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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Civilian Art Projects Launches "The Entrance" with "Opening Act" Friday

This Friday (March 25) from 7 to 9 pm, Civilian Art Projects will host an opening reception for its latest show of works, "Opening Act" by Patrick McDonough. The show will be in a new space for Cilvilian Arts at 1019 Seventh dubbed "The Entrance" and will run from Friday through May 28.

From the press release:
Civilian Art Projects announces Patrick McDonough's exhibition "Opening Act" in "The Entrance," our new project space at 1019 7th Street.
Vinyl Record by Patrick McDonough

Utilizing all of the square footage of the 1019 space on 7th Street, Civilian excitedly launches a site-specific project space called "The Entrance." Literally the entrance of 1019, the space lends itself to installation-based projects including sound, video, and other concept based, metamorphosing opportunities for artists to experiment and unveil new work to the community for an extended period of time. Seeking to host up to four projects a year, each exhibition will be on view for at least two months.

Civilian launches "The Entrance" with "Opening Act," new work by Patrick McDonough, a recent MFA graduate of George Washington University whose work has made a splash at Flashpoint Gallery and many other places in recent years.

For the exhibition, McDonough creates four discrete, yet interrelated projects on the topic of fan behavior. The pieces include: an accent wall painted to match the digital color hex hue corresponding to two Soundgarden's song titles from the "Ultramega OK" album; a handmade birdhouse based on the Smart Studios building (in the artist's hometown) where sound engineer Butch Vig mixed albums by Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and many others; a sound piece reversing the audio from an episode of Bob Ross' Joy of Painting, embodying the back-masking purportedly used by bands to subliminally influence listeners; and, a tattoo piece featuring lyrics from the band The Hold Steady tattooed on the artist's back.

According to the artist, "these pieces deal in issues of fan behavior, relationships between music and art production, decoration, sites of creative invention, class, accessible custom culture, free time, use value, and interactions between artists and their audiences and supporters. Below the surface this exhibition furthers my investigation into who art is for, what art is and does, and what it can and should be about."

Civilian Art Projects
1019 Seventh Street, Northwest

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