Evolve Urban Arts Project presents: "There, Not There" by Matthew Carucci & Jerome Pouwels April 10 – May 22, 2010

By Editorial Team on March 31, 2010

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Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 10, 4-8pm
The Evolve Urban Arts Project has announced the first of two exhibitions exploring the intersection between visual arts and architecture. There, Not There features paintings and drawings by Matthew Carucci as well as a site-specific, collaborative installation – a first for the Project – between Mr. Carucci and California artist Jerome Pouwels.

Carucci utilizes a distinctive cross-hatching painting technique to create architectural scenes challenging the notions of origin, permanence and image ofsupremacy of manmade structures.  In his cityscapes devoid of humans, tenuous tower cranes play the tragic hero, championing our ability to manipulate our environment while simultaneously divorcing us from the natural world.  While the artist’s use of line clearly delineates a coherent architectural design, his near manic layering of those lines towards infinity calls into question our psychological need to dominate the environment around us.
Drawing from Carucci’s consuming crosshatch paintings and Pouwel’s paradoxical imagery, a new, three-dimensional representation will occupy the Project’s central atrium, using the cultural/structural backdrop of the old image of “Communicating Lines – example #7 (Here, Not Here)”, 2010schoolhouse to confront the confluence of urban regeneration and structural dynamics.  The site-specific installation, created in collaboration with long time friend and California artist Jerome Pouwels, will, according to the two artists, “bridge the socio-physical changes [confounding] renewed urban settings by introducing a symbolic form that confronts both esthetically and physically.”  The piece — assembled using hand carved wood — mimics vertical forms found in nature and cities, and  will challenge the way viewers move through the gallery space.  Visitors will be transformed from passive bystanders to unwitting participants in the artists’ dynamic marriage of modern architectural forms, ecological vicissitudes and traditional artistic structures.

There, Not There will run through May 22nd, 2010. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 1 – 4pm.  Other times are available through appointment.  The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE.  For further information, visit their website at  https://art.evolvedc.com.