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Capitol Ideas: Heiner Contemporary opens in DC by openstudiospress

Photo: Will Teass

With a few exceptions, most art galleries left the DC neighborhood of Georgetown ten years ago in search of cheaper rent. Many of them settled on the 14th Street corridor and the 1515 building before gentrification and skyrocketing rents recently pushed some of the bigger players toward more economically diverse pastures in the H St neighborhood. (As recently as a few days ago, another gallery announced their departure from 14th street, citing “unsustainable increases in rent.”)

All of this makes Heiner Contemporary’s new storefront space in Georgetown a bit of a throwback. Located in the quaint and quirky Book Hill section of Georgetown, the gallery is just far enough away from the trendy waterfront and the brutish bar scene on M Street to make the trip worthwhile. Also worth the trip is their inaugural show, Polychromatic Projection, featuring the work of Brooklyn-based painter, Elizabeth Huey. I visited Heiner Contemporary last week and sat down with owner/director Margaret Heiner to talk about setting up shop in Georgetown, her plans for her new gallery space,  and Huey’s work. Our conversation after the jump.   —Matthew Smith, DC Contributor

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Plants, nudes, & Suzannah Sinclair: A Q&A by openstudiospress
November 17, 2010, 9:02 am
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Installation view, Susannah Sinclair: Tomorrow is Here, samsøn, Boston

Suzannah Sinclair probably has more copies of Playboy than your dad. (And there’s a pretty good chance she’s putting them to better use.)  Featured in edition #74 of New American Paintings, Sinclair has a thing for vintage nudes, and her ability to render them so subtly is matched only by her insistence on throwing the viewer into the interiors she reproduces. Her recent exhibitions have included objects from the spaces she paints, a practice she began with a solo show in Sweden and one that seeks to place the viewer within a furnished environment not unlike that of her subjects. I caught up this week with the Brooklyn-based artist to talk nudie magazines.  —Evan J. Garza

EJG: Do you work from photographs? It seems as if many of these girls might be from decades ago. There’s a vintage quality to them. How do you procure your images and how do you work with them?
Yes I do, I paint from old men’s magazines from the ’60s and ’70s, mostly American but I am always on the lookout when I travel and have some great ones from Sweden. I’ve lost count of how many I have. A while a go my friend was cleaning out the house she grew up in and, between her father and her older brothers, there were a lot of Playboys. She gave them to me and it just kept going from there. During that era the bodies were real, pre airbrushing. I love the furniture and the textiles and even the print process that gives the photos an otherworldly saturation and hue.

Still Crazy, 2009 | Watercolor and pencil on birch panel, 16 x 22 inches. Courtesy samsøn, Boston.

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