Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in May, 2008

Might be a fitting emblem for the grumpy neighbors who live around 14 and T (NW, of course) who’ve been vigorously complaining about the graffiti that was commissioned for the exterior walls of the former Church of the Rapture.

From DCist.

David Byrne has turned a vast semi-abandoned marine terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan into a musical instrument.

At least for the next two and a half months, though, the building will simply serve as a gargantuan cast-iron orchestra. Besides being fitted with several motors, which produce the bass sounds by vibrating a set of girders that once supported a stained-glass skylight in the 40-foot-high ceiling, the organ is attached to a pump that blows air through a tangle of hoses. These hoses snake into the huge room’s old water and heating pipes and conduits, making primitive flute sounds. And then there are more than a dozen spring-loaded solenoids, attached like woodpeckers to the columns and even to a linebacker-size radiator that emits a surprisingly sonorous tone when struck in just the right place with a metal rod.

See here for more about this nifty installation.

Byrne says:

“I’m not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments, but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down. … The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world’s popular music is a good thing, for the most part.”

Byrne’s comment makes me wonder what would happen in the art world if large art galleries went by the wayside too. Some artists whose work I find boring seem to sell lots of art at high prices because large powerful art galleries tell us that this or that artist is the next big thing. A waiting list forms and collectors get worked up into a frenzy trying to acquire the pieces whether they like them or not, or at least they become convinced to like them. At my level of collecting, this frenzy factor is relevant only insofar as I hope that one day, one of these large galleries will decide that an artist I bought early on, before the frenzy, is the next big thing! Of course, the point becomes irrelevant because I can’t imagine ever selling any art that I own anyway.

For all you type As who don’t think you have enough time to soak in the wonders of Artomatic, our friends at Brightest Young Things have provided an excellent guide to hitting it all in 15 minutes.

I like this picture of me and sculptor Dan Graham because we match! You have got to see his new work in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden. It’s gorgeous!

Obviously, I liked it a lot. Can you tell where I am in relation to the sculpture?

Check out this humorless and grumpy comment that I received last night:

I made cutesy drawings when I was 10 years old too. My mom put them on the fridge. It’s great that he’s participating in AOM, but please give him time to mature into a trained artist before pimping him out to the art world. Saying he’s your pick shows that you value gimmick over substance.

This Grumpy Anonymous Blog Commenter (GABC) is trashing this post, in which I named Connor Glenn, an 11-year-old artist exhibiting work at Artomatic, as my favorite emerging artist.

I should have explained that I didn’t pick Connor for his skills as an artist, which are completely consistent with being 11-years-old, rather I picked him for his impressive composure and enthusiasm for art. More importantly, GABC, Connor has the guts to put himself out there and subject himself to criticism. I admire anyone who does that and particularly so when it’s an 11-year-old. I couldn’t have done it at that age and I find it difficult to do even as an adult. In fact, I admire ALL the artists at Artomatic for doing this and every artist who’s ever exhibited his or her work ever. That takes guts. I should also note that Connor is exceptionally articulate and self-possessed. This kid may never become an artist of note, but whatever he does, he’s going to be a huge success at it.

So it’s not really a gimmick GABC. I just think this kid is fantastic and I am sorry I made light of him as an emerging artist. In reality, he’s my favorite emerging person at Artomatic.

So graffiti on the outside of an urban building is good enough for the Tate Modern but not good enough for the residents who live around the former Church of the Rapture at 14th and T. The Tate also offers a walking tour map of site specific art created by five Madrid-based street artists. (Thanks C-Monster for posting about this.)

Does anyone remember seeing this?

Modern Art Notes gets it right about my favorite dead artist Francisco de Goya:

I’d add that Goya had a particular skill for walking a fine line: He was a court painter, but privately, on his own time, he eviscerated the court (and everything else in Spanish life). There’s something in that ability to get along with power while satirizing it that seems especially clever and timeless.

Exactly. I am amazed at how contemporary Goya’s work feels whenever I see it. I bought the little painting above by Leslie Holt from her Hello Masterpieces series last year.

Maxi Geil is awesome! They’ll be playing at the next Hirshhorn After Hours and tickets are on sale now.

Hirshhorn After Hours
Friday, June 20
8 pm – midnight
Go here to buy tickets.

Millennium Arts Salon presents
Scholars Speak: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Dr. Beth Turner
Dr. Leslie-King Hammond (moderator)
Dr. David Driskell

Thursday, May 29th
6:30 pm
@ The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW

HOME – Hiller Open Mic Events
Friday, May 30
7 – 9 pm
Doors open for sign up at 6 pm.
@ Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW

Critical Exposure
3rd Annual “Through the Lens of D.C. Youth”

Thursday, May 29
6:30 – 8:30 PM
@ ARTiculate Gallery
1100 16th Street NW
Donations online.

Barbara Liotta
May 29 – July 27
@ Katzen Center

Artomatic 2008

Wednesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday: noon – 2 am
Sunday: noon – 10 pm
closed Monday – Tuesday
@ 1200 1st Street, NE (1st and M Streets, NE)

Pink Panels @ Artomatic 2008
Collecting 101: Inspiration and Passion

Minna Nathanson
Veronica Jackson
Mel & Juanita Hardy
Andrea Evers & Brian Aitken
Moderator: Philippa P.B. Hughes

Saturday, May 31
2 pm
@ Artomatic 2008
1st and M Street, NE
7th Floor Education Room

Sarah Wilmer
May 31 – July 5

artists reception:
Saturday, May 31
7 – 9 pm
@ Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street, NW

Noche Criste
May 27 – July 27

Saturday, May 31
6 – 9 pm
@ Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Drama Queens
Oil Paintings by Shelley Laffal & Sculpture by Chris Malone
May 2 – June 1

Farewell reception and meet the artists:

Chris Malone
Saturday, May 31
2 – 6 pm

Shelley Laffal
Sunday, June 1
1 – 5 pm


Andrea Cohen
Gregory Euclide
Jenn Figg
Kim Keever
Sabrina Raaf
Christina Seely
Randall Sellers
Jeff Soto
Daniel Sturgis
Markus Wetzel

May 31 – July 19

Opening Recepton:
Saturday, May 31
6:00 – 8:30 pm
@ Project 4 Gallery
903 U Street, NW

New site- responsive installations by Mariah Johnson and Valerie Molnar – the last set of artists’ projects in our Here & Now exhibition.

3:30 pm
Artist discussion with Cynthia Connolly, director of the Ellipse Art Center

5 – 7 pm Reception

@ Transformer

1404 P Street, NW