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Catalyst Projects Announces Wet Dreams – Contemporary Use of Water Based Mediums

Allison Edge, Magic Forest, 2013, watercolor, acrylic on paper. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Project.

Allison Edge, Magic Forest, 2013, watercolor, acrylic on paper. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Projects.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 from 6pm to 9pm

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The exhibition runs October 10 through November 2, 2013.

Catalyst Projects announces its inaugural exhibition Wet Dreams – Contemporary Use of Water Based Mediums.

Watercolor is the oldest painting medium on record, as well as the class that art students seem to take the least seriously. The artists selected for Wet Dreams investigate and expand on uses of a medium traditionally used for rendering beach scenes and floral still lifes.

Featured artists:

  • Mei Mei Chang (Maryland): Chang creates a site specific wall installation using water-based and other mediums.  The mix of western and eastern cultures and her own psychological landscape provide the impetus for her multi-layered imagery.
  • Allison Edge (New York): Edge, a photorealist painter, uses watercolor to depict landscapes, kittens and boys with a dreamy, magical quality.  In contrast to her oil paintings, watercolor allows her subjects to appear less solid and more ephemeral not unlike her own hyper-color dreams.
  • Mariah Anne Johnson (DC): Johnson’s works on paper are representative of her long-term studio practice. Using color and pattern, they serve as visual research to support her better-known installation work, while at the same time functioning independently.
  • Adam Lister (New York): Lister’s small scale, “8-bit” inspired watercolors break down, rearrange, and reference specific iconic images from art history and popular culture. Having grown up playing Atari and Nintendo video games, his paintings recall that basic, blocky world of escape.
  • Ann Ropp (Tennessee): Ropp, originally schooled in printmaking, uses watercolor to continue her “investigation into the color of sex.”  Each singular amorphous shape amuses and confounds, seems flat and voluminous, solid and unreal.
  • Rachel Sitkin (Pennsylvania): Sitkin uses gouache to create scenes of industrial, agricultural or residential landscapes that have been imposed on by humans. The matte finishes of her paintings are reminiscent of the serigraph posters of national parks created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the 30s and 40s.
  • Jenny Walton (DC): Walton’s work for Wet Dreams focuses on the wonder of being human through two continuous bodies of work.   HerAbsence of Structure abstracts represent the processes and flow of microbiology within the body.  Her figurative Singles Faire paintings reference scenarios from the DC singles scene and incorporate diagrams appropriated from her own physical therapy.

Wet Dreams will mark the opening of Catalyst Projects new 500+ square foot gallery and project space at Monroe Street Market in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, the center of a fast growing arts community.

Gallery hours: (starting on October 10)

  •  Thursday thru Saturday: noon to 7 pm

Catalyst Projects is located at the Brookland-CUA metro stop on the red line and on the 80 bus route. Street parking is available. For [email protected] Visit them at catalystartprojects.com.

Mission 
Catalyst Project’s mission is to present the DC arts community to the world beyond the DMV. By presenting arts programming with a focus on exchange, we hope to cross-pollinate with arts communities outside of the DC metro area. It is our goal to make contemporary art accessible through educational programs such as panel discussions, artist workshops, and contemporary art exhibitions.

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