Subversive Nature Show Open & Russell Biles Artist Talk

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District Clay Center

2414 Douglas Street NE

Washington, DC 20018

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RBG, Trump, Mr. Spock and an Angry Turtle. Not to forget the END of the WORLD.

You are invited to the opening of a timely new show - Subversive Nature - which features new work by ceramic artist Russell Biles on Saturday evening, Oct. 19th.
Russell Biles is a ceramic artist from South Carolina who has spent most of his artistic life looking at the contradictions, divides and follies of our political system. His incredibly detailed porcelian figures are works of art though it is his arch, sometime scathing eye that elevates his work to that of profound social commentary.

Two new pieces - Captain America Calling (pictured above, work in progress) and 400 Years of Occupation (the Eagle has Landed) - examine the high stakes world we live in. Zooming from the danger that RBG's personal fight with cancer poses to our nation to the threat that our nation faces from our complacent use and overuse, Biles uses humor - and pathos - to meet the challenges of the day.

Using two striking installations, Biles’ VOTE and GIVE pieces speak both to the power of individuals and of people coming together. Biles vividly illustrates why acting for the common good is sometimes the greatest gift an individual possesses.

In keeping with Biles’ work as a Call to Action:
  • District Clay will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27th and Biles is donating a small figurine from his GIVE piece to each person who gives blood.
  • District Clay will donate 25% from the sale of each political figurine from Biles VOTE piece to a political action group.
Other pieces by Biles look at race relations (Baby, It's a White White World), immigration (The Trouble with Mexicans), the threat of war with China (Final Countdown) and the ugly reality of gun violence (Half Mast).

With Biles' work held by MAD, the Mint Museum and the Essex/Peabody Museum, District Clay Gallery is honored to be hosting a solo show of his latest work. Ferrin Contemporary represents Mr. Biles.

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Doors open 6 pm, artist talk, 6:30 pm.
Light refreshment served.
Parking available directly in front of the Off the Beaten Track Warehouse.

This show opening is co-sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.

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