Saturday, April 19, 2008

DCAC announces Sparkplug Show, including Jenny Walton

DCAC's Sparkplug
Curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow
2438 18th Street NW
, DC

May 2 - May 11

Opening reception on Friday May 2, 7 - 9 pm

DC Arts Center's resident collective Sparkplug launches its first exhibition as part of an ongoing pursuit of adventures beyond the commercial gallery system. Sparkplug is a gathering of a dozen or so Washington, DC metro area emerging artists, curators and writers that meet once a month to discuss their work, explore common concerns and ideas, grow their community, and dream up creative engagements both in DC and around the globe.

This inaugural two-week catalyst show will include work by: Deborah Carroll Anzinger, Peter Gordon, Lisa McCarty, Kathryn McDonnell, Michael Matason, Mark Planisek, Karen Joan Topping and Jenny Walton. What began as a collaborative pooling of images for submission to the rash of art slideshow presentations (popping up at venues all over the country) has morphed into a full blown installation of artworks; an investigation and discovery of entropy, place and system in the Nation's Capital. The goal of Sparkplug is to identify superior artists, curators and arts writers without current gallery representation or institutional employ, to provide them with an ongoing source of support, inspiration and encouragement, and to enlist them in the long-term development of a vital DC Arts Center collective. Sparkplug is still actively seeking members - dedicated visionaries with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences and a diversity of professional preoccupations and creative aspirations - from all communities in the Washington, DC region.

Some of the artists will be on hand on Saturday, May 10th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM to discuss the show, their work, and Sparkplug at the DC Arts Center.