Gallery Openings and Events

Cosmic Modules: Rachel Debuque & Justin Plakas as PLAKOOKEE at 1700 L Street

Photo courtesy of HEMPHILL.

Cosmic Modules by Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas as PLAKOOKEE. Photo courtesy of HEMPHILL.


Opening Reception: Friday, February 5 from 6pm to 8pm


HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the project, Cosmic Modules: Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas as PLAKOOKEE opening on Friday, February 5, 2015 at 1700 L Street NW from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and on view through March 31, 2016.

Cosmic Modules, PLAKOOKEE’s first installation in Washington DC, is influenced by the aesthetic history and visual language of science fiction “B-movies.” It is a playful depiction of extra-terrestrial landscapes commonly found in these films and is enhanced by PLAKOOKEE’s consideration of light and space. Viewers are encouraged to engage the work from different angles on the street. PLAKOOKEE is a collaboration between artists and designers Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas. Their studio practice collectively spans sculpture, installation, time based media, and 2D modes of art creation.

Rachel Debuque received her MFA degree at The University of Georgia. She has exhibited extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Taiwan, Croatia. She was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and a Southern Constellations fellow at the Elsewhere Living Museum. She currently lives in Washington, DC and is an assistant professor at George Mason University.

Justin Plakas received his MFA in Photography from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and HUB-BUB. His work has been screened in festivals and exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally. He lives and works in Washington, DC and teaches New Media at George Washington University.

1700 L Street is a project space for temporary art installations located at the corner of 17th and L Streets in downtown DC. All installations are viewable 24/7 from the street. Previous projects include Cushner @ 1700 L, Workingman Collective: Satellite, and Julie Wolfe: Green Room.

This project is presented by Hemphill Fine Arts.