Hamiltonian Gallery opened their newest exhibit on Saturday night, Call + Response, which paired DC writers with DC visual artists to create the exhibition. The concept: authors produced an “on call” written work, and in response, the artists created an installation piece. Then, the authors wrote another work in response to the visual art. Co-curated by William John Bert and Kira Wisniewski, and the Call + Response pairings are: Kyle Dargan (poetry) and Mia Feuer (sculpture), Michael Kimball (fiction) and Trevor Young (painting), Reb Livingston (poetry) and Matthew Mann (painting), Amber Sparks (fiction) and YAY Team (video), Danielle Evans (fiction) + Lisa Marie Thalhammer (painting).
The concept of the show is compelling and the contributions of the artists and authors are overall nuanced and insightful. However, the absolute show-stopper is Feuer’s installation, Reclamation Site, which overtakes the second room of the gallery with its impressive height and construction. A steel base supports the structure which simultaneously towers yet appears to be crumbling, all while elegantly surrounding an incredibly sized tree trunk with extending roots and branches covered in iridescent black feathers. The room is dimly lit with blue tinted LED lights which further adds to the mystique. Reclamation Site could be a manifestation of Tim Burton’s subconscious while mulling over the destruction of 9-11, or perhaps a dark fairy tale moralism of an industrialized structure left to decay and become inhabited by an ominous natural world. The show is worth seeing for Feuer’s installation alone – and you’ll have the opportunity through June 17th when the show closes.