Thursday, June 17, 2010

ArtDefined at Foundry Gallery

“ArtDefined” people bringing art to the gallery instead of the gallery bringing art to the people, Gallery I. Peter Johnsen facilitator
June 20 (6:00pm to 9:00pm) – June 27, 2010

“ArtDefined” is an experiment that explores how we understand art, what it means for us, and how we use art in our daily life. Art may be defined by its creator’s intention to make artistic work or it may be defined by a spectator. One could argue that an object becomes art first when it is viewed, appreciated and valued as art by an observer. But does the observer need to be an art scholar? We all have an opinion of what art is and as such, we display in our homes artistic objects based on this opinion.

The “ArtDefined” will display pieces defined and valued as art by their owners and which are displayed in their own homes. Witness the ordinary to the extraordinary. ArtDefined will bring art out of the houses and into the gallery.

Peter Johnsen who has organized this exhibit grew up in Norway with an artist grandmother and mother and as such he was exposed both to art and the discussion of art by an early age. He soon realized that defining art is not easy and that modern art often is experienced as excluding. This has inspired him to explore what people see as art. He now lives in Washington, DC where he is realizing a long time idea to let people bring art to the gallery.

Foundry Gallery
1314 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1:00 to 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 6pm

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