Washington Project for the Arts Announces
a Coup d’Espace Project by Michelle Lisa Herman
November 4 – November 23, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 6-8pm
with an Artist Talk at 7pm
Location: 2023 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Exhibition Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm
Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to present Inter-Net, a Coup d’Espace project by Michelle Lisa Herman. Herman’s work explores the impact of new communication technologies on our desire for connection, both with one another and with the natural world. For Inter-Net, she presents three new projects that grapple with the increased use of technology to mimic and mediate human experience, exploring social networking, spam, and digital depictions of the natural world. As humans’ interactions with one another become increasingly mediated through new technology, we face both new opportunities for connection and a decrease in direct human contact. Through Inter-Net, Herman explores this new communications landscape, finding alienation, but also humor and unexpected poetry.
Inter-Net is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michelle Lisa Herman is an emerging interdisciplinary artist who combines new media elements, such as audio and visual projections, into sculptural installations. She has most recently exhibited her work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Synergy, an exhibition featuring the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2011 Visual and Media Artist Fellows as well as in the Smithsonian International Gallery Exhibition Revealing Culture. Herman received a Young Artist Grant and an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was a finalist for the 2010 DC Mayor’s Art Awards. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.
ABOUT COUP D’ESPACE
Coup d’Espace is WPA’s member-generated programming series. By inviting member artists and curators to plan installations, exhibitions, and events in its office project space, WPA provides a venue for unusual collaborations, exploration of new concepts, and the production of new and experimental work. Coup d’Espace allows artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.
ABOUT WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the essential resources to support the creative spirit and success of regional artists. WPA presents contemporary art through imaginative and provocative programs, and connects artists with the community in both traditional and unexpected ways. Since its founding in 1975 by Alice Denney, WPA has showcased the works of thousands of artists and has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors and viewers with its programs and projects. Today WPA stands as the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) artist membership organization in the region and the premier source.