CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery Presents Amy Wike In a Word

By Editorial Team on June 4, 2018

Fri, 08 June 2018 - Sun, 29 July 2018

Image courtesy of CulturalDC.
Community Kick-Off: Friday, June 8 from 6pm to 9pm

Starting June 7, CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery moves to Truxton Circle for Amy Wike’s interactive fiber art installation, In a Word. Held in partnership with North Capitol Main Street, In a Word invites participants to consider varying perceptions of Washington, DC.

After asking over 300 people to describe Washington in one word, Wike knit their answers in Morse code to give the words a tangible presence. The knitted responses create a web-like maze of thread visitors navigate upon entering the Mobile Art Gallery, forcing them to confront and physically acknowledge preconceived notions about the space and city they are currently inhabiting.

“The installation compares and contrasts perceptions of DC—how they do and do not line up from internal and external vantage points—and invites consideration of how an individual neighborhood or community impacts the overall perception of a region,” says Wike of her installation.

Visitors can participate in the exhibit by sharing single-word descriptors of Truxton Circle – the neighborhood in which the Mobile Art Gallery will reside – through a submission box in the gallery. Wike will use these answers to create a second Morse code piece, collecting them weekly and knitting them into a living tapestry that grows as the exhibition progresses.

In a Word marks the sixth exhibit of the Mobile Art Gallery inaugural season. Says CulturalDC’s Executive Director Tanya Hilton, “Amy’s work continues CulturalDC’s tradition of creating engaged communities. Our Mobile Art Gallery ensures that neighborhoods across the District have access to locally grown creative experiences.”

“North Capitol Main Street is elated to partner with CulturalDC to bring art and vibrancy to an already dynamic corridor. Art is such a powerful tool to foster both community and conversation. We look forward to engaging all who come to see this great exhibit,” says Executive Director Aisha Bond.

Other opportunities to engage the exhibit include:

  • The exhibit’s Community Kick-Off held on June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • A free workshop led by Amy Wike at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center on June 24, 1-3 p.m.
  • A free workshop led by Amy Wike at the Mobile Art Gallery on July 14, 2-4 p.m.
  • Live knitting sessions with Amy Wike June 17, 1-5 p.m. and July 8, 1-5 p.m.

Amy Wike is a fiber artist based in Washington, DC. Her work plays with the ideas of translation, interpretation, and the complexities of language. She takes words or phrases and abstracts them beyond recognition by translating them into Morse code and knitting the transcription row by row with yarn. The resulting amorphous shapes act as visual representations of communication. She aims to create a space where visitors are challenged to think about language in a way we aren’t used to experiencing it; visually, but also tactilely and tangibly. Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Pewaukee, WI, she earned her degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Management at the University of South Carolina, with a minor in Art History. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC, with a career in art museum marketing. Her work has been exhibited widely in DC and across the Mid-Atlantic region.

In a Word at CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery can be found from June 7 until July 29 at 1600 North Capitol St NW.