“U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By reappropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are recontextualized and cross-examined.
The installation brings attention to the void of Washington D.C.’s official Embassy of Iran, which has stood regal yet vacant on Massachusetts Avenue NW since 1980. Mazinani wraps a quintessential mid-century American building — the site of the former Robert L. Christian Community Library — in intricate Islamic patterns. Articulating the nebulous sense of place from the perspective of an emigrant, muraled windows and walls reference the architectural details of the former Embassy. Upon close inspection, one will see that these patterns are comprised of mass media imagery, composed in both parallels and contradictions. U.S.A.I.R.A.N examines absence and placelessness, while at the same time explores the potential for harmony. It is a site from which to build mutual respect and activate cultural exchange.”
“WHAT: Hierarchy Gallery launches its 2014 fall exhibition season with the opening of WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE, a collection of new works by DC-based artist James Kerns. Opening Friday, September 12th, WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE features mixed media sculpture, found objects and functional art works created from 2012 to the present. Grounded in the tradition of American craft, Kerns questions the traditions of form and function, creating works that explore the history of and change in the District’s urban landscape. Framed as a fictional flea market, and like the exhibition title implies, in WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE the objects shown are place holders evoking time, culture and place. Using wood, found materials, and welded metal, Kerns creates both complex and simple works that pay homage to the District from the street to the living room. Kerns is a self-taught mixed-media sculptor, wood worker and industrial designer living and working in Washington, DC. His use of former industrial and commercial products from a bygone era are the backbone of his work. Working in the District for over a decade, his work can be seen at renowned D.C. restaurants including Toki Underground, Boundary Stone, Teddy and the Bully Bar, Chaplin and RedLight.
In the fall exhibit, Kerns builds large complex works from commonly anonymous objects of years past, creating modern totems meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia throughout this fictional Flea Market, “the story of stuff is the story of us,” says Kerns. Whiskey Delta (WDC) represents Washington District of Columbia using the phonetic alphabet. WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE opens at Hierarchy Galley on Friday, September 12th, the exhibition closes on Sunday, October 5th. Register for the opening event on Friday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. by visiting here.
Designed as an ever-evolving, chameleon exhibition space designed by the artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro and the Popal family, Hierarchy opened in February 2014 and is located at 1841 Columbia Road. Hierarchy features monthly artist exhibitions and weekly cultural programming and serves as the latest incarnation of a long standing creative relationship between the artist collective and the Popal family which began in 2012 with the pop-up art project, The Water Street Project, now Malmaison, the restaurant located on the Georgetown waterfront.”
“Check out the new metal art behind the old turret and wall where the new Harris Teeter [opening Oct. 1st] is located [1212 4th Street, SE]. I like how it pays homage to the workers from the Navy Yard of old.”
“A dash of Iron-Chef with a hint of Project Runway, SCRAP DC presents Rebel Craft Rumble, a live crafting competition, on Saturday, September 27th, 7pm at Columbia Heights’ rowdiest hub, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church . Four teams will take on creative reuse challenges and compete for the Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master title:
Craftaholics Anonymous: Liz Balchin and Alex Chaikin
Harry Wardman’s Rust Wranglers: James Kerns and Noah David
Team Radish: Melina Rauskolb and Laura Bill
Tomato & Asparagus: ChristieLyn Diller and Jill Weaverling
Teams will be judged by the retro and whimsical Artist and Illustrator, Claudine Hellmuth, and DC Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie. Hosted by improv master, Stanley Seiden, and supported by DC Lady Arm Wrestlers, this event is the first of what will surely become DC tradition. Early bird tickets are $10 through September 21, regular tickets at $15 and are available at online at scrapdcrcr.brownpapertickets.com. More information can be found at www.scrapdc.org. Rebel Craft Rumble supports SCRAP DC’s mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.”
I think a local artist was either robbed, or their entire car was stolen, and it looks like the crooks dumped his or her work in our alley on the Hill. Lots of maps, some framed, like the one shown in the photo, all titled “Inside the Beltway” and then numerous painted works on small pieces of wood. Looks like Eastern Market vendor type work, but don’t recognize it. I’ve included a photo of the signature on the maps if anyone recognizes it. Hoping to get these back to the artist before they’re wrecked.
Anyone who knows who these may belong to can email me at hillresident123(at)gmail.com”
A liquor license placard has gone up for the space above Floors on 14th next to the new Amsterdam Falafel on 14th Street:
“Art Soiree House
Multi-Purpose Facility with Arts, Photo exhibits, Jazz and Piano music. Light snacks will be provided such as hummus, pita bread and light hors d’oeuvres.”
Very excited to learn more about this! Back in the day this space was once planned for a spot called Local 14 and more recently was once a planned pizza restaurant by Edan Macquaid but has been vacant for years. It’s on 14th Street just south of T Street:
“Washington DC-based paint and sip startup ArtJamz® is expanding and will open its second location this coming fall at The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. The ArtJamz Brookland Studio will occupy the corner unit of Studio 24 in Bozzuto’s new mixed use development immediately adjacent to the Brookland-CUA metro station. (more…)