunders the awareness of pleasure became as keenly real as that of pain, while for Bailey the drawing process was a way to “feel out her body in space” and challenge her own body image issues.  For both, the discovery of the similarities and differences in perception between two people of different genders and life experience became an unexpected result.

Bryan Lewis Saunders recent exhibits include; “Sous Influences: Artistes Et Psychotropes” La Maison Rouge, Paris, France, “Gregor Mendel Mutations” (solo exhibition), MIKA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, “Faceless II”, Museum Quartier (MQ21), Vienna, Austria and “The Third Ear Experiment”, Librarie Humus, Lausanne, Switzerland. Both artists currently reside in Tennessee.

Additional background on Bryan Lewis Saunders:
Wired Magazine; Artist Draws 8,628 Self-Portraits under the Influence of Love and Other Drugs, By Angela Watercutter, August 8, 2012
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/08/bryan-lewis-saunders-self-portraits

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday through Saturday: noon to 7 pm
  • and by appointment

Catalyst Projects’ 500+ square foot gallery and project space is located at Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, the center of a fast growing arts community. Catalyst Projects is accessible by the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route. Street parking is available. For more information contact [email protected] or visit catalystartprojects.com.

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