CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Visual Arts and Union Market Present JD Deardourff Uncanny Fantastic

By Editorial Team on January 9, 2018
JD Deardourff, Uncanny Fantastic, screen print, 2017. Courtesy of CulturalDC.
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CulturalDC is pleased to present Uncanny Fantastic by JD Deardourff, opening on January 10 at Union Market in Ward 5. Deardourff’s solo show will transform the SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery into a gateway to an alternate reality. The exhibition will feature new, experimental mono prints by the artist that focus on color and energy. Uncanny Fantastic coincides with the release of Deardourff’s self-published comic book series of the same name. Throughout the exhibition, Deardourff will hold free artist workshops with the community where he will demonstrate the basics of screen printing and produce small works of art with the participants.

JD Deardourff is an artist residing in Washington, DC. In 2012 he received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Karl Wirsum and Albert Ohlen. JD is interested in the vocabulary of comic book art: exaggeration, energy, movement, contour line, the interplay of sequential images, and, most importantly, artificial color. He collages this imagery into unpredictable, abstract, and bittersweet compositions that are simultaneously optimistic and apocalyptic.

JD has exhibited screen prints, collages, and paintings in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. He has been a Yaddo Fellow, an artist in residence at Emmanuel College, a Fine AIR at the Strathmore Mansion, the resident artist at Open Studio DC, and is currently an emerging art fellow at the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts. In addition to his personal artwork, JD has worked with commercial clients including Burton Snowboards, Converse, DC Comics, Misfit Juicery, Honeygrow, Cava, Sweetgreen, and the DC Department of Public Works.

CulturalDC is located at 1835 14th St. NW.