The D.C. Docent

Saturday Pick: Photography Artist Talk at Civilian Art Projects

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the two new exhibits at Civilian Art Projects by local photographer and Corcoran professor Frank DiPerna and New Orleans mixed-media artist Dan Tague, you’ve got another week to do so. Today is the perfect day to read my previous post here about both shows, visit the gallery AND hear Frank DiPerna discuss his work with writer/photographer Mark Power, who also happens to be a former Corcoran professor.

Since “Found Images” opened, the clamor from the DC artist community, about the importance of DiPerna’s work, as well as his influence of scores of photography students, has been impressive. DiPerna has the kind of reputation and respected stature that only comes from doing good work and sharing his talent and experiences with the world around him. He certainly has the credentials to back it up too including having studied with Garry Winogrand and Nathan Lyons, and work in several noteworthy collections including the the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, amongst others.

So, get out of the house, get some brunch, and head on over!

Artist Talk is today, Saturday, October 13 at 4pm, 1019 7th St., NW, Second Floor. Exhibit runs through next Saturday, October, 20.

America the Beautiful: Tague and DiPerna Open at Civilian Art Projects

Sometimes it feels like a smash and grab world where everything is disposable and the detritus just keeps mounting. New Orleans artist Dan Tague and DC local Frank DiPerna tackle these issues in their own unique way in two new shows opening tonight at Civilian Art Projects: Independence in the Age of Decadence and Found Images.

In his second solo show at Civilian, Dan Tague salvages America’s soul. Through his installation work he mines our desires and reappropriates some of our nation’s most recognizable images into pieces that question, and in some cases answer, our social and political realities.

Frank DiPerna, a longtime institution in the DC area and professor to countless scores of Corcoran photography students gives us scenes that are random or carefully composed, it’s hard to know. Either way, his realities are more than just their elements.

While Tague’s work seems more about what’s right in front of us, DiPerna’s appears to be more about what’s missing; a symbiotic calculation that likely drove this pairing, and which promises to make for a some deep thinking either way, if you’ll just give it some time.

Opening reception tonight from 7-9pm at Civilian Art Projects. Both shows run through October 20, 2012.