SparkplugOctober 16 - November 15
Opening Reception: October 16, 7-9pm
Featuring work by Deborah Carroll Anzinger, Peter Gordon, Michael Matason, Lisa McCarty, Kathryn McDonnell, Karen Joan Topping and Jenny Walton
Curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow and Blair Murphy
DCAC's resident collective considers the artistic process as a mode of inquiry, a domain characterized by sustained research and vigorous experimentation, yet focused less on the production of definitive answers than on the discovery and negotiation of contradictory truths. While the exhibition demonstrates the diverse concerns and creative tactics of the nine Sparkplug members, it also reflects the purposeful development of Sparkplug as a collective over the group's first two years of working together.
Positing art as an ideal vehicle for navigating seemingly irreconcilable ideas and inspirations, and raising questions about the nature of new knowledge and the Artist's Work, FINDINGS brings themes cultivated during collective meetings and studio visits into the gallery space. In this way, the audience is invited to engage in active conversation with individual artists, and with Sparkplug as an organic and multifarious whole.
Currently composed of nine DC area artists and curators, the Sparkplug collective meets regularly to discuss their work, explore common concerns, grow their community and dream up creative engagements both in DC and around the world. Through its support of Sparkplug, DC Arts Center provides meeting space, legal and technical resources and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists, curators and arts writers without current gallery representation or institutional employ. Via a continuing dialogue encompassing the theoretical and the practical, the group's members share experiences, perspectives, preoccupations, challenges, and topics informing their ongoing artistic practice.