DC Arts Center Presents Sparkplug Process & Practice

By Editorial Team on February 15, 2017

Fri, 17 February 2017 - Sun, 19 March 2017

Ashley Ja'nae, I am Whole, 2014, Pen on paper, 20" x 24". Photo courtesy of DCAC.
Ashley Ja’nae, I am Whole, 2014, Pen on paper, 20″ x 24″. Photo courtesy of DCAC.


Opening Reception: Friday, February 17 from 7pm to 9pm


Artist Talk: Sunday, March 12 at 5pm

Sparkplug, DCAC’s Artist Collective:
Héctor Cataño, Eric Celarier, Alexis Gomez, Sarah Jamison, Ashley Ja’nae, Zofie Lang, Kelly Posey, Katie Pumphrey, Renee Regan, and Julie Wills

Process & Practice comprises painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media installation and assemblages.

The exhibition emphasizes the diverse and interrelated processes of each artist, noting the physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, and social motivations to create. As a result, instead of observing a work of art as the final product on the wall, the show highlights the work as a sum of an artist’s process. For instance, artist Ashley Ja’nae’s methodically drawn portraits of black women use geometric lines and shapes. Each figure represents a literal placement of black female bodies within white spaces, while the meditative repetition of line serves as a therapeutic process to heal from the traumas of patriarchal white supremacy.

Whether challenging our endless stream of wastefulness, critiquing the ubiquity and oversaturation of Internet language and imagery, deconstructing the art object as a commodity fetish, or exploring the harsh meeting of what is longed for and what is permissible, the exhibition highlights the important role process plays in the life of an art object.

Process & Practice begins a two-year tenure of the newest generation of Sparkplug artists, while prompting the viewer to move beyond what they simply see.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesdays – Sundays: 2pm to 7pm

DC Arts Center (DCAC) is located at 2438 18th Street NW. For more information call 202-462-7833, email info@dcartscenter.org, or visit dcartscenter.org.