Closing Reception: Friday, July 28 from 5pm to 7pm
Gallery 102 is proud to present Urban Monopoly, a solo exhibition of painter Regina Miele’s recent work as part of the 2017 Summer Solo Series. Consisting of paintings on canvas, Urban Monopoly explores the spatial, physical, and architectural effects of DC’s real estate and development (i.e. gentrification) boom over the last decade.
Miele captures DC’s often unseen and overlooked urban landscape, one that is void of neoclassical architecture, marble, greek statues, and perfectly manicured lawns. She reveals a rich urban tapestry that is under constant threat from corporate greed, profit-driven developers, and persistent housing discrimination. As the re-development of DC quickens, the spaces and places that once stored the memories of a colorful past are disappearing, while entire communities and their history are being erased.
Join Regina and Gallery 102 for a panel discussion on Wednesday July 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Entitled “Urban Monopoly: DC Arts & Mass Gentrification,” panelists include:
- John Figura, Artist & Professor, CUA
- Tsedaye Makonnen, Artist
- Jordan Martin, Programs Assistant, WPA & founding editor, DIRT DMV
- Regina Miele, Artist
- Terence Nicholson, Associate Creative Director, Honfleur Gallery
The panel will take place at the GW & Textile Museum (701 22nd Street, NW) One block east of Gallery 102. The panel is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP for the panel here.
Regina Miele, a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes, explores the fundamental tenets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. Alleys, rooftops, and glimpses into places of sublime desolation, form an intricate urban tapestry. Her work takes notice of modern structure and the often overwhelming feeling that accompanies a dense urban surrounding. For the past decade, Miele’s principle subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working.
Regina attended the Catholic University of America and, in her Junior year, studied abroad at the Scuolo Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. Miele has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: The Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, Baltimore’s Artscape as well as Caelum, Agora and Broadway in New York. Her work is included in public and private collections in Jerusalem, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Washington, DC.
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Gallery 102 is located at 801 22nd St. NW.