The philosopher Albert Camus suggested the myth of Sisyphus − his ceaseless and pointless toil− is a metaphor for our modern condition. And yet he also offered "the struggle itself...is enough to fill a man's heart." The works in this exhibition poetically and humorously evince that sentiment − that life is a struggle and there is beauty, absurdity, futility, and even reward in the journey.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Merike Estna (Tallin, Estonia), Peter Eudenbach (Norfolk, VA), Kate Gilmore, (Miami, FL), Cheryl Pope (Chicago, IL), Silvia Rivas (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

About The Exhibition

Silvia Rivas's animated house flies repeatedly attempt to break free from their computer-generated boundaries and are thwarted time and time again. But just like real flies, they return determined − and annoying − as ever to continue their aimless quest. Merike Estna wrestles with a canvas painted in soothing pastels (a metaphor with which all artists can identify), yet we are struck not only by the absurdity of her struggle, but also the beauty and contraposition of the surrounding landscape.  Cheryl Pope's confrontation with a room full of water balloons invites us to contemplate the challenging "head space" that conflict creates. Kate Gilmore's comical and destructive labors offer us perhaps the most insight into our own heart-filling and absurd exploits. Peter Eudenbach's table in the surf leaves us cheering and believing in the words of Thomas Paine. In art, just as in life, the energy expended is not always proportionate to the outcome derived. Sometimes it is the struggle that is the reward. And sometimes, the results are glorious.

ABOUT HOTHOUSE VIDEO

As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA launched Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby.  Part of WPA's Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video introduces exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project runs approximately 6 weeks.  

EXHIBITION BROCHURE

Dates

July 10 – September 14, 2014

Location

Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby
10 I (Eye) Street SW
Washington DC 20024

Opening reception

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6–8pm

Photo gallery

Cheryl Pope Up Against, 2010 HD video, Ed. 1 of 5 Courtesy of the Artist and Monique  Meloche Gallery
Peter Eudenbach Table Tide, 2002 Video Courtesy of the Artist
Merike Estna Traveling with a Painting, 2013 HD video Courtesy of the Artist and Temnikova &  Kasela Gallery
Silvia Rivas Faith, from the series Buzzing, 2011 HD video, Ed. 5 of 5 Courtesy of the Artist and Gachi Prieto  Gallery
Kate Gilmore Heart Breaker, 2004 Video Courtesy of the Artist and David  Castillo Gallery
Installation view of Peter Eudenbach's "Table Tide"
Installation view of Harder Glorious
Installation view of Harder Glorious
Installation view of Cheryl Pope's "Up Against"