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East City Artnotes—Kirsty Little: Refuse? REFUSE 35B+

East City Artnotes—Kirsty Little: Refuse? REFUSE 35B+

The numbers are staggering. Americans use approximately 35 billion plastic bottles and containers each year. Since its invention, which completely transformed consumer culture, we have only increased our plastic footprint, particularly since major plastic production began in the 1940s and 1950s. We need to do something about this now, and Kirsty Little is trying to draw our attention to this inalterable fact by creating a work that calls the viewer to recognize the problem. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Urban | Oxide at Studio Gallery

East City Art Reviews: Urban | Oxide at Studio Gallery

At Studio Gallery, Pam Frederick and Veronica Szalus explore various themes prevalent in urban environments. Frederick creates photographic collages while Szalus employs found materials to discuss the interaction of building and decay, as well as the distinction between human memories against factual documentation. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Squire Broel’s Totemic Structures at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

East City Art Reviews: Squire Broel’s Totemic Structures at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

A small group of standing bronze sculptures by sculptor Squire Broel is currently in the outdoor sculpture area at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. At significant distances from one another, there is a strong sense of loneliness in this installation. In the bright sun, with angled shadows from the building, totems in the American desert may come to mind, although the aesthetic seems more universal, potentially recalling various primitive or prehistoric sources. Read More
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East City Artnotes: Stephanie J. Williams Things That Don’t Have Names

East City Artnotes: Stephanie J. Williams Things That Don’t Have Names

Through innovative cross-disciplinary gallery programming at the Greater Reston Art Center, the playfully compelling objects made by Stephanie Williams are visually engaging on a personal and a metaphorical level. The artist investigates themes of identity through individual objects hung on the wall in a collective grouping that may look like specimens in a lab. Working with throwaway objects and remnants, Williams’ objects are unsettling and sensually alluring. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Bethesda Painting Awards 2019

East City Art Reviews: Bethesda Painting Awards 2019

Gallery B in downtown Bethesda is hosting the finalists of the annual Bethesda Painting Awards competition. This year’s selection exhibits a pronounced showing of painting, in the traditional sense, both figurative and abstract. It’s been some time since we’ve seen such a strong feeling of hand is in the works represented, that is, of paint on surface, made into recognizable or abstract imagery. Read More
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Recovering Tintoretto, Painter of the Venetian Late Renaissance

Recovering Tintoretto, Painter of the Venetian Late Renaissance

The retrospective exhibition of the work of Venetian artist Jacopo Robusti, known as Il Tintoretto, is still on view at the National Gallery. Although Tintoretto was enormously successful in his own time and place, he remains relatively unknown to the general public. The reasons for this are many. Not least among them are the many myths that stubbornly follow the artist’s reputation portraying him as an outsider, a rebel, a difficult and bizarre personality, and perhaps most problematically: a Mannerist. Read More
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East City Artnote: Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

East City Artnote: Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Contemporary Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija focuses on bridging gaps that separate audiences from physical objects of artwork, chiefly through real-time experiences and interactions. The Hirshhorn currently offers a chance for visitors to step onto such a bridge in an unusual culinary/artistic experience that is both intriguing and puzzling. Read More
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