2013

"ERIC GOTTESMAN THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY"

Eric Gottesman’s latest work, ‘One Needs To Listen To The Characters One Creates’ explores and reinterprets the controversial Amharic novel ‘Oromaye’, by Baalu Girma. Gottesman’s work is on display at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C until January 4th and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans until January 19th.

"ERIC GOTTESMAN THE HAMILTONIAN GALLERY"

"Gallery shows: ‘new. (now). 2013,’ ‘Abstraction,’ ‘1460 Wallmountables’" by Mark Jenkins

Introducing the latest crop of Hamiltonian fellows, Hamiltonian Gallery’s “new. (now). 2013” ventures into political territory. Among the five-artist show’s confrontational works are two by Larry Cook. “M.L.” is a manipulated video of Martin Luther King Jr., waiting at a microphone and looking wary. “All American” depicts three figures, symbolically color-coded: models dressed in the battle gear of the Bloods (red) and Crips (blue) flank one in a Ku Klux Klan robe (white). The triptych may not be a fair representation of the U.S.A., but its bristling hostility is true to one aspect of the American character.

"Gallery shows: ‘new. (now). 2013,’ ‘Abstraction,’ ‘1460 Wallmountables’" by Mark Jenkins

"Great Lakes Brewing Co. / DC "new. (now). 2013" at Hamiltonian Gallery" by Kriston Capps

Through its Hamiltonian Fellows program, Hamiltonian Gallery has a decent track record of predicting new talent. Jonathan Monaghan, a 2009 fellow (and a former student of mine) has gone on to show with Curator’s Office; 2010 fellows Jessica Van Brakle and Elena Volkova have both enjoyed well-received shows at Hamiltonian and elsewhere. Annette Isham and Billy Friebele, two of last year’s fellows, are some of my favorite new artists in years. In the show “new. (now). 2013,” the current crop promises to carry the baton: Most of the five new fellows are doing good work—and some of them won’t settle for just that.

"Great Lakes Brewing Co. / DC "new. (now). 2013" at Hamiltonian Gallery" by Kriston Capps

"The Salon of Little Deaths" at Hamiltonian Gallery by Louis Jacobson

For an exhibit titled “The Salon of Little Deaths”—a name derived from the French term for orgasm—the Hamiltonian Gallery’s current production doesn’t show much sex. But in the works of Milana Braslavsky, there’s a not-too-subtle sexuality at play. Her still-life photographs feature pears, peaches, tangerines, yellow plums, and nectarines in all their bulbous, sensual glory, set on fabrics that range from fancy tablecloths to blue coverings that suggest aseptic hospital linens.

 "The Salon of Little Deaths" at Hamiltonian Gallery by Louis Jacobson

"Artist of the Week: Jerry Truing" by Roxanne Goldberg

Jerry Truong’s 2010 Untitled (Bien Girl) is exemplary of the DC-based artist’s artwork, which seeks to “peel back the formal façade” with the goal of raising “new questions about history, memory, and identity” and gaining “a deeper understanding of our roles within a civil society,” according to the artist’s statement.

"Artist of the Week: Jerry Truing" by Roxanne Goldberg

“Gallery event of the week: ‘Social Studies’” by Michael O’Sullivan

Artists Jerry Truong and Annette Isham make art that explores identity, history, gender and other personally and politically charged topics. So it makes sense for them to tackle the topic of school, where much of our sense of self is shaped.

“Gallery event of the week: ‘Social Studies’” by Michael O’Sullivan