CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS
Photos credit of Tony Hitchcock
South Capitol Skyscape: Julie Wolfe
Dates: August 11 – October 31, 2014
Location: South Capitol St. Façade of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW, Washington, DC 20024
Artist: Julie Wolfe
Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 12, 2014; 6 – 8pm
Washington Project for the Arts presents South Capitol Skyscape, a public art project that brings artistic life to the South Capitol Street Corridor − an important gateway to the District of Columbia’s Monumental Core for tourists and residents alike. Utilizing the unique and historic façade of the Capitol Skyline Hotel, South Capitol Skyscape will present a rotating series of oversize contemporary art installations, featuring the work of both local and national artists. These commissioned works are intended to spark public discussion on art and culture and enrich the daily lives of the residents, workers, and car passengers who inhabit the world of the South Capitol Street Gateway corridor. Each of the South Capitol Skyscape artists will lead free community art making workshops at the Randall Recreation Center in conjunction with their project.
South Capitol Skyscape is funded, in part, by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. Special thanks to the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Kimberly Mitchell and CDKM Consulting, and Eve Brooks/Community Benefits Coordinating Council.
Meta 1 by Julie Wolfe
The first artwork featured in WPA’s South Capitol Skyscape project is Julie Wolfe’s Meta 1 (2014). Wolfe’s Meta series began when the artist came across a box full of oversized images at a flea market in New York. Mostly comprising landscapes and waterscapes, the pictures were taken by a husband and wife who travelled the world, documenting towns and villages along the way. It was more than the subject matter that captured Wolfe’s attention, however. It was their unusual color—a washed out cast of yellows and greens—that caught her eye. Wolfe later discovered that the development process used in the 1970’s caused the red hues to fade more quickly over time. Hence, the unusual “retro” colors.
Wolfe began painting on top of the photographs and manipulating the surface with oil, turpentine, and sandpaper, making the shapes appear to float on the photograph to give a strange sense of spatial illusion. There are approximately 15 Meta paintings in the series that are now in various collections. Wolfe believes the photographic image from Meta 1 was most likely taken in Sweden. She felt that the work was well suited for the South Capitol Skyscape Project and its location on the Capitol Skyline Hotel as the photograph’s origin was based on world travel and exploration.
About the Artist
Julie Wolfe lives and works in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. She received a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and at many institutions around the world. Wolfe is represented in Washington, DC by Hemphill Fine Arts. For more information about Julie and her work, please visit her website at juliewolfedesign.com
Samantha Sethi, Dancers, 2012, gouache on paper, 16 x 20 inches
Dates: July 10 – August 31, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC 20024
Opening Reception: July 10, 2014, 6-8pm
WPA is pleased to announce an exhibition by DC-based, Samantha Sethi, in its latest Hothouse exhibitions series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.
Combining elements of Eastern and Western art, culture, history, mythology, religion, science, and technology with personal narratives, WPA member artist Samantha Sethi, creates dynamic, highly-detailed paintings and drawings. Using techniques derived from the visual language of miniature paintings, Sethi’s work often pairs human and animal subjects in unnatural, fantastic landscapes. Water is a recurring theme in Sethi’s work. Her figures are often depicted playfully dancing or swimming among the painstakingly detailed patterning of the waves. With reference to traditional mythological stories, Sethi’s art suggests narrative that reveals itself organically through her highly-stylized, personal visual language.
Samantha Sethi was born in Owatonna City, MN and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She is currently a MFA candidate at The George Washington University. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including recent shows at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (Washington, DC), Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT), Superfine (Brooklyn, NY), and V2V (Ann Arbor, MI). Sethi is a recipient of the Morris Louis Endowment Fellowship from The George Washington University.
Hothouse is a series of exhibitions, installations, and events organized by Washington Project for the Arts and takeplace in the Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge. Created as a way to provide new opportunities for WPA member artists and forge new connections within DC’s creative communities, Hothouse presents member-initiated programming on a regular basis.
Kate Gilmore, Heart Breaker, video, 2008, Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery
Dates: July 10 – September 14, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC 20024
Opening Reception: July 10, 2014, 6-8pm
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
The philosopher Albert Camus suggested the myth of Sisyphus − his ceaseless and pointless toil− as a metaphor for our modern condition, our lives spent in futile jobs in monotonous settings. And yet he also offered “the struggle itself…is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
The works in this exhibition poetically and humorously evince that sentiment − that life is a struggle and there is beauty, absurdity, futility, and even reward in the journey.
Silvia Rivas’s animated house flies repeatedly attempt to break free from their computer-generated boundaries and are thwarted time and time again. But just like real flies, they return determined − and annoying − as ever to continue their aimless quest. Merike Estna wrestles with a canvas painted in soothing pastels (a metaphor with which all artists can identify), yet we are struck not only by the absurdity of her struggle, but also the beauty and contraposition of the surrounding landscape. Cheryl Pope’s confrontation with a room full of water balloons invites us to contemplate the challenging “head space” that conflict creates. Kate Gilmore’s comical and destructive labors offer us perhaps the most insight into our own heart-filling and absurd exploits. Peter Eudenbach’s table in the surf leaves us cheering and believing in the words of Thomas Paine.
In art, just as in life, the energy expended is not always proportionate to the outcome derived. Sometimes it is the struggle that is the reward. And sometimes, the results are glorious.
About Hothouse Video
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA launched Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby. Part of WPA’s Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video introduces exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project runs approximately 6 weeks.
Dates: July 21 – October 18, 2014
Opening Reception: July 24, 2014 from 6-8pm
Location: 1200 1st St. NE, Washington DC, 20002
WPA is pleased to present our sixth Lobby Project installation entitled From the Archives by member artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.
In a matter of seconds, you can take a photograph, apply a vintage-effect filter, and post it for millions to view. Interested in exploring this approach to “fast art” in an original way, Palliparambil uses images from his personal archive of photographs and edits them using only software and applications on an iPad. He regularly shares the images on various social media platforms to encourage feedback from an international audience, and invites his followers to submit photographs from their own archives to be transformed into new works – creating art from art. From the Archives features 280 works created from the collective archives of Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. and his followers.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. is a painter and photographer who lives and works in Bowie, MD. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, his work has been seen at the Herman Maril Gallery, Brentwood Arts Center, and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, among other spaces. He is interested in exploring technology and the arts, and finding the bridge between the two. He takes an “art is for everyone” approach to creating, and shares his work with reckless abandon.
See more work by Anthony at www.anthonyashwin.com or by searching #AnthonyAshwin on Instagram.
To purchase Anthony’s work visit the WPA store
ABOUT THE LOBBY PROJECT
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa BusinessImprovement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists for the NoMa Lobby Project. The Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, creates a new space in an existing place. The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First St. NE, with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel Mellan, Amanda Leigh Burnham, Edmond van der Bijl, and Fawna Xiao.