Only appearing completely vacant and abandoned, Erin Murray’s drawings and paintings actually have a lot to say, and Dirty Laundry was there to listen. The scariest part of Murray’s haunting structures is what they’re willing to divulge about the viewer – and the artist. Like her buildings, this Q&A tells all.
Déjà vu anyone? Whirlwind vacations are jam-packed with renowned monuments, foreign architecture and prominent statues – all of which must be captured and documented, then uploaded, emailed and filed away. Corinne Vionnet’s Photo Opportunities brings those blurred trips into focus by drawing on our collective memories, while tugging at questions of significance and personal experiences.
Let’s dive in to Kareem Rizk’s stacks of torn leaflets, dated posters, old brochures and classic magazines, and rifle through his creative process that lends itself to handmade collages reminiscent of a simpler era. Dirty Laundry pulled back a few layers on this Australian native, to get to the bottom of his inspirations, aspirations and studio habits.
Jeff Miller rolls up in his BMW convertible to the gleaming new headquarters of NPR one wet, gusty Monday morning. Miller, a real estate developer, isn’t there to check out the building, a modern mass of concrete and glass and lights on North Capitol Street. He’s delivering cargo: 20,000 European honey bees, buzzing in two wooden boxes destined for NPR’s rooftop.
Miller moonlights as a beekeeper with DC Honeybees, a nonprofit devoted to growing and sustaining bee colonies in the city, and NPR is the latest to solicit his services. Miller has already installed 100 hives this year (including one at a house in Tenleytown earlier that morning), a huge uptick from the 50 he set up during his first year with DC Honeybees in 2009.
Miller is joined by Katy Nally, a 25-year-old Center for Clean Air Policy employee with a bee tattoo behind her ear, who assists with installations. Maury Schlesinger, NPR’s director of real estate and administrative services, follows as Miller pushes a dolly stacked with a vat of sugar water and the two bee boxes through the back channels of the NPR building.
A two-year moratorium on the systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids is slated to kick in no later than Dec. 1 throughout the European Union. The decision was left up to the European Commission after member states failed to come to a qualified majority — again — on whether to initiate the two-year ban.
The measure would apply to the application of imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin on corn, oil seed rape (canola), apples, carrots, strawberries and other flowering crops.