An after-school artist

When he’s not teaching or consulting, Peter Loge is still working.

Loge is a part-time professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs, and works at Milo Public Affairs as a consultant advising elected officials, candidates and advocacy organizations. But beyond this already busy life, Loge is also an active artist in the D.C. area. He has had pieces displayed in various galleries in the District, and recently showed some of his work at a charity event hosted by the soccer organization D.C. United. He also serves on United for D.C.’s board of directors.

Loge said his artistic inspiration came after he graduated from Emerson College.

“I saw a play about Marcel Duchamp and thought it was the coolest thing ever and became obsessed with him,” he said. “Then at some point [I] started gluing things together.” He added that he still counts Duchamp as an influence and always makes sure each of his pieces has an “argument.”

Loge described his art as “dioramas like you made in elementary schools. only if you’re an adult they’re not called dioramas, they’re called an assemblage.” He constructed “Certain, Memory,” a recent piece, by building a wooden box on the top half of a mannequin. Inside the box is a string of random photographs hanging above a die, a toy watch and a dried rose, among other things. Loge said that the piece was inspired by his perception of memories.

“We are certain of our memories but they are uncertain and random,” he said. Although he does not conduct art classes, Loge is nevertheless a professor at heart, as eager to teach about his favorite artists – Duchamp and other cubists and postmodernists – as he is to integrate various elements of their work into his own. Of the many galleries in the city, Loge counts among his favorites The Phillips Collection and the sculpture garden at the Smithsonian.

When he first started, Loge said, he took a more business-like approach to being an artist, even using an art dealer. After he met and married his wife, he stopped working for a while, saying that most of his “depressed artist’s creativity” left him. Now, Loge said he doesn’t feel like he’s exercising his artistic side when he creates his pieces; rather, it’s just another aspect of his life. He said he often finds inspiration in his day jobs.

“It’s all seamless,” he said. “My life is my work.”

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