6/14/2017 by Radost
Gateway Arts District - Open Studios - Saturday, May 13, 2017:
This Saturday, May 13th, 12 – 5 pm, Open Studios in the Gateway Arts District. See the work of dozens of DC's best artists. What a great way to spend the afternoon, browsing through studios and meeting the artists. This Open House only happens twice a year!
Ellyn Weiss & Jackie Hoysted: The One House Project, Fall 2017:
This project is being conceived and executed by a group of local artists, convened by Jackie Hoysted and Ellyn Weiss, who have gathered together to develop ways to use the power of visual communication to express their support for true democratic and American values, such as inclusion, tolerance, equality under the law, and stewardship of the environment.
The One House project will embody both resistance to the subversion of these values and assertion of their importance and our adherence to them. The overriding principle is our vision for a country where we are united as one people rather than divided against each other by race, gender, class, region, etc. Inspired by such models as the AIDS quilt and Faces of the Fallen, we will aim to universalize our message by bringing it to a very personal level.
As we imagine the project, each participant - artist or otherwise - will begin with a 12" square piece of plywood. The artist will dedicate that square to one of her/his ancestors, who came to this country from elsewhere - whether in 1620 or last year, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Participants who are themselves immigrants should use the square for their own story. Since Native Americans were the first inhabitants of this land, they should honor any ancestor whose life story is important to them. To the extent information is available, the ancestor's name, date, and country or region of origin, will be put on the square. Then the square will be used to commemorate the ancestor with text, imagery or any combination. What do want people to know about them? How are they important to us?
The completed squares will be assembled into the form of a house, both in 2 and 3 dimensional form. If feasible, we will make a large group photo of the artists who created the squares to display along with the structure. Our ultimate objective is to initiate a project that can be replicated all over the country by any group of people, artists or otherwise, students, faith groups, etc. It is relatively simple and inexpensive and could serve as a springboard for any number of educational projects.
Blog post by Martina Sestakova at Radost