a note from donna...
Hello everyone we are still here. Much has happened this year and I for one am glad to see 2018 fade into the background and welcome 2019.
Thank you for sticking with us. We’ve listened to your feedback and will make purchasing art easier in 2019!
We wish you all a healthy & happy new year.
a note from cecily...
It feels like 2018 flew by, as many of you have noticed Donna and I have both been extremely busy which unfortunately meant d+c contemporary was neglected for what seems like the entire year!!!
But we are back and still completely committed and dedicated to making time for this passion project!
In 2018 I had the pleasure of working with Space Gallery owner and artist Björn Nordén! This summer in partnership with Splace Gallery and the Embassy of Sweden in Japan for Sweden Japan 150 Anniversary I curated the exhibition Space/Time in Sweden/Japan it was an exhibit of Björn Nordèn’s minimal works on paper and a series of his new garden pots. The space was curated so that the viewer would be more aware of the idea of space, the space in-between and the cultural similarities between Sweden and Japan. The vernissage took place June 29th and the exhibit continued through the Annual Kultur & Skördefest. I am proud that this project was just the first phase the next phases will continue through 2019 you can follow the project at #spacetimeswedenjapan
In addition, in April I was offered a part-time/temp job with Mariestad’s Kommun ( a government job) I was literally in shock for the first 3 months because I have been looking, waiting and hoping for some type of part-time employment- and this job just happened to line up perfectly with my educational background and professional experiences. I was hired as the project leader for a pilot art and gardening program called Off Season Art Gardening and my responsibilities included contextualizing the program, developing an artist criteria, managing an artist call, establishing a jury, conceptualizing the brand, working with the three artists that were selected, curating online content, and marketing and promoting. I could not have even dreamed of an opportunity like this here in #mymariestad! And even though my part of the project has come to end I am incredibly tacksam for the opportunity I was offered to work with Mariestad’s Kommun because of the overall experience, the people I have connected with and the new partnerships that are just developing!
And my intentions for us going into 2018 though they were not executed they have not changed so here is a reminder…
Donna and I met while attending Howard University as graduate students in the art history department. We both focused on Caribbean and Latin American art and took a special interest with exile, expat and diaspora artists. We are passionate about migration and immigration! And I believe that D+C Contemporary has arrived to a place that will begin to tell a story about the expat art experience. This is a unique experience that reflects not only one’s history and roots but also a connection to the place that they call home (or their 2nd home). Moving forward the artists featured and the exhibitions will predominately, but not exclusively, explore the expat experience.
And we are STILL incredibly grateful for all the artists, curators, and collectors that continue to inspire us!
Wishing you all an artsy new year! xox