Staff Show 2014: Emily Francisco

In this series, Assistant to the Education Department Emily Bray profiles participants in the 2014 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show.

Emily Francisco is a sculptress specializing in the creation of interactive objects that generate sound. Born in Honolulu, raised in an isolated mid-western town, educated in Saint Louis and the District of Columbia—she is a former Artist in Residence at Artisphere, and will be in Residence at Montgomery College starting in January of 2015. She kicked off Flashpoint Gallery’s 2014-2015 season with a solo exhibition titled Something Slightly Familiar, and lectured at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art as part of the Luce Foundation Center’s Art + Coffee Series. She was also a Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer at Webster University in Saint Louis as part of the Sculpture City 2014 initiative. Emily recently participated in Transformer Gallery’s Exercises for Emerging Artists Program, contributing work for the Coda of Fermata, the region’s largest exhibition dedicated entirely to sound. She currently lives and works in the DC area.

Emily Francisco, Nevermore, 2014, archival ink on paper

Emily Francisco, Nevermore, 2014, archival ink on paper

What do you do at The Phillips Collection?  Are there any unique/interesting parts about your job that most people might not know about?

I am a Museum and Audio Visual Assistant. When I am not guarding the collection or setting up audio and visual technical support for events, I am working on digitizing the media archives within the museum’s library.

Who is/are your favorite artist/artists in the collection?

As a sculptress and installation artist, I always root for the object/environment makers. While I enjoy the museum’s collection of Calder mobiles and various bronze sculptures, the Laib Wax Room is my favorite part of the collection. Although Bernardi Roig’s Intersections pieces are not part of the permanent collection, I will be sad to see them all go, especially An Illuminated Head for Blinky P. (The Gun).

What is your favorite gallery/space within The Phillips Collection?

I had read a number of essays by Joseph Beuys throughout my preliminary education in art, so I was naturally drawn to the Laib Wax Room when I started working for the Phillips. I visit the Wax Room during the quiet times in the galleries. The galleries located within Phillips’s original house are also some of my favorite spaces in the building.

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2014 Staff Show (i.e. subject matter, materials, process, etc)?

A widow had delivered a grand piano to my studio. She wanted her husband’s piano to become something new—I accepted the challenge. I have always considered objects to be more than what they are made of, so by accepting her husband’s piano, it felt as if I had agreed to serve as a mediator of mourning. In considering the metaphorical weight of sentimental objects, I frequently render somewhat fantastical situations. Ravens are often depicted as mediators between life and death, which is why I chose to illustrate a flock, collectively, transporting an enormous weight through the sky.

The 2014 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view December 16, 2014 through January 19, 2015. The show features artwork from Phillips Collection staff.

Staff Show 2014 Sneak Peek

Sue Ahn, The Luncheon of the TPC party (detail), 2014, color pencil

Sue Ahn, The Luncheon of the TPC party (detail), 2014, color pencil

 

We are in the midst of installing this year’s James McLaughlin Memorial Staff show, but here’s a sneak peek. Can you guess which painting from our collection inspired Museum Assistant Sue Ahn’s own work at left?

It’s Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party!

The 2014 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view December 16, 2014 through January 19, 2015. The show features artwork from Phillips Collection staff.

 

 

Staff Show 2013: Duly Noted

In this series, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator Emily Bray profiles participants in the 2013 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show. Join us for the Staff Show reception on October 10, from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Duly Noted

Duly Noted painters: Matthew Malone, left, and Kurtis Ceppetelli, right, painting together. Photo courtesy: Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli

Duly Noted Painters is a team of artists consisting of Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli working in collaboration on individual pieces simultaneously. Ceppetelli was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He studied painting and sculpture at NSCAD in Halifax Nova Scotia. Malone was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

In 2009, the two painters met working at The Phillips Collection. There, the two decided to work on a piece together. What they soon discovered was a way to explore something new artistically. This resulted in a working partnership that to this day has produced over 70 large scale pieces over the course of two years. The duo has shown at various locations in Washington, Annapolis, and their most recent show attracted the attention of the East City Art Blog.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection?
Kurtis is a Museum Assistant. Matt is a former Museum Assistant.

Are there any unique or interesting parts about your job that most people might not know about?
Kurtis: I know all the hidden doorways.

Who are your favorite artists in the collection?
Kurtis: Richard Diebenkorn
Matt: John Graham

What is your favorite gallery space within The Phillips Collection?
Matt:
The Security Room
Kurtis: The Music Room

What would you like people to know about your art and process?
The painting in the 2013 Staff Show is about a relationship both in subject matter and execution. We used a direct reference to another painting. As two artist working as one, our challenge is to make it ours. The result was not simply a reproduction of what we saw but how we saw it.

Duly Noted Painters—“We are two painters painting as one.” Our work is just as much about the process as the painting itself. It is about compromise, discussion, feeling, mood, anger, love. It is experimental like our nature. Ultimately, the discussion is about what is best for the piece.

The 2013 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view September 23, 2013 through October 20, 2013. The show features artwork from Phillips Collection staff.

Emily Bray, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator

Kurtis: The Music Room