Jack is planning a timelapse camera setup to show you how much the Artists Circle gallery changes every day: new art/packages arrive, we change which artwork is hanging, build models for projects, move around big sculptures and wall art... AND.. assemble dozens of easels for an upcoming "Evening of Artwork and Conversation", a networking event we are helping one of our clients organize.
Artists Circle's installation crew has been assisting Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for years, hanging artwork in the Janelia Farm (Ashburn, VA) and Headquarters (Bethesda, MD) gallery spaces. Here are Clifford and Andrew installing the most recent show!
Foulger Pratt enlisted the assistance of Artists Circle in finding a public sculptor who could create an eye-catching, crowd gathering piece for a corner at Rockville Town Square. This metal sculpture includes phrases sourced by the artists and local community. It was just installed, so go check it out the next time you're in Rockville Town Square for dinner or drinks!
(Tidbit: you can change the color of the piece by pushing a button on the side!)
Here is part of a concept board we put together for inclusion in our first feedback meeting with a new client. Their space is sleek, clean, and mostly white, which is why we are proposing pops of vivid color.
Who he is and what he does: Andrew is the newest addition the Artists Circle installation team. When he is not hanging framed pieces or installing 18 feet tall sculptures, he is back at the Artists Circle office using his experience as a sculptor to come up with solutions for future projects.
What he loves: Some of Andrew’s loves include Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum’s third floor (especially the massive LL Cool J portrait). Oh annnnd tacos!
What he hates: Andrew has very strong feelings about Subway, Sbarro’s, and Bojangles, and frequently wonders how far the nearest Chick-fil-a has to be for him to even consider walking into one of those establishments.
What he listens to in the car: Since he’s stuck with the radio in his ’83 Chevy, Andrew has been begrudgingly forced to listen to top 40 pop stations. He has recently warmed up to artists like Demi Lovato and Charli XCX. If he had his way though, he’d be listening to bands like the Replacements, the Minutemen, and Pixies on his way to installations.
Little did you know…: Andrew spent the majority of his childhood living in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Lima, Peru because his mom was in the C.I.A. and his dad was an infectious disease microbiologist for the Navy.
Who she is and what she does: Olivia is our Associate Art Consultant. She will put together artwork concepts for presentations, research & get in touch with new artists, oversee installations, and develop artwork proposals.
What she loves: Being outside in the fall, her golden retriever - Atticus, homestyle southern cooking, and of course, Tarheel basketball!
What she hates: Olivia cringes about clutter, cries about beets, and she can't stand folks who leave unnecessary voicemails. "It's 2015, people, send a text!"
What she listens to in the car: Lorde, Florence + The Machine, The Killers, Mumford & Sons. If it's nice outside and you happen to be stuck on the beltway, keep your eyes out for Olivia singing country tunes to the top of her lungs with the windows down.
Little did you know…: "When I was growing up, our neighborhood pool would host a bike parade on the 4th of July for all the kids to show off their spiritedly decorated bikes. Despite having three older sisters and two very engaged parents, I was somehow never taught how to ride a bike. When I was 8, however, I decided that I wanted to participate anyway. Naturally, I rode my bike straight into the deep end of the pool. I had to get rescued by a life guard in front of the entire neighborhood. I insisted on bike lessons after that. "
Associate Mason Wood worked with a DC law firm to find artwork for their reception area. The challenges: the partners had differing opinions about the style of artwork (some wanted abstract, while other asked for more representational imagery) and the space had bold, built-in moulding that commanded the reception area. At first Mason proposed conventional framed or mixed media pieces to go on the wall, but then came to the realization that using the moulding as a "frame" for the artwork would be very dramatic. This is the final result, a grand floor-to-ceiling depiction of DC, yet abstract and colorful enough to satisfy those who didn't want something too literal.
Sometimes we swoon over our own design concepts for projects. Here are some visuals we put together for a Library Resource Association. Some of these pieces will be installed soon!
Artists Circle is working with a local nature conservation association to find artwork for their office in Annapolis, MD. Here are a few beautiful woodblock prints installed in Phase 1 of the project.
Sr. Associate Katie Giganti worked with the Montgomery County Circuit Court to procure these beautiful, slightly-sepia black and white photographs for their impressive Judicial Conference Room.