Opening Reception Saturday, March 3, 7-11pm.
The Fridge opens KING ME: Studies in the Uncivilized World, a multimedia exhibition examining symbols of power through artworks ranging in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and video. Featuring works by artists of the Washington DC region, KING ME addresses the subject of cultural encounter through the lens of power aggrandizement and cultural exchange, highlighting abstract, representational, and adversarial artistic expressions concerning the subject of domination.
The KING ME exhibition takes inventory of the artistic process, subject matter, and materials used in the same way that a ruler might consider needs, desires, supplies and references to create a political aesthetic that would define a term of reign. Artists such as Seleshi Feseha combine faith and nature imagery to create obsessively shredded, hand-dyed canvas thread collages, while DC Voting Rights hunger striker Adrian Parsons scans and prints three-dimensional versions of fast food items to explore issues of American consumerism. Laura Elkins paints herself into images of various First Ladies, and Hermonie Only provides geometric drawings that could represent a highly personal value system or visionary architecture. This diversity of ideas provides an overarching premise about the image of US domination, reflecting a country that is united by its absolute differences.
Featuring the Work of:
Matias Cuevas, Lisa Parker Hyatt, Laura Elkins (pictured above), Seleshi Feseha, Rebecca Katz, Hannah Naomi Kim, Sean Monahan & Gregory Fong, Hermonie Only, Adrian Parsons, Stan Squirewell, Norman Strike
Artist Talk: March 11, 2012, 2-4pm
Lecture: To What Strange Place: 78s Listening Session with Ian Nagosaki, Music Researcher, March 22, 7pm
Closing Party: March 29, 7:30 – 10pm
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- Sunday 1pm-5pm
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The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. For press images, inquiries, or full curator statement, please contact Adam Dwight at 202-714-4500. For more information visit www.thefridgedc.com.