Exhibition – ʻCafé Days and Club Nights’ — with artist Walter Clark opens at L2 Lounge in Washington, D.C.

Artist Walter Clark and exhibition organizer Samira Georgi

“CAFE DAYS AND CLUB NIGHTS” – and exhibition of 50 artwork inspired by moments glimpsed and expressions stolen in places and times – with Washington artist Walter Clark opened on Wednesday evening, September 12, at L2 Lounge in Georgetown. Additionally, there was a live violin and French chansons performance with violinist Rafael Javadov during the opening event.

Artwork by Walter Clark

WALTER CLARK (born in Washington, D.C., in 1932) has dedicated his life’s passion and soul to the study of fine art. After graduating from George Washington University in 1957 with a joint B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts, Clark entered the Federal Civil Service in 1958 as an artist after six months of active duty in connection with his military obligations in the U.S. Army Reserves. In 1965, he became the director of Art at the National Institute of Mental Health. Shortly thereafter, he went on to pursue his Master’s degree at American University in Film and Public Affairs. Over the next three decades, Clark produced several films as assistant chief of the Mental Health Education Branch at the NIH, along with becoming a special assistant to the associate director of Public Affairs at the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. Clark retired from the Federal Service in 1993, while continuing to teach life and portrait classes and other art-related activities, a practice that he continues to this day.

Artwork by Walter Clark

ENTRY DONATIONS and proceeds from artwork sales in part support a Syrian refugee fund. The event was presented by Ça Va Magazine and organized by Samira Georgi. For more information about the exhibit contact info@cavamagazine.com.

Artwork by Walter Clark

Artwork by Walter Clark

Artist’s Statement

Sketches are not paintings, at least usually they’re not.

This particular group of elaborated sketches were made on the sly. No one knew they were going to end up being hung. Hung that is, on the walls for everyone to gape at, to be amused by, and to be commented on.

Very much like candid photos, these candid sketches display individuals and groups that are usually employed in having fun. They are doing so in a way that makes them insensible to the guy in the corner wearing a fedora and glancing from time to time at a pad.

I am that guy.

If these pieces are studied carefully, it is easy to see that they were done over decades, decades that allowed smoking in crowded places, beards and suits that were worn in one time and considered outre in others. This matters, because it allows time to stop, to pause, and to allow us, we Americans, to see ourselves as we are, or how we once were.

Therefore, they become historical documents, modified by the artist for effect, but still an essentially accurate document of the time it was drawn.

I don’t remember any current artist that does a convincing job of this. Most do pictures of people posing, of those frozen attitudes they usually take, leave a static impression rather than a dynamic one.

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