Travel ::: The Renwick, Washington D.C

My friend Gabs and I decided to head down to Washington D.C for our girl Christina's birthday and make a little weekend out of it.

When Christina asked me where I would like to go (not knowing too much about D.C) at the top of my list was The Renick Museum.

After being closed for renovations for two years, The Renwick opened with an explosion  it's debut exhibition, Wonder - featuring an amazing collection of immersive art.

What I really wanted to see was Gabriel Dawe's Plexus A1but that exhibit had already been taken down- womp. But what was still on display was Janet Echelman's 1.8 Renwick.

The title of the piece refers to the length of time measured in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened as a result of a physical event, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan with devastating effects.

Echelman suspended a net sculpture at the ceiling of the hundred-foot length Grand Salon. 

The complex form is composed of many layers of polyester twine, knotted together in vibrant hues that also play with the reflection of colored light that in turn create shadow drawings on the walls. The piece also features a choreographed colored light show that manipulates the piece into looking as though it is moving. 

A pattern on the carpet reflect topographic information about the seafloor below land where the earthquake hit. The flooring is composed of regenerated nylon fibers repurposed from discarded fishing net.

The gorgeous chandelier you see peaking behind Venus is Leo Villarea's Volume.

Villareal's artistry is actually done in the hardware of the piece than the actual materiality itself. A written algorithm made up of binary systems of 1s and 0s suggest when each LED light turns on and off. 

The marriage of technology and art is seen more in more in the museum space and those are really the pieces that seem to speak to me - ones that have an interaction or animation that really catches our sensory overloaded eyes. 

Although Wonder is closing at The Renwick soon, the museum is really a place to stop at when in D.C. Not to mention, it's across the street from the White House and entry is free!


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