The heart of Capital One's Art Program is the belief that when people are surrounded by thoughtful, innovative and beautiful work, they will create thoughtful, innovative and beautiful work.
Dan Treado, b. 1965
Drawing a Record/The Rules of Jinx (2021)
Oil on Panel
17 x 7 ft.
Dan Treado considers himself to be a process artist, meaning that his work is more about the production than the end product. His installation Drawing a Record/The Rules of Jinx (2021), which features brightly painted overlapping discs, hangs in the lobby of the new Watermark Hotel. Treado creates each painting using squeegees, scrapers and handmade paint brushes. By building many layers of pigment onto each disc, Treado is able to produce two-dimensional surfaces that erase the hand of the artist. Although abstract, the paintings begin with source images taken from biology, physics and the sciences.
Drawing a Record/The Rules of Jinx takes its name from vinyl records. Inspired to create what he calls “an analog audio experience,” Treado first considered drawing directly onto phonograph discs. Instead, he improvised with art materials, like these wooden panels. To support the larger surface, Treado built a modified turntable controlled by a sewing machine pedal that allowed him to paint the board while it was spinning. The final installation features a series of painted discs hung to overlap one another and create a play between microscopic and macroscopic space.
PHOTO CREDIT: David Hunter Hale Photography
Treado graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1988. He further studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1992 . His work has been exhibited in Washington, DC and Chicago and it was featured in New American Paintings in 2000. Treado, who is the exhibition production director at the International Spy Museum, grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a longtime Washington, D.C. resident.
Susan Goldman, b. 1958
Squaring the Circle #24 (2021)
42 x 42 in.
In Susan Goldman’s prints, aesthetic beauty and geometric simplicity meld together. The circle, for Goldman, is a recurring motif and one she has worked with in the past through mandalas, an ancient symbol found in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Her recent series of prints, including Squaring the Flower B and Squaring the Circle #24 (all 2021), take up the task of “squaring a circle,” an homage to the mathematically disproved geometric puzzle.
Yet in Goldman’s hands, mathematics becomes playful. Each print features a single circle divided into four quadrants. Using a sensibility derived from Pop and Minimalist art of the 1960s, Goldman then layers evocative patterns, bright colors and classical floral motifs onto the geometric armature to create graphically vibrant targets. The resulting images appear both mathematically precise and carefree.
Goldman writes, “I’m playing with what can happen inside and outside variations on themes as they continue to reconfigure over time. My process comes out of a love of pattern, still life, antiquities and the underlying passion for color. The basic premise is beauty, making the world beautiful because the world is not always beautiful.”
PHOTO CREDIT: David Hunter Hale Photography
Artist, printmaker, filmmaker, and curator Susan Goldman earned a BFA from Indian University, Bloomington in 1981 and an MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe in 1984. Goldman is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and, recently, a COVID-19 General Operating Support (GOS) Emergency Award for Artists and Scholars. A long-time educator, she was an adjunct professor at George Mason University for over a decade. Goldman is also the founding director of Lily Press, a private printmaking studio and the Printmaking Legacy Project, which preserves printmaking practice and history. Goldman has exhibited her work around the world and it is part of many permanent collections, including the AKIM in Jerusalem, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati. A D.C.-native, Goldman resides in Maryland.
About Capital One Center
Capital One Center, the public-facing portion of Capital One’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia, redefines mixed-use development by providing an arts-focused enriching indoor/outdoor experience. When fully built-out, this 6 million sq. foot entertainment destination will be home to a vibrant array of public art, performances, and retail, including a world-class performing arts center, Capital One Hall, a 2.5 acre skypark, The Perch, and 300-key boutique hotel, The Watermark. Capital One Center is thoughtfully designed to create a walkable campus where small steps lead to big experiences.