Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm
Read an interview with the artist by Eric Hope HERE
On view through May 23, 2013
About The Artist:
Emma Steinkraus is a young painter in Washington, DC. She has received many awards and grants including the prestigious Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowship, a Frederick M. Peyser prize in painting, and a Steamboat Scholarship. Locally, she has participated in artist residencies at Pyramid Atlantic and the Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion and has received a Bethesda Painting Award. She grew up in Arkansas and attended Interlochen Arts Academy for high school before receiving her undergraduate degree with highest honors from Williams College. She has also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and in Paris. She worked briefly as a curatorial assistant at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and now teaches painting in DC at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and LivingSocial.
“Around the house I keep lists: “Dark scary things – velvet, claws, glitter, oil, nudity, wounds, losing love, the arctic.”
Eventually, those lists will be paintings or bodies of work. The list for my current work goes something like this: “blanket tents, trampolines, playing house, loneliness, trees, television, windshields, roads, roadkill, being in love, paradise lost.”
My paintings in general loosely modernize the story of the Garden of Eden. Like that story, I focus on the relationship between a man and a woman and their relationship to nature. Using personal photographs and Google images as references, I piece together detailed landscapes and interiors occupied by a semi-autobiographical version of my partner and me. Separated from the natural world by TV screens, asphalt and glass, my characters inhabit an emotionally messy domesticated world while looking to nature as a site of beauty and transformation.
My work tells stories – about love, the rewards and limitations of domesticity, and the need to connect with nature. Each piece communicates a separate emotional moment: of grace and forgiveness in “The Bath,” for example, or imbalanced discord in “Summer Storm.” Taken together, the work diagrams the complex ways a relationship oscillates between closeness and inward loneliness, division and reconciliation.
Ultimately, I use narrative paintings that construct a subtly alternate reality to understand my own life and especially to explore how intimacy is created, sustained, and, occasionally, undermined or lost — in the hope that I may learn how not to lose it.”
About Evolve Urban Arts Project:
The Evolve Urban Arts Project enriches the lives of residents, neighbors in the H Street Community, and Washington DC at large by providing free exhibition space to artists based in the metropolitan area.
The Project draws inspiration from the loft conversion movement – started by artists — that transformed downtown New York City warehouses and industrial spaces into functional live/work studios. Decades later, the process of gentrification has promoted the loft lifestyle across America, but few reflect upon or celebrate the artistic roots of this movement. The Pierce School Lofts, home to Evolve Urban Arts Project, was itself an abandoned elementary school before being adaptively re-used as rental loft apartments. Evolve has chosen to honor the buildings’ history and the artistic heritage of the greater loft movement by creating the Urban Arts Project and giving artists center stage in the building’s public spaces.
The Project sponsors approximately five exhibitions a year in a variety of formats and mediums and is entirely philanthropic, taking no payment for use of the space. Artists may make their work available for purchase, or they simply may choose to share their work with the community. By acting as an incubator for artistic talent, the Project aims to make Washington, DC a more dynamic, creative and fascinating place to live.
Evolve Urban Arts Project is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland, Ave.NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District. Exhibits at Evolve Urban Arts Project are available by appointment. In addition, artist receptions are generally scheduled with each new exhibition.
The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District.
For further information, or to schedule an appointment after the opening reception, please contact Geoff Ault, the Project’s curator, at (202) 744.6439 or by email at geoff@evolveDC.com.