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Experiment #3

Prompt: Find the 11th Dimension

We are all familiar with four dimensions: our three spacial dimensions plus time. What we are less familiar with are seven hidden dimensions. Over the years physicists have attempted to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory by modelling them as vibrations of tiny strings. This unified theory or "M-Theory" is only possible in an 11-dimensional vibration field. 

Our featured artists will attempt to "find the 11th dimension" as part of an interactive art exhibit at the heart of Georgetown's design district.

 

Location: L2 Lounge (3315 Cady's Alley NW)

Date: 13th of May

Time: 10PM - 3AM

 

Advisory Panel:

  • Ashley Templeton (Director at Guarisco Gallery)
  • Susan Calloway (Director at Susan Calloway Fine Arts)
  • Matthew Curry (Grammy nominated artist, and founder of Imagefed)
  • Jennie Beuhler (Director at DTR Gallery)
  • Robin Bell (Award winning video journalist, and professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design)
  • LA Johnson (Art Director at NPR, and founder of the Intentional)
  • Peter Chang (Founder of No Kings Collective)
  • Michael Clements (Founder of ArtJamz)
 

EXHIBITS

 
   Rachel Schmidt | Installation Artist     Rachel Schmidt uses site-specific mixed media installations to create future myths that focus on the overwhelming possibilities that lay ahead if our current path in the Anthropocene remains the same. She is interested in futuristic visions of a world without natural ecosystems, where a synthetic biology governs how people coexist. From 2011-16, she was an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center and earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rachel has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Taipei Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan.

Rachel Schmidt | Installation Artist

Rachel Schmidt uses site-specific mixed media installations to create future myths that focus on the overwhelming possibilities that lay ahead if our current path in the Anthropocene remains the same. She is interested in futuristic visions of a world without natural ecosystems, where a synthetic biology governs how people coexist. From 2011-16, she was an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center and earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rachel has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Taipei Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan.

   Katherine Mann | Installation Artist     In her sweeping, explosive abstract paintings, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann merges traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with an approach rooted in Western abstractionism. She was originally trained in sumi ink painting, which forms the basis for her work. Describing her process, Mann says, “I begin each piece with a stain of color. . . From this shape, I nourish the landscape of each painting, coaxing from this organic foundation the development of diverse, decorative forms: braids of hair, details from Beijing opera costuming, lattice-work, sequined patterns.” These forms coalesce into compositions that appear alive and churning on the paper, sometimes spilling off the page and into site-specific installations. In addition to sumi ink, Mann uses a range of materials and techniques, including acrylic, graphite, collage, etching, and silkscreen.

Katherine Mann | Installation Artist

In her sweeping, explosive abstract paintings, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann merges traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with an approach rooted in Western abstractionism. She was originally trained in sumi ink painting, which forms the basis for her work. Describing her process, Mann says, “I begin each piece with a stain of color. . . From this shape, I nourish the landscape of each painting, coaxing from this organic foundation the development of diverse, decorative forms: braids of hair, details from Beijing opera costuming, lattice-work, sequined patterns.” These forms coalesce into compositions that appear alive and churning on the paper, sometimes spilling off the page and into site-specific installations. In addition to sumi ink, Mann uses a range of materials and techniques, including acrylic, graphite, collage, etching, and silkscreen.

   LA Johnson | Illustrator     LA grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio in a medium-sized suburb that bordered the country. She has always had one foot on in one world, and the other in another dimension. She attended SCAD for art school and has worked in many different professions while trying to figure out how to pay rent and make art. Now, as a visual journalist for NPR, she thinks she has it almost figured out. But knowing the universe is chaos, you’ve got to be ready for anything. 

LA Johnson | Illustrator

LA grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio in a medium-sized suburb that bordered the country. She has always had one foot on in one world, and the other in another dimension. She attended SCAD for art school and has worked in many different professions while trying to figure out how to pay rent and make art. Now, as a visual journalist for NPR, she thinks she has it almost figured out. But knowing the universe is chaos, you’ve got to be ready for anything. 

   Gabriel Unger | Photographer     Gabriel Unger is an artist from Atlanta who currently resides in Washington DC. His works includes photography, drawing, painting, and video pieces. Currently his focus is on blurred reality. He utilizes motion as an integral component of his pieces to show how different mediums can alter perceptions of the mundane. His most recent photography series is entitled "M-Theory" and focuses on incomplete answers and the search for a higher understanding of the universe.

Gabriel Unger | Photographer

Gabriel Unger is an artist from Atlanta who currently resides in Washington DC. His works includes photography, drawing, painting, and video pieces. Currently his focus is on blurred reality. He utilizes motion as an integral component of his pieces to show how different mediums can alter perceptions of the mundane. His most recent photography series is entitled "M-Theory" and focuses on incomplete answers and the search for a higher understanding of the universe.

   Robin Bell | Filmmaker     Robin Bell was born and raised in Washington, DC. His formal training as an artist began with a class at Northern Virginia Community College taught by the esteemed artist Michael Platt. His practice started with printmaking and moved into photography. On April 15, 2000, he was illegally arrested, along with over 700 others, while photographing a demonstration against the prison industrial complex. The dissonance between the media’s portrayal of the protests versus his personal experience had a profound effect on his outlook and creative practice. Video became his primary medium, as a way to better document untold stories and amplify the voices of those outside of the structures of power. 

Robin Bell | Filmmaker

Robin Bell was born and raised in Washington, DC. His formal training as an artist began with a class at Northern Virginia Community College taught by the esteemed artist Michael Platt. His practice started with printmaking and moved into photography. On April 15, 2000, he was illegally arrested, along with over 700 others, while photographing a demonstration against the prison industrial complex. The dissonance between the media’s portrayal of the protests versus his personal experience had a profound effect on his outlook and creative practice. Video became his primary medium, as a way to better document untold stories and amplify the voices of those outside of the structures of power. 

   Suzanne Firstenberg | Sculptor     Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg is a DC based artist founder of Flash Sideways Studio. She has served on the board of the Washington Sculptors Group and is also a member of Washington Project for the Arts and Mid-City Artists. Her drawings, stone carvings, and bronze sculptures have been exhibited coast-to-coast. Locally, she has given artist talks at the Smithsonian Castle and the Katzen Art Center where she exhibited 10,752 paper airplanes folded from the Congressional Record. In 2016, she organized the installation of forty-six student-created totem poles at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station. Ms. Firstenberg joined fellow sculptor, Tatyana Schremko, in representing the United States in the 2016 International Ice and Snow sculpting competition in Harbin, China, where they were awarded the Creativity Prize. She has been named the Bloedel Reserve Resident Artist for March 2017, on Bainbridge Island, Washington state. 

Suzanne Firstenberg | Sculptor

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg is a DC based artist founder of Flash Sideways Studio. She has served on the board of the Washington Sculptors Group and is also a member of Washington Project for the Arts and Mid-City Artists. Her drawings, stone carvings, and bronze sculptures have been exhibited coast-to-coast. Locally, she has given artist talks at the Smithsonian Castle and the Katzen Art Center where she exhibited 10,752 paper airplanes folded from the Congressional Record. In 2016, she organized the installation of forty-six student-created totem poles at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station. Ms. Firstenberg joined fellow sculptor, Tatyana Schremko, in representing the United States in the 2016 International Ice and Snow sculpting competition in Harbin, China, where they were awarded the Creativity Prize. She has been named the Bloedel Reserve Resident Artist for March 2017, on Bainbridge Island, Washington state. 

   Malissa Wilkins | Stage and Fashion Designer     Malissa Wilkins aka. AfroVelvet is a Creative Director, Fashion Designer, and Image Producer from Washington, DC. In 2013 Wilkins founded AFROVELVET, a creative collective focused on master creation + sartorial evolution. A fulcrum for melanated magic entry into the fashion industry. AFROVELVET seeks to make every being immeasurable. Through AFROVELVET, Malissa helps other artists with brand development, conceptual designs, and art management. AFROVELVET also creates incomparable experiences for human observation within entertainment. The Collective falls nothing short of a movement for the millennial renaissance.

Malissa Wilkins | Stage and Fashion Designer

Malissa Wilkins aka. AfroVelvet is a Creative Director, Fashion Designer, and Image Producer from Washington, DC. In 2013 Wilkins founded AFROVELVET, a creative collective focused on master creation + sartorial evolution. A fulcrum for melanated magic entry into the fashion industry. AFROVELVET seeks to make every being immeasurable. Through AFROVELVET, Malissa helps other artists with brand development, conceptual designs, and art management. AFROVELVET also creates incomparable experiences for human observation within entertainment. The Collective falls nothing short of a movement for the millennial renaissance.

   Armin Kuljis | Architect     Armin Kuljis was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He graduated as an Architect Summa Cum Laude from Universidad de Aquino in La Paz, Bolivia. His passion for art and culture brought him to Mexico City where he earned a Master's degree in Architecture with honorable mention. In order to enrich his techniques Armin studied painting, drawing and composition, screen painting art and engraving at the Real Academia San Carlos in Mexico City. In addition he worked as a professor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Mexico. From 2007 to 2016 Armin has participated in several Collective and Individual art exhibits in Bolivia, Mexico and the United States. Currently Kuljis is featuring his artwork at R space collection in Dupont Circle. 

Armin Kuljis | Architect

Armin Kuljis was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He graduated as an Architect Summa Cum Laude from Universidad de Aquino in La Paz, Bolivia. His passion for art and culture brought him to Mexico City where he earned a Master's degree in Architecture with honorable mention. In order to enrich his techniques Armin studied painting, drawing and composition, screen painting art and engraving at the Real Academia San Carlos in Mexico City. In addition he worked as a professor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Mexico. From 2007 to 2016 Armin has participated in several Collective and Individual art exhibits in Bolivia, Mexico and the United States. Currently Kuljis is featuring his artwork at R space collection in Dupont Circle. 

   Freespace Collective | Visual Artists     The FreeSpace Collective was founded by artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone who began working together on collaborative video projects in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art 2008.  FreeSpace Collective focuses on community engagement, public spaces, mapping, and interactivity with an emphasis on collaboration. They have exhibited in Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD;  Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Jatiwangi, Indonesia among other places. FreeSpace Collective is based in Washington, DC.

Freespace Collective | Visual Artists

The FreeSpace Collective was founded by artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone who began working together on collaborative video projects in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art 2008.  FreeSpace Collective focuses on community engagement, public spaces, mapping, and interactivity with an emphasis on collaboration. They have exhibited in Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD;  Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Jatiwangi, Indonesia among other places. FreeSpace Collective is based in Washington, DC.

   FVCKRENDER | Visual Artist      After getting rejected several times from design school, Frederic Duquette created FVCKRENDER in order to develop and refine his 3D and design skills. A few months after the onset of his project, Frederic locked in several contracts that kicked off his career. Frederic has had a stream of 600 consecutive creations, one a day for the past 2 years. His work has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stones Magazine, and several other renowned publications. 

FVCKRENDER | Visual Artist

After getting rejected several times from design school, Frederic Duquette created FVCKRENDER in order to develop and refine his 3D and design skills. A few months after the onset of his project, Frederic locked in several contracts that kicked off his career. Frederic has had a stream of 600 consecutive creations, one a day for the past 2 years. His work has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stones Magazine, and several other renowned publications. 

   Stephen Benedicto | Multidisciplinary Artist     Stephen Benedicto is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Washington, DC whose work has been privately collected around the nation. Rather than pursue a traditional studio arts degree, he built his own degree, “Principals of Aesthetics,” at GMU to reflect his unique point of view, encompassing his past performance experience and keen technical prowess. He works to create art that reflects a deep sense of spaciousness and simplicity to express specific technical concepts in a precise way. His most recent series, “Convergence,” represents the point at which all his previous works find common purpose: technical fascination. The series examines the technical aspects of light, and how we interact with art in 2017. The diverse collection produces, reflects, bends, and manipulates light into simple and reminiscent forms, showcasing various behaviors of light.

Stephen Benedicto | Multidisciplinary Artist

Stephen Benedicto is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Washington, DC whose work has been privately collected around the nation. Rather than pursue a traditional studio arts degree, he built his own degree, “Principals of Aesthetics,” at GMU to reflect his unique point of view, encompassing his past performance experience and keen technical prowess. He works to create art that reflects a deep sense of spaciousness and simplicity to express specific technical concepts in a precise way. His most recent series, “Convergence,” represents the point at which all his previous works find common purpose: technical fascination. The series examines the technical aspects of light, and how we interact with art in 2017. The diverse collection produces, reflects, bends, and manipulates light into simple and reminiscent forms, showcasing various behaviors of light.

   CJ Wavy | Painter     CJ is an artist from Washington DC who recently migrated to NYC where he does majority of his work. Clarence's art is The 1984 Collection. 1984 is the gap between reality and knowledge. What do you know versus what are the objective, universal and social laws that create our human experience. Clarence Graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing in 2014 and has since done shows in Miami at Art Basel, several in New York City and Washington DC. He has done work for large international fashion labels such as Fendi, Chanel and Adidas and is continuing to expand his creative input working with great brands and engaging projects.

CJ Wavy | Painter

CJ is an artist from Washington DC who recently migrated to NYC where he does majority of his work. Clarence's art is The 1984 Collection. 1984 is the gap between reality and knowledge. What do you know versus what are the objective, universal and social laws that create our human experience. Clarence Graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing in 2014 and has since done shows in Miami at Art Basel, several in New York City and Washington DC. He has done work for large international fashion labels such as Fendi, Chanel and Adidas and is continuing to expand his creative input working with great brands and engaging projects.

   Coskun Can Yildirim | Mixed Media     Coskun Can Yildirim is a Turkish artist who utilizes a vast variety of media to tackle themes such as ephemerality of time, the tension between the natural and the artifice, isolation, alienation, fragmentation of experience and the bond between contemporary man and first man. He is currently residing in Baltimore where he is studying Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. illustrator based in Washington, D.C. 

Coskun Can Yildirim | Mixed Media

Coskun Can Yildirim is a Turkish artist who utilizes a vast variety of media to tackle themes such as ephemerality of time, the tension between the natural and the artifice, isolation, alienation, fragmentation of experience and the bond between contemporary man and first man. He is currently residing in Baltimore where he is studying Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. illustrator based in Washington, D.C. 

   Vince Farquharson | Installation Artist     Vince is  a Jamaican-born painter, artist, and photographer living in Washington DC. He enjoys studies of theory, design, and unconventional execution in visual art. His  current works focus on unique qualities of new materials when paired with light, sound, and motion. Vince focuses on the simplicity of the form, wherein function is merely implied with skillful use of concealed technology.

Vince Farquharson | Installation Artist

Vince is  a Jamaican-born painter, artist, and photographer living in Washington DC. He enjoys studies of theory, design, and unconventional execution in visual art. His  current works focus on unique qualities of new materials when paired with light, sound, and motion. Vince focuses on the simplicity of the form, wherein function is merely implied with skillful use of concealed technology.

   Brian Davis  | Visual Artist      Brian Davis lives and works in Northern Virginia. Born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Mr. Davis was raised in Guam and South Carolina. He teaches New Media and Sculpture at The George Washington University and George Mason University. Mr. Davis has a B.F.A in General Studio from Winthrop University and a M.F.A in Sculpture from the University of Florida and was recently awarded a Professional Fellowship with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

Brian Davis  | Visual Artist

Brian Davis lives and works in Northern Virginia. Born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Mr. Davis was raised in Guam and South Carolina. He teaches New Media and Sculpture at The George Washington University and George Mason University. Mr. Davis has a B.F.A in General Studio from Winthrop University and a M.F.A in Sculpture from the University of Florida and was recently awarded a Professional Fellowship with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

 

MUSIC

 
   DAP The Contract     Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, classically trained pianist and producer/rapper DAP possess an inkling for creating music. From an early age, DAP was drawn to music. He began to play the piano aged 4 and attended Berklee College of Music where he released his first mixtape titled Goodbye for Now. Source Magazine labeled it "The Best Mixtape of 2014". He recently recorded at the renowned Abbey Road Studios in London with grammy award winning producer Mark Ronson as seen on Vice's Noisey. He recently release his project titled "Two Roads EP" on April 28th.  

DAP The Contract

Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, classically trained pianist and producer/rapper DAP possess an inkling for creating music. From an early age, DAP was drawn to music. He began to play the piano aged 4 and attended Berklee College of Music where he released his first mixtape titled Goodbye for Now. Source Magazine labeled it "The Best Mixtape of 2014". He recently recorded at the renowned Abbey Road Studios in London with grammy award winning producer Mark Ronson as seen on Vice's Noisey. He recently release his project titled "Two Roads EP" on April 28th.  

   Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez     Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer from New York whose singular soulful sound brings together Jazz and R&B influences with depth and a fresh edge. She has performed at the renowned Stimmen Festival in Lorach, Germany appearing with Lisa Sokolov, at the 2015 Vision Festival NYC appearing with William Parker, at the Mohonk Festival of the Arts, and many other venues. Raina has spent the last 8 months touring nationally with activist and singer Rev. Sekou and is on his newly released album In Times Like These. She appears regularly at NYC venues such as Caffe Vivaldi, Williamsburg Music Center, Pianos, and at private events with her trio. Raina’s debut EP Contender, released in February 2016, explores new and old tropes through her original compositions and arrangements of Jazz standards.

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer from New York whose singular soulful sound brings together Jazz and R&B influences with depth and a fresh edge. She has performed at the renowned Stimmen Festival in Lorach, Germany appearing with Lisa Sokolov, at the 2015 Vision Festival NYC appearing with William Parker, at the Mohonk Festival of the Arts, and many other venues. Raina has spent the last 8 months touring nationally with activist and singer Rev. Sekou and is on his newly released album In Times Like These. She appears regularly at NYC venues such as Caffe Vivaldi, Williamsburg Music Center, Pianos, and at private events with her trio. Raina’s debut EP Contender, released in February 2016, explores new and old tropes through her original compositions and arrangements of Jazz standards.

   NEBO     NEBO is a Jordan-born, DC-based singer and producer. Drawing inspiration from childhood travels and his muticultural upbringing, he aims to create soulful and introspective experiences for his listeners. NEBO has performed at international music festivals, and at most recently at our local favorite, U St Music Hall.

NEBO

NEBO is a Jordan-born, DC-based singer and producer. Drawing inspiration from childhood travels and his muticultural upbringing, he aims to create soulful and introspective experiences for his listeners. NEBO has performed at international music festivals, and at most recently at our local favorite, U St Music Hall.

   MAYSSAM     Mayssam is a Lebanese-born Montrealer house and techno DJ commonly encountered in Montreal's top clubs and festivals including Stereo, Piknic Electronik, AIM Festival & Igloofest. Internationally, Mayssam has played at the renowned The Garten & B018 in Beirut, Electric Soundz in Dominican Republic, SXMusic Festival in St Martin, Okeechobee Festival in Florida, Treehoues in Miami, Tropical Weird in Columbia. Now residing in New York, Mayssam frequently plays for the likes of  Sheik 'n' Beik , ReSolute, LeBain, Cielo, Verboten & Output. Mayssam is a resident of the Sheik 'n' Beik collective and label and recently joined Ra+Re records, a vinyl only record label with exclusively female artists.

MAYSSAM

Mayssam is a Lebanese-born Montrealer house and techno DJ commonly encountered in Montreal's top clubs and festivals including Stereo, Piknic Electronik, AIM Festival & Igloofest. Internationally, Mayssam has played at the renowned The Garten & B018 in Beirut, Electric Soundz in Dominican Republic, SXMusic Festival in St Martin, Okeechobee Festival in Florida, Treehoues in Miami, Tropical Weird in Columbia. Now residing in New York, Mayssam frequently plays for the likes of Sheik 'n' Beik, ReSolute, LeBain, Cielo, Verboten & Output. Mayssam is a resident of the Sheik 'n' Beik collective and label and recently joined Ra+Re records, a vinyl only record label with exclusively female artists.

   Ashwin Khosa     Ashwin Khosa is a recording artist and DJ, born and raised in Hong Kong. He began spinning Buddha Lounge afterhours at the age of 16, but later moved to New York as his original productions were picked up by industry leaders such as John Digweed and Paco Osuna. Khosa's tunes became common at prime events like Marco Carola's Music On at Amnesia Ibiza. Striking an impressive balance between underground cool and upscale class, his style is powerful yet elegant, complex yet subtle. He combines industrial warehouse sounds with intricate microhouse and jazz grooves, always in equilibrium of electronic and organic. He became a resident at Verboten NY and began to perform at the likes of WMC Miami, Burning Man and Mysteryland, even playing b2b with prior world no.1 Sasha. He now lives between Barcelona and Berlin, and has performed around the world with residencies from the United States to Asia. Publications worldwide regard him as "artist to watch" and on of "Hong Kong's most successful music exports."

Ashwin Khosa

Ashwin Khosa is a recording artist and DJ, born and raised in Hong Kong. He began spinning Buddha Lounge afterhours at the age of 16, but later moved to New York as his original productions were picked up by industry leaders such as John Digweed and Paco Osuna. Khosa's tunes became common at prime events like Marco Carola's Music On at Amnesia Ibiza. Striking an impressive balance between underground cool and upscale class, his style is powerful yet elegant, complex yet subtle. He combines industrial warehouse sounds with intricate microhouse and jazz grooves, always in equilibrium of electronic and organic. He became a resident at Verboten NY and began to perform at the likes of WMC Miami, Burning Man and Mysteryland, even playing b2b with prior world no.1 Sasha. He now lives between Barcelona and Berlin, and has performed around the world with residencies from the United States to Asia. Publications worldwide regard him as "artist to watch" and on of "Hong Kong's most successful music exports."