September 11, 2009 through October 17, 2009. Opening reception Friday, September 11, 2009, 7pm to 9pm
Love Letters is Baltimore-based artist Cara Ober's first solo exhibition with Civilian Art Projects. A painter, teacher, and writer, Ober layers drawing, painting, and printmaking into mixed media works that examine and reinterpret sentimental imagery. Ober's narrative works utilize specific phrases and fonts to suggest multiple voices, perspectives, and time periods. Rather than illustrating the text, the images create discord and contrast, layering metaphorical and nonsensical outcomes over personal notation. For Love Letters, Ober exhibits drawings and paintings, showing new work from three interrelated series. Intricate and funny, Love Letters explores the relationship of the artist to image, word, and personal meaning found in the exploration of secret fantasy and expressive interlude.
Debriscapes by Nikki Painter
Debriscapes by Richmond, VA-based Nikki Painter is the recent American University MFA graduate's first solo exhibition in Washington, DC. Painter exhibits new drawings and a site-specific installation that explore-in bright neon colors, pencil lines, and various materials-the relationship and continuum between the built and natural worlds. According to Painter, "debris as a subject bridges my ideas about these worlds. I have been interested in demolition sites because they appeal to my ideas about the natural world's tendency toward chaos. This tendency manifests itself in the crumbling and splintering of manmade facades...demolition sites are also indicators of civilization's cyclical nature - we destroy our structures in order to make way for new ones."
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20004