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G Fine Art in Northeast Washington opens ‘Naked,’ featuring works by AB Miner

G Fine Art in Northeast Washington opens ‘Naked,’ featuring works by AB Miner

With all the galleries sprouting up along H Street NE, the neighborhood may be on its way to becoming Washington’s next big arts district, and another addition this weekend will certainly help the area’s credibility. G Fine Art, formerly housed along 14th Street, is taking up residence in the up-and-coming neighborhood.

The gallery celebrates its move to Northeast Washington on Saturday with a new exhibition and an opening reception. The work of A.B. Miner goes on display in “Naked,” a show that strips down in more ways than one. In one diptych, Miner pulls back the curtain on his creative process, while a massive 12-panel painting shows a year in the life of a post-surgery expanse of skin from a landscape of stitches to a healed, though scarred, chest. Meanwhile the video piece “Fly 08” — a riff on Yoko Ono’s “Fly” — features the interaction between an insect and a reclining nude figure.

Panther Prints: Technology taking over

Panther Prints: Technology taking over

With the economy going in a downward spiral more everyday, technology is not helping the situation. Of course, everyone loves the fact that technology is improving their iPods and their digital cameras, but is anybody looking at the bigger picture? Big cities usually have a large variety of shops and stores for tourism and everyday economic growth.  Recently, taking a drive down a typically busy road consists of empty stores (that can’t afford to be torn down), or stores that are struggling with insane sales to regain the popularity they once had. Of course, it’s easy to blame the economy for everything but the fact is that technology isn’t helping out to fix the problem either.

Within the past year companies have sold their stores or combined them with other companies in order to stay in business. Others have completely shut down and went out of business due to rivalry prices and stores. Blockbuster appears to be one of the stores possibly starting out in a battle to keep up their stores and business. This of course is partly because of the new red boxes placed everywhere you turn. As a matter of fact, the new red box and Netflix, is not only easy to use, but it’s fairly cheap. Up till recently, Blockbuster did not have anything like that anywhere. Now Blockbuster has gone with the new ages and put some of their own boxes up in order to keep their business. That’s not all! Not only has technologies new advances in renting films changed Blockbuster’s way of doing things, it has also caused them to have to close some of the stores in certain locations in order to keep up the few that are actually still receiving business.

Don’t feel bad for Blockbuster, because they aren’t the only ones going through tough times right now. Since there are, in fact, new advances in technology, the need for employees is obviously going to be unnecessary. Being that one can just go up to a simple little box and make a selection with a swipe of their credit card hardly needs any assistance from an (on the clock employee). Of course, they aren’t taking all the jobs. They still need someone once a week to go and put in the new movies to enhance the boxes movie selection.

Retail isn’t the only career being hit with job taking technology. In fact, the medical field is taking a beating as well. With technology becoming part of everyday life, medical records within the next few years are going to be virtual records rather than being on file. Of course, one argument would be that doctors can easily carry around the records with them while walking through the hospital. The big con is hackers. Privacy is a big issue as it is without the records being placed out in the open. This idea most likely will affect the jobs of many being that doctors can easily add to or adjust the records as he/she’s visiting with the patient.

What does this mean for the future? Will all the jobs be taken by machines that don’t require pay and work 24 hours a day? Will all the remaining employed citizens have to work for lower wages just to keep their jobs? Is it even about money anymore? One thing is for certain; the only thing to do is to wait and see what the future holds.

MODELING DEVOTION

MODELING DEVOTION

There was a time, not too long ago, when ripping off other people was a lot easier … and a lot more rewarding. We’re not talking about bad rap or tween country rock stars, we’re talking about actual artists: the talented liars, the meticulous copycats—the forgers. With an eye for detail and stunning ability to trick even the buffest history buffs, they sold popular Renaissance busts and paintings to unsuspecting buyers, even our very own Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Instead of getting pissed off (as most of us would), Gardner still appreciated the talent behind these forged busts, and continued to display them in some of the most prominent places in the museum. Discovering a fake requires some detective work, but unlike in CSI, it took about 30 years to draw a definitive conclusion. “There are a few ways of testing dates,” says Alan Chong, the museum curator. “There’s something called thermoluminescence, which is a way of testing fired clay. It provides an approximate firing date, so we can tell roughly if something was made in the 15th century or the 16th century, or 100 years ago.” Though almost all of the busts in the museum checked out, a few looked suspicious. Years and years of scholarly speculation has led to the verdict that the busts are, in fact, fakes. At the turn of the century, forgeries were often bought and sold to Renaissance superfans … some with possible knowledge of the forgery, some without. “I think people wanted to have really nice-looking examples of the work, so they were attracted to these copies that were in better condition,” says Chong. “They were buying a McMansion version of the work of art, I suppose.”

What once would have been a source of embarrassment now offers an opportunity to study preservation and re-creation during the museum’s Italian Renaissance and terracotta sculpture exhibition. The works, divided into two distinct types (religious figures and busts), are all made with similar terracotta clay. The artist molded the clay when it was still wet, allowing a freer, more adaptable medium. “Unlike carving marble, you can choose things along the way, so it is easier to capture emotion more directly,” says Chong. “You can see the blood and tears on the Christ figures. I think it is a more direct way of communicating religious meaning.”

Scientists and curators have been working diligently for the past three years to preserve many of the most monumental pieces, restoring them to their original splendor. These include works from Matteo Civitali and Giovanni de Fondulis … the latter was discovered only recently. “His work has always been respected,” says Chong, “however, it was only recently discovered to be done by this man that no one has ever heard of. Pretty exciting.”

The beauty and elegance of the Italian Renaissance restored, the museum encourages art lovers to experience the emotionality and turmoil of the sculptures. Feel free to fake it, too.

Last chance to see Belsay Hall sculpture

Last chance to see Belsay Hall sculpture

Art fans have just a few weeks left to see a celebrated sculpture before it leaves Northumberland next month.

Stella McCartney’s stunning three metre high leaping horse Lucky Spot is to be removed from display at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens on April 18.

The sculpture made from more than 8000 Swarovski crystals was created by the internationally renowned fashion designer specifically for the Grade I historic site in 2004 as part of Fashion at Belsay.

One of the venue’s most popular attractions was returned by popular demand last Easter and attracted thousands of additional visitors .

Rob Flower, head of visitor operations for English Heritage in the North East, said: “We were fortunate enough to be able to bring Lucky Spot back to Belsay last spring.”

Lucky Spot’s current home will be closed for two weeks for the installation of its replacement. Contemporary arts exhibition, Extraordinary Measures, will open on May 1.

Running until the end of September, the exhibition will take visitors of all ages into a world of dark enchantment.

Highlights among the specially commissioned installations – most of which are being seen for the first time in the UK – will include the premiere of new hyper-realistic sculptures by Ron Mueck in the 19th Century rooms and photographs of tiny day-trippers facing everyday dramas within the gardens of Belsay, as documented by urban artist Slinkachu.

To mark Lucky Spot’s departure, English Heritage is giving visitors over the Easter holidays the chance to win a selection of prizes, if they are able to find the hidden ‘Lucky Spots’ dotted around the castle, hall and gardens.