Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10 from 6pm to 8pm
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces a group exhibition of video works in its latest Hothouse Video series entitled Harder, Glorious.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
The philosopher Albert Camus suggested the myth of Sisyphus − his ceaseless and pointless toil− as a metaphor for our modern condition, our lives spent in futile jobs in monotonous settings. And yet he also offered “the struggle itself…is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
The works in this exhibition poetically and humorously evince that sentiment − that life is a struggle and there is beauty, absurdity, futility, and even reward in the journey.
Silvia Rivas’s animated house flies repeatedly attempt to break free from their computer-generated boundaries and are thwarted time and time again. But just like real flies, they return determined − and annoying − as ever to continue their aimless quest. Merike Estna wrestles with a canvas painted in soothing pastels (a metaphor with which all artists can identify), yet we are struck not only by the absurdity of her struggle, but also the beauty and contraposition of the surrounding landscape. Cheryl Pope’s confrontation with a room full of water balloons invites us to contemplate the challenging “head space” that conflict creates. Kate Gilmore’s comical and destructive labors offer us perhaps the most insight into our own heart-filling and absurd exploits. Peter Eudenbach’s table in the surf leaves us cheering and believing in the words of Thomas Paine.
In art, just as in life, the energy expended is not always proportionate to the outcome derived. Sometimes it is the struggle that is the reward. And sometimes, the results are glorious.
- Merike Estna; Tallin,Estonia
- Peter Eudenbach; Richmond, Virginia
- Kate Gilmore; Florida
- Cheryl Pope; Chicago, Illinois
- Silvia Rivas; Buenos Aires, Argentina
About Hothouse Video
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA is launching Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby. Part of the Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Videoseeks to introduce exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project will run approximately 6 weeks.
Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW. For additional information about the artist, exhibition checklist, and images, please contact Samantha May at 202-234-7103 x1 or [email protected]