Wednesday, April 4, 2012

APRIL in DC , SECOND WEEK of ARTISTS in RESIDENCE at THEARC

This is the second week of artists in residence at the Studio at THEARC , in DC . MATTHEW SLAATS and MICHAEL NATIELLO are sharing the week and have some things in common and then very different approaches to their work . Matthew has been captivated by GRAFFITTI MOSS and where it might find itself . Working with words that have been left on the Studio by a question and response project WHAT INSPIRES YOU ? Matthew has engaged with spaces that are either less traveled or off the usual path , in this case a series of words on the trees close to the Organic Veg garden . Michael has bought alot of junk mail and other recycled material w/him which he has been blending with other matter on site such as the Cherry blossom , to produce a variety of pulp for paper making . He has also started his day by wandering the neighborhood collecting discarded material for his Mandala assemblages . Both artists activate the space by bringing attention to normal or often unseen or unrealized aspects of the every day world that surrounds us . We look forward to seeing examples of their work at THEARC as the week comes to a close.

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