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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/10/2007

Collages, Sculptures and Pictures of 'Marilyn'

By Julia Beizer

Lovers of the visual arts will be busy this weekend. Galleries in Bethesda and Logan Circle open their doors for coordinated receptions on Friday and Saturday nights showing off a ton of local talent. Want to check them out? Read on for interactive maps of the areas and tidbits about some of the artwork on display.

Artomatic may not have risen again completely, but small gallery shows in Bethesda this month bring back much of the free-for-all spirit. Several galleries along the Bethesda Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. on Friday night show off works by artists who were selected from an open pool organized by Artomatic. Matt Sesow's work -- which our colleague Lavanya Ramanathan called "Basquiat-esque" not too long ago -- will be on view at Creative Partners Gallery along with the work of five other artists.

I'm also looking forward to the exhibit at Gallery Neptune, featuring the work of Ed Biese, Mars Tokyo and Cherie Lester. Biese's almost cartoonish figures are compelling in their grotesqueness. His work, alongside visionary artist Tokyo and photographer and collage artist Lester should be a very diverse show. (And if you have time to come back to Bethesda on Saturday afternoon, the 4traits performance at Neptune is worth checking out.)

This interactive map can help you get around all the participating Artomatic galleries. The Bethesda Urban Partnership's map can help those looking for a more comprehensive night of gallery-hopping.

Fast forward to Saturday, and the Logan Circle galleries are at it again with a great lineup. There isn't an exhibit along this two-block stretch that I don't want to see. The openings begin at 6 p.m. Some end at 8, some end at 8:30, so I'd shoot to get there right around 6:30 p.m.

Top of my list is Jessie Mann's collaboration with photographer Len Prince, on view at Adamson. Mann, an artist who at a young age was featured in well-known photographs by her mother, Sally Mann, takes center-frame again in this collection. The artist took on a variety of roles in front of Len Prince's camera -- Ophelia, Marilyn Monroe, etc. -- in an effort to examine historical archetypes and characters.

Also on view in the 1515 14th Street building are J.W. Mahoney's exhibition of work on paper and cloth, Colby Caldwell's photographs and video works and an exhibition by the Civilian Art Projects collective.

On the other side of the street, Irvine will display Melissa Ichiuji's sculptures of human figures made of out pantyhose, human hair and other assorted materials and Gallery Plan B will offer abstract paintings and pop art. Transformer's exhibit of pop culture-inspired cartoons leaves next week, so since that gallery is only open until 7 p.m., show up early if you want to see them before they go.

This map will lead you around the area, but since four of the galleries are in the same building, finding your way shouldn't be too tough.


By Julia Beizer  | January 10, 2007; 12:53 PM ET
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Posted by: sharon johnston | January 16, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Do you know how much these receptions cost?

Posted by: Marie | January 18, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The ones I wrote about in this post are all over by now, but gallery receptions are generally free.

Posted by: Julia | January 19, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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