The D.C. Docent

Tomorrow: Exposed DC 2014 Opening Night

The thing I like about ExposedDC is that they’ve been consistent in seeking to show the DMV area “not as a political venue or tourist destination, but as a place where we live and work and love every day.” Most people outside of D.C. only have one view of the city; we are not an either/or proposition.

Tomorrow night’s opening reception will showcase 49 images of D.C. by mostly local photographers at Long View Gallery. Expect a wide range of genres, quality and subject matter. Also expect affordable art that supports local artists; a win-win proposition.

Show runs from March 19 to April 6, 2014, with opening night reception on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 6-10pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Afterparty at The Passenger, free entry and cash bar, 8pm. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th St. NW. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Free.

Your Sunday Instruction: Help Get Art Desks Published

There are only 9 days left to help local photographer E. Brady Robinson get Art Desks published. NINE DAYS.

Art Desks is a collection of photographic portraits of the desks and work spaces of artists, museum directors, critics, dealers, gallerists and more.

Brady plans on publishing this collection in the Fall of next year with Daylight Books, but can’t do so without some help so please consider contributing to her Indie Gogo campaign. Every little bit will help and there are tons of great incentives (some might make good holiday gifts—ahem private portfolio review).

So please help support local art and artists by supporting Brady in the next 9 days!

Saturday Art Openings: What You Gonna Do Now?

Better late than never, as I spring some last minute suggestions on you regarding what you should get up to tonight.

Kristina Bilonick at Arlington Arts Center - I like Kristina; she has good energy going on. I also liked the ceramic hamburger she shared in Furthermore’s last show. She also has that art cheer squad thing going on. And what of her art? I like that too, but like the matrix, I can’t tell you about it, you have to see it for yourself. “Folklore” opening tonight, Saturday, November 2 from 6-9pm.

FotoNOMA: The District Experience - Tonight go see what 25,000 square feet of photography looks like. I am personally super-psyched about the participation of Empty Stretch Collective (LOVE Aaron, LOVE Nate, LOVE Jordan), STRATA collective, the indie Photobook Library (iPL), and a collective called Silvercore who I know nothing about but love their mission statement. Opening tonight, Saturday, November 2 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at 51 N Street NE, DC.

ARTIST TALKS with Nikki Painter & Marissa Long TODAY!

Do NOT miss what should be a great artist talk today with Nikki Painter and Marissa Long whose shows are up at Civilian Art Projects but close next weekend.

I am a big fan of Nikki Painter’s going back a few years (disclaimer: I own some of her pieces) and her new work keeps pushing from 2D to 3D and to great effect. Her drawings are labyrinths are excursions into some parallel universe which feels like you’ve entered the Z axis. Neon Planar indeed. Her large-scale installation is especially transfixing.

I’m new to the work of Marissa Long, but I like what I’m seeing so far. Beauty in the eye of the beholder, but also somewhat tromp l’oueil. Her photographs comment on beauty, perception, recycling, the grotesque and consumption. These photographs dazzle and in some cases, disturb, but they are definitely all Offerings.

Also, today’s talk led by Director Jayme McLellan will also feature “special guests”….hmmmm.

Artist talk today, Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 4-6pm at Civilian Art Projects at 1019 7th St., NW, 2nd Floor.

Photography Makes Itself Known This Weekend Too!

Yes, there is (e)merge art fair happening this weekend, but there is also a lot of photography.

The DC Fine Art Photography Fair, brainchild of George Hemphill, makes a second annual appearance this year with some of last year’s great exhibitors, but in an awful location way up on Foxhall Road. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going, but it’s pretty inaccessible for people without cars (although they are providing a shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro). I am looking forward to seeing what 21st Editions brings this year (last year had Mitch Dobrowner who I love, and a few others), as well as Scott Nichols Gallery from San Francisco and Monroe Gallery from Santa Fe. Open today from Noon-7pm and tomorrow from 11am-5pm at GWU’s Mount Vernon Campus, 210 Foxhall Rd., NW.

FotoBazaar, part of FotoweekDC is also popped-up and ready to go as an unjuried, free-for-all for 250 exhibitors. I’m going this afternoon and I’ll be honest, I’m kind of scared. But sometimes scary can be good. Open today from 10am-6pm and located at 51 N St., NW.

Saturday Bonanza: Dreams, Machines, Stars, Bars, Fits and Starts


D.C. Zinefest has  it’s 3rd Annual Zinefest happening today at beloved St. Stephens Church, your favorite local DIY space and featuring independent zinemakers. I know I’m not the only one out there who has made a zine, contributed to a zine or been part of a local zine experience. I have a zine that I keep meaning to revive. I only ever made about a half-dozen issues, but man, I really enjoyed it. Zinefest runs today from 11am-5pm at 1525 Newton St., NW and encourages you to BYO Sharpies!

Join Local DC-NY artist and art do-er Jose Ruiz (Decatur Blue, Furthermore) as he talks with artist local artist Larry Cook about Cook’s show Americana at Pleasant Plains Workshop. Cook’s work focuses on African-American identity and culture. Talk starts at 3pm at 2608 Georgia Ave., NW.

Project Dispatch and Outer Space open joint venture Mint Condition which is part art, part fundraiser to produce collectible trading cards by 22 local artists. I love this, for mostly narcissistic reasons, as I made DIY trading cards for a DC band I used to manage in the late 90s as a promotional effort. Kidding! Not about the band, but why I like this; the team behind these respective projects never take themselves too seriously and make participating and viewing fun. Opens today at Outer Space from 6-9pm in the alley between Upshur and Taylor off 13th St., NW.

Erick Jackson and Bill Rock get their Artist Talk on at Civilian Art Projects tonight as both Bill Rock and Wesley Clark’s shows close tonight. If you’ve ever been to an artist talk with Erick Jackson, you know you’re in for a treat with this one, especially if you’ve visited the gallery and seen Rock’s wild work. Reception from 6-8pm, Talk at 6:30pm at 1019 7th St., NW, Second Floor.

Randall Scott Projects opened its latest show last week by Carlo Van de Roer The Portrait Machine, a photography exhibit that “explores the idea that a camera can reveal an insight into the subject’s character and their relationship with the photographer and viewer.” And it looks like he likes to do that with personalities/celebrities like Miranda July, terence Koh and the like. Check it. Artist reception and book signing tonight from 6-8pm at 1326 H St., NE.

LADYPARTS Art visual and performance art show curated by Eames Armstrong and Rex Delafkaran opens tonight at 87 Florida. The name of this show alone makes me want to go, especially with control of ladyparts being under attack lately and all. There are 7 performing artists and 7 presenting. Show starts at 8pm and runs through midnight at 87 Florida Ave., NE.

Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen

I don’t know much about South African artists, but I know I like Robin Rhode. So based on that, I’m willing to give Roger Ballen a try, even though technically, he’s an American photographer who has been living in South Africa for thirty or so years.

He’s collaborated with Die Antwoord, who I have mixed feelings about, to creeped out effect (appropriate). His style is textural, unnerving, raw even despite the finesse of his camera and composition. Will the in-person images live up to the digital? I sure hope so.

Opens Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and runs through February 9, 2014.