Spit­ball

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE -

Next month it will be some­thing else, but at the mo­ment, the first floor of H-Space is D.C.’s arti­est com­mon room. The im­promptu gallery is part of a new condo build­ing at Ninth and U streets NW, whose al­ley-fac­ing an­nex contains work-live spa­ces for artists Kristin Hatle­berg, Kather­ine Tzu-Lan Mann and Erik Moe. They’re col­lab­o­rat­ing on “Spit­ball” (as in “to throw out an idea for dis­cus­sion”). The in process in­stal­la­tion in­cludes paint­ing, sculp­ture, video pro­jec­tions and maps of the sur­round­ing area. The project will be com­pleted only when it’s ready to be dis­as­sem­bled.

The maps are meant to di­rect walks, ei­ther self-guided or led by Moe (on March 25 and 30). The routes in­di­cate cur­rent, long-van­ished or sim­ply imag­i­nary land­marks, and point to the neigh­bor­hood’s “col­lec­tive utopian fu­ture.” This is re­flected in the use of such spec­u­la­tive names as “Dou­glass Com­mon­wealth” (a pro­posed al­ter­na­tive mean­ing for “D.C.”) and “New South Canada” (for the en­tire United States).

H-Space was con­ceived by Hamil­to­nian Artists founder Paul So. Long-term plans for the build­ing’s ground floor are still be­ing spit­balled.

Spit­ball On view through March 31 at H-Space, 1932 Ninth St. NW (rear); 202-332-1116; hamil­to­ni­a­nartists.org/jour­nal/2017/ 2/22/spit­ball-wel­come-to-h-space.

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