"In the galleries: The stars and planets align for ‘hyder flares’ featuring Adam Ryder and Dan Perkins" by Mark Jenkins

“Alone in the Woods,” Dan Perkins’s show at Hamiltonian Gallery, takes its name from its largest canvas, in which a rising sun glows over a lake its rays have painted yellow. Nine smaller pictures are vignettes of nature, with heightened, slightly artificial colors. These oils intensify 19th-century landscape painting with the saturated hues of pop art and photorealism.

"In the galleries: The stars and planets align for ‘hyder flares’ featuring Adam Ryder and Dan Perkins" by Mark Jenkins

“Renovatio Imperii” and “Alone in the Woods” at Hamiltonian, Reviewed” by Kriston Capps Aug 21 2015

The surface of “Sky Stack” is so delicious, you could dip into it with a spoon, as if it were a bowl of ice cream. It’s a painting by Dan Perkins, a recent American University grad who demonstrates control and precision with tone and gradient. “Sky Stack”is pleasant: a landscape oil painting, in which a rhombus of bright blue day intersects the sky of a piney hill scene at sunset. “Sky Stack” is so good that it might just be bad for you.

“Renovatio Imperii” and “Alone in the Woods” at Hamiltonian, Reviewed” by Kriston Capps Aug 21 2015

“In the galleries: Gunpowder and teddy bears" featuring Lisa Dillin and Allison Spence by Mark Jenkins

“You are important to us,” recites the recorded message from the intercom attached to a white wall. The sentiment is insincere, of course, as is every artifact in Lisa Dillin’s “I’m looking for you . . .” at Hamiltonian Gallery. The Baltimore artist presents simulated fragments of suburban life, hinting at the larger simulation practiced by the developers of instant “communities.”

“In the galleries: Gunpowder and teddy bears" featuring Lisa Dillin and Allison Spence by Mark Jenkins

“Larry Cook's "Stockholm Syndrome" at Hamiltonian Gallery, Reviewed” by Kriston Capps

Larry Cook may be the artist D.C.’s been waiting for. While D.C. looks less like Chocolate City and more like Chocolate-Chip City with every passing day, here’s an artist who dwells on issues of image and representation in the city’s black population—and he’s finding sure footing. Since he graduated with an MFA from George Washington University in 2013, he’s been named as a finalist for both the Trawick Prize in Bethesda and the Sondheim Artscape Prize in Baltimore, two of the highest honors in the region. 

“Larry Cook's "Stockholm Syndrome" at Hamiltonian  Gallery, Reviewed” by Kriston Capps

“East City Art Reviews: Larry Cook’s Stockholm Syndrome at Hamiltonian Gallery” by Eric Hope

Stockholm Syndrome–while the phrase might cause an emotional shudder for some, others might take it with a grain of skepticism. “I’d never fall under the spell of my captors,” these naysayers would argue. Therein lies the syndrome’s insidious nature–the shell shock slowly morphs into acceptance, so subtly that you aren’t aware of the shifting sands that gird your sense of reality. For artist Larry Cook, this acquiescence is personal. He spies it in his community and experiences it in the reactions of his African-American peers. And it incites him. But rather than lash out in rage, he confronts this complex web of lies, denials and wishful thinking head-on with emotionally-laden works that disrupt so-called “truths” we consider as God-given. Indeed, titling his current solo show at Hamiltonian Gallery Stockholm Syndrome is simultaneously a wake-up call and a call to arms.

“East City Art Reviews: Larry Cook’s  Stockholm Syndrome at Hamiltonian Gallery” by Eric Hope
VCU ArtsNancy Daly2015

VCU “ASSIGNMENT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

This exhibition’s purpose is to showcase pieces by Wowsugi’s students that “challenge traditional hierarchies between teacher/student and the boundaries of the public and the private while poignantly revealing the vulnerability, humor, empathy and playfulness with which Wowsugi teaches with her students”. It includes work from current and former students from her Time Based Studio Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 classes at American University; Time Studio Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Digital Photography I Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University.

VCU ArtsNancy Daly2015
VCU “ASSIGNMENT: HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

"In the galleries: At Hamiltonian, a birthday celebration of a different sort" by Mark Jenkins

Every year since 2011, art professor Naoko Wowsugi has asked her students to give her an experience for her birthday. The request is not an expression of narcissism — well, not entirely — but an assignment, first at Virginia Commonwealth University and more recently at American University. Some of the supposed highlights of this exercise are on displayat Hamiltonian Gallery, along with a video of a birthday event choreographed by Whoop Dee Doo, a performance-art duo.

"In the galleries: At Hamiltonian, a birthday celebration of a different sort" by Mark Jenkins

"Naoko Wowsugi + Whoop Dee Doo at Hamiltonian Gallery" by Kriston Capps

Some people can be so difficult about their birthdays. Expensive dinners, cabin weekends, a birthday penumbra that expands until you find yourself celebrating someone’s birthday week or birthday month—birthday-zillas are always wrecking the calendar. But nobody goes as big on her birthday as Naoko Wowsugi. 

"Naoko Wowsugi + Whoop Dee Doo at Hamiltonian Gallery" by Kriston Capps