I spoke with Marina Di Carlo, Co-Director at Gallery Underground this morning about the full-on art month ahead. Friday night, there are several events that I would like to attend, and I don’t know if I will make all of them:
For sure: Gallery Underground, 1 year anniversary party and opening of the “Be Square” show.
Maybe: Del Ray Artisans
Maybe: Stifel & Capra
I have so many art friends showing in so many places that it is difficult to get around. I am glad that the MOCA DC opening is Saturday, September 14th and not Friday night. I don’t want to miss that.
Good news is that all of these venues are open all month, so if you miss the opening reception, there is plenty of opportunity to visit the art at your convenience.
Now, I want to focus on Gallery Underground as I am also a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance. There is quite a backlog of artists wanting to show their work here, so patrons be aware that this art and these creative people are among the best.
The show is called “Be Square” and it is literally square art of the same dimensions. All artists are required to paint their work in the same sized space. That is not as easy as it sounds. Consider these things.
55 mm is the focal length of the camera lens that provides an image that is equal to all the eye can see in focus.
35 mm is the focal length of the camera that provides an image of all that the eye can see at one time.
So, when you ask an artist to paint in a square, it is like restricting the eye to what you see in focus, right to left and down and up in equal measure.
Now, an artist can put anything they want into that space, so let’s take a look at what all of the artists of done with their square and equal spaces. (See the slideshow.)
Address: 2100 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
“Be Square” Reception: Friday 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.