The first piece we lined up for Campaign Re/Form, which arrived at the gallery today, is a unique work created by Washington DC-based artist Kate Kretz. Her most recent show at Miami’s Hardcore Contemporary Art Space featured works that use human hair, as well as found objects, to explore the fragility, tenderness, and identity shifts of motherhood. Huffington Post featured an article about this specific show earlier this year. For Campaign Re/Form however, we chose a very different work of hers. Untitled (Flag) is a large-scale deconstructed flag, with an embroidered stain in the middle. We immedietly felt like this work captured the essence of this exhibit.
A large part of the work in this show is being created especially for Campaign Re/Form, but if you would like a sneak peak of some of the work that already exists, one of our participating artists, Dana Ellyn, is opening up her studio to the public this Saturday from 11-4 at her live-in studio at the Mather Studios Building in DC. Click here for details. Ellyn is a Washington DC-based artist, whose work is exemplified by a risk-taking vision, strong content, and colorful critiques of social norms. She describes her style as sitting on the fence between social realism and expressionism, and she has an amazing ability to work her political commentaries into her work. During her open studio you will be able to see her latest paintings from her “31 Days in July” project, along with 100’s of other gems from the recent and not-so-recent past. The work that will be featured in Campaign Re/Form will be available to see as well.
At the Corcoran this weekend you will have another chance to preview two of our participating artists. Washington DC-based collective COLON:Y, aka Wilmer Wilson and Chuk Agubokwu, will display their new media installation, The Airborne Leaftlet Campaign, which will be very similar to the work they will be showing at GRACE. The event takes place this Saturday between 10-5, and is part of a new series of work by the Corcoran in conjunction with the Washington Project for the Arts, called Take it to the Bridge (juried among others by our guest curator and artist Holly Bass.)