Seeking to create large scale paintings that will exist in the public realm, Kelly Towles is creating murals that will completely cover the roll-down security grates at One World Fitness, outside the artist studios at 926 N Street in Blagden Alley, and at the Black Cat nightclub. Re-vitalizing these grates into dynamic contemporary artworks, The Grate Project is intended to further dialogue about the nature of street art and public art work, while enhancing DC’s street-scapes.
There will be a public reception to celebrate the creation of all the paintings and all those who helped support The Grate Project October 23 from 8-11pm at The Black Cat BackStage.
Transformer is excited to present Holly Bass in “Pay Purview,” the second installment of Show and Prove:
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 – 8pm
Pay Purview is an ongoing multidisciplinary work combining live performance with original recorded music and video. Pay Purview is an exploration of the role of women in commercial hip hop music and videos.
In the live performance for Transformer, Holly Bass wears a “booty ball” costume piece made of playground balls to create an exaggerated, oversized, Hottentot-style derriere. Presented in Transformer’s storefront window space, the audience, participating from the sidewalk outside the gallery, is asked to pay a dime for each viewing. A curtain opens for a short time and the performer dances to a selection of songs ranging from Rodgers & Hart’s “Ten Cents a Dance” to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The dance scenes range from mock burlesque to video-ho-booty-shaking to ethnographic display depending on the selected tune and the performer’s impulse.
Show and Prove is Holly Bass’ ongoing series of work presented in galleries and spaces traditionally dedicated to the visual arts. “Show and Prove,” an old-school hip hop expression, means to demonstrate. In this case, there is the visual documentation (“show”), such as video or physical performance remnants as well as the live performance, often accompanied by an artist talk (“prove”). The first installment of Show and Prove titled “In Sect/Communication” was presented at Dissident Display Gallery in April 2007.
This work is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Bootie Ball image by McKenzie Johnson.
. . . but then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a common place thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the starts in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everyone goes “awww!”
Jack Kerouac, 1957
Please support Artcade Magazine this Thursday by attending a happy hour at the Options show. You’ll get to see great art from the area’s best emerging artists who’ve been selected for this biennial show AND you’ll get to meet many other young artists who are helping to build DC’s art scene into something really amazing.
In case you haven’t seen the Washington Post Sunday Magazine today…
In this article, Deborah Dietsch says that I am an art blogger. I think that is WAY overstating my aspirations for this blog! Basically, I just write pithy posts about myself and my friends, many of whom happen to be very creative and cool people. Guess I’ll have to start focusing on the more substantive, hard-hitting issues confronting the local contemporary art world. In the meantime, please don’t get on my case when I post cute things like this:
Mendi and I ogled a Bentley outside the very fun re-opening party for The District Line, a mod British men’s clothing store that recently moved from Adams Morgan to Georgetown. Owner Marshall Thompson did a nice job with the store design, which features a couple great wall paintings by the brilliant graffiti artist Kelly Towles. My friends Norissa and Alishia have also done a fantastic job promoting District Line through their marketing company Coqui. They got some press coverage, including Washingtonian.com, which had this to say about the guests: “Among the more notable Washingtonians in attendance were DC United’s Ben Olson and Brian Carroll, Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project and congressional daughter Jackie Kucinich.” Very amusing! If I’d known I was going to be a notable guest, I would have worn something more notable.
Listen to their loungey, funky, electronica sound! This is Lucan Klyne’s and Tom Pipken’s new musical venture. Very cool.