Opening: Saturday, October 22 from 6pm to 9pm
The urban watering hole is visually comforting and enticing. There exists a constant familiarity of the physical and symbolic bar, through its creation of pockets of intimacy within a fluid public space.
Girardi explores the visual and social subjects of the bar through drawings made on-site and from photos of bars she has collected from her social encounters. Through these mixed media drawings, she makes an attempt to mimic and recollect setting, sound, color, and taste of the aesthetics surrounding these memories created through the social habits of today’s young urban and suburban populations. By mixing different media such as charcoal, pastel, gouache, and watercolor, this series not only remains fluid and colorful, like the setting’s main subject, but also honors the craft and versatility of modern bar mixology. By combining seemingly juxtaposed or even redundant ingredients (mediums) in an innovative manner, the visuals mimic the works of art created by the bartenders and mixologists to complete this liquid social ritual.
“After Hours: Social Rituals,” says Barbara Januszkiewicz, curator, “is seeing more than just original artwork done by Christina Girardi, it is a reflection on today’s sense of community. Sense of place is not a static concept; rather, it evolves and develops over time, reflecting the spectrum of social values within and around the community. Ms. Girardi’s art is about this connection that we have with our hangouts, the bar scene.
It is about socializing today, outside of work, school, or the apartment, a context that spans from the first pubs to the 21st-century, a location now more prolific and diverse than ever, for many social engagements.” The Speakeasy event Oct 22 6-9 pm offers an art performance that ties in the fine art context with a non-traditional interdisciplinary expression. This Micro Speakeasy offers a live, unscripted performance bartender who will offer dialogues and spontaneity to audience participation.
The Opening Speakeasy will take place on October 22 from 6-9pm plus Open Art Studios during this time. A special closing reception will be on Tuesday November 29 from 6-8pm.
34zero9 Art Studios is located at 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information about 34zero9 Art Studios and Micro Gallery please visit www.34zero9.wix.com/34zero9artstudios.