Artist’s Proof is pleased to announce the unveiling of Trading Futures, an exhibition displaying the works by five young artists from the District: Gregory Vita, Victoria Sarno Jordan, Nick Nazmi, Jeffery Weatherford, and Rachel Elder. Artist’s Proof will host Trading Futures beginning on Friday, April 24th through Friday, May 8th. The exhibition will also run in conjunction with an online charity auction of a selection of the artists’ works. The auction will run from April 12th to April 26th on the website www.charitybuzz.com/ArtistsProof. All proceeds will benefit the D.C. nonprofit College Bound.
These promising young artists in the D.C. metro area, aged 25 and under, work in a variety of mediums ranging from oil painting to paper-making and to the spoken-word. The show is designed to provide these artists with a platform to display their work and commercial experience in the art industry.
Guests will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with, and invest in the beating pulse of D.C.’s emerging art scene. Each artist was selected for their passion, dedication to their craft and their developing potential.
In addition, each artist has generously selected one artwork to donate to an online auction that will benefit the DC nonprofit, College Bound. By trading in a piece for the charity, artists are backing the future of under-engaged DC public school students in their transition to higher education. College Bound assists these students by providing them long-term one on one mentorships with area professionals free of charge. The program has a remarkable success rate, including the graduation 100% of participating high school seniors. To learn more, visit http://www.collegebound.org.
Greg Vita is from Virginia Beach. As a child growing up by the beach, Greg spent most of his time on a surfboard or a skateboard. The water has always played a major influence on him and his work. Greg started drawing and painting as a teenager, and slowly his interests grew into other media to the point where he began to express himself entirely through mixed media. That’s when he began to explore printmaking and fell for its versatility and potential. This practice combined with learning to make his own paper, has opened up a whole new world of possibility for Greg. Now he hopes to shed light on his newest creations, which paradoxically feature irreproducible prints.
Work Donated: Storm Surge, 23” x 29” in. Woodcut Print Collage
Victoria Sarno Jordan
Victoria Sarno Jordan has lived all her life in Buenos Aires, Argentina and only recently moved to DC to pursue a degree in photojournalism at the George Washington University. Her exploration of photography began as a hobby she cultivated while traveling extensively through Europe and other countries including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cuba, Perú. She became serious about the practice as an apprentice under the Argentine photographer Diego Ortiz Mugica, with whom she learned advanced darkroom and digital techniques. Victoria is now primarily interested in socio-political conflicts after attending several anti-government protests in Buenos Aires. She intends to expand her career addressing these themes through documentary photography around the world.
Work Donated: Men Study the Monday Morning Newspaper, 24.5” x 19.5” in. Limited Edition Print
Jeffery Boston Weatherford is a performance artist from High Point, NC. He began using encaustic techniques while a Chancellor’s Scholar at Winston-Salem State University. Using crayons, pots, glue guns, brushes, aerosol paint, and paint pens, he creates abstract expressionist mixed media works that invoke the power of the conscious and subconscious mind. When he begins a painting, he rarely has a preconception, preferring instead to spontaneously convey raw emotions and metaphysical forms. Jeffery also started rapping in 2010. He spits conscious trip hop under the name “Jeffery The Artist.” He rhymes about art, creation/creativity, psychedelic culture, identity and injustice. Jeffery is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in painting at Howard University. He lives in Oxon Hill, MD.
Work Donated: Banneker’s Eclipse, 30” x 20″ in. Wax, Aerosol
Rachel Elder is from Atlanta, Georgia and is currently studying sculpture in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Family history, travel, and architectural points of personal interest have great influences on the images conjured in her art. Rachel’s work reflects her belief that the visual aspects of a place, the care it is given, and who a place is meaningful to, carry equal weight in defining a space. Her process consists of constantly considering perceived color and the ways we assign value to specific places. Rachel is graduating in May and will continue creating art. She hopes to someday travel to the Balkans to research different contemporary art scenes and to make work from the perspective of a visitor.
Work Donated: Gazelle Dew Curve, 24” x 24” x 3.5” in. Oil on Plywood
Nicholas Nazmi is a painter, illustrator and animator working in Brooklyn, New York. After attending high school in Bethesda, Maryland, he graduated from Kenyon College in 2013 with a B.A. in Painting and Animation. Working primarily in oil, his style fluctuates from abstract nature-scapes based on his memories of visiting the Amazon Rainforest and other parts of South America as a child, to portraits of both fictional and non-fictional people. He enjoys drawing strangers on the subway to gather characters for his paintings. He is in search of the modern myth.
Work Donated: Pope Francis, 21.5” x 21.5” in. Oil on Panel