Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in January, 2008

It had to happen. From ArtInfo:

NEW YORK—Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches production company and the reality show producer Magical Elves are planning to create a Project Runway for the art world, Variety reports. The television show would feature artists competing to produce projects in various mediums, from painting, photography, and sculpture to industrial design. Like on Project Runway, the pieces would be evaluated by a panel of judges. Both Pretty Matches and Magical Elves, which produces Project Runway, had been working on art-based reality shows and decided to combine their efforts. Magical Elves’ Dan Cutforth admitted that creating a show about the art world is “risky creatively,” but so was Project Runway, which is now a hit, he argued. “Art is a much more inclusive world than people think,” he told Variety. “We really feel there’s a way to show people how much they care about art in the same way Runway showed people how much they care about clothes. That accessibility is why we think the show can work.” Parker most likely will stay off-camera as an executive producer, but she could make an on-screen appearance if the occasion calls, Cutforth said.

The purported purpose of this show matches the way I think about art: making art accessible and inclusive, so I’d like to give it a chance (even though I haven’t watched television since the last episode of Seinfeld). But I think about accessibility to art as connecting art lovers to each other and to artists and to galleries and everyone else in the art scene. Not pitting artists against each other in a vicious, cutthroat competition to sate passive voyeurism. Not sure how a television show is going to make art feel inclusive. Feeling inclusive comes from engagement and television inherently cannot engage.

Thanks Bethesda Art Blog for highlighting this tidbit on your site.

You may recall that the Little Tree Corporation sent me a legalese-y letter last fall demanding to know the name of the artist who created the cute Little Trees Car Freshener (R) sculpture that stands in my bedroom. I feared they would take legal action against the artist, and maybe even against me, so I didn’t respond to the two letters they sent! (Plus, I don’t actually know the name of the artist who made this sculpture. Really, I don’t.) A Little Trees (R) representative called me the very same day as that entry was made on this blog and earnestly explained that they were actually very supportive of the arts and of the use of the Little Tree (R) icon in art. They promised to send photographs of ways in which other artists had incorporated the Little Tree (R) into their art and they also promised to send me a t-shirt. After many weeks of anxious waiting, I finally received the t-shirt! Yay! I shall wear it with pride.

I stopped by Caramel last week to see a photography exhibit by Stirling Elmendorf and Mark Parascandola. Showing art in a non-traditional space – like this clothing boutique – seems like an effective way to expose more people to more art. Can’t argue with that. I think Svetlana at Bright Young Things gets it right.

Last Friday, while on our art party jaunt, we stopped by Caramel (on 16th and U) which has made (a commendable) practice of highlighting local artists and photographers within its racks of party dresses.
More people should do that.

See more photos from the event. And, of course, stop by the store and check out the photographs and find some funky and unique, yet affordable, clothes.

Echo Park Contemporary Ballet

Tuesday, February 5
5:30 – 7:30 PM
@ Marvin
2007 14th Street
Suggested donation: $20

Free Tour by artist Ellyn Weiss
City Hall Art Collection
Wednesday, January 30
@ Wilson Building
14th and Pennsylvania

Wangechi Mutu Talk

Thursday, January 31
7 PM
@ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Friday, February 1
7 – 10 PM
@ Lofts 11

1125 11th Street, NW

Collectors Select
Friday, February 1
6 to 9 PM
@ Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard

Sweden After Dark
Friday, February 1
8 – 11 PM
@ House of Sweden
Georgetown Waterfront
$10 donation

New Members Show
January 30th to March 2
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1
6:00 – 8:00 pm
@ Foundry Gallery
1314 18th Street

Project 4 presents:

(Second Anniversary Show)

Margaret Boozer
Beau Chamberlain

Christine Gray
Amy Kaplan

Ani Kasten

Tricia Keightley

Lisa Lindgren

Laurel Lukaszewski

J.J. McCracken
Rich MacDonald

Amy Ross

Rene Trevino

Paul Villinski

February 2 – March 1
Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 2
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Featuring new paintings by

Richard Chartier and Paul Vinet

February 2 – March 8

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 2

7 – 9 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 16


Crafts and Kisses
Sunday, February 3
Noon – 5 pm
@ Josephine Butler Parks Center

15th and Euclid (2437 Fifteenth Street, NW)

Take a look at the February 2008 issue of Smithsonian Magazine to read an article about graffiti art that features Tim Conlon, a DC graff artist who created a piece for the portrait Gallery’s upcoming hip hop show opening February 8. Tim and his crew also happen to be the artists who created the installation in my Collectors Select show opening this Friday at the Arlington Arts Center.

The fabulous photographer Frank Day took some great pictures from the Performance Week closing party on Saturday night.

This will be so cool!

As one of the collectors who is curating a space at the Arlington Arts Center for the upcoming Collectors Select exhibition, I specifically chose the Tiffany Gallery to showcase my ideas about the definition of art and about how art is used to express ideas and even identity. Below is the statement I wrote about my concept for this exhibition.

Please come to the opening reception!

Friday, February 1
6 to 9 PM
@ Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Boulevard

“I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…things I had no words for.”
Georgia O’Keefe

The Tiffany Gallery’s breathtaking stained glass windows provide a unique and befitting opportunity to illustrate the expressive power of contemporary art. Surprising as it might seem, these early 20th century windows by Louis C. Tiffany, recovered from the Abbey Mausoleum in Arlington National Cemetery, make an ideal backdrop for the bold colors, intricate line details, and witty characters in graffiti created by DC-based artist Tim Conlon and his crew.

By covering the walls of the Tiffany Gallery with New York style graffiti, I hope to provoke questions about how we define and value art. Whether graffiti is mere vandalism or can be considered respectable, enfranchised fine art becomes a poignant question in the context of a public space typically used to exhibit more conventional works—and, occasionally, to provide a setting for wedding receptions and birthday parties.

I raise the question to prompt a conversation and not to impose a viewpoint. However, I am intrigued by the emotional responses that graffiti art can provoke. These responses help define the ways many people view the traditional boundaries of art—limits that must be tested or exceeded to arrive at an expanded idea of what art is.

By taking graffiti out of its standard urban context and placing it in a conventional art venue, I hope to create an unsettling experience for the viewer that underscores the need to acknowledge and value artistic messages in new ways. I invite the viewer to experience a strong emotional interaction with this work—and, through this interaction, to actively clarify her definition of art.

By activating the space in an unexpected way, this installation invites viewers to focus less on the usual objects that we consider art—oil paintings, photographs, and sculptures—and to focus on the underlying ideas and concepts on which artists base their works. The art world is filled with exceeding technical talent, but the artists who capture my attention are the ones who express interesting ideas regardless of the media in which they work.

Art acts as a vital tool for communication, connecting us to our fellow humans now and through time. However, only a small audience can be reached through the traditional spaces of a gallery or a museum. Therefore, graffiti acts as an essential format for transmitting ideas about identity and the artist’s personal philosophy in a more public sphere, to a wider and more diverse audience.

Graffiti that fits this model has been found on ancient Egyptian monuments and was even preserved on walls in Pompeii. Resistance fighters during World War Two spoke out against the Nazi regime by painting their protests on public property. Graffiti is an especially important communication vehicle for those who may feel invisible to announce their presence in the world.

Heather Goss wrote a really really nice piece about the Pink Line Project in DCist yesterday.

* And don’t forget to stop by Performance Week tonight and tomorrow!