Digging In

Trevor Young Now at Addison/Ripley

February 24, 2016

VOLTAGE is the title of Trevor Young’s first exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, which continues through March 5, 2016. Accompanying the exhibition, in the Projects space, is a commissioned sound installation by Alberto Gaitan.

Join the artist, Christopher Addison and Lazaro Lima on Saturday, March 5th at 11:30 am for a "Conversation About Painting", a closing event for VOLTAGE. Enjoy a wide ranging conversation about painting, its practices, influences and aspirations. Moderated by gallery partner, Christopher Addison, the conversation will focus on Young's work currently on display.

(Photo by: addisonripleyfineart.com) "The Entrance to the Grand Canal," 2016 Trevor Young

While some of the images are elctrifying, with structures illuminated by concealed light sources, it is the stillness the artist captures best, the potential of places: an airline conveyor belt, empty of luggage, a building under construction or an aerial view of streets emptied of traffic. The works cumulatively ask the question: “has something happened or is something about to happen?”. Young transforms predominantly urban landscapes and invests them with a deeply resonant beauty and formalist complexity. His scenes often feature darkening skies and are stripped by clouds, causing the works to appear alternately poised, immense, and serene. The artist balances cultural decay with new fabrication in this collection of mature, finely observed and arresting work. 

The enigmatic spaces in this collection of more than 25 large and small scale works are informed by painters whom the artist studies as carefully as he builds his luminous surfaces. On a paint-stained work table, well used monographs by Caspar Wolf, Frederick Church, Yoshida Hiroshi and Thomas Eakins attest to Young’s quest to hone his craft by careful study of diverse influences. 

Signature to this work is the rich, upper atmosphere dark blue into black sky, a nod to Vermeer, and the artificial illumination of neon and halogen, memories of Hopper. Humble constructs take on a timeless quality. Gas pumps, oil storage tanks, the grid of city lights seen from an airplane, fish tanks, billboards, buildings under construction and highway interchanges make up Young’s current vocabulary. The artist makes comfortable transitions in scale from easel sized paintings to monumental ones.

The gallery is located in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm and by appointment.

 


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DC's Dior Dazzles

February 10, 2016

Christian Dior opened its Washington DC boutique at CityCenterDC in December, and since then has been a sparkling gem in a new neighborhood filled with luxury retail shopping. 

Inspired by Peter Marino, the interior is a modernized concept of Dior’s traditional worldwide flagship on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. The boutique layout includes three rooms on the first floor devoted to Dior’s range of products such as accessories, signature handbags and footwear. The ready-to-wear salon, located on the mezzanine level, is complete with a seating area. The second floor features an exclusive VIP salon that can be used for private appointments.

Dior commissioned several contemporary artists to design works of art for the boutique that reflect the codes of the house. These pieces include a Christopher Schanck bench at the entrance of the boutique in the accessories salon, a Pierre Charpin ‘Stump’ table, a Guillaume Piechaud ‘Aiguille’ chair, a Paola Navole cheese table and a Juan & Paloma Garrido blocks table located in the handbags salon. A video art wall by Yoram along the staircase leads up to the ready-to-wear salon featuring a Christophe Delcourt ‘Myx’ console, a Sebastian Brajkovic ‘Lathe’ low table, Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova ‘Wave’ stools and Christophe Delcourt ‘Iko’ side tables.

VIP Salon (Photo by: diorus.com) VIP Salon

Additional highlights include a Fredrikson Stallard ‘Hurricane’ Mirror, Juan & Paloma Garrido ‘Mineral’ console, Emmanuel Babled ‘Osmosi’ low table, Charlotte Perriand ‘Riflesso’ console, India Mahdavi ‘Bishop’ tables, Toni Grilo ‘Cutting Space’ mirror and ‘Marie’ lamps in the VIP salon.

The new CityCenterDC boutique offers a modern shopping environment, reflecting Dior’s heritage of timeless elegance, luxury and innovation.

Dior is located at 933 Palmer Alley, NW. Tel: 202.408.5990 

DC Dior boutique (Photo by: diorus.com) DC Dior boutique


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'Question Bridge: Black Males' at The Phillips Collection

January 21, 2016

The Phillips Collection is hosting an exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males through February 28, 2016.

This documentary-style video art installation aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America. Since its inception in 1996, the project has recorded more than 1,600 questions and responses that illuminate diversity of thought, character, and identity in America’s black male population. The Phillips joins the more than 30 cultural institutions that have exhibited this compelling installation.

To foster honest expression and healing dialogue, the Question Bridge project allows one participant to ask a question while looking directly into the camera, and later another participant answers the question in the same way. The question-and-answer approach allows speakers to express their feelings on subjects that divide, unite, and puzzle. Artists Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Kamal Sinclair, and Bayeté Ross Smith have documented dozens of exchanges in nine American cities and shaped that content into this engaging video installation. 

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.


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