Artwork at The Watermark Hotel

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.

Location: The Watermark Hotel 11th Floor Reception

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. 

Location: The Watermark Hotel 11th Floor Reception/Bar

Stephen Hendee, b. 1968

Quintessence (2021)

Lightbox

90 x 90 x 4 in. 

Colorful LED lights in a variety of hues shine in the Watermark Hotel’s lobby from behind a transparent scrim accented by a screen of geometric shapes. The adjustable colors of Stephen Hendee’s Quintessence (2021) reflect across the space to accentuate the interior and create a warm atmosphere. 

Hendee makes magical light-infused installations that range in scale from tabletop sculpture to room-sized environments. Inspired by the divide between the organic and inorganic, digital culture, science fiction and architecture, he makes glowing and colorful objects that visually intoxicate viewers. Often he works with low-budget items, including cardboard, optical tape, and wood. Yet there is an underlying sinister element embedded to Hendee’s artworks tied to society’s growing overdependence on technology.

Quintessence is a specially commissioned installation for the hotel. Hendee explains the meaning behind the title: "In philosophy, quintessence refers to the fifth element after air, earth, fire and water, proposed by the ancient Greeks to describe a sublime, perfect substance.” In this installation, Hendee intended “to condense all of the technical and recent digital fabrication knowledge I’ve accrued over three decades of making illuminated abstract work and apply it to this piece."

PHOTO CREDIT: David Hunter Hale Photography


Baltimore-native Stephen Hendee earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Stanford University. Hendee's work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 and the New Museum, both in New York, and the Smart Museum in Chicago. A professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hendee is the recipient of an artworks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. 

Location: The Watermark Hotel Street Entrance 

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

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.