” A Potomac River Afternoon”, Collage, Megan Coyle.
When you think of a collage, I am sure you automatically revert to your younger days – all the fond memories of snipping and glueing and taping while sitting under harsh fluorescents in your elementary school art class.
But, collage artist Megan Coyle’s exhibit, Stories in Paper, which is now on view at The Art League, will most definitely change your perspective on the art form. Coyle’s work is anything but juvenile, she creates intricate “paintings” full of textures and layers using an unconventional medium.
Coyle says, “Utilizing this method allows me to create artwork that captures the essence of a painting, but broadens my palette to include textures, pattern, and fragments of photographs from magazines”.
Stories in Paper will be exhibited at The Art League of Old Town Alexandria through August 2nd.
Jason Wright, Artist – Image Courtesy of Jason Wright
You normally don’t here the terms extreme sports and art in the same sentence, so I was quite intrigued when I heard about Jason Wright’s show called Take You Home – on display at Gallery Plan B. You see, Wright lives the dual-lifestyle of professional skydiver (check out the video below) and knife painter, effortlessly swooping in-and-out of each role, and drawing inspiration from these experiences in order to bring something fresh to the art scene. In this interview, Wright talks with WLDC about his work, his passion for life, and what it is like to live in D.C. every summer.
We Love DC: How did you get to be where you are today? Artist and professional athlete isn’t the most common title to have.
Jason Wright: I grew up in Hawaii, and Hawaii is still home for me. While living there I was completely immersed in that culture, skateboarding and surfing all the time. It was at this point that art fused with me and I began illustrating for skateboards. In that kind of art culture you also get to experience things like music (I was in multiple bands) and even the culinary arts (I wanted to be a chef at one point), the art world is very friendly and was a perfect fit for my free spirited type of personality. I always followed my own path in life and let my passion lead the way. Next, I ventured into snowboarding and because of injury it was taken away from me, but all of the traveling I got to do at the professional level was good for inspiration – meeting different people and attending different galleries.
Image Credit: Sara Yousefnejad, Arlington Arts Center
For all local artists out there, tomorrow is your last chance to enter for a spot to be featured in a solo exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center.
Artists who “produce cutting edge contemporary art in any/all media, and who live or work in Virginia; Washington, DC; Maryland; West Virginia; Delaware; or Pennsylvania” are eligible to submit exhibition proposals. Furthermore, all work must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.
For more information contact the Arlington Arts Center at 703-248.6800.
‘X Marks the Spot’
courtesy of ‘Kevin H.’
John Gerrard, the environmental photographer and installation artist will be at the Hirshhorn Museum tonight to discuss his latest exhibition. The exhibition consists of large-scale format, digitally manipulated pictures of American landscape that unfold in real-time — allowing patient enthusiasts to experience each “shot” unfold over a 24-hour period.
The event is in conjunction with the 2010 Environmental Film Festival.
Meet the Artist tonight at 7 PM in the Ring Auditorium of the Hirshhorn Museum [Corner of Independence Ave and 7th ST S],