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Sustainable Art Exhibit Opening at Artisphere

by ARLnow.com — May 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm 1,930 16 Comments

It’s Artisphere’s biggest exhibit yet, and it follows a theme near and dear to the hearts of many in Arlington County.

Tonight is the public opening for “Contain, Maintain, Sustain,” a gallery of contemporary art inspired by sustainability. Among the pieces in the exhibit are beautiful gas cans, inspiring rubbish receptacles, a free-floating trash bag, magazines made into mountains and a box-laden bicycle.

The exhibit — a partnership between Artisphere, the Washington Project for the Arts and the Washington Sculptors Group — features the work of 24 international and locally-based artists.

Tonight’s opening reception is open to the public from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 17. More photos after the jump.

  • Arlwhenever

    The Artisphere is all about throwing away money — why not everything else?

    • Stu Pendus

      Done in one

  • CrystalMikey

    Too easy…

  • LyonSteve

    How fitting for an unsustainable institution.

  • madisonmanor

    What – no perpetual display of burning taxpayer dollars to sustain Artisfail?

    • TuesdaysChild

      excellent! The eternal flame of arlington tax dollars.

  • ConstantCritic

    Goodbye Artisphere …

    … hello recycling center

  • TGEoA

    near and dear to the hears?

    Hears is indeed a typo, but it certainly rhymes with the proper noun.

    • Lol

      Hehehe. Queers

  • Bard

    Went to Artisphere on Monday. Had hopes. Hopes were dashed. That is one lousy POS “art museum”.

    Count me among those who’d like to see it either closed or completely overhauled.

    • MC

      This is about as logical as saying “I went to see a movie Monday and it was lousy, so I want to see the movie theater closed.”

  • MC

    The Artisphere is one of the coolest things to happen to Arlington. I went last weekend and saw am amazing presentation about Czech puppetry, an artistic tradition recognized globally as significant and unique. There are an amazing range of things going on at the Artisphere, but sadly what little publicity they generate is fueled by complaining naysayers who have for the most part never even visited the place, and even if they did, are so convinced it’s “wrong” they don’t want to like it or see it succeed.

    If you like non-stuffy art, dancing, theater, off-beat films, something that will add a little variety to the stuff banal you see on television, then you should visit the Artisphere. If you are afraid that you’ll see something you won’t like, you should stay at home by all means, but keep your nasty negativity to yourself and let others discover for themselves.

    I find it ironic how so many commentators lament the supposed demise of “weirdness” in Arlington (all those passionate comments about how great it used to be when Bardos was around) but some art that modestly playful is considered dangerous and a treat to community standards.

    • TGEoA

      Wy the hell should the taxpayers pay to fund your entertainment?

      Fartisphere was a failure before it even opened. Close it now!

    • Dan

      “I find it ironic how so many commentators lament the supposed demise of “weirdness” in Arlington (all those passionate comments about how great it used to be when Bardos was around) but some art that modestly playful is considered dangerous and a treat to community standards”

      Those are “organically” generated weirdness…….quite distinct from bad art supported by tax dollars….big difference.

      • MC

        Who is deciding what’s “organic” and what’s “bad”? It’s simply your opinion — they difference you believe is “big” is quite obscure to the rest of the world.

        Some strange that your idea of weirdness is good, but if others differ, they are somehow “inorganic.” Very weird indeed.

      • Stu Pendus

        Alcohol helps too.

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