Below are some pics from the opening weekend of the 2013 G40 Summit hosted by Art Whino. This year's event site repurposed a formerly abandoned church in Southwest DC and transformed it into a venue for music, fine art, and performance. Additionally, Art Whino has founded Blind Whino, a non-profit organization with events programming based in the arts and culture of DC. For more about this year's G40 and the current schedule of events, Click Here.
Friday, September 13th kicks off a month-long series of art events for the 2013 G40 Art Summit in Washington, DC (734 1st St SW 20024). Gabriel Pons joins hundreds of other lowbrow and contemporary artists from around the nation in this annual event organized by Art Whino. Art Whino will be teaming up with Suite Nation to present a month-long, multi-experiential Art Summit with musical performances and large scale murals in DC. This year’s theme is the “Art of Transformation” and the exploration of reclaimed spaces and objects. The location of this year’s summit is in a nineteenth-century church which has been vacant for twenty years. The site will be an all encompassing art experience with every inch of the space covered with works of art. For a complete list of events, visit the Art Whino website
Gabe's piece for the show, titled "Una Barca", was constructed from sheets of plywood recovered from their former "stage" at PONSHOP built for the Public/Private group show in 2011. The original inspiration for the piece came from the biblical story of Moses who, as a baby, was placed in a raft and sent adrift on the Nile to escape the wrath of the Egyptian Pharaoh who ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed. This narrative sparked an interest in creating a piece that spoke to the present day condition of refugees around the world and the quiet potential of a child.
"Una Barca" , mixed media on wood, 16"x42"