Last weekend we attended the opening for the art show, Things I Love/d, by emerging artist Darius Frank. Winner of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series and in partnership with Creative Time, Frank held his first solo exhibition at Dock5 at Union Market. The opening night last Friday featured a go-go band, DC-themed Bombay Sapphire cocktails, and snacks from local food trucks. While the exhibition was only two days, we wanted to highlight Darius Frank as he’ll be a local artist to watch, and also talk about this event as it was so thoughtfully executed.
Dock5 is not only an industrial-cool event space, but a perfect pick for this exhibit as its juxtaposition of old and new mirrored the theme of Frank’s works. The installation consisted of a room constructed in the middle of the space featuring paintings on the outside walls and a multi-channel video installation inside. In the video, current and former residents of DC talk about what they used to love about DC, and what they love about it now. The interviewees cover the last 35 years, and cut together they don’t make a statement as much as ask the viewer to consider the city outside of their everyday and be a better neighbor by way of understanding.
Finally, a hat tip to the folks from Bombay Sapphire for thoughtfully crafting cocktails. The “Major Bailey’s Bramble,” inspired by a classic DC cocktail served during prohibition and “The Godfather of Go Go: Go Go Rickey.”
If you get a chance, do check out the works of Darius Frank, and if you’re an artist, check out the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series!