Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4 from 6pm to 9pm
Vivid Solutions Gallery presents Uncovered, an exhibition that looks at cover art, as art. Unadorned by text and logos, the exhibition showcases the provocative illustrations of Scott G. Brooks and the lush photographs of Todd Franson that have captured the people, moments, and movements of LGBT culture in DC for over two decades on Metro Weekly covers.
Franson’s photography first began appearing on Metro Weekly‘s covers in in 2005, just one year after the DC-based free weekly magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community began publishing. Brooks came on board as a cover guy, creating digital illustrations in 2011 to tackle issues where the content was harder to capture on film. Whether in photograph or illustration, their cover art was the first impression of what was going in the LGBT community that week.
The two artists have picked some of their favorite images for Uncovered and titled them with that issue’s headline. Limited edition prints of 15 will be available for purchase.
Scott G. Brooks is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Washington DC. He has created artwork for The Washington Post, Metro Weekly, USDA, Philips Electronics, Goodwill Industries, and many more. He has also illustrated seven children’s picture books. His artwork has been exhibited at The Royal West of England Academy, Last Rites Gallery, La Luz de Jesus, Corey Helford Gallery, Roq la Rue, Mondo Bizarro Gallery in Rome, Flint Institute of Arts, and numerous college and university galleries. He began illustrating covers for Metro Weekly in 2011.
Todd Franson studied both Graphic Design and Photography at The Savannah College of Art and Design. After returning to the DC-area in the early 90’s, he exhibited his work at the Torpedo Factory, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, and as a member of The Triangle Artist Group, where he first met Scott G. Brooks. His photography first appeared in Metro Weekly in 1995. He is the magazine’s longest-serving photographer and became its Art Director in 2007.
Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. For more information, visit https://www.vividsolutionsgallery.com/.