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.