Artists Circle recently completed a project for a D.C. financial investment office. The newly renovated office is full of light and sleek finishes, and they wanted bright, fun artwork to add color to the primarily white space.
A custom triptych made for a downtown DC law firm's elevator lobby. The blues contrast the woodwork throughout the space, while the lighter part of each piece has a subtle amount of yellow/orange to enhance the balance of color even further.
Here are a few installation photographs of artwork we installed in Shady Grove Fertility's new Rockville office:
Meet the newest member of the Artists Circle Team: Keenan Brown. In our usual "new employee initiation" fashion, we asked Keenan to answer some questions so we could get to know him better:
What I Love: I am an avid ice hockey fan. Go Pittsburgh Penguins! My favorite hobby is cooking; I can make a fantastic teriyaki sauce from scratch and my go-to dinner is usually fried rice. I also spend my free time constructing and painting toy soldiers, something I was really into as a kid and recently picked back up.
What I Hate: Gridlocked traffic (argh DC!), flying, mayonnaise, and humidity.
What I Listen to in the Car: In the morning, it's Elliot in the Morning on DC 101, in the middle of the day it's either whatever catches my ear on the radio or standup comedy on Pandora. At night it's more standup or the John Batchelor Show.
Little Did You Know: I was in several campaign commercials during the 1996 presidential election for Bill Clinton.
Artists Circle was brought onto the design team by GTM Architects who redesigned the Fitness and Business Centers at Circle Towers, a multifamily development in Fairfax, VA. We were charged with the task of finding art with an urban feel, as well as a bit of a typographic theme.
Wanting the art to key off the red accent wall in their large conference room, a DC law firm asked Artists Circle to Source options. The task was made a little more challenging due to the dividing wall that enables the space to be broken into two; additionally, the art committee was split 50/50 between those wanting more conservative realism and those desiring abstract. These prints on canvas of leaves and water are the perfect answer!
Look at these GORGEOUS prints we just installed in a lobby on 14th Street! To keep with the sleek design of the space, we had our framer mount these to Plexiglas for a clean, frameless look.
Artists Circle recently completed a project for Bentall Kennedy's new office space in Bethesda. The real estate investment and advisory firm wanted new artwork that tied into their mission as well as complemented their sleek new facility.
The sculpture commissioned for the reception area used aluminum and wood panels to allude to the company's emphasis on sustainable, green building.
This 4 panel painting placed outside the kitchen and lounge area reflects the city plan of Washington, DC viewed from Rosslyn, VA. The company provides advice for multi-residential, industrial, retail, and corporate properties throughout the country and abroad.
Conference room artwork reflects both abstract and and literal interpretations of architectural landmarks in the DC area by local artists.
"I love working on projects when there is a theme involved!" says Sr. Associate Katie Giganti, shortly after wrapping up a recent installation for M Flats, a multifamily building in Crystal City. "In this case the designer came to us with the concept; the project site was so close to various methods of transportation: the airport, metro, and roads that they felt it was only natural for those conditions to drive the art. We sourced mostly local artists for the project, all whose work - whether more literal or abstract - responded to movement and transportation."
With a directive to source, "Colorful, fun, abstract artwork" from a client, we pulled together a variety of options ranging from dimensional wall sculptures to more affordable framed prints. Here's a snippet from our presentation...