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At the Hamiltonian Gallery: 3 Artists, 3 Mediums, 1 Synergy


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Click to view the slide show of highlighting the works of the three artists in the current exhibit at the Hamiltonian Artists Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste

View Luis Gomez’s slide show of the three artist’s works on flickr; shots are captioned.

The Hamiltonian Artists Gallery promotes new emerging artists through its So Hamiltonian Fellows Program—a two-year fellowship awarded through an annual competition. Currently, you can view the work of three of their fellows Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Hoz at the gallery located on the north side of U Street just east of 14th.The gallery hosted an opening reception last Saturday for the exhibition of paintings and installations, which runs until June 9.

Although each artist uses a unique medium, the three works collectively present physically binary relationships and investigate an exchange of energies. “It was an intuitive feeling to group these women,” said Hamiltonian Artists Gallery Director Jacqueline Ionita when asked about the decision to exhibit the three fellows together. “There is something poetic about their work and I hope people will realize the common theme.”

The first exhibit you experience as you enter the gallery includes paintings and installations by Magnolia Laurie. Her work explores the idea of construction/deconstruction through environments created upon masses of broken lines. According to Laurie, she plays off the idea of architecture, building and the cyclical nature of destruction, as well as nest like accumulations like those of birds.

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Happy Mother’s Day


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A collection of flowers from the Borderstan gardens to all the mothers in the neighborhood. Have a wonderful day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

May 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #6: This City is…


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Santiago de Chile: The financial district is sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Santiago de Chile, which was the number two choice of readers with 26% of the vote. The top choice was Madrid with 39% of readers’ votes. The other cities on the list of choices were Lisbon (16%), Montevideo (13%) and Mexico City (6%).

This photograph of Santiago was taken in the city’s financial district, sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. Kudos to the reader who left clues in the comments section.

We will have next Mystery City #7 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities also included Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.

May 7, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , | 1 Comment

Saturday: Pop-Up Gala Celebrates Pop-Up Living


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Edgar Endress and Morgan Greenhouse with their "Here-There" display. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Cecile Oreste

Cultural Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that makes space for art. But what exactly does that mean?

This year Cultural Development Corporation will tell the story of what they do every day through a series of pop-up art spaces, two of which are located in the U Street area. The various projects have resided in the city for the last two weeks and will come together on Saturday at their annual gala at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW.

Cultural Development Corporation created teams of artists, architects and developers to make space for art. Each team responded to a key word—live, work, play and create, which could be interpreted as literally or figuratively as each team wanted. According to Morgan Greenhouse of Team Work, their team took the key word ‘work’ quite literally.

Team Work is comprised of representatives from Lakritz Adler, Sorg Architects and artist Edgar Endress. They collaborated with residents of the Shaw and U Street neighborhoods to create their pop-up project, which plays with the idea of value. They asked residents to provide objects that represent how they make a living in exchange for a Shaw Buck, redeemable for discounts at local outlets like Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant.

The mementos were organized in a wooden crate at an empty retail space below Moderno at 12th and U Streets. After the gala, the team intends to ship the crate with a letter of explanation to a local institution, essentially elevating the value of the mementos.

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Pop-Up Living on the 1300 block of U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

When asked about how they came up with the concept, Greenhouse said it was a collective team effort. “There were varied levels of physical and intellectual contribution, but it was a constant collaborative effort,” she said. “We thought about the context of the space and what the vacant retail space meant. We came up with the idea of adding value which became central to the project.”

“It was interesting talking directly to the residents when we knocked on doors to collect the objects,” said Endress, who is part of the Floating Lab Collective and also the artist collaborator for Team Work. “The project started as questioning the nature of art in the context of development, but has become more about community and culture—how do you define yourself, what stays and what is memorable.”

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 2 Comments

Mystery City #5: This City is…


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La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is La Paz, which was the top choice of readers with 44% of votes cast. La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. The second choice was Maracaibo in the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulia with 21% while Boa Vista, Roraima, in Brazil was in third place with voters with 15%.

We will have next Mystery City #6 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities were Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney and Bratislava.

April 30, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 3 Comments

Mystery City #5: What City is This?


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Mystery City #5: What Latin American city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #5 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess—or educated selection—on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first four mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney and Bratislava.

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 2 Comments

Mystery City #4: This City is…


"Cumil" is the man coming out of the sewer in Bratislava's Old Town section. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Bratislava, Slovakia, which was the top choice of readers with 31% of vote cast. The second choice was Cologne, Germany, with 27% while Rotterdam, Netherlands was next with 25%. Trieste, Italy, got 10% of readers’ votes and Copenhagen brought up the rear with 7%.

Two readers recognized the sculpture of man crawling out of the sewer. His name is “Cumil” and he was placed in the Old Town section of Bratislava in 1997.

We will have next Mystery City #5 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities were Caracas, Valaparaiso and Sydney.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #4: What City is This?


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Mystery City # 4: What city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #4 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. A few hints for this series about Luis’ travels: He has traveled in Australia, all of North America, almost all of South America, numerous locations in the Caribbean and Central America, plus much of western, southern and central Europe and a couple of unnamed locations elsewhere. (My best count is 45 countries.)

Make your best guess on the city and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first three mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso and Sydney.

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 2 Comments

Mystery City #3: This City is…


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This week's Mystery City is Australia's Sydney in the state of New South Wales. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Sydney—the third-place choice of readers with 22% of the vote. Edmonton, Alberta, was the top vote getter with 32% and second place went to Auckland, New Zealand, with 23%.

Two readers got it right early in the week, but later voters didn’t seem to notice the clues they left in their comments.

We will have next Mystery City #4 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Mystery Cities #1 and #2 were Caracas and Valaparaiso, respectively.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment

Happy Hump Day, Borderstan


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15th Street NW: A bull in the tulips. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Happy Wednesday, Borderstan. Cheer up: It’s Wednesday and at noon we begin the descent into the weekend.

April 14, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment