Washington, DC-based, emerging artist Darius Frank’s first ever public art commission, Things I Love/d, is coming to Dock 5 in DC’s Union Market on July 29 & 30. The project will feature an immersive multi-channel video installation exploring a changing DC through the stories of long-time residents.
Invested in contemporary reflections on the present and past of DC, Darius Frank has undertaken a multimedia work that explores these issues through the words of friends, family, and community members. The work comes together featuring a video where Frank uses individual storytelling and testimonials as a vehicle to give personal texture to things lost and loved by former and current residents of DC. A multi-channel video installation juxtaposes candid and descriptive tales of what each storyteller used to love about “old DC” alongside the things they might appreciate about the “new DC”. The resulting stories traverse the changing eras of the city, and weave a complex yet intimate narrative of gentrification and evolution in our urban centers with universal resonance.
The storytellers are various DC residents – diverse in age, gender, race and background – reflecting on prompts from the artist, such as “Describe one thing that’s lost”, “What did you love?” or “What do you love now?” Stories could be around a specific neighborhood haunt, activities, music, food, etc., and participants were encouraged to “paint a picture”. Sharing a highly detailed visual description of the scenes in which these memories are sited, then allows Frank to create an artwork that represents these collective memories.
Things I Love/d is a project developed in collaboration with Creative Time for the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ® Artisan Series.
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Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. We are acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects we have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more. In partnership with a variety of well-known cultural institutions and community groups, we have commissioned art in unique landmark sites from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Governors Island, and the High Line, to neglected urban treasures like the Lower East Side’s historic Essex Street Market, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward. We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.