Gallery Openings and Events

WPA Presents JD Deardourff’s B and E Lobby Project

JD Deardourff, Spider Y 2 Banana, 2014. Screen-print on paper. Courtesy of WPA.

JD Deardourff, Spider Y 2 Banana, 2014. Screen-print on paper. Courtesy of WPA.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, December 11 from 6pm to 8pm

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B and E is JD Deardourff’s exploration into the energy, technology, destruction, construction, and juxtaposition of the urban and natural environment he sees in NoMa. Deardourff makes abstract landscapes based on comic book collages. In his collages, he extracts the positive space information until he is left with what really interests him: exaggeration, action, movement, black contour line, and-most importantly-artificial color. These collages are then transformed into bold, painterly screen prints through a process that mimics the way comic books were traditionally printed. JD’s work is intuitive and unpredictable, but for this project he has created a sequential, abstract narrative. It expresses the evolution of the NoMa neighborhood through composition, shifts in color, and the repetition of imagery.

About the Artist
JD Deardourff is an artist living and working in Washington, DC. In 2012 he received a BFA with and emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. JD has exhibited his screen prints in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. In addition, he has designed graphics for Burton Snowboards and album art for RAMP Records.

Exhibition on view Monday – Friday, 7am-7pm.

About Lobby Project
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) to create the Lobby Project’s changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists. The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First Street NE with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel Mellan, Amanda Leigh Burnham, Edmond van der Bijl, Fawna Xiao, Anthony Palliparambil, and Michael Crossett.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE. For more information visit www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/lobby-project-jd-deardourff.

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