Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in February, 2008

Last Saturday, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Art From Different Perspectives,” hosted by the Second Baptist Church Tea Society. I didn’t know what to expect, but the title intrigued me and so did the impressive slate of speakers: Artist Lou Stovall, Washington Post Senior Art Critic Paul Richard, and DC Public Schools Director of Visual Arts Paula Sanderlin-Dorosti. The Tea Society hosts this event semi-annually with different topics each time. This was the first time they’d delved into the art world, maybe with a little nudge from the Reverend James Terrell, who is also an artist. What a delightful experience it was! It was so great to be part of a group experiencing art as something more than just stuff that hangs on the wall and matches the sofa.

The Spirituality of Art
By James Stephen Terrell

Art is more than just ink on a piece of paper. Art is more than just colored paint placed on interwoven strands of cotton canvas. Art is a communication beyond words, which triggers our emotion.

It is reflection and contemplation on ideas which brings about a form of meditation. Art is a historical account, a cultural documentation of humanities achievements, fears, triumphs, spiritual development and concern.

No longer can we allow art to be typecast as seductive, or twisted and manipulated into pushing forth ideas of decadence. Art is much more than entertainment. Art is enlightenment. It projects not only human circumstances, it projects the internal and external spiritual experience and existence. Art is a language beyond words. It speaks with sincerity and integrity to the soul of humanity.

Art does not only involve drawing, it involves reading, writing, science and math. It is centered not only on the use of shadow, depth of field, color theory, pattern, texture, 3-dimensional design, curvilinear, angular line, shape, and rhythmic application of paint.

Art is a gateway to meditation, centering and focusing the mind. It is born out of a deep love and a deep devotion consumed with sympathy and immersed in spiritual understanding and enlightenment.

Art at its core expresses and exposes the multiplicity of human emotion and ideas which are not particular to a specific race or culture but exist within and inside all of humanity. Art is not just visual imagery. Art is historical text and commentary, which captures emotional power, exhibits social relevance and promotes spiritual awareness.

Art is a door way into the inner most being of the creator and observer. Art is a window into an ever so present past and ever so distant future reality. It identifies the ideas of people who inhabit the world and although we as people are culturally distinct and physically unique, what lies beneath the layers of so many mundane physical boundaries is a truth, a truth that humanity at its core is spiritually, intricately interlocked, woven together, intermingled and united to an unseen creative force.

This image of street artist Gaia’s work showed up on the Wooster Collective site on Tuesday. Coincidentally, I got to meet Gaia last night at the Katzen before the founders of the Wooster Collective, Marc and Sara Schiller, gave a talk about how they started their site, which is dedicated to “showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.” And it just happens that they included a piece by Gaia in their presentation without knowing he’d be in the audience. Then by happy coincidence again, Gaia ended up joining us for dinner after the talk. This kid is going places people! I wish I could have been that articulate, insightful, and confident at that age. Hell, I wish I could be that articulate, insightful, and confident at THIS age. Plus he has crazy amazing talent. Keep an eye on him.

This fun image of Adrian, Ayo, and Lauren lounging on Akemi Maegawa’s piece entitled Your Sunny Side Should Be Up Chair was taken at Saturday’s opening reception of Invisible, Inc. at Irvine Contemporary. It’s a fantastic and creative show about how we value art. From the press release:

The exhibition investigates the invisible cultural values that surround art objects and the making of art value, opening up the art world’s practice as Invisible, Inc. The works engage playfully with ongoing questions about an art work’s conceptual basis, the status of the material object, and the effects of scale, size, and materials.

Got me thinking about a post I made a couple weeks ago in which I said: “When collecting, I simply buy what I like and enjoy living with it.” That’s not exactly true. When deciding whether to buy a piece of art, I absolutely give thought to its current and future market value. And there are numerous tangible factors that an art collector or investor can consider in determining market value – what kinds of gallery and museum shows the artist has been in, what collections the artist’s work belongs to, etc. That said, I have never bought any art for pure investment purposes, but I have bought art for pure pleasure or otherwise despite the fact that it is not a “good investment.” I collect art because I connect with it in some personal way or because I see some potential in a young artist who hasn’t had a gallery show yet. Even after having considered market factors, these emotional aspects of art collecting can still win out because in the end, collecting art for me is about living with and experience art that helps me live a creative life.

Conversations With Artists Elizabeth Diller
Diller Scofidio and Renfro

Wednesday, February 27

5:30 pm
@ The Phillips Collection
Center for the Study of Modern Art
Carriage House
RSVP Required

From the Streets to the Gallery:
How Contemporary Art is Being Influenced by the Urban Experience

Sara & Marc Shiller,
Founders of the Wooster Collective
Wednesday, February 27

6:30 – 8 pm

@ Ensemble Room, Katzen Center

4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Jenny Davis

recipient of National Society of Letters $10,000 Nicholson-Nielsen Award and
NSAL Water Media On Paper Competition 2007 Finalists
February 27 – March 23

Opening reception:

Thursday, February 28
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
@ Nevin Kelly Gallery
1517 U Street, NW

Preview of art exhibition for
Washington Project for the Arts Auction Gala

Thursday, February 28

6 – 8:30 PM

@ Katzen Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Mary Coble speaks with Ryan Turner
@ Hirshhorn
Friday, February 29
12:30 PM

De Rerum Natura: On the Nature of Things
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

March 1 – April 25, 2008

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 1

5 – 8 pm

@ Shigeko Bork Mu Project

1521 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Agnes Jacobs
March 1 – April 5

Opening recpetion:
Saturday, March 1
5 – 7 PM
@ Addison/Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Ave, NW

“black and white and … all over”
Curated by JT Kirkland

February 27 – March 29

Artist’s Reception:

Saturday, March 1

5 – 8 PM

@ H&F Fine Arts

3311 Rhode Island Avenue

Mount Rainier, MD

Erin Antognoli, James W. Bailey, Danny Conant, Max Cook, Stephen Crowley, Justin Hoffmann, Michael Dax Iacovone, Nick Jbara, Jane Jeffers, J.T. Kirkland, Angela Kleis, Prescott Lassman, Thomas Paradis, Aleksei Pechnikov, Susana Raab, Alexandra Silverthorne, Jim Tetro, Bryan Whitson, Lloyd Wolf

Eric Finzi
“My Double Life: Musings on Sarah Bernhardt”

Saturday, March 1
6:30 – 9:00 pm
@ Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
4728 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, Maryland

Did you catch the Kojo Nnamdi show last Monday? Kojo interviewed three distinguished DC arts experts about the current state of visual art in our city. You can listen to that segment here.

Besides Jeffry Cudlin’s nice mention of the Pink Line Project, I also enjoyed the discussion of how we can and should present art in a way that makes it feel more available and less intimidating to people who have an interest in making art part of their lives but haven’t had the right opportunity. It’s not about buying more art. You don’t necessarily have to buy art to make art a part of your life. However, I am a huge proponent of living with art and experiencing it in daily life because I believe it plays a huge role in living the creative life, which can lead to greater rewards. Do I sound like a proselytizer?!

A peek into our local visual arts community. With the surprise cancellation of a high-profile spring art show, we hear about interesting gallery offerings, and how a tightening economy affects local painters, sculptors, and other art lovers.

Lenny Campello, art critic, artist, and gallery owner

Claudia Rousseau, Professor of Art History, School of Art and Design at Montgomery College; Art critic, Gazette newspapers

Jeffry Cudlin, Artist; Art critic, Washington City Paper; Lecturer, University of Maryland

Sunday School

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Take this quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a Donald Judd creation or cheap furniture.

Judging the intrinsic worth of modern art has always been one of those things we’re happy to leave to the experts, though occasionally we’ve wondered, in a moment of skepticism or philistinism, whether some universally worshiped abstraction is really worth its stratospheric market price. And now there’s an online quiz that tests your eye for value, by asking if you can spot the difference between the work of the minimalist artist Donald Judd and mass-produced furniture.

Graydon Parrish, a painter, created the quiz with Mikhail Simkin, an electrical engineer at UCLA, and it’s effective both as a clever time-waster and as offbeat art-world commentary. As you try to decide whether a plain-looking bookcase is a “priceless” (the quiz’s term) Judd work or something you’d buy for a dorm room, you’ll get a tutorial in the larger question of just what makes art, art.

This was from the Very Short List.

Lunar eclipse!

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Did you see this last night?! So cool!

Are you interested in collecting art but feeling a little too intimidated to get started? Perhaps you don’t think there’s anything worth buying that’s in your price range. Or you’re afraid to make a “mistake.” Or you’ve been collecting art but photography mystifies you. The Emerge Exposed panel discussion on Wednesday, March 12 will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about art collecting, particularly collecting photography. We’ll talk about editions, various printing processes, and much more. The panel will be held at Civilian Art Projects, where the winners of the DCist photography contest will be hanging at the same time. So you’ll get an opportunity to discover an emerging artist at a very emerging price!

The panel begins at 7 pm and costs $10 to attend.
There will be a mix and mingle at 8 pm that is free to all.

Please RSVP to!

Washington Times art critic Joanna Shaw-Eagle reviewed Collectors Select a couple weeks ago. The short review contained one major misquote regarding my curatorial effort: the author wrote that I feel “strongly that graffiti art is fine art.” That’s not correct and sorta misses the point of the installation. I intentionally avoided expressing an opinion about whether I think graffiti art is fine art to Joanna. In fact, whether anyone considers graffiti or any other work of art “fine” is not my primary question or concern when I think about art. When collecting, I simply buy what I like and enjoy living with it. And with regard to curating the Collectors Select show, painting the Tiffany Gallery with graffiti art was my effort to begin a conversation about how we define and value art. The act also communicates my belief that art is not just about objects that hang on the wall but about expressing ideas. Read the statement I wrote about the installation for a bit more on the topic.