Gallery Openings and Events

.SPACE Presents Urban Patterns

Embellished Ciénaga by Carolina Mayorga, pencil on cold press print, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Embellished Ciénaga by Carolina Mayorga, pencil on cold press print, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 25 from 6pm to 10pm

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For their group show Urban Patterns, the artists Anne-Sophie Coiffet, Carolina Mayorga and Ian Warren address the abstraction intrinsic to urban reality. Their work highlights the contras- ting geometric shapes and organic paths present in urban communities. The stature of the human body is established amidst architectural volumes and empty panoramas. With forms and frames vitalizing space, the city dreams of utopia. Through photographs, paintings, drawings and videos, the exhibition plunges head first into the construction and transformation of urban incongruities and abstraction.

The city is a fact in
nature, like a cave, a
run of mackerel or an
ant-heap. But it is also
a conscious work of
art, and it holds within
its communal framework
many simpler and more
personal forms of art.
Mind takes form in the
city; and in turn, urban
forms condition mind.*

Ocean City_Criteria 002 by Ian Warren, Inkjet Print, 13 x 19 in, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Ocean City_Criteria 002 by Ian Warren, Inkjet Print, 13 x 19 in, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Anne-Sophie Coiffet is a French artist based in Washington D.C. Having practiced dance for fifteen years and studied literature, history of art, theater, and aesthetics, she went on to work at various cultural institutions and art publications in Sicily, London, Spain and France. She worked as a visual art teacher in Paris for three years before moving to D.C. in August, 2015. Her work explores notions of form, the body, space and metamorphosis. She is currently working on various graphic, editorial and video projects. annesophiecoiffet.com

Carolina Mayorga is a Colombian-born and naturalized American citizen who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work addresses issues of social and political content. These themes often translate into installations and multimedia pieces including video, performance art, photography and drawing. For Urban Patterns, Mayorga is presenting a series of manipulated photographs inspired by recent observations of human behaviors in Ciénaga, a small town located in Colombia’s Atlantic coast. The series is part of Mayorga’s most recent project PINK: The Art of Infatuation and Embellishment and responds to the artist’s obsession with pink, a beautifying agent that applied to skin, objects, landscapes provides va- lue, social acceptance and emotional gratification. The artist lives and works in Washington, DC. carolinamayorga.com

Ian D. Warren is a Colorado based book artist. He currently resides in Washington, DC, where he is earning a MA in book arts from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Ian holds a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO. Ian’s work is currently collected by the Gelman Library at GWU and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. His work, The Ride I Never Took and The Grass Isn’t Greener are represented by Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, CO. iandwarren.com

*The Culture of Cities, Lewis Mumford, 1938

.SPACE is located at 127 E St. SE. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/932561710146529/.