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Washington Project for the Arts Announces "Awning Studies" at Marvin Gaye Park by Patrick McDonough

Patrick McDonough’s Installation at Marvin Gaye’s Park. Photo Courtesy Washington Project for the Arts.

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Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday July 14 at 3pm

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)  announces the installation of Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park by DC-based artist Patrick McDonough in Marvin Gaye Park (formerly Watts Branch) in Northeast DC from July 12 – September 30, 2012. A reception and artist talk will take place at the Marvin Gaye Park Recreation Center on Saturday, July 14 at 3pm. McDonough will teach a workshop for children enrolled in Marvin Gaye Park’s summer camp on July 16.

The latest work in McDonough’s Awning Studies series, the project was developed during WPA’s 2011 Public Art Residency (PAR) Program at Socrates Sculpture Park (SSP, the Park) in Long Island City, NY. As the 2011 Public Art Residency Artist, McDonough carried out a two-month residency at SSP from July 1 through September 2, 2011. The resulting project, titled Awning Studies: Socrates, was installed in the Park from September 10, 2011 through March 4, 2012.

Patrick McDonough’s Installation at Marvin Gaye’s Park. Photo Courtesy Washington Project for the Arts.

Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park adapts the project to its new environment and continues McDonough’s exploration of the awning form as the key domestic vernacular architectural adornment of the northeastern United States. The project takes the form of a series of fabricated awnings without buildings installed on existing infrastructure, on the ground, and rising on columns of steel supports. With Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park, the artist continues to emphasize the relationship between his awning structures and the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood, an emphasis that was also present in the two earlier iterations of the series, Awning Studies: Florida Ave NE and Awning Studies: Socrates. Located in the historic Deanwood neighborhood, Marvin Gaye Park is surrounded by residential architecture with features that mirror the structure of McDonough’s project. The work’s proximity to a recreation center and newly renovated playground provides an ideal context for McDonough’s ongoing exploration of leisure space and free time and connections between these notions and issues of art making, art viewing, use value, and class.

Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park is located at 6201 Banks Place NE, adjacent to the Marvin Gaye Park Recreation Center and less than half a mile from the Capitol Heights Metro Station. The work is located outside and can be viewed during daylight hours.  The outdoor installation will be on view July 12 through September 30, 2012.

About the Public Art Residency Program
The Public Art Residency (PAR) Program, established by WPA in 2010, offers a paid residency at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY to a Washington, DC-based artist for the purpose of instruction and information about practical and conceptual issues related to the creation of public art. Through this program, artists learn the fundamentals of developing a proposal for public art work, identifying sources for materials and funding for projects, fabricating work for a public environment, and are able to obtain access to a support network for technical assistance and future opportunities related to creating and presenting art in the public realm.

About Patrick McDonough
Patrick McDonough (b.1982) was raised in Madison, WI, and now lives and works in Washington, DC.  McDonough holds an MFA from George Washington University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the American University Museum, Flashpoint Gallery, Art Museum of the Americas, Conner Contemporary Art, Vox Populi, and Civilian Art Projects. Forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions at G Fine Art (September 2012) and the American University Museum (September 2013).

About Washington Project for the Arts
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.  Visit them online at www.wpadc.org.

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