Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Porch Projects Presents: A Nest, a Shell, a Corner, a Drawer

"We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection."

"A nest—and this we understand right away—is a precarious thing, and yet it sets us to daydreaming of security."

-Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Porch Projects' inaugural show brings together the work of three artists working in the Washington region: Kendall Nordin (DC), Leigh Davis (DC/NYC), and Magnolia Laurie (Baltimore).  These artists explore the creation of makeshift or provisional structures and dwellings through diverse media, from painting and photography to installation.  They are interested in adaptive ways of existing in the world and in the idea of "home," wherever it can be found.

Opening Reception: February 26, 2011, 4-7 pm
Closing Discussion Group: March 31, 7 pm
Open by appointment at other times.
Email for directions or to schedule your visit:
porchprojectsdc (at) gmail (dot) com


Kendall Nordin is an artist based in Washington, DC. Her installations and works on paper have appeared in Australia, Estonia, and locally at Container Space at George Mason University and in Arcade, a window exhibition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center produced by the Washington Project for the Arts.
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Leigh Davis is an artist splitting time between Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, DC. She has completed artist residencies around the country and shown her photography-and-video-based installations extensively in New York.  Her work will appear in the 2011 Solos this spring at the Arlington Arts Center.

Magnolia Laurie is a painter and installation artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been shown throughout the East Coast, and she has been a Hamiltonian Fellow Artist since 2009. She recently presented a new series of paintings at Hamiltonian Gallery in DC.


Images, from left: photograph from The Brothers, Leigh Davis; detail of installation Kunstkammer or Dear Guest, if you should happen to knock something over, please put it back, Kendall Nordin; detail of installation It’s a Fragile Structure Between Us, Magnolia Laurie)

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