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Special Salon Contra
Pink Line HQ Salon
Washington, DC
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Special Salon Contra
The next Salon Contra will be dedicated to raising money for artist Agnes Bolt to create an art exhibit at Project 4 Gallery. Money raised will help her purchase materials for the project.

For this version of Salon Contra, we will cook you dinner and serve you wine while you interact with the artist as she resides for the week in her box at Pink Line HQ (see description below). For those of you who've attended Salon Contra, you know that this intimate evening in the Pink Line salon is almost always engaging, riveting, and inspiring.

Artist Mike Iacovone has volunteered to cook the meal.  Turns out that in addition to being a great artist, he's also one helluva good cook. Bonnie Shaw and Danny Harris will be your servers and barkeeps for the evening.

Space is limited.

Project description:
This coming May 2011, for one week, the artist Agnes Bolt will move into the home of the very sociable and curious Philippa Hughes to playfully explore the dynamics between an artist and an art collector. With a naive optimism and subtle social critique the project will manifest itself with a large obtrusive structure situated within Philippa's home in which the artist will live.  The presence of the artist will be impossible to ignore. A series of rules,  exercises, communication systems and bonding experiences will dictate the interactions between the two as will video cameras given to both parties. Both are required to follow the rules but mischief and expectations of an open spirited dynamic is highly encouraged.  
The project tries to conflate the traditional role of the artist as producer and the collector as consumer to create an experience that both can take part in, react to and fully engage.  Both can take ownership of the results of the time spent together and a furthering of the conversation about art's impact in the world can be examined.

Philippa will organize several events open to the Washington DC art world during the week of the artist's stay. Likewise, the project will later be created into a video and along with several artifacts, contracts and images will be exhibited at the Project 4 Gallery in DC.

Without further spoiling the surprises to come for the collector, the artist would like to seek funding to support the construction of this project. Attached is a list of materials and budget necessary for its completion.  

(not including production costs for exhibition)

9x 8'x4' Palram or Bayer brand Polycarbonate sheets- $850
Piped Ventilation Materials- $400
Video Equipment  (cameras provided by the artist)
   hard drives, small portable wifi camera system, DV tapes, peripherals-
Art materials, tools and miscellaneous hand-made objects to be used- $300-400
"Living" materials- $200
Transportation and truck rental costs- $150
Videographer- $200

Total Estimated Budget- $2700


Pink Line HQ Salon
14th and U
Washington, DC 20009
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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