True To Form at Grand Duchess
True To Form at Grand Duchess; Courtesy of JAB Arts

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144 at Grand Duchess

A new pop-up gallery sets out to prove that one square foot is plenty of space to create powerful art—and 19 local artists are stepping up to the challenge. The show, 144, is the second that Grand Duchess has hosted to reconnect the community to its underlying art scene. But this time, all mediums and styles are welcome—the only parameter is that artists must ensure each piece is 12-by-12 inches. According to Jason Bowers, curator and project manager for JAB Arts, this should help 144 become even more successful in reaching a wide audience. Grand Duchess’ November pop-up exhibition, True To Form, signaled interest in pieces priced in the $150 to $500 range, Bowers tells City Paper. JAB Arts wanted to garner interest from more people and feature work from more artists, which is how 144 took shape. “The added benefit is it also allows viewers to see how various artists represent their work when there are no rules, except the dimensions,” Bowers says. A few contributors are returning from the November show, including Emon Surakitkoson and TJ Buttner. Other participating artists include Kelly Towles, Brandon Hill, Xenia Gray, Jack Labadie, Cortney Mohring, Clarence James, E$, Kasey Ott, Rikasso, Hannah Atallah, Nate Mann, Lauren Bessette, Charlie Visconage, CESAMO, Janelle Whisenant, Rick Gogh, and Brendan Mullin. With more artists, fewer thematic limitations, and new plans for quarterly pop-ups, 144 promises to once again bring together a beloved local restaurant, artists—both new and established—and community members eager to snag drink specials from Ilegal Mezcal, and perhaps some new art to take home and love. 144 runs through March 6 at Grand Duchess, 2337 18th St. NW. Free.