Opening Reception: Friday, January 13th, 7pm
As the current climate of finding individual and community voice intensifies in the face of big government and big corporations, artists and designers are exploring collective, geographically-specific ideas of community identity. Two projects included in Visual Audio, opening on January 13, 2012, focus on communication and content transmission via radio, found media, and vernacular typography. Visual Audio is curated by Briony Evans Hynson.
Radio Transmission Ark
Rob Peterson and Lindsay Reynolds will collaborate in January to create Radio Transmission
Ark, an exploration at the crossroads of transmission art and community archiving. The result
of this collaboration will be an installed portrait of the community surrounding Honfleur Gallery,
combining atmospheric sounds, observational writings, and documentary drawings, using
found and refused media. Additionally, an active and time-based component of the work is a
daily radio transmission, created with local residents, businesses, and youth. Considering
vernacular culture as an oral tradition, the artists will collage sound documentation in Anacostia
as transmission art. Gallery visitors will be able to experience and observe the radio
transmission in action at the gallery, from a transmission station couched amid the visual
research. Peterson calls this work “Psychogeography Field Work”, referencing Guy DuBord’s
concept of “studying the precise laws and specific effects of a geographical environment,
consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviors of individuals.” Peterson and
Reynolds will be joined by contributing artists Kate Clark and Jon Williams and the assistance
of students from the Hirshorn’s ArtLab+Noise Factory. Radio Transmission Ark will transmit
from 3-5pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, January 13 to 30, and at arkradio.tumblr.com
Vernacular Preservation Society
Formal investigations of the typographic vernacular of cities from Detroit, Rochester and
Baltimore are the foundation of a new initiative, the Baltimore Vernacular Preservation Society,
by graphic designers Ryan Clifford and Joe Galbreath. BVPS’s first exhibition focuses on 70’s
era audio-visual signage. Photographs and silkscreened prints explore the visual language
including artifacts, hand-lettered signs and Globe Printing’s rich history in Baltimore. Based in
decades of combined research, the new initiative will develop not only an archive and history to
preserve vanishing geographically and culturally specific language, (swiftly being replaced with
automatic, soulless ‘next day’ signage), but additionally, a system for incubating the craft of
sign lettering and the rejuvenation and remixing of its usage.
Tuesday to Friday 12-5pm
and by appointment (202-365-8392)
The exhibition runs January 13 through February 24, 2012.
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020. Visit them online at www.honfleurgallery.com/.