“DECON/RECON” launches with a free opening celebration at 9 p.m. on June 7, and stays open for one week, through June 14. Visit Union Arts & Manufacturing at 411 New York Ave. NE, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
DECON/RECON is presented by Micah Greenberg (former NPR brand strategist, independent producer) and Ra-Jah Kelly (SHAM, LUMEN8ANACOSTIA, the Belmont Legacy). Short for “deconstruction/reconstruction,” DECON/RECON features forward-thinking local artists across genres and generations. The curators’ charge to the artists is to present work that responds to the themes of breakdown and buildup inherent to Peter Brotzmann’s transgressive jazz.
The pieces showcased in DECON/RECON range from Leah Lewis’ small works in resin to Tariq Tucker’s towering abstracts and LED installations. Each artist and their work addresses and rejects traditional form – the deconstruction – with reclaimed material, multimedia presentation and bold abstracts that play with composition and control and create a regenerative process of artistic interpretation and human exchange. Many of the works are informed directly by the music itself, while others respond to space it creates.
Featured artists include:
Nate Lewis – Somophany, Sketch Lounge
Leah Lewis – Somophany, Sketch Lounge
Brandon Hill – The Babychicken, No Kings Collective
Thomas Pipkin – Truth Among Liars
Tim Slayton – Truth Among Liars
Tariq Tucker – Legendary U St. Artist
Tendani Mpulubusi El – Filmmaker, Artist, Activist
Joseph Asher Hale – Artist, Corcoran
Camille Schefter – Artist, Temple