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East City Art Visits Washington Project for the Arts’ Select 2013 Gala exhibiton

View of Select 2013.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

View of  ‘Select 2013’ Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

The Washington Project for the Arts’ annual gala and auction is fast approaching and this year’s roster once again represents a swath of rising DC area artists.  While donations have come from all over the region, it is nice to see that artists and galleries from the east side of the city and the Gateway Arts District are well represented.  As in years past, auctioned works are currently on display in the form of a gallery exhibition, allowing potential auction bidders (and art lovers in general!) the chance to stop by for a detailed look.

It’s probably a clichéd comparison, but immediately stepping off the elevator onto the sixth floor of the People’s Building in NOMA is like stepping into a mini-Artomatic, with the floor stripped down to its foundation.  The comparison ends there however.  Here the intact walls are a uniform cool white with smartly-designed track lights augmenting the natural daylight pouring into the rooms.   Artists are curated into to the space, both by the Project’s Board of Directors and by guest curators from the likes of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection and the National Portrait Gallery which are grouped as individual units around the floor.  The result is a glimpse at some of the best contemporary artistry that DC has to offer.   Below are pictorial highlights of the exhibition, focusing on artists working or showing on the east side of town.

Immediately upon entering the exhibition, viewers are confronted by one of James Halloran’s modern still lifes.  Halloran was recently featured in a dual exhibition at the Evolve Urban Arts Project in the Atlas Arts District.

"Paper 3" by James Halloran.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Paper 3” by James Halloran. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

Mount Rainer’s Flux Studio is well represented this year with three artists showing sculptural works in a variety of media.

"Wandering Thoughts" by Laurel Lukaszewski.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Wandering Thoughts” by Laurel Lukaszewski. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

"Encaustic Bee" by Novie Trump.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Encaustic Bee” by Novie Trump. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

"Totem (1)" by Jeff Herrity.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Totem (1)” by Jeff Herrity. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also from the Gateway Arts District is sculptor Adejoke Tugbiyele who was featured in a 2012 group show at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.  Here he returns with a piece of pure shamanistic spectacle that leaps off the wall.

"Musician" by Adejoke Tugbiyele.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Musician” by Adejoke Tugbiyele. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

Several artists who have exhibited with CONNERSMITH, located in the Atlas Arts District, are also on display this year, highlighting the gallery’s prominence within the District’s art scene.

"Cubical Construction" by Sam Scharf.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Cubical Construction” by Sam Scharf. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

"Untitled (Float)" (detail) by Zoe Charlton.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Untitled (Float)” (detail) by Zoe Charlton. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

"Birdhouse, No.3" by Victoria F. Gaitan.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Birdhouse, No.3” by Victoria F. Gaitan. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

The gritty graffiti musings of Tim Conlon have been extensively shown at The Fridge gallery off Barracks Row.  Here is another fine example of the artist’s work.

"Blank Canvas #26-MQT" by Tim Conlon.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Blank Canvas #26-MQT” by Tim Conlon. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

Artists showing “East of the River” in historic Anacostia are also representing, including this jazzy riff on abstraction by Wesley Clark, recently featured at the Honfleur Gallery.

"Free Thinking" (detail) by Wesley Clark.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Free Thinking” (detail) by Wesley Clark. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

Also hailing from the District and worth noting are Dale Loy and Jimmy Miracle, both mining the depths of abstraction but from two completely differing viewpoints.

"NYC #12 Vista Two" by Dale Loy.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“NYC #12 Vista Two” by Dale Loy. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

"Night" by Jimmy Miracle.  Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

“Night” by Jimmy Miracle. Photo by Eric Hope for East City Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a but a small sample of the over 100 pieces in the exhibition.  Whether you intend to bid or not, its an exhibition worth seeing!

Select 2013 runs through March 16, 2013 at 64 New York Ave., NE.  Opening hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12-6pm.  For more information or to purchase auction tickets, visit the Washington Project for the Arts website here.

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Eric Hope
Authored by: Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.