Saturday, January 12, 2008

ON THE SCENE: Meat Market Gallery

The modern art scene has blossomed in DC. Art openings turn into art parties where a diversity of social segments converge. These events draw a crowd not only for the innovative and highly conceptual work on display, but also for the chance to be part of a group who share a common excitement towards modern art in Washington. The Meat Market Gallery at 1636 17th Street, NW, is a leader in the pack that mixes experimentation, installation, and interactive art. The latest show, Intellectual Property, opened with an event combining high conceptualism art, an underground lounge, a graffiti covered backstairway, electro beats and cool kids to add to the eye candy. The space itself is the epitome of sleek. Stained steel plates are the floor and mimimalist "gallery" finished walls become the background. The storefront location allows for the art and the people to become the gallery's own advertising. A stairway to the basement bar and lounge is its own installation covered with line sketches, while the outside rear stair is riddled with luxe graffiti. Exposed brick walls in the downstairs lounge play in contrast with the high gloss cherry red lacquer of the bar. A visit to this gallery is an instant way to be energized by our modern city.

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