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Experiment #4

Prompt: Venus is Venus is Venus

In the 1913 poem Sacred Emily, Gertrude Stein wrote the line “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”. This sentence is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are”. But are they really? From ancient mythology right through to contemporary culture, the word “Venus” has evoked different interpretations: beauty, desire, fertility, deity, and bright interstellar objects.

For this experiment, our artists will transform the iconic Dupont Underground as they derive their own meaning from the prompt.

 

Location: Dupont Underground

Date: 16th of September

Time: 8:00PM - 1:30AM

 

EXHIBITS

 
   Brian Dailey | Multidisciplinary Artist     Brian Dailey is an American artist noted for his careers in both art and international relations. His work in a variety of mediums—including photography, film, installations, and painting—engages with the social, political, and cultural issues of our times and is not easily categorized. Dailey's art reflects his unconventional evolution as an artist and multifaceted life experiences, which include national level involvement in arms control, space policy, intelligence systems, and international security. He received his MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1975 and his PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1987. He is based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and maintains studios in the District and Woodstock, Virginia.

Brian Dailey | Multidisciplinary Artist

Brian Dailey is an American artist noted for his careers in both art and international relations. His work in a variety of mediums—including photography, film, installations, and painting—engages with the social, political, and cultural issues of our times and is not easily categorized. Dailey's art reflects his unconventional evolution as an artist and multifaceted life experiences, which include national level involvement in arms control, space policy, intelligence systems, and international security. He received his MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1975 and his PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1987. He is based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and maintains studios in the District and Woodstock, Virginia.

   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.

   Emily Unroe  | Illustrator     Emily's work explores many themes, including feminism, intergenerational relationships, and natural instincts, while experimenting with biological figures; sometimes in a serious manner, more often in a cheeky manner, and always in a fanciful manner. She finds it unnatural to separate the concepts of “human” and “animal”. She expresses this visually by combining and morphing biological figures and gestures. All organisms share similar emotional experiences. Emily received formal art training at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Upon graduating, she pursued a career in graphic and interaction design. For the past two years, she has spent her time further developing her fine arts career and expanding her involvement in the local DC arts community.

Emily Unroe  | Illustrator

Emily's work explores many themes, including feminism, intergenerational relationships, and natural instincts, while experimenting with biological figures; sometimes in a serious manner, more often in a cheeky manner, and always in a fanciful manner. She finds it unnatural to separate the concepts of “human” and “animal”. She expresses this visually by combining and morphing biological figures and gestures. All organisms share similar emotional experiences. Emily received formal art training at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Upon graduating, she pursued a career in graphic and interaction design. For the past two years, she has spent her time further developing her fine arts career and expanding her involvement in the local DC arts community.

   Delesslin George-Warren | Installation and Performance Artist     DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is a queer artist, researcher, and activist from Catawba Indian Nation. He has given lectures and performances throughout the east coast including College of Charleston, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, and more. His recent projects include indigenous tours of the Smithsonian’s Presidential Portrait Gallery recounting how US Presidents promoted colonization and genocide of indigenous peoples (indigenousdiscovery.com), a community project to revitalize the Catawba Language as part of the 2017 Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Prior to relocating back to Catawba lands, DeLesslin lived and worked in the District of Columbia as a performer, artist, and sound designer. He has performed and exhibited at the DC Arts Center, Mead Theatre Lab, Lab Bodies (Baltimore), Flashpoint, and elsewhere. He was a 2016 participant in the Source Festival's Artistic Blind Dates project as well as a fellow in DCAC's Sparkplug Fellowship.

Delesslin George-Warren | Installation and Performance Artist

DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is a queer artist, researcher, and activist from Catawba Indian Nation. He has given lectures and performances throughout the east coast including College of Charleston, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, and more. His recent projects include indigenous tours of the Smithsonian’s Presidential Portrait Gallery recounting how US Presidents promoted colonization and genocide of indigenous peoples (indigenousdiscovery.com), a community project to revitalize the Catawba Language as part of the 2017 Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Prior to relocating back to Catawba lands, DeLesslin lived and worked in the District of Columbia as a performer, artist, and sound designer. He has performed and exhibited at the DC Arts Center, Mead Theatre Lab, Lab Bodies (Baltimore), Flashpoint, and elsewhere. He was a 2016 participant in the Source Festival's Artistic Blind Dates project as well as a fellow in DCAC's Sparkplug Fellowship.

   Julia Bloom | Installation Artist     Julia Bloom makes paintings, drawings and sculpture. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Boston Museum School and Berklee College of Music. She has exhibited her work in many galleries in the United States as well as in Germany. She has received multiple grants and awards, most recently three Artist Fellowship grants from the District of Columbia. Bloom’s work is in several public and private collections, including the University of Virginia School of Law, Wheat First Securities and the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Bloom is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC, where she lives and works.. 

Julia Bloom | Installation Artist

Julia Bloom makes paintings, drawings and sculpture. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Boston Museum School and Berklee College of Music. She has exhibited her work in many galleries in the United States as well as in Germany. She has received multiple grants and awards, most recently three Artist Fellowship grants from the District of Columbia. Bloom’s work is in several public and private collections, including the University of Virginia School of Law, Wheat First Securities and the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Bloom is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC, where she lives and works.. 

   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.

   Maps Glover | Performance Artist     Maps Glover creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performances is where he best express himself, in this medium all of the ideas he has about how we interact with our emotions and make decisions as humans comes to life. He constructs portals in which the characters he creates exist and experience the world around them often in ways that seems unnatural and at times uncomfortable to the viewer. His intent is to show a world without judgment of behavior simply using the human form as a vehicle for expression. The performances are inspired by small moments that may be over looked but drastically alter our world. Things like making choices about when to leave or what to say. 

Maps Glover | Performance Artist

Maps Glover creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performances is where he best express himself, in this medium all of the ideas he has about how we interact with our emotions and make decisions as humans comes to life. He constructs portals in which the characters he creates exist and experience the world around them often in ways that seems unnatural and at times uncomfortable to the viewer. His intent is to show a world without judgment of behavior simply using the human form as a vehicle for expression. The performances are inspired by small moments that may be over looked but drastically alter our world. Things like making choices about when to leave or what to say. 

   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.

   Olivia Tripp Morrow | Visual Artist     Olivia Tripp Morrow received her BFA at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with Sculpture in December of 2012. Her most recent works are video and sculptural installations inspired by themes of the body, memory, identity, sexuality, and feminism. Morrow is inspired by Feminist artists of the 1960''s and 70''s, whose work addressed a range of issues faced by women in the art world, and in society as a whole. Many of these problems persist today, as is evident by the contemporary social and political climate which finds women still fighting for equal compensation, the elimination of the glass ceiling, and working to combat the systemic oppression by legislation that attempts to dictate personal and private health decisions that a woman may make about her body. Morrow has exhibited her work most recently at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC, Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the World of Threads Festival in Ontario, Canada, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, Latela Gallery in Washington, DC, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Dowell, MD, and Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, MD. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

Olivia Tripp Morrow | Visual Artist

Olivia Tripp Morrow received her BFA at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with Sculpture in December of 2012. Her most recent works are video and sculptural installations inspired by themes of the body, memory, identity, sexuality, and feminism. Morrow is inspired by Feminist artists of the 1960''s and 70''s, whose work addressed a range of issues faced by women in the art world, and in society as a whole. Many of these problems persist today, as is evident by the contemporary social and political climate which finds women still fighting for equal compensation, the elimination of the glass ceiling, and working to combat the systemic oppression by legislation that attempts to dictate personal and private health decisions that a woman may make about her body. Morrow has exhibited her work most recently at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC, Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the World of Threads Festival in Ontario, Canada, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, Latela Gallery in Washington, DC, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Dowell, MD, and Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, MD. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

   Frank McCauley | Visual Artist, Filmmaker     Frank McCauley was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1980. Upon receiving his BFA in painting from Winthrop University in 2003, he moved north to Syracuse, NY where he attended Syracuse University and received his MFA in 2008. Frank has been the Director and Curator for Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, NY, the Assistant Director and Chief Curator for the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and is currently the Exhibitions Coordinator for VisArts in Rockville, MD. As an artist he has been in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions in CA, NY, SC as well as South America.

Frank McCauley | Visual Artist, Filmmaker

Frank McCauley was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1980. Upon receiving his BFA in painting from Winthrop University in 2003, he moved north to Syracuse, NY where he attended Syracuse University and received his MFA in 2008. Frank has been the Director and Curator for Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, NY, the Assistant Director and Chief Curator for the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and is currently the Exhibitions Coordinator for VisArts in Rockville, MD. As an artist he has been in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions in CA, NY, SC as well as South America.

   Kelly Towles | Muralist     Kelly Towles, a leading Washington, D.C. artist, has literally painted the town since moving to the Nation’s Capital in the late 1990s. His murals, showcased on area buildings and garage doors, and paintings, displayed in local galleries and businesses, are electrically playful. From partnerships with DC Brau Brewing Company, Graffiato, Toki Underground, and D.C. United, to working with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Greater Washington Creative Community Initiative to revitalize neighborhoods using his creative energy, he is focused on sharing his passion for street art while making an impact on the local community.    Towles’ characters range from the traditional to the fantastical, retaining hints of people, places, and things that positively influence his life. His works show a broad scope of animation by depicting his take on classical portraiture, personified everyday objects, and abstracted figures. Regardless of the subject matter, the artist’s background in graffiti art weaves through all of his work, a constant reminder that art is his outlet.

Kelly Towles | Muralist

Kelly Towles, a leading Washington, D.C. artist, has literally painted the town since moving to the Nation’s Capital in the late 1990s. His murals, showcased on area buildings and garage doors, and paintings, displayed in local galleries and businesses, are electrically playful. From partnerships with DC Brau Brewing Company, Graffiato, Toki Underground, and D.C. United, to working with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Greater Washington Creative Community Initiative to revitalize neighborhoods using his creative energy, he is focused on sharing his passion for street art while making an impact on the local community.

Towles’ characters range from the traditional to the fantastical, retaining hints of people, places, and things that positively influence his life. His works show a broad scope of animation by depicting his take on classical portraiture, personified everyday objects, and abstracted figures. Regardless of the subject matter, the artist’s background in graffiti art weaves through all of his work, a constant reminder that art is his outlet.

   Tommy Bobo | Installation and Visual Artist     Tommy Bobo’s art practice is deeply interested in the physicality of light and sound. Through the use of materials that disperse and magnify, these elements become tangible and produce an experience for the viewer that borders on the cinematic and transcendent. He received his BFA in Expanded Media Art from the University of Kansas in 2006 and his MFA in Studio Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. His work has shown in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC and has been covered in the Washington City Paper and the Washington Post.

Tommy Bobo | Installation and Visual Artist

Tommy Bobo’s art practice is deeply interested in the physicality of light and sound. Through the use of materials that disperse and magnify, these elements become tangible and produce an experience for the viewer that borders on the cinematic and transcendent. He received his BFA in Expanded Media Art from the University of Kansas in 2006 and his MFA in Studio Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. His work has shown in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC and has been covered in the Washington City Paper and the Washington Post.

   Floyd Roberts | Sculptor     Floyd Roberts, is nationally recognized sculptor, known for his works using   sculpture in wood, stone, mixed media, clay and metal. Born in the West Indies on the island of Trinidad, he moved to the United States at the age of 13. Floyd received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Corcoran School of Art in 1984. His work has been on display at numerous local and international galleries and fairs. 

Floyd Roberts | Sculptor

Floyd Roberts, is nationally recognized sculptor, known for his works using sculpture in wood, stone, mixed media, clay and metal. Born in the West Indies on the island of Trinidad, he moved to the United States at the age of 13. Floyd received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Corcoran School of Art in 1984. His work has been on display at numerous local and international galleries and fairs. 

   Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin | Visual Artist      Fabiola's work can be thought of as a navigation mechanism that allows disparate objects and installations appear as they always existed as a unit.     Many of her pieces are synergies of materials or processes. She uses an additive form of construction and finds creative ways of weaving materials. She is interested in working with materials that we consider obsolete such as audio tapes, and other mediums that were once used to capture important moments in our history.     Her work seeks to explore three main ideas. The first is contention. The second is the speed with which we produce, consume and discard everything that surrounds us. And finally, the third is the non-visual aspects of language.

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin | Visual Artist

Fabiola's work can be thought of as a navigation mechanism that allows disparate objects and installations appear as they always existed as a unit. 

Many of her pieces are synergies of materials or processes. She uses an additive form of construction and finds creative ways of weaving materials. She is interested in working with materials that we consider obsolete such as audio tapes, and other mediums that were once used to capture important moments in our history. 

Her work seeks to explore three main ideas. The first is contention. The second is the speed with which we produce, consume and discard everything that surrounds us. And finally, the third is the non-visual aspects of language.

   Jamon Jackson  | Visual Artist, Filmmaker     Jamon is a visual artist from GA who currently resides in northern VA. Inspired by all things pop culture, Jamon seeks to engage his audience through multi-media concepts. Jamon combines graphic visuals with cartoon animations ranging from Roy Lichtenstein's pop art to Dragonball Z to instill the familiar in the unfamiliar. His goal is to express the many ideas of the mind across various media.

Jamon Jackson  | Visual Artist, Filmmaker

Jamon is a visual artist from GA who currently resides in northern VA. Inspired by all things pop culture, Jamon seeks to engage his audience through multi-media concepts. Jamon combines graphic visuals with cartoon animations ranging from Roy Lichtenstein's pop art to Dragonball Z to instill the familiar in the unfamiliar. His goal is to express the many ideas of the mind across various media.

 

MUSIC

 
   Venus X     Launching her own club night just over two years ago, which she explains was once described as “A night of psychic trauma”, Venus X is an NYC lovechild. Boasting an influential circle of friends who are creating exciting things out of not much right now (shout out to A$AP), Venus is the robust product of an unlikely upbringing. Raised by her full-time drug-dealing/ part-time father and school-teaching mother, this brown-eyed babe found solace in her books, remembering her childhood as being particularly nerdy. Maturing into a hard-working, intelligent, single-minded woman, today her main prerogative is to create music which drip-feeds people life experience. Relating more to old school hip-hop vibes fronted by Missy and Aaliyah, Miss X is a girl who laughs out loud and is now starting to realise her dreams of trotting the world with her tunes in tow. A slow-burning talent with a whole lot of buzz, Venus takes her drinks with a twist of pineapple and her music straight-up.

Venus X

Launching her own club night just over two years ago, which she explains was once described as “A night of psychic trauma”, Venus X is an NYC lovechild. Boasting an influential circle of friends who are creating exciting things out of not much right now (shout out to A$AP), Venus is the robust product of an unlikely upbringing. Raised by her full-time drug-dealing/ part-time father and school-teaching mother, this brown-eyed babe found solace in her books, remembering her childhood as being particularly nerdy. Maturing into a hard-working, intelligent, single-minded woman, today her main prerogative is to create music which drip-feeds people life experience. Relating more to old school hip-hop vibes fronted by Missy and Aaliyah, Miss X is a girl who laughs out loud and is now starting to realise her dreams of trotting the world with her tunes in tow. A slow-burning talent with a whole lot of buzz, Venus takes her drinks with a twist of pineapple and her music straight-up.

   Ella Darr     Ella Darr is a DJ and producer, originally from Israel and now living in New York. She started to DJ two years ago and since then has been performing in NYC clubs such as Beautiqe, Up & Down, Electric Room, PHD, Jia, No8, Hudson Terrace and Monarch to name a just few. On her first visit to Israel as a DJ she performed in clubs such as Cat & Dog, Bootleg, Shalvata, Kil, Cameo, Fashion-Bar and Secret Garden among others.

Ella Darr

Ella Darr is a DJ and producer, originally from Israel and now living in New York. She started to DJ two years ago and since then has been performing in NYC clubs such as Beautiqe, Up & Down, Electric Room, PHD, Jia, No8, Hudson Terrace and Monarch to name a just few. On her first visit to Israel as a DJ she performed in clubs such as Cat & Dog, Bootleg, Shalvata, Kil, Cameo, Fashion-Bar and Secret Garden among others.

   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.

   Ayes Cold     DJ Ayes Cold is one of DC's busiest selectors. 3 years into the craft, she has steadily created a unique presence in the District's music scene, performing at major venues like U Street Music Hall, the 930 Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and more. Ayes Cold considers herself a "genre-nonconforming" club and bass music DJ. From footwork and grime to dancehall house and hip hop, Ayes builds her reputation around her eclectic selections, her mixes that seamlessly blend varying tempos and genres, and her intuitive ability to read and respond to a crowd. As noted by the Washington Post, "her eyes are as sharp as her ears." Ayes Cold has performed at parties in Boston (The Wave), New York (The Arena BK, Black Weirdo, Basement Bhangra), Atlanta (Bae), performed live on ABC7, and DJ'd at festivals like Bonnaroo, Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival, the Fields Festival, and SXSW.  Ayes has also opened for Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Princess Nokia, and supported line ups with Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M. Catch her as she launches her podcast 'Local Support' on Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel (DC) this fall. 

Ayes Cold

DJ Ayes Cold is one of DC's busiest selectors. 3 years into the craft, she has steadily created a unique presence in the District's music scene, performing at major venues like U Street Music Hall, the 930 Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and more. Ayes Cold considers herself a "genre-nonconforming" club and bass music DJ. From footwork and grime to dancehall house and hip hop, Ayes builds her reputation around her eclectic selections, her mixes that seamlessly blend varying tempos and genres, and her intuitive ability to read and respond to a crowd. As noted by the Washington Post, "her eyes are as sharp as her ears." Ayes Cold has performed at parties in Boston (The Wave), New York (The Arena BK, Black Weirdo, Basement Bhangra), Atlanta (Bae), performed live on ABC7, and DJ'd at festivals like Bonnaroo, Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival, the Fields Festival, and SXSW.  Ayes has also opened for Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Princess Nokia, and supported line ups with Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M. Catch her as she launches her podcast 'Local Support' on Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel (DC) this fall. 

   Home State     Home State is a pop-rock band from New York City comprised of David Berliner (percussion), Alex Friedlander (vocals), Matt Gralla (guitar, keys), and Jordan Glaser (bass, guitar, keys).    David Berliner, Alex Friedlander and Matt Gralla met at the University of Pennsylvania and played in the same music scene before moving to New York City to pursue their life-long dreams of working in finance and tech (just kidding). The stars aligned one fateful summer day in 2015, and the three teamed up to form Home State and pursue their shared passion more seriously. Long-time friend Jordan Glaser joined to solidify the band in 2017.    Home State's first single "Without Your Love" has been featured on Spotify's Fresh Finds & United States Viral 50 playlists and can be found on all major music platforms. In just over a month, the song was streamed over 100K times across platforms. Home State's music is rooted in rock, but is also heavily influenced by pop, R&B, and alternative music. They have been compared to Bob Moses, Chet Faker and Maroon 5.

Home State

Home State is a pop-rock band from New York City comprised of David Berliner (percussion), Alex Friedlander (vocals), Matt Gralla (guitar, keys), and Jordan Glaser (bass, guitar, keys).

David Berliner, Alex Friedlander and Matt Gralla met at the University of Pennsylvania and played in the same music scene before moving to New York City to pursue their life-long dreams of working in finance and tech (just kidding). The stars aligned one fateful summer day in 2015, and the three teamed up to form Home State and pursue their shared passion more seriously. Long-time friend Jordan Glaser joined to solidify the band in 2017.

Home State's first single "Without Your Love" has been featured on Spotify's Fresh Finds & United States Viral 50 playlists and can be found on all major music platforms. In just over a month, the song was streamed over 100K times across platforms. Home State's music is rooted in rock, but is also heavily influenced by pop, R&B, and alternative music. They have been compared to Bob Moses, Chet Faker and Maroon 5.