We're finally ready to announce our exciting exhibit as part of the Fotoweek DC festival. Ten Miles Square has partnered with The Pink Line Project to present Fixation with work by nine photographers. Check out the pertinent details below and RSVP at our Facebook page.
November 14 from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Live music by The Jones and DJ Anish
$10 suggested donation
1250 9th Street NW
Washington DC 20001
(enter through Blagden Alley on N Street between 9th and 10th Streets)
These nine photographers each create a narrative with a short series of images, building the viewer a bridge between the image of our Nation's Capital and the people actually living inside it. Their photographs inspect our city's subculture and the people who thrive in it, whether it is the pure ecstasy of a public baptism or the discovery of an elusive quiet moment as 18th Street rages nearby. Some create their own scenes, driven by the absurdity or crucial absences in our cityscapes. Others sneak in the backdoor of highly defined alternative lifestyles, finding characters dolled up for primetime, squeezed in the underbelly of the D.C. club scene. What they all have in common is a fixation on the individual in the hands of a much bigger picture.
Whew, after we closed the Move Along exhibit on Sunday, we got swept straight into the Next Big Thing and nearly forgot to wrap our first one up. As you can see above, we had a fantastic opening, greeting probably a couple hundred people on Friday night. The freezing rain understandably kept a few folks away on Saturday, but a steady stream came through all day on Sunday. (See more great photos by Brian Knight here.)
All in all, I'd say our first show went pretty darn well. We definitely want to thank John Chambers at BloomBars for hosting our show. We heard so many compliments on the venue -- it's a great space with tons of potential, and we're honored to be part of its history.
Secondly, I'd like to thank Tracy Clayton, Pat Padua, Katy Ray and Matt Smith for being part of the first Ten Miles Square show. I see big things from these guys.
Buckle up because we have not one, but *three* big events coming up in November. More to come soon.
Photo by Tracy Clayton
Thanks to everyone who made our opening night such a huge success! Join us again tonight, 4 to 11 p.m., with a screening of "So Goes the Nation" at 8 p.m., or tomorrow, noon to 4 p.m., for the last day of the show.
BloomBars is a fantastic little space in Columbia Heights, so please come on down and check it out. If you're interested in purchasing one of the photos in the show, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's almost here! Our first show opens tonight at 8 p.m. Be there or....be there on Saturday! Or Sunday! Move Along only runs this one weekend at BloomBars but you have many hours over the next three days to stop by. Don't forget there will be a showing of "So Goes the Nation," a documentary about Ohio in the 2004 election, screening at 8 p.m. on Saturday. If you're not all fired up about November 4, this will get you there.
Photographers Tracy Clayton, Pat Padua, Katy Ray and Matt Smith will all be there Friday and throughout the weekend, so come say hello to both me and the artists. One more time: a $5 donation gets you all this art, performances throughout the weekend, a film screening, and the thanks of all the volunteers who run BloomBars.
Additionally, all the photographs in Move Along are for sale through Ten Miles Square for the next 30 days, so send inquiries to heather [at] tenmilessquare.com for purchasing information.
Opening Friday: 8 to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Our first photography show featuring the work of Tracy Clayton, Pat Padua, Katy Ray and Matt Smith opens at Bloombars (3222 11th St NW) this Friday, October 24.
Note our slightly altered time: Friday runs 8 to 11 p.m. with various local acts playing on stage throughout the night. Saturday the venue is open for viewing from 4 to 11 p.m., with a Bloombars film screening of "So Goes the Nation" at 8 p.m. Sunday, roll up between noon and 4 p.m. for the last day of the show.
Remember that a mere $5 helps keeps the lights on in this volunteer-run space. There's no service at the venue, but we're right next door to Wonderland where you can get your booze on, as well as a ton of restaurants around the Columbia Heights neighborhood.
Head to Civilian Art Projects on Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight to see photographs by Ten Miles Square artists John Ulaszek and Joshua Yospyn. It's $25 to get in the door, with proceeds going to the Obama campaign. DJ Will Eastman from Blisspop and Jonathan Ackerman from the Moon Goons will spin your tunes whlie you enjoy a drink and work from 40 artists. Here are all the details:
Please join Civilian Art Projects, DJs Will Eastman (Blisspop) and Jonathan Ackerman (the Moon Goons, Minneapolis) and over 40 artists from across the USA (and London!) as we dance, raise a drink, and work to get Barack Obama into the White House.
$25 at the door gets you in the door and one complimentary drink.
All artwork is for sale at $500 (and below) with the majority of the proceeds going to the campaign.
This show is ONE NIGHT ONLY so get there early!!
List of participating artists:
Deborah M. Carroll Anzinger
Kate Damon & John Beebe
Ana Elisa Fuentes
Victoria F. Gaitán
Jason Matthews Gottlieb
* Courtesy of HEMPHILL
**Courtesy of Curator's Office
*** Courtesy of Ten Miles Square
I know it's been awhile since we updated, but that's because we were working hard putting together our first show.
Join us at BloomBars on October 24 for the opening of Move Along, featuring work by Tracy Clayton, Katy Ray, Matt Smith, and Pat Padua.
Move Along features the work of four photographers, Tracy Clayton, Pat Padua, Katy Ray and Matt Smith, who capture scenes that pass briefly before our eyes, perhaps preferring that we look away but only succeeding in making us gaze longer. Clayton is a street photographer with an eye for subtle movement and brief moments that end before we fully noticed they happened. Padua's sense of humor gives us images that aren't momentary so much as they are oddly and amusingly uncomfortable. Ray's time in New Orleans puts a nostalgic filter on her scenes, and the feeling we'll soon miss the memory it gives us. By contrast, Smith's highly constructed work explores the connections between the emotional loss experienced by the subjects in the text, and the ways in which these memories can develop direct associations to our physical surroundings. Each of their images focuses on the scenes that are fleeting, whether we want them to be or not, and asks what happens when you weigh it a little longer than you should.
BloomBars is located at 3222 11th St NW, in a converted garage next to Wonderland Ballroom. From their site: "BloomBars is Columbia Heights’ new decidedly underground, spontaneous and inspirational space for local and global art, music and film you haven’t seen or heard. It’s raw. It’s organic, and slowly rising from a seed—offering an opportunity for early guests to say, 'I watched it grow when it looked like it might be a weed.'"
Opening is Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation goes to keep the lights on in the wholly volunteer driven BloomBars. Exhibit will be open Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (hours to come).
Hope to see everyone there!
As some of you may know, we've been busy putting together a monthly photography series. We have a few venues in the works and some killer shows to go with them, but we still want your help if we're going to pull this off the way we want to. If you have photos you think would work well in a show, send them along to me. If you know of a venue interested in holding a photography show, let me know. If you have ideas for or are interested in partnering up for an event during one of these shows, speak up. And of course, if you have anything else you'd like to contribute to get this thing going (printing skills, framing discounts, etc), let me know and we'll partner up.
This is intended to be a community effort, promoting emerging photographers, bringing viewers into cool venues, and just working to create something fun together, so I hope you'll consider getting involved.
Remember we're throwing a gallery show during FotoWeek in November, so please see the post below and get your entries with the "theater" of D.C. to me by October 4. TMS is also working with another group for a wide-spread collection of micro-shows throughout the city during FotoWeek, and plan on passing names of photographers along for consideration. In other words, we need TONS of entries because nearly all of them will be used somewhere. Don't hesitate to send your images along!
Our exhibit will feature the "theater" of D.C. You may submit 4-6 images that show us a scene or a narrative of something culturally relevant to the Metro area. We want to see your artistic perspective of your surroundings and the theater you see every day (meaning: stay away from monuments and cliche urban shots of graffiti). Think about the relationships you have in the city and your involvement with groups or the places you frequent. What do you see that makes us want to see it, too? Focus on what *you* do well: is it impromptu street photography? Staged scenes? Low-light events? Anything goes.
We'll be featuring a series of 4 images from each photographer. Our venue is to be determined, which means the number of photographers we'll choose is also to be determined, but will likely be between 5 and 10. You can (and we encourage you to) sell your work at the show. There is no cost to submit your work or take part in the show, except to print and frame your work, though Ten Miles Square keeps thirty percent of sales from the show. Your submission entries will not be distributed anywhere without your permission (more on that below).
Please send in your work in low to mid res format to heather [at] tenmilessquare.com by midnight on Saturday, October 4. This deadline should give you time to produce work if you don't have images that fit the statement. Keep in mind that the selected photographers will only have about a month to print and frame their work.
If you're not chosen for the show, your submissions will not be for nothing. Ten Miles Square will also be kicking off a monthly photography series soon, and your work, if you wish, will be considered for both.
We look forward to seeing your entries!
We've just got the web page up and running, thanks to our brilliant tech guy Tom Lee. Please browse around, read the About page for a little more about the Ten Miles Square venture, check out our three artists and some of their images, and stay tuned for some exciting events.
Right now we're focused on getting a show together for FotoWeekDC, for which we're partnering with The Pink Line Project. I'm also honored to be a juror for the contest, alongside some impressive names, and have also volunteered to do some press for the show. The festival is truly going to be the best thing that happened to photography in this town in, well, ever, so please go check out their web site and either enter the contest or clear the dates on your calendar so you can visit one of the million events slated for November.
In the meantime, please add Ten Miles Square to your RSS feeder to stay updated on our activities promoting emerging talented photographers in the D.C. metro area.