Reviews

By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on February 7, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Kyujin Lee and Jacqui Crocetta Looking In, Looking Out at Adah Rose Gallery

Adah Rose Gallery has two small exhibition spaces making it possible to have two solo shows at the same time. Yet, the proximity of each suggests some connection between the two, as is the case with the current installation under the title Looking In, Looking Out.

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By Phil Hutinet on January 26, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Craig Kraft Emergency Neon at Honfleur Gallery

Perhaps better known for his large neon light public-art, over the course of the last ten years, Kraft has also worked on several series of works sized for the gallery. Emergency Neon is a continuation of this practice and addresses pressing issues of our time such as gun violence, climate change and war.

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By Adrian Hernandez on January 24, 2023

East City Art Reviews–Assembly 2022: Time and Attention at MOCA Arlington

Assembly 2022 features the work of 12 artists from across the country. Responding to many current issues, the artworks highlight how the events of the past three years have caused many of us to question the pre-2020 world and think about alternative ways of being and doing.

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By Eric Celarier on January 17, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Here Not Here at Brentwood Arts Exchange

Currently on view at Brentwood Arts Exchange, group exhibition Here Not Here considers the paradox of how memories endure so concretely while taking no physical form.

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By Phil Hutinet on December 15, 2022

East City Art Reviews—IceBox Collective The Nomadic House Project: Clouds

December 16 is the last chance to see IceBox Collective’s The Nomadic House Project: Clouds at the Mexican Cultural Institute before it heads south of the border to Culiacán, Mexico. The work is part of an ongoing series that addresses the larger underlying issues impacting contemporary societies. This iteration of The Nomadic House Project tackles the issue of immigration.

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By Hamiltonian Artists on December 11, 2022

Essays on Art—Mining the Mines: Stephanie Garon Gold Rush

By Lucy R. Lippard | Garon’s multimedia show, now traveling, is an innovative and relatively new expansion of context and content which could have stood on its own as art as art, but Garon has taken on a far deeper task with art that can be amplified by its sources, market, and cultural impact—both negative and positive.

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By Eric Celarier on November 29, 2022

East City Art Reviews—ARTgineering v2.0 at Otis Street Arts Project

Curated by David Mordini, Chris Combs, and Gloria Chapa, ARTgineering v2.0, currently on view at Otis Street Arts Project, is a group exhibition featuring an eclectic collection of artworks exploring the impact that math and science have on the world in which we live. Ultimately, ARTgineering v2.0 depicts how new technology reflects societal choices.

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By Hamiltonian Artists on November 15, 2022

Essays on Art—Non Site, Non Report: Joey Enriquez’s ruined on a riverbank

By K. Lorraine Graham | In ruined on a riverbank, Joey Enriquez’s solo exhibition, which ran last spring at Hamiltonian Artists, used found bricks, construction detritus, plaster brick casts, various types of earth, and historical real estate development maps to evoke the layered and fragmented histories of construction, labor and place-making in DC.

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By Phil Hutinet on November 8, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Aniekan Udofia Return of the Shaolin Pencil

Currently on view at Woolly Mammoth through Sunday, November 13, is a series of watercolors and digital prints titled Return of the Shaolin Pencil by DC-based artist Aniekan Udofia.  You may have seen his work before—Udofia’s murals are found all over DC. In contrast to the large works for which he is known, works in this exhibition scale to fit gallery walls. The works in the series are deeply personal to the artist as he reflects on his artistic journey and seeks forgiveness from his father for his chosen path.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on September 13, 2022

East City Art Reviews—2022 Trawick Prize Finalists Exhibition at Gallery B

Examples of work by the eight finalists of the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards are on view in the light-filled Gallery B in downtown Bethesda. The exhibition offers a wide range of approaches and materials competing for viewers’ attention.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on August 12, 2022

East City Art Reviews—20 Years in Maryland: Alonzo Davis at BlackRock Center for the Arts

An extensive retrospective of the art of Alonzo Davis continues on view at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown through this month. The exhibition features a large body of works in various media from the past twenty years, that is, since the artist’s move to Hyattsville, MD in 2002.

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By Eric Celarier on August 2, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Hamiltonian Artists Unexpected Occurrences at The Kreeger Museum

Through the Kreeger Museum’s Collaborative program, Director Helen Chason has partnered with local collectives like the Nicholson Project and currently with Hamiltonian Artists to commingle new art with the museum’s celebrated precursors. Curated by Tomora Wright, Fellowship Director of Hamiltonian Artists the most recent iteration of this initiative, titled Unexpected Occurrences, integrates the Kreeger’s panoply of historical treasures with works from a new generation of ambitious practitioners.

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By Eric Celarier on July 18, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Charma Le Edmonds Untold Stories

Untold Stories, on view at Popcorn Gallery in Glen Echo Park, features a group of paintings by Charma Le Edmonds, the final output of an esteemed figure in the Washington DC area art scene. Tragically taken from us in a car accident a little over a year ago, Edmonds’ was...

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By Guest Author on July 18, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Blu Murphy Le Drip: Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence

By Monty Eaton | Washington DC-based artist Blu Murphy’s Le Drip: Uncontainable Sauce of Black Essence at Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery consisted of a series portraits created as a tribute to the Black community to celebrate its essence or “sauce” as the artist calls it.

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By Sarah Kate Jorgensen on July 12, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Wesley Clark Are We There Yet

Are We There Yet by Wesley Clark at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center demonstrates a fresh take on drawing by an artist who has a conceptual underpinning but is also exploring the formal qualities and materiality of graphite.

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