Sat, 09/22/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
[Opening / Closing]
Franck Cordes: Maritime Musings
Where |Studio 1469
1469 Harvard St NW
About This Event
Studio 1469 - 1469 Harvard Street NW REAR, Washington DC, www.studio1469.com
EXHIBITION: September 6 – September 22, 2012
Public Reception: Thursday, September 6 from
7:00 – 10:00 pm.
Extended Hours: Saturday, September 8, until 10:00 pm.
Artist Talk 8 pm.
Closing Event with Artist Performance: Saturday, Sept 22
from 7 – 9 pm.
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 – 6:00 pm.
Also by appointment.
WASHINGTON, DC –Studio 1469 proudly presents new work from visual artist and musician Franck Cordes in his first solo exhibition in the District. Franck Cordes: Maritime Musings will feature new paintings, drawings, mixed-media projections, and a live performance from his book “Boo Boo the Bad Monkey” and other original ballads.
The work of Cordes has always addressed memory and emotion. In this show, he was inspired by his love of sailing and the sea, as well as his family’s vast collection of maritime lore, folk art, illustrated children’s books, animated cartoons, nautical toys and history books, to create a new whimsical body of work. Franck describes a continual restlessness as “suffering land sickness” when he’s been too long stuck on shore. He appeases this condition by drawing, painting, writing, and singing - as loudly as he can - sea tales told to him by his sailor grandfather or hatched from his own fertile imagination.
The romance and hardships of the sea have been present throughout Cordes body of work as an artist, with navigational and sailing terms masterfully woven into art and word, montage and multi-media. He promises to take the viewer--seafarer and landlubber alike--on a fantastical journey: to observe dream-creatures; inspirational figures great and small; passing thoughts, recollections and meditations, by the boy and the man, on the vast nautical world.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Franck Cordes (BA, Amherst, MFA, Mount Royal School of Art, MICA) is an artist, photographer, musician and poet currently residing in Washington DC, where he also works as the Director of Administration and Marketing for the Foundation for the National Archives. When not in the studio, or playing in his band Wild Fruit, Franck is out sailing, windsurfing or skateboarding. www.boisterousmirth.org
ABOUT STUDIO 1469
Studio 1469 (www.studio1469.com) is a newly constructed studio, designed and created with multi- disciplinary uses in mind. The space is both a blank slate and a ready to use opportunity for rehearsal, instruction and creation. Gallery style lighting along with abundant natural light, combined with reinforced soundproof walls enables both choir or painter, ensemble or shutterbug to make things happen within this secluded yet wonderfully situated building. Over a century old, originally built as stables and storage for the neighborhood grocer, Studio 1469 emerges again to serve the community, now via artists, performers, thespians & musicians within The District and beyond. Studio 1469 is located just northeast of the intersection of 15th and Harvard Street NW, adjacent to the nexus of Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights, conveniently 2.5 blocks from the Green & Yellow line Columbia Heights Metro.