The inaugural event will see the return of CURRENT to its original neighborhood in Scott’s Addition, and will be held March 31, 2018, in the special event space at Studio Two Three. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase books directly from artists and publishers based in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina that produced them.
A cash bar benefiting Studio Two Three will run throughout the day during free general admission from noon - 8 pm and food trucks will be parked in the Studio Two Three back patio. Visitors are invited to take a break in the reading room where they can be the live audience for recordings of Paper Cuts, a podcast focusing on the world of DIY publishing hosted by Christopher Kardambikis, and LookSEE, a podcast dedicated to the visual arts in Richmond hosted by Paige Goodpasture.
Quirk Gallery's 2018 exhibition schedule starts with a solo show featuring new work from DC-based artist and illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber. This new Main Gallery exhibit will feauture whimsical paintings of animals, objects, pets, and patterns. Materials used include pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Elizabeth's exhibit will also incorporate some interactive experiences with work generated during the exhibition inspired by friends of and visitors to Quirk Gallery and Quirk Hotel.
Elizabeth lives and works outside of Washington, D.C. Her illustrations have been commissioned by clients including Warby Parker, Whole Foods, BarkBox, NPR, Brooklyn Magazine, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among others. Elizabeth's work has been published in An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails(Gotham/Penguin Books) and in A Field Guide to Redheads (Workman Publishing) featuring over 100 real and fictional redheads.
CURRENT Books exhibitor Candela Books + Gallery has a new exhibition up at their Richmond, VA gallery space through February 17.
Candela Gallery is excited to present the first show of the new year: Science as Muse, an exhibition featuring photographic works from Walter Chappell, Caleb Charland, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Pam Fox, Daniel Kariko, Michael Rauner, Robert Shults, and Susan Worsham.
The eight artists in Science as Muse share a particular interest in science, though their artistic interpretations vary dramatically. Included in this exhibition are artists who have been caught up in the documentation of the incredible worlds within which scientists practice their craft. Other artists use sophisticated equipment made possible only by modern scientific innovation. Some approach their creation through the foundational scientific process, asking questions and applying scientific method, producing unexpected results. Finally, there are those artists who have recontextualized science and its paraphernalia, imbuing or even circumventing the essence of time-tested practical applications with aesthetic pursuits.
The threads that can be teased from these different approaches remind us that photography itself comes from science, and that its early practitioners were as varied as their contemporary descendants. Among early photographers there were storytellers, technicians, explorers, and there were alchemists drawn to the unknowns that chemistry promised. This spirit of discovery then remains with us, and these artists are proof that the muse is always dancing just beyond our reach.
As a publisher Candela Books + Gallery is committed to the quality and design of the printed medium. Partnering with D.A.P. for our distribution, their books have a great reach, in hopes that each of our books will contribute to the history of photography. As a gallery, they exhibit established and less recognized photographers alike, the emphasis being on work that contributes to the discourse of photography as a fine art medium.
Open Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm
CURRENT Books exhibitor GenderFail is exhibiting selections from the GenderFail Archive Project at SEDIMENT through this weekend.
SEDIMENT presents GenderFail with a multimedia installation featuring publications, prints, and select programming. GenderFail is a publishing and program initiative founded by Brett Suemnicht that features the perspectives of queer and trans people and people of color. The project looks to build up, reinforce and open opportunities for creative projects focusing on printed matter.
GenderFail will present works from the GenderFail Archive Project in the form of a reading room with select titles from the GenderFail library. The GenderFail Archive Project invites artists, curators, librarians, activists and other engaged publics to pick a selection of titles from our collection of art books, zines, and publications. The selections will be archived on genderfailarchiveproject.com and presented at SEDIMENT as installations on sculptures commissioned from Richmond-based artists. The collaborative sculptural displays, which were created by artists Hallie McNeill, Evan Galbicka and Colin Klockner, act as vessels for the selected publications.
GenderFail will also be presenting ongoing work made in response to a protest sign used in the New York Christopher Street Parade in 1974, in which a sign displaying the handwritten message “Mother Nature is a Lesbian” inspired a typeface created in response to that act of protest. The font derived from the original sign extends the initial moment of protest by expanding this moment of agency past a singular event. It has become the unofficial font for GenderFail and has been used in various programs and publications.
Since its inception in 2015, GenderFail has released content by Liz Barr, Jesse Harrod, Maria Tínaut, Anthony Iacono, Paige Hanserd, Ethan Kastner with upcoming works by Pallavi Sen, Roxana Azar and Jordan Loeppky Kolesnik. GenderFail has presented work at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Ulises Books (Philadelphia), After School Special (Milwaukee) and SEDIMENT (Richmond). Their publications can be found at Printed Matter (NYC), Art Metropole (Toronto), Artbook at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Quimby’s Books (Chicago) and Verbatim Books (San Diego). GenderFail’s extensive library of art books, artist books, and zines is available to the public upon request or at scheduled times, and we have been offering free use of Risograph machine printing to queer, trans, and non-binary identifying folks since Fall 2017. It is GenderFail’s mission to use these programs to share whatever resources we can with the communities we inhabit.