Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in February, 2009

The Going Out Gurus have some great ideas for dating during hard economic times, including checking out Cory’s art opening at Flashpoint last month.

Take someone out to a Friday or Saturday night gallery opening. Not only do you get to check out art for free, but there are usually free snacks and drinks on hand. Cory Oberndorfer’s last exhibition opening at Flashpoint included fun prints of roller derby girls, free wine and PBR, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ring pops. That may not sound like the classiest date in the world, but it certainly wins points for originality.

Conceal Project 091, Watercolor, ink, and gouache on Stonehnege paper, 7.5″ x 5.5″, 2008.

You have got to check out Dawn Black’s show called Conceal Project at Curator’s Office. Not only are these incredible works beautiful and technically brilliant, they are super affordable – a great way to start an art collection or add to an existing collection. I bought the two pictured here! There are others that are much more colorful if you’re looking for something like that. Go by Curators and check them all out or take a look online here. Show was reviewed in Washington Post here.

Conceal Project examines the practice of masquerade, especially its role in relation to identity. The artworks not only explore the artist’s own mania regarding disguised and surrogate identity, but of society’s at large by depicting scenes of carefully selected concealed figures drawn in gouache and ink on paper. These figures are all “real” people (none being from imagination) who have been culled from the Internet and various periodicals. Of particular interest to the artist is a disguise’s ability to make the wearer powerful through clandestine anonymity and, paradoxically its ability to allow the concealed person to be his or her authentic self. Oscar Wilde once remarked, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

Conceal Project 099, Watercolor, ink, and gouache on Stonehnege paper, 7.5″ x 5.5″, 2008.

Bring it!

What Is SuperArtFight?

SuperArtFight is the next generation of live art entertainment. Two artists, with a canvas, creating a new piece of art in front of a live audience, building a unique image before their eyes.

How Does SuperArtFight Work?

There are two varieties of Art Fight…the Standard Bout, and the Main Event Bout, and each has a twist.

For the Standard Bout, competitors are given 30 minutes to go crazy on the canvas, using a pre-determined theme given to them at showtime.

SuperArtFight Main Event Battles work in a six round, hour-long system. Starting with a unique theme, new elements are added every 10 minutes, based on fan suggestions, gathered both on this website and at the live event. Anything can happen with these suggestions, from the simple (’Draw a kitten!’) to the extreme (’Draw Robocop riding a Banana Split!’).

All and all, that’s 1 hour of combat, with 10 completely unexpected topics thrown into the mix. Only the most elite can compete at this level…let alone achieve victory.

Who Chooses A Winner?

That’d be the audience in attendance. Choose wisely, as winning competitors will be seen in future bouts, and if your favorite competitor chalks up losses, they could lose their chance at artistic glory entirely.

More info here.

Pose 2 and Chor Boogie visited Dubai in October 2008. One of the projects they produced was this video for MTV Arabia. See more about their visit to Dubai here.

The Ellipse Art Center has reopened!

Arlington & Reims : Sister Cities

On exhibit til Saturday, March 28, 2009
@ 4350 Fairfax Drive
Ballston Metro stop

Photographers: John Babineau of Arlington, Virginia and Cécile Bethléem of Reims, France

Thanks for sharing this Kevin!

The WPA announced their new director yesterday, Lisa Gold. From what I can tell, she seems incredibly qualified! I’m really glad they found someone who can carry on the mission effectively. Congrats!

Summer Camp at Transformer Gallery
Play Bored Games!

Wednesday, February 25
3 – 8pm

@ Transformer Gallery
1404 P Street NW

Project Create
15th Anniversary Celebration & Art Auction

Thursday, February 26
6:30 – 8:30pm

@ Reyes + Davis
923 F Street NW
Suite 302

WPA Auction Preview Night

Thursday, February 26
6:30 – 9pm

@ Katzen Art Museum
Abramson Family Recital Hall
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Thom Haller
February 27 – May

Show opens:
Friday, February 27
noon – 7pm

@ Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot
1626 14th Street NW

Look: Show and Tell
Art Sale

Friday, February 27
7 – 10pm
$ 5 suggested donation to SMYAL

@ 2424 18th Street NW Suite R2

Graham Caldwell | Light Field View
February 28 – March 28
Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 28
6:30 – 8:30pm
@ G Fine Art
1515 14th Street, NW

Contemporary Mexican Architecture & Imagined Constructions, Contemporary Mexican Artists

Open house:
Saturday, February 28
10am – 4pm

@ Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW

MFA Open Studios @ George Washington University

Saturday, February 28
1 – 4pm

@ George Washington University, Smith Hall of Art
22nd & Eye Street NW

Ablimit Abla, “Old Friends”, Gouache on Paper, 30 x 33 in

Local Color – Art from Western China
February 26 – March 25

Opening reception:
Saturday, February 28
5 – 7pm

@ Shigeko Bork Mu Project
1521 Wisconsin Ave NW

Cows in Hayfield Diptych, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

John Borden Evans
Paintings & Works on Paper
February 28 – April 11

Opening reception:
Saturday, February 28
5 – 7pm

@ Addison Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Ave NW

Melissa Ichiuji, Lesser Madonna, no. 1, 2009. Nylon, fabric, mixed materials

Melissa Ichiuiji
Lesser Madonnas
February 28 – March 28

Opening reception:
Saturday, February 28
6 – 8pm

@ Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW

Sensory Overload: A Video Art Party and Live Mix Performance

Saturday, February 28
$ 10 suggestion donation

@ Dissident Display
416 H Street NE

Terence Nicholson
Human Factor Fractured

Saturday, February 28
7 – 11pm

@ 7014 Westmoreland Avenue Suite A
North Takoma Park, MD

Project Create 15th Anniversary Celebration & Art Auction
Thursday, February 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm
@ Reyes & Davis Gallery
923 F Street, NW Suite 302
$30 in advance.
$35 at the door.

Emerge Exposed: Panel Discussion
Photography For the Emerging Collector

Tuesday, March 3
7 – 9 pm
@ Flashpoint
916 G Street, NW
$10 suggested donation

RSVP here!

Philippa P.B. Hughes, Moderator and founder of The Pink Line Project
Theo Adamstein, Founder FotoweekDC and president Chrome Imaging
Jason Horowitz, Photographer
Veronica Jackson, Collector and principal Jackson Design Group
Paul Roth, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art