Fri, 08/31/2012 - 8:00pm
Young Rapids Record Release Party and Sneak Peek of Nicole Bourgea's "AS IS: An Urban Portrait Project"
Where |The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place NW
About This Event
Young Rapids: RECORD RELEASE SHOW
Our album is done! We're done with our final mixes, and the mastering (TAPE!) should be done by the end of next week. Digital copies will be available on our Bandcamp, and physical copies will be available August 31st.
SO! We've been planning our Record Release Show for awhile now, and it's shaped up to be an awesome multimedia night. It takes place at The Dunes in Columbia Heights (DC) on August 31st. Sharing the stage with us for the night is Baltimore's Strange Fur, who are awesome and not to be missed.
ALSO, We are ecstatic to be joined by DC's own Nicole Bourgea for a sneak peek at her amazing project : "AS IS: An Urban Portrait Project." Nicole has been hard at work painting throughout DC, and will be offering a look at the pieces from her project on our album release night. Don't miss it!
We have projections and other mixed media surprises planned. The Dunes makes awesome cocktails. The night will kickoff at 8 with Nicole doing some painting on sight, and music starts at 9. CYA THERE!
AS IS: An Urban Portrait Project
In a world where most human interaction is strained down to its digital pulp, this project asks the question “Do we really see each other anymore?” by bringing fine art onto the street. AS IS developed out of my desire to meet people where they are, to give my full attention to them there, and to leave the experience of being noticed as a gift for their taking.
I paint large-scale formal oil portraits of strangers going about their day. These paintings are several feet in length and take between forty to eighty hours to complete. The finished portraits are then installed in the public spots around the city where I first met each subject. Next to each painting I post a handwritten sign stating that the portrait is a gift for the person it depicts. The signs read "If this is you, this painting is yours to take." Unlike my commissioned work, these portraits are intended as unexpected presents for their subjects.
I believe that while the attention that we pay to each other requires very little of us, we don’t often give it away freely. I want to tell people that they are seen. It is my hope that in some small way this project will ignite conversation about the power and the gift of notice.
AS IS has been selected by the public art project, Habitat for Artists, under whose umbrella I will be painting my seventh urban portrait! Over the next few weeks, I will be painting in studios erected in front of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and THEARC in Anacostia. I'll be posting field notes here if you care to follow along.