Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Two new exhibits at Warehouse: Kristin Holder and RISD Aumni show

October 11 - October 28, 2007
Opening receptions: October 13, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

The Last Next is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Washington-based artist Kristin Holder.  Works from 2002 until the present will be included in the exhibition, including a site-specific wall drawing.  In recent years Holder has been the recipient of the Second Place Trawick Prize, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and a one-year fellowship from the British Academy in Rome.  Her work is included in several public and private collections.

Kristin's statement about the wall piece she created for the original 100 year old wall on the 3 floor of warehouse.
Wall Drawing - Kristin Holder

The wall drawing is made by using the actual dimensions of the wall to establish the scale. Working freehand, two circles are drawn side by side touching in the middle of the wall and then each touching the left- and right-hand sides of the wall.  Inside each of the circles are drawn isometric cubes. Using a cubic fractal called a Menger Sponge, cubes within cubes are drawn until the middle point of the circles is reached. The first phase of the drawing utilizes lines and the second plays on mass.
Executing the formula of a Menger Sponge on a mass yields a “mass-less mass”.  The wall plays a critical role in determining the size and density of the forms. Working from the center point of each circle, powdered graphite is applied to the wall directly and rubbed into its surface. All of the wall’s irregularities, damage or remains from previous uses are equalized through this process. The graphite normalizes the history of the wall, while making it more evident through the material’s luminescence. Two solid cubes emerge through this process, different in size, perspective and perceived weight.
The title of the wall drawing is indebted to Albrecht Dürer’s Melencholia I.  In this famous print there is a mysterious polyhedron and a brooding muse, symbolizing the intellectual situation (and snare) of the artist.  The number I in the title probably represents the first (and lowest) tier of artistic creativity:  the imagination.  The next is reason and the third, and highest, is spirit.  On the left-hand side of the wall drawing the polyhedron is shown from the point of view of the muse (her) and on the right from the point of view of the Dürer (his).
 Kristin Holder
October 2007

50 area RISD Aumni show their art - paintings, sculpture, video, photography.

RISD DC/Baltimore Biennial 2007, an exhibition of art and design work featuring local alumni from The Rhode Island School of Design. The show features recent work by RISD alumni who graduated between 1950-2006, and who now live and work in the Washington Metropolitan area. The works are representative of the careers alumni have pursued after studying at RISD and include fine art and design:  drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, graphic design, architectural design, new media, and more.  All work will be for sale and a portion of sales will be donated to the RISD Diversity Scholarship for the purposes of providing tuition assistance to minority students.

Rhode Island School of Design, founded in 1877, is located in Providence, Rhode Island. It has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent art and design college in the U.S.  There are over 450 alumni currently living and working in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, and 21,000 alumni around the world.

The Warehouse Complex and Warehouse Gallery has been a center for visual art, film, theater and music in Washington, DC for more than 13 years. The Washington Post has called The Warehouse “an avant-garde Kennedy Center”. The venue is Metro accessible from Gallery Place-Chinatown Station on the Red Line, and bus accessible by The Circulator Bus. Admission is free, on street and garage parking available along 7th Street, NW

Warehouse’s gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
The nearest metro stop is Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center on the Green Line. 
Further information can be found at

The Warehouse Gallery
1019 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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