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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 06/27/2007

Lowbrow Styles & Fingerprint Traces

By Julia Beizer

The month may be winding down, but two unique art openings are just getting started in downtown Washington. Saturday night receptions at the Warehouse and Flashpoint serve up wildly different types of contemporary art.

"Art in Heat," a group show featuring Washington's "lowbrow" artists, opens Saturday with a reception at the Warehouse from 7 to 11 p.m. Since the pop-culture-inspired art movement comprises many different styles, this compilation offers the opportunity to check out a bunch of them in one place.

Chris Bishop's cartoon-like paintings of sultry women and robots are on view along with Emily Greene Liddle's bright, oversized paintings of fruit. Anna Davis's paper-and-acrylic works on canvas offer up lithe gray bodies on mosaic-y backgrounds. Gregory Ferrand's wide-eyed, squished-head figures share the Warehouse space with Matt Sesow's scratchy paintings and Dana Ellyn's devilishly funny characters. For samples of the art on display, check out the exhibit's official site.

As part of the opening festivities, Lobster Boy, that gruff vaudeville entertainer, hosts two shows in the Warehouse Theater at 8 and 11 p.m. The reception is free, but Lobster Boy's shows cost $12.

Fingerprints on Polaroid from Valerie Huhn's "Trace Evidence" series.

That same evening, the opening at the nearby Gallery at Flashpoint also promises to be worth a visit. Artist Valerie Huhn began experimenting with fingerprint art after a police chase in her neighborhood in 1998. By now, her experimentations have led to diverse works tied together only by her finger's mark. At times, the fingerprints are colorful dots on Polaroid pictures. Other times, they appear above scribbled writing, seemingly the rambles of a madwoman. The reception, also free, is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.


By Julia Beizer  | June 27, 2007; 9:33 AM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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