MITD opens a pop-up art installation in the H St Corridor.
Exploring Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition at The New Museum.
This exploration felt dreamlike with smoke filled exploding bubbles and screenings across a number of sheets waving from the ceiling. Pipilotti Rist brought her video art and multimedia installations to New York. Upon opening week, a long line stretched across the block where a guard permitted people into the entrance. Pro tip (especially for opening week): purchase your tickets online before visiting the site. You gain immediate entry and can even show your purchase on your phone (yes you can save a tree or two!).
The exhibition spanned across three floors, each unique from one another. I could have spent hours staring at the ceiling while watching videos on a bed. That’s exactly what I did on a cold winter day with my friend, Geena.
The actual Pixel Forest held the biggest appeal for those looking to interact with art. Lights hung from a tall ceiling changed colors in a large studio space. I felt like I was in a whole new world as I gazed at the lights for almost an hour.
Certainly pop in before January 15 (this post was delayed due to previous travel entries) to see it yourself.
Jeans: (although not entirely seen): Paige.
Sneakers: FENTY x Puma Creepers.
Everything glowed purple.
An evening at the Embassy of Sweden for an interactive art installation.
Made in the District teamed up with the Embassy of Sweden and GLINT for an immersive art installation event on April 19th. Justin and I walked along the Georgetown waterfront before venturing inside to see a live exhibition in a dimly lit room. The showcase highlighted tales of craft from Sweden and mixed vogue, street art, nature, pop culture and more. Despite the variety of elements, they all came together for a beautiful art piece I felt I could sit inside for hours.
Several moments included the room changing from light to dark to represent the change from day to night settings. Pieces glowed, lights tinkered and life-size screenings of Swedish culture filled the walls of the room. It felt incredible to feel as if I was in a wonderland of some sort.
Sunset at Sweden took place on April 19th from 6-9 p.m. courtesy of Made in the District, the Embassy of Sweden and GLINT.
Underneath Dupont Circle you can find thousands of plastic balls.
Photos by TheKevinJ.
I finally managed my way into Dupont Underground to see its new art exhibition created from last year’s Beach project at the National Building Museum (check out my post here and here). Re-Ball!: Raise/Raze opened its doors yesterday, April 30, to the public after hundreds of volunteers built Hou De Sousa‘s winning idea. The winners described the balls “like sand in massive sandbox, something akin to a life sized Lego set, or a real-world version of the popular video game Minecraft, which allowing users to alter their surroundings with ease.”
In the middle of the floor-to-ceiling pieces, guests can create their own structures ranging from forts to thrones with 27-ball cubes made from plastic balls, velcro and hot glue.
Although tickets are sold out through June 1, perhaps the excitement will extend onto the rest of summer so all DC natives can explore underground.
Hat: Rival Sneakers.
Sneakers: FENTY x Puma Creepers.
Re-Ball!: Raise/Raze is open through June 1 at Dupont Underground.
Photos by TheKevinJ.
The first large-scale, international light festival in the U.S.
After the Baltimore riots, I quietly distanced myself from the city closest to my hometown. I felt shock such a tragedy could strike a city that I wandered around in high school, yet I understood people’s outrage.
Since the historic event, Baltimore grew rapidly in rebuilding parts burnt to the ground and continued to host a number of exciting events such as The EmporiYUM and The Color Run. This year marked the first Light City Baltimore where about 50 installations flooded the Inner Harbor and surrounding area. While I felt the committee didn’t publicize the event as much as possible, I questioned my belief when I arrived to find crowded walkways filled with families, teens, young adults and couples.
We started at the end near Rusty Scupper and slowly made our way through the Inner Harbor. Placed along the water, artwork lit up Charm City with extraordinary life-size pieces placed in the ground, in the skies and in the water. Attendees can interact with pieces ranging from placing their hands on a surface to change a giant lit lotus floating in the water to an artist painting with light projections on your body.
The pictures don’t do Baltimore Light City justice (video below!), but if you have a chance, stop by and see it all for yourself.
Jacket: Anti Social Social Club.
Sneakers: sacai x Nikelab Air Max 90 Volt.
Baltimore Light City is located at the Inner Harbor and runs from March 28 to April 3.
An art installation by Doug Wheeler on display in the David Zwirner art gallery.
David Zwirner is home to some of my favorite art installations such as Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love. With two locations just a block from each other, it’s easy to find interesting pieces in this gallery.
Currently 0n exhibition is Doug Wheeler’s Encasements. Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon’s Forgetting the Hand just closed, but I snagged some pictures the final day of its opening showing to the public.
Giant plastic trees painted in realistic colors fill an entire room with canvases of similar shapes lining the walls.
Wheeler uses frosted glass and lights to display beautiful full-length squares in an all-white room. To enter, you need to cover your shoes to keep the ground as pristine as possible. We waited in a line for about 15-30 minutes, but we overheard weekdays often don’t have queues.
His pieces remind you of Drake’s Hotline Bling music video a bit with it’s simplistic setting and eerie appeal.
And yes, I spotted a few individuals breaking out in classic Hotline Bling dance moves.
Hoodie: Anti Social Social Club.
Leggings: Kendall & Kylie.
Sneakers: Melody Ehsani x Reebok.