Adventures of Hoogrrl!

A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.

Browsing Posts published in October, 2007

Girl From Above is our latest and greatest Adam Stennett painting. It’s still hanging in the 31Grand show – will bring it home in a couple weeks. Once again, you’ve got to see this thing to appreciate it.

Adam’s doing so well! Harper’s magazine will feature two images of his mouse paintings in the December issue. AND, a radio station from Yokohama City, Japan, interviewed him today for a show about arts and culture in NY.

My neighbor Steve spanking me a little too vigorously with a wooden cross in a futile attempt to cleanse me of my mortal sins.

Aaarrr! Swigging grog with Frosty and Lindsey VarnHemperly on their 17th Street stoop – an annual tradition at the High Heel Races. Shiver me timbers!


At a party that night, I saw The Thief! The person who stole $70 out of my purse this past summer at a party. I ignored the little wretch, of course, but clutched my bag a little tighter as I passed by her. The next day, the party’s host sent this message to everyone through Evite:

Thanks for allowing us to host y’all last night. We had a great time! Unfortunately, a red wallet inadvertently fell out of someone’s purse. If it shows up in your possession, please return inside our front locked gate by slipping it inside. This will save her trouble of replacing her id, and other cards.

She struck again!

Ralphie needs an agent! I spend half my day fielding phone calls and emails from media and artists and paparazzi requesting photo sessions with this enchanting feline.

Portrait photographer Carol Harrison is working on a new series of images of DC art collectors for a solo show sometime in 2008 at the Heineman Myers gallery in Bethesda. In the past, Carol has focused mostly on making portraits of artists. Her new body of work signifies a general shift in the art world landscape to looking at collectors as a group and the integral role they play in promoting a thriving art scene. I think it’s especially important for collectors at every level to be active participants in shaping our city’s artistic framework. The pleasure and power of having a personal connection to art and artists and to the creative life should be unblocked and opened up to anyone who wants it.

So basically I think that every artist I collect is a genius. No exception here. Nathan Baker‘s Rupture series is absolutely brilliant. For me, it depicts a basic principle by which I try to conduct my life: live outside the expected … sometimes it takes a disruption to remind me of that.

In Being and Time, Heidegger describes the “Present at Hand” as a situation that arises when things break down; when the routine of life pauses and the door is opened for basic, unmediated humanity to step in and replace the automata of contemporary rigor. Such moments are inflections on how we function on a most basic level, without the societal and psychological influences that we have grown to rely upon.

The next group of photographs depicts scenarios in which people are in this static state – after being presented with a stimulus, yet before a conscious reaction. This is the moment of the Present at Hand, when the things we have taken for granted step up and remind us of our humanity. The pictures present a perfectly eerie stillness – one that pervades throughout the scenario and represents the shattering of one’s assumed identity in relation to their constructed context.

Nathan shows at Randall Scott Gallery.

Tricia Keightley. Good stuff. I think the ordered disorder appeals to me – like a snapshot of my brain.

More Luster pictures from a friend of Trevor’s.

Ellen and Trevor make an awfully cute couple.

The GWU student newspaper The Daily Colonial ran a nice little piece about Luster last week.

Adding ‘Luster’ to D.C.’s art scene
Posted Thursday, October 18 2007 10:54:48 pm in The Daily Colonial
By Jennifer Tchinnosian

Contemporary art for a cause attracted several hundred people Saturday at an abandoned breaks shop near Dupont Circle. “Luster,” the second event in a series of collaborations between up-and-coming gallery Project 4 and The Pink Line Project, explored the concept of excess while raising money for the Washington art community.

The contrast between excess and dearth was illustrated through golden art pieces displayed in stark contrast to the surrounding ambiance of the venue, an abandoned brake shop. The display, intended to highlight consumerism in America, featured gold-colored sneakers, gold-painted cables, lazer-cut gold drawings, and small display pieces covered in gold leaf.

The latter items, no bigger than three inches, were encased in plastic display boxes and available for sale below a sign that read, “To purchase an object please lift the box, remove the object, and replace with the said amount.” With prices ranging from $1 through $40, many pieces sold fast.

Half of the artists featured were from Washington, the other half from New York, and one – Cedric Delsaux – from Paris, said Gregory A. Kearly, principal of Project 4.

Revenue from the event – a $10 suggested donation at the door and the sale of several art pieces – is intended to support supporting the fledgling community of local artists in the District.

For Philippa P.B. Hughes, founder of The Pink Line Project, events like this are part of ensuring Washington’s art community stays alive and well. She said part of her group’s mission is “is to actually benefit specific emerging artists in D.C.”

“There are great art schools and artists but many feel they can’t stay and need to move to New York,” she said. “I feel that if I can create an art scene here, then people will want to stay.”

Kearley said ‘Luster’ attracted a “pretty diverse crowd. Old, young, people that were exposed to art, collectors and patrons as well as people who haven’t been exposed to contemporary art and now were for the first time.”

Cocktails were served behind a bar and a live DJ entertained crowds while Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory played silently on a projector behind him. The abandoned brakes shop molded around the guests as they mingled, danced, admired the art, and admired one another.

“The main idea is to make art more inclusive and accessible to people,” said Hughes. “There’s no underground street level [art] scene where anybody can feel like they’re part of art. The idea is to create more inviting settings so more people can feel connected to art. You don’t even have to buy it, but feel it’s a part of your life in some way.”

“It was an enlightening event,” said guest Corey Wells. “I had never witnessed that type of creative, artistic experience in the D.C.-area so it was good to see that culture alive and well. They’re creating amazing things.”

I’d like to think D.Billy painted this picture as an homage to ME. It’s pink and it has Ps all over it. Regardless, it’s a great piece as are many of the others in the show at Transformer, which opens tomorrow night. 7 to 9 PM @ 1404 P Street. Go!

Ok people. I told you this show would be good. All but two of Beau’s paintings have already sold. Hooray for Beau! You still have a chance to see these impressive works at the opening tomorrow night at Project 4 Gallery from 6 to 8:30 PM @ 903 U Street.


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“If you don’t have enemies, you’re not in the game.”

Back in September, an anonymous writer posted several mean little comments on my blog. I can moderate the comments, so I never published those particular ones for public viewing. I was a little hurt and saved them hoping I might somehow someday figure out who it was. Through a bit of electronic sleuthing and psychological profiling, I am pretty sure I now know the identity of this hateful creature. … It’s Potsie! The deranged little mouser I had to take to the cat whisperer after he began self-mutilating and biting his brother. He’s out there and he never forgave me.

Lori Nix
The City

@ Randall Scott
1326 14th Street

artists reception: October 27th 7pm-9pm

Kahn & Selesnick

@ Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 27, 6-8PM
Discussion with Nicholas Kahn: October 27, 5PM

It’s a quadruple header on Saturday. Don’t forget about these previously mentioned openings: