CulturalDC Presents: Joelle Dietrick & Owen Mundy: Grid, Sequence Me

CulturalDC Presents
Joelle Dietrick & Owen Mundy: Grid, Sequence Me

Flashpoint Gallery
916 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
01.05.13 – 02.02.13
Opening: 01.05.13, SAT, 6 – 8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – Florida-based art team Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy will transform Flashpoint Gallery with an installation of projected animations called Grid, Sequence Me, opening on January 5. Surrounded by images of cross-sectioned buildings and source code excerpts, gallery visitors will encounter fragments of Washington, DC architecture—a vaguely familiar roofline or grid of office windows—remixed with phrases spidered from housing-related websites. Constantly changing, the data will be streamed live into the gallery from both local sources (DC short sale listings) and national (federal policy sites). The inclusion of both local and national data will emphasize the effects of related micro-macro shifts.

Generated by custom software designed by the artists, these fragments will echo the financial systems that led to recent housing market declines. They mirror mortgages repackaged and sold, titles lost in administrative tape, and dreams confused by legal jargon. Like the complex financial systems of the housing market heyday, the software is specifically written to generate an infinite number of arrangements. The complexity of constantly changing outcomes, never repeated, stands in stark contrast to the exhibition’s title, Grid, Sequence Me. We implement grids hoping for comforting, predictable results, even in areas of life—like living arrangements and job creation—that are filled with human folly.

The exhibition offers a space where a visitor can consider how automated, often unseen technological communications and economic systems affect our daily lives and basic human needs.

There will be an artist talk and preview on Saturday, January 5 at 5pm as a part of our membership program. Others are invited to join us. RSVP to gallery@culturaldc.org to attend the artist talk. The public reception will follow immediately after the talk from 6-8pm.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Joelle Dietrick’s paintings, drawings and animations explore contemporary nesting instincts and their manipulation by global economic systems. Her recent artworks and research consider housing trends that complicate relationships to place. Her work has been shown at Transitio_MX in Mexico City, TINA B Festival in Prague and Venice, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, MCA San Diego, Long March Space Beijing, ARC Gallery Chicago, Soho20 New York and MPG Contemporary Boston. She has attended residencies at the Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and the School of the Visual Arts and received fellowships from the University of California, Florida State University and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).

Owen Mundy is an artist, designer, and programmer who investigates public space and its relationship to data. His artwork highlights inconspicuous trends and offers tools to make hackers out of everyday users. His work has been shown at Transitio_MX in Mexico City, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA, Compactspace in Los Angeles, Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, the Sarai Media Lab in New Dehli, Bauer&Ewald Gallery in Berlin and APEXART, Flux Factory and Art Currents Gallery, in New York. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Indiana, a Planning Grant from Florida State University, a Center for Humanities Fellowship and San Diego Fellowship from University of California, San Diego and a DAAD Arts Study Fellowship. He has an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint’s 2012-13 Hotel Partner. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2012-13 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Joelle Dietrick & Owen Mundy: Grid, Sequence Me
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 6-8pm
Exhibition: January 5 – February 2, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 Press: 202.315.1310 Fax: 202.315.1303
Email: karyn@culturaldc.org

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