Adventures of Hoogrrl!

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

Browsing Posts published in July, 2009

The Define Live-Work contest draws to a close at midnight tonight. So vote now on the ideas that were submitted throughout July on how the Solea live-work space can be used as a home as well as a workplace. The winner gets $500! And one of the ideas will be selected by the developer to be staged in the space by faboo designer Fabian Bernal. You’ll get to see Fabian’s handiwork at the awards ceremony on August 20.

Oh, and my friend Joe thinks the space should be used as the Pink Line Project headquarters. What a brilliant idea! My awesome interns would really appreciate it too because we’re starting to *not* fit around my dining table anymore.

We spend so much of our lives fighting traffic so we can sit around in square white boxes in sterile office buildings and communicate with each other via text messages, emails, and Facebook. Wouldn’t it be nice to get outside and hang out in a really cool neighborhood with friendly folks, listening to great music, looking at some really nice art, and enjoying a glass of free wine? Here’s your chance! Come on down to the Bloomingdale neighborhood tomorrow and have a good ole time doing all those fun things!

Pink Line Project brought in a cross-section of artists from across the city to install sculpture in some residential front yards and other kinds of art inside some of the businesses. Pep Rally For Peace organized the diverse music. Grab a map/program to find the art and music. There will be questions for you to answer on the map. Fill in the answers that can be found along the way, show your correct answers to a Pink Line Project volunteer at either cafe, and receive a free beverage thanks to North Capitol Main Street.

First on 1st
Art + Music Walk

Saturday, August 1
Noon to 4 pm

Along 1st Street, NW
Between Florida Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue

Pick up maps/programs at:
Big Bear Cafe – 1700 1st Street, NW
Windows Cafe – 101 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

More info about whose playing and what artists are showing here.

You also get to play with dirt tomorrow! Clay artist Margaret Boozer is setting up a really cool installation at 1837 1st Street where you get to create art using clay she has dug up from all over the place. You will be absolutely amazed by the natural colors! Here are the first two squares she’s done to get you started.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz is an important and avid art collector and patron who nurtured young artists, like Hank Willis Thomas who first met her as a student at the Duke Ellington School. Her support helped him become a highly lauded and successful artist who produces beautiful, compelling, meaningful work. “My work and success is very much connected to her, and her reinvestment in me,” Thomas said in the Washington Post today. I admire her devotion to young artists and think of her as a role model for how to contribute to the art life and the life of creative thinking. An invaluable art collection was lost this week when her house burned down. But I have a feeling she’ll rebuild the collection and foster many more artists to come.

Image: “Basketball and Chain” by Hank Willis Thomas.

I’m not hardcore enough to get into this kind of surf! But I love that there are people out there, in this case Montreal, who are so passionate about surfing that even a strong current and chilly temperatures won’t deter them.

Standing up on a surfboard can be a difficult enough challenge, but this variety of surfing requires tenacity upon first entering the water, keeping with the correct flow of the current in order to position yourself in the heart of the rapids. Beginners can opt for the assistance of a rope, a sure-fire way to keep from missing the surf and ending up a mile downstream.

From Coolhunting. (Thanks Richard for the link.)

Only three more days to vote in the Define Live-Work contest! Some really really great ideas were submitted including the one below (I did not put him up to this!) for how the Solea live-work space could be used. The winning idea gets $500 and will be staged in the space by designer Fabian Bernal. Vote now here!

Oh and if you missed the voting party last night, you missed a chance to hear me spin when DJ Gold was taking a break. Har!

Images: Joe Flood.

Special Election! The voting begins…


Presented by Mobfuse (Pink Line Project + Cooltown Studios + Corrigan)

Tuesday, July 28
6 – 8pm

@ Solea Live-Work Space
1405 Florida Ave, NW

Asia Trash! film series
presented by Freer + Sackler Galleries

Thursday, July 30
7 – 9pm

Intended for mature audiences.
Yakuza gangsters, zombies, an escaped convict still shackled to a severed hand:
Ryuhei Kitamura’s “nonstop action gorefest”
Japanese with English subtitles

@ Freer + Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave, SW

Food Stamp Line, Mixed Media, 36″ x 48″

Waiting With Hope: Images of Our Times
New Mixed Media Paintings by Jennifer Duncan
July 28 – August 30

Artist’s Reception
Friday, July 31
5 – 7pm

@ Duality Contemporary
2401 26th Road South, Arlington

Yuji Hiratsuka

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents:
12th Annual National Small Works
July 28 – August 30

Opening Receptions
Friday, July 7
5 – 8pm

@ Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Ave NW

First On 1st
Art + Music Walk

Presented by The Pink Line Project / North Capitol Main Street
Free beverage to those who complete the walking tour game! Drink specials for everyone!

Saturday, August 1
Noon – 4pm

Along 1st Street NW,
Between Florida Ave and Rhode Island Ave.

New Currency: Shared Resources
A group exhibition organized by Civilian Art Projects for 87FLORIDA

As part of the First on 1st Neighborhood Art + Music Walk
sponsored by the Pink Line Project and North Capitol Main Street

Saturday, August 1
Noon – 4pm

87 Florida Ave, NW

Jun Young Kang, CRM Stripes, oil on panel, 20″ x 17″, 2009

Academy 2009

9th Annual MFA/BFA survey
August 1 – September 4

WPA Workshop and Exhibit Opening
Saturday, August 1

Workshop: 4 – 6pm
Exhibit Opening: 6 – 8pm
PULSE Presents – emerging artist award: 7pm

@ Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Ave, NE

Julie Niskanen, Illusionary Reflection, mezzotint

Julie Niskanen

Artist’s Talk
Sunday, August 2

@ Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Ave NW

Time magazine names their choices for top 10 guerilla artists in the world. Awesome DC artist Mark Jenkins made the cut! See here for more images. (Thanks Richard for giving me the head up on this!)

Awesome artist Margaret Boozer got a nice little review in the Washington Post of her current show at the Katzen. Very cool! You can see more of her art work at the neighborhood art and music walk in Bloomingdale this Saturday, August 1. The Bloomingdale piece will be a much different experience from the Katzen mainly because the work will be outside and altered by the elements over time. It’ll be a fun to come back every once in a while to see how it changes. But come on Saturday to see what it looks like when Margaret first installs it.

Outdoor public art has evolved from massive glorifications of heroes and their horses to art that “diverts, amuses and comforts,” according to a really great article in the New York Times. It will always be important to honor those who do great things, but it’s also important for public art to challenge how we see the world sometimes or to just be fun. Not always easy to convince people to do this!

The big problem for outdoor art is the absence of any consensus of values in our pluralistic, multicultural society. It’s hard to imagine a public sculpture of a hero today that would not be regarded by one faction or another as partisan. As an unscientific sampling of art in the public realm this summer confirms, contemporary outdoor art tends to offer unobjectionable, mildly decorative or entertaining and relatively empty experiences.

Image: Tara Donovan’s plastic construction at Lever House. By Librado Romero/The New York Times

Several arty friends were featured in a recent Washington Spaces magazine article giving great advice on collecting art. I especially agree with what James Alefantis had to say about why to collect art:

“It’s not about rarefied objects you put on your wall,” Alefantis says, “it’s a way of engaging in the world.” He describes collecting as a way of exploring and expressing interests, of strengthening the community dialogue about those interests.