The D.C. Docent

Alex Ebstein Nudashank Alex Ebstein David Ostrowski & Jack Henry David Ostrowski & Jack Henry Jack Henry Jack Henry

Look what I found! I hardly ever get to Baltimore, but when I do, I always put a stop at Nudashank Gallery at the top of my list. These photos are from the David Ostrowski and Jack Henry show earlier this year.

Besides showcasing some of the most original local and non-local talent around, Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger who run Nudashank, are super rad. The photos above were taken during an extended visit with them during which we talked about a number of things, not just the show, but their own work. It felt like such a luxury, to spend an afternoon with just the two of them, talking about ideas and execution, etc.

I’m bummed I missed the Black Foliage show, but hope to visit again soon!

NUDASHANK, 405 W. Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD. Open by appointment.

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Civilian Art Projects Opening Tonight!

I am excited! Yes, you heard me. I am excited about tonight and Civilian Art Projects new show “6 Painters.” 

This self-described micro-survey of DC and Baltimore painters includes work from Tom Bunnell (of Phillips, Corcoran and Felt Letters fame), Eric Finzi (self-taught and working in resin & pigment), Cavan Fleming, local legend Tom Green, Nora Sturges, and Champneys Taylor (of the original Decatur Blue team! and Phillips).

I peeked at the images online and got psyched…I’m sure they’re even better in person! 

Opens tonight, January 20th and runs through February 25. Reception from 7-9pm at 1019 7th St., NW, Second Floor.

Your Sunday Instruction: Buy Local/DC Art for the Holidays!

Buy something unique AND support local business by shopping with these folks:

Civilian Art Projects Editions - Affordable limited edition artworks from local artists like Lucian Perkins (Hard Art DC), E. Brady Robinson, Noelle Tan and Erick Jackson.

Corcoran Gallery of Art Holiday Shop featuring 30 Americans merchandise and over 50 pieces of Corcoran College of Art + Design student and alumni-designed merchandise and artwork, including paintings, limited-edition prints, handmade books, and jewelry. Through December 24th.

Grump (Give Rad Urban Made Presents) featuring 20 Crafty Bastard fair regulars (w/ DJs and food). On Saturday, December 10th from 11am-5pm.

Nudashank Shop - Baltimore and DC artists bringing you reasonably priced works on paper, paintings and prints. Everything they offer is available ONLINE.

Pleasant Plains Workshop's “Present Day” Shop - Featuring Notecards, Screenprinted apparel, and other artworks ranging from $5 to $100! Through December 21st.

National Pinball Museum, We Hardly Knew Ye

This links to an article in Gamasutra (yes, say it with me, Gamasutra) a gamer publication about the National Pinball Museum’s relocation from DC (Georgetown) to Baltimore. Huh? Apparently for a few months this year we had a pinball museum which closed on Labor Day. The collection of 900 machines will move to a new home in Baltimore’s Power Plant Live tourist area.

Who is Benjamin Edmiston? Nudashank Says…

He is one of the artists in the Radiant Field exhibit which “is a vibrating, neon collision of compressed and infinite space. Theatrical vingettes sit in the midground between cosmic collages, and flattened geometric structures. Extending beyond the frame and into site-specifice installation, Edmiston, Fendley and Riddle mix folk art, psychedelia and abstraction in the full depth of field.”

Whoa. Come again? I had to read that a few times and let it really sink in. Just reading it I feel excited. Looking at the work of this trio on the Nudashank website, these artists seem like they might have been triplets separated at birth and then reunited as adults; each with the same fundamental nature, but nurtured in unique and different ways. I like their collective work, but Edmiston’s work stands out. Why? Can’t say exactly. Maybe because his narrative is more easily discernible to me? Maybe because the titles give me good context? Does it matter?

What’s worth knowing about this show is that it probably hurts your brain. In a good way. Also, as my Mom would say “it makes my eyes go.” I’m not sure I’ll make it to Charm City before this exhibit ends, I mean, c’mon, driving to Baltimore is a commitment, but I sure would like to.

Open through June 25th (by appointment). 405 W. Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. See also http://nudashank.blogspot.com/ 

3rdofmay:

The art: Danny Lyon, Boss, from the series “Conversations with the Dead,” ca. 1968-69.
The news: “Prison Rape and the Government,” by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow in the New York Review of Books.   Prisoners are sexually abused at the rate of 600 per day, mostly by   prison guards.
The source: Collection of the Chrysler Museum. Selections from Lyon’s Conversations with the Dead series and book (1971) — including this picture — are on view now at the Baltimore Museum of Art in “Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960,” an exhibition of contemporary photography from the museum’s collection. Among other themes, Lyon’s series examines the power dynamic between  prisoners and their guards.

3rdofmay:

The art: Danny Lyon, Boss, from the series “Conversations with the Dead,” ca. 1968-69.

The news: “Prison Rape and the Government,” by David Kaiser and Lovisa Stannow in the New York Review of Books. Prisoners are sexually abused at the rate of 600 per day, mostly by prison guards.

The source: Collection of the Chrysler Museum. Selections from Lyon’s Conversations with the Dead series and book (1971) — including this picture — are on view now at the Baltimore Museum of Art in “Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960,” an exhibition of contemporary photography from the museum’s collection. Among other themes, Lyon’s series examines the power dynamic between prisoners and their guards.