Monday, September 22, 2008

Geoffrey Aldridge @ Conner

The highly anticipated inauguration of Conner Contemporary's new space is finally here.
Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith are delighted to announce the inauguration of 1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE as the new home of Conner Contemporary Art and *gogo art projects with an opening solo exhibition of new work by Leo Villareal and a group exhibition of recent work by Gallery Artists.

Visit the gallery and check out work from *gogo art projects artist Geoffrey Aldridge ('08).
You can also see figural drawings from AU faculty member Zoƫ Charlton.

The invitation only reception is September 27, 6-8pm.
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 11-6, Sunday 12-5

Monday, September 15, 2008

Campbell & Servilio @ SFOS 08

Last year’s S.F.O.S. (Sewing Factory Open Studios) event featured 21 visual artists and 7 live music acts on the rooftop of an industrial loft building in Bed-Stuy. This September, the roof will again be turned into a sculpture garden augmented by paintings and featuring live music. Although line-ups are still being finalized, Loop 2.4.3, who “reinvent percussion from the bones out” (NPR-Fresh Air), and have been described as “a really focused and thrilling percussive ride” (, will headline the music stage and local artist Suzanne Boatenreiter will be curating the visual art. Other musical acts confirmed are CT songwriter Jonny Rodgers, NYC wordsmith Tom Burnett, and Hungarian pianist/keyboardist Istvan B’Racz, performing Phillip Glass along with original works. In addition to the curated art show, many artists who have studio space in the building will be offering open studios.

This show includes work from Tim Campbell ('08) and Sharon Servilio ('08).

The Art Show begins at 4 p.m. and goes into the evening with live music starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Spencer Sewing Factory Rooftop, 144 Spencer St. (click for map), Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant), NY 11205

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cory Oberndorfer @ G Fine Art

G Fine Art

is pleased to announced

Ryan Hackett
Cory Oberndorfer

September 13 – October 11

Reception for the artists on
Thursday September 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm

And public opening with the artists on
Saturday September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Hackett’s recent work focuses on body language, physical traits, and specific characteristics of selected animals as a structure to develop various multimedia works. Growing from initial impulses such as heart rates, body language, bones, and fur, the work pushes and pulls between the synthetic and the natural suspended in ambiguous hypnotic manifestations.

Hackett uses painting to trap, isolate and transform sections of images both moving and stationary. Much like an electronic musician might sample a beat and transform it into something new, Hackett uses paint to “sample” part of an image and transform it according to the images anatomical clues. The result is an image that grows through a system of atmospheric channel-like extensions.

The installation, Hive Transmissions 9/13/08 – 10/11/08 positions the honeybee as performer. Hackett will organize the effects and channels that receive and transform sounds from the hive. These sounds are taken in real time and interpreted through effect processors creating a transition from the agitated state of the hive to the serene environment emerging from the system. The bees essentially perform a one month long set of ambient electronic music born from the sounds circulating through the hive.

Ryan Hackett graduated with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He was a founding member of the DC artists’ collaborative Decatur Blue. Most recently Hackett’s work was featured in the exhibition Freaks of Nature at the Bronx River Art Center in New York and in a solo exhibition titled Evolutions of Paint and Sound at Spur Projects in Portola Valley, CA.

Project Room

Oberndorfer works from his own personal history growing up in suburban Middle America, without risk or rebellion, he remembers wondering what it would be like to step outside the boundaries of his “sugarcoated” lifestyle. He describes his childhood heroes as those who questioned propriety and were “not known for their sweet and pleasant exterior but for the strength, confidence and conviction that lies beneath.”

His paintings of roller derby girls explore their and his shared interest in stepping outside boundaries; Oberndorfer’s idolization comes from the derby girls’ success in redefining these boundaries. They reject the “sugar and spice and everything nice” role with courage and determination. Roller girls invent their own personas and pseudonyms that reveal their aspirations or essential qualities. They choose costumes that are sexy and cute while playing a damaging game that requires a tough body and mind. His works reflects the fierce beauty of the women and the delightful experience of watching them. The paintings themselves are mouthwatering in their candy inspired color schemes and the high quality of the work.

Cory Oberndorfer graduated with an MFA from American University. He was included in the WPA\C OPTIONS Biennial in 2007 and the Brightest Young Things Relaunch, in 2008.
Gallery hours: Tuesday –Saturday 11am - 6pm

1515 Fourteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
T. 202.462.1601
F. 202.462.1604

Cory is also currently featured in the arts section of both DC Modern Luxury and Northern Virginia magazines(September issues).