In mid-December, 2009, Daniel Dean had an opening for a recently completed project, Container Space, outside the new Art and Visual Technology building on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The project – which received funding from the GMU Sculpture Department, Blue Army Handyman, and The George Mason University Office of Sustainability– was a collaborative project between Dean and his friend and colleague Thomas Nutt, along with several other students participating and volunteering over the course of one year.
But, why a container? “Happenstance,” replied Dean.
Read more from John Anderson, HERE.
It seems simple enough: an artist hands out cards with buttons and passers-by accept them and wear the pins. In actuality it is more fascinating – and more problematic – since the project provokes thoughts about why we work, who decides the value of a job – or a work of art – and how an artist can invoke political ideas without making political art.
The Job Creation Project, created by John James Anderson, has had several iterations where Anderson has distributed – and made – jobs at sites in DC. On June 5 attendees of the WPArade will have a chance to get a job from Anderson himself. “When I think of parades I think of candy being distributed,” he says. “But during this event I will be distributing jobs.”
Kate Mattingly reports more HERE.
Saturday, June 5th
The Fridge, 516 8th St. SE rear alley
Washington City Paper’s 2010 Best New Galley
2 blocks from Eastern Market Metro
Hosted by Asad ULTRA Walker
Come explore the street art/ graffiti phenomenon with three underground films that try to capture this growing medium. The showing will be followed by a discussion panel on art in public spaces. DC’s new graffiti paint store, Pintura Fresca, will be giving away a free can of Montana 94 spraypaint to the first 20 guests. $10 donation requested at door.
1:00pm VIDEOGRAF 10 (2010)
The return of the Godfather of graffiti videos. The VideoGraf crew is back with all-new content featuring ACET (NJ), EASE (Miami), JESUS SAVES (NYC), SIEK FLYID (NYC), OBSERVE (Miami), INDIE (NYC), SKET (CT) and LEIA (NYC)with never-before-seen interviews with LEE and PJAY and much more.
3:30pm CHOCOLATE CITY BURNING (2009)
DC’s piecing crew’s fame grew beyond the boundaries of the nation’s capitol. This doc follows DEMON, SIME, REI 21 and MEGA as they came into nationwide recognition and all the pitfalls along the way
5:00pm BOMB IT (2008)
This movie travels the world and meets international artists CLAW, CORNBREAD, DAIM, Ron English, Shepherd Fairey, Blek Le Rat, REVS and many, many more. The debate over public art and public space is introduced in a thought-provoking way.
6:45pm Discussion Panel
Featuring Nick Smith (director of Chocolate City Burning) and other public art experts: DECOY (queen of DC wheatpaste), Peter Krsko (Albus Cavus) and other surprise guests.
Brought to you by: The Fridge, Asad Ultra Walker, Albus Cavus, and the Midnight Forum.
For those wondering what The Pink Line Project has up its ever-so-adventurous sleeve, we thought you should know that there are a plethora of exciting ‘all things Pink’ events and happenings coming up. Here’s the UPDATE.
Why, if DC is so politically progressive, is our city’s culture so strangely conservative? Find out more HERE.
Site specific performances typically involve a negotiation between an artist and site where elements of the place influence the design of the event while the event itself draws from and influences the history of the site.
Once in a while a performance created within the space of gallery changes not only the interior but also our relationship to and memory of this space. Nancy Bannon has created such an event, called “Cornfield,” in Transformer, an apt title for the venue that is home to this installation and performance.
Kate Mattingly reports more HERE.
CALL FOR ART
Monument Music & Arts Festival, Affinity Lab, & Dreams for Kids DC present
POP UP @ U STREET.
920 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Deadline: July 5, 2010 – Monument Music & Arts Festival, The Affinity Lab & DFK invite artists to submit work (NOT DONATE) for an exhibition and auction of art to be held July 15th at the Affinity Lab on U Street. Free Food, Free Beer, Live Music, and high-class art. This is an international call and is open to all working in wide variety of media, including ceramics, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture to exhibit and sell.
Please email Jcantwell@dreamsforkids.org for the call for artist and application for more information on how to be a part of this event. Submission requirements and details are explained in detail in the call.
If you are unable to be apart of the event but would like to show support, please pass on our call for artists and application to any and all who may take interest in this great opportunity to show work in an alternative space!
If you cannot attend but would still like to support Dreams For Kids please visit our website http://dreamsforkids.org/donatedc.
You can also check out Monument Music and Arts Festival, a charity focused music festival for summer 2011, at www.monument-festival.com. This festival will also offer opportunities to showcase your work.
Email Jcantwell@dreamsforkids.org For more info!!!