Wings of Desire. Anne Marchand. Photo courtesy Evolve Urban Arts and the artist.
Closing Reception: Friday, March 17, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Exhibition on view through March 21, 2013
The Project space located in the Pierce School Loft, 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District, Washington, DC.
About the Artist
Anne is 6th 2011 Showcase Winner at ArtSant and a recipient of Artist Fellowship in 2009 from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She was honored as Liquitex Artist of the Month in November 2004. She was awarded a CAP/MEX EX Residency Grant in 2003 from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation & the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to teach a mural workshop in Culiacan, Mexico. In 2002, Anne was nominated for Excellence in Artistic Discipline in the distinguished DC Mayor’s Arts Awards. She designed and won mural competitions notably in 2005 and 2001 through the DC Creates Public Art Program.
The influence of poetic mysticism leads me to questions about man’s place in the universe. Through a process of layering mixed media and acrylic paint, I am re-creating an abstract language of color, shape and form. Luminous color is integral to my compositions. Using land, sky or the cosmos as a point of departure, I invent forms to convey feelings of energy and movement. Pulses, sounds, rhythms, colors and energy become the themes. I continually seek new ways to convey physical & spiritual sensations in paint. The paintings are put together in a dreamlike sequence to reinforce the reality of a metaphysical world. Forces of nature and the mysterious inner lives of human beings are themes that are constant in my work.”
The exhibit runs Thursday, January 31 through March 21, 2013. The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District, Washington, DC. The artist reception is free and open to the public.
About Evolve Urban Arts
The Evolve Urban Arts Project enriches the lives of residents, neighbors in the H Street Community, and Washington DC at large by providing free exhibition space to artists based in the metropolitan area.
The Project draws inspiration from the loft conversion movement – started by artists — that transformed downtown New York City warehouses and industrial spaces into functional live/work studios. Decades later, the process of gentrification has promoted the loft lifestyle across America, but few reflect upon or celebrate the artistic roots of this movement. The Pierce School Lofts, home to Evolve Urban Arts Project, was itself an abandoned elementary school before being adaptively re-used as rental loft apartments. Evolve has chosen to honor the buildings’ history and the artistic heritage of the greater loft movement by creating the Urban Arts Project and giving artists center stage in the building’s public spaces.
The Project sponsors approximately five exhibitions a year in a variety of formats and mediums and is entirely philanthropic, taking no payment for use of the space. Artists may make their work available for purchase, or they simply may choose to share their work with the community. By acting as an incubator for artistic talent, the Project aims to make Washington, DC a more dynamic, creative and fascinating place to live.
Evolve Urban Arts Project is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland, Avenue NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District of Washington, DC. USA
To schedule an appointment after the opening reception, contact Geoff Ault, the Project’s curator, at 202.744.6439 or by email at geoff [at] evolveDC.com