DC Pop-Up Exhibit: Silent Songs
Exhibition: January 26-March 22, 2022
Artist Reception: February 26, 2022 5-7 PM
BOJUart gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Silent Songs featuring the works of muralist and painter Nico Cathcart and collaborative work with muralist Silly Genius. The pop-up is hosted by the Crazy Aunt Helen’s restaurant located at 713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. Pop-up site curation by Sanny Wroblewski.
The exhibition showcases the artist’s interest and work on birds. She uses birds as a metaphor for resilience in the face of disability. As a reminder to not take things for granted, but also as a reminder to preserve in the face of hardship. The exhibition features Resilience, a stunning 25 foot five panel mural installation, incorporating some of the artist’s favorite birds: hawk, heron, bluebird, blue jay, gray jay and snowy owl. BOJUart and the artist have chosen to donate 10% of retail sales to the Audubon Society.
The exhibition also features the artist’s collaborative work with Richmond mural artist Silly Genius. The artists collaborated to share their vision to see more equity throughout their Richmond community, and investment in the socially conscious public arts and graffiti culture.
Reception for the artists will take place February 26th, from 5-7pm. Open to the public. Proof of vaccination and ID required.
Nico Cathcart is a painter and muralist hailing from Toronto, Ontario, and currently living in Richmond, Virginia. She strives to discuss Intersectional feminism and climate change in her highly-colorful realistic works which often include local flora and fauna. The artist is in the process of going deaf, relying on hearing aids, ASL, and lip reading to communicate. She often includes birds in her work as a nod to her disability. You can find a TEDTalk about her work, and disability on the YouTubeTedTALK Channel. An experienced mural painter, she has worked on walls across the country, most recently in Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN. Her work has been shown at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, as well as galleries across the continent. In 2020, Nico was honored as an Agent of Change for her use of activism in her art by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and was the recipient of the 1708 Gallery Space grant. Her work on climate change is currently on display in Beijing, China, as part of the US Embassy’s show Art for the People, EARTH, and she recently returned from Art Basel where she painted two pieces during the A WALL Mural festival, and the Few and Far Women collaboration for Wynwood Walls.
Shown: Resilience, 2019. Nico Cathcart. Mural, latex on wood. Five panel installation, 25′ total, each panel 4′ x 5′ x 3″.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s
Crazy Aunt Helen’s, a neighborhood restaurant serving American comfort food, will be hosting the BOJUart exhibition. Located at Barracks Row in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, 713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. https://www.crazyaunthelens.com