Marissa Long (phot 2006)

September 15, 2011

DC2NY: The Exhibit

Marissa Long

One of the best D.C. art openings taking place this fall won't be happening in D.C.

You Are Here: Washington D.C. brings together seven artists for a quick primer on art in the District for New York's Dorian Grey Gallery next month. Featuring work by seven D.C. artists, "You Are Here" is by no means a complete survey of Washington art and doesn't mean to be. And without having seen any work for the show, I'd say it's as comprehensive—and as D.C.—as any show of seven artists from Washington could hope to be.

 The show is wide-ranging, featuring artists who work in paint, sculpture, performance, photography, and in between. At first glance, it's hard to find the common thread that unites Billy Colbert, Lily DeSaussure, Ryan Florig, Alexa Meade, Marissa Long, Adrian Parsons, and Trevor Young, except that they're all fairly young artists. Long, Florig, and Meade are photographers working in extremely different modes. Colbert and Young both paint, with Colbert pinch-hitting as a sculptor. Parsons is an ever-present if difficult-to-categorize art guy; this time around he's contributing digital images. DeSaussure has shown work from a variety of media, including embroidery, which she is contributing for the show.

 What makes this group such a credible D.C. delegation is that so many of them have represented D.C. here at home, too.