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"Meat and You: Works by Graham Caldwell, Frank Day, Stephen E. Lewis and William Newman"
2003-09-29 until 2003-10-25
Strand on Volta
Washington, DC, USA United States of America

Meat and You, an exhibition featuring works by Graham Caldwell, Frank Day, Stephen E. Lewis and William Newman. An accompanying catalog features an essay by Phyllis Richman, formerly the food critic for the Washington Post for over 20 years. Curator James Huckenpahler has selected works whose common thread is the representation of mortal bodies in ways that emphasize their gross, material nature. Yet each artist uses that material nature as a means towards different ends: in Caldwell, as a point of departure for a formal exploration; in Newman, as way of exploring the nature of self …or selves; in Day, as a assertion of the economy of cultural symbols; and in Lewis, as a way of causally connecting historical eras.

Graham Caldwell’s work captures perfectly the mystery of being in a natural history museum for the first time. Using glass, he transforms organic forms – objects that are lightweight, gentle, and organic – into objects that are heavyweight, massive, yet pristine. After an extensive education in glass making, Graham Caldwell has exhibited at Millennium Arts Center, The Octagon Museum of the American Architectural Foundation, and recently a critically acclaimed solo show at Addison-Ripley Fine Art. His work can also be seen in “Census 03: New Art From DC” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through October 6. Mr. Caldwell’s work appears courtesy of Addison-Ripley Fine Art, Washington DC.

Frank Day’s images of animal fetishes are part of a larger series set in the West African city of Accra. His earlier work includes a study of the persistence of memory amidst the rebuilding of east Berlin in the 1990’s, and an extended meditation on grace and resilience in marginalized landscapes, a project which involved four years of observation and photography underneath I-95 as it passes through Baltimore. Day’s work is in many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He will be included in a book on the history of landscape photography being published by National Geographic this fall. Images from his Berlin series were on view recently at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and in Berlin, and will be shown in Great Britain in the spring of 2004.

Stephen E. Lewis combines the massiveness and drama of Gericault’s equestrian paintings with the wit of Daumier, creating a breed of satire that is as much about looking at art history as much as contemporary politics. The dismembered wealth of the nation has its roots in the nineteenth century, along with the formal vocabulary of the painting – dumb parts of a dumb beast are arrayed for the consumer’s approval. Lewis is co-founder and operator of Signal 66 Art Gallery in Washington, DC. His solo exhibitions have been displayed at Signal 66, the Osuna Gallery, The Catholic University of America and George Mason Arts Center. Additionally, his artwork is in the Corcoran Gallery of Art's permanent collection. 

William Newman’s recent suite of portraits is perhaps a partial index of influences and drives that, in composite, form the whole person. Both as an artist and as a Senior Professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Newman embodies the bridge between valued tradition and the leading edge of artistic practice. Spanning more than three decades, Newman’s work has received critical acclaim for its synthesis of old-masters techniques and modern image-manipulation technologies. In 2002 a mini-retrospective of his work entitled "Peripheral Vision" was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in 2003 his work was featured in "Art on the Digital Edge" at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Mr. Newman’s work appears courtesy of the Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC.

James Huckenpahler, the curator of “Meat and You,” is a Washington, DC-based artist working primarily in electronic media. He is a former faculty member of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and a former member of the Washington Project for the ArtsCorcoran Advisory Board. He is represented in Washington DC by FUSEBOX, and in Atlanta by Kiang Gallery.

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