Capitol Hill vet tries hand at art world

As a veteran of Capitol Hill, Peter Loge knows the art of working with some of the nation’s top lawmakers. But this month, he’s putting his skills to the test in front of a new crowd: the art world.

Loge, who served as deputy to the chief of staff for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), the chief of staff for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and as senior adviser on healthcare reform for former Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), is trying his hand at his first solo show, “Occasional Acts of Art,” at Dupont Circle’s Foundry Gallery.

The political strategist and PR guru creates assemblage pieces using a variety of objects he finds, including photographs, film negatives and lights.

“The art world is much more terrifying than the political world,” Loge says in an email, “which is one reason I commit occasional acts of art but do politics full time… One of the great things about working as a behind-the-scenes staffer or adviser is that you’re behind the scenes. It’s hard to hide from my art.”

While he doesn’t think any of his creations were inspired by any of the members of Congress he has worked for over the years, Loge does see a connection between the two: “I do think that my art and politics work with the urge to make sense of things. Life is complicated and sometimes random. It’s the job of policymakers to bring order to the randomness.”

Loge’s art show runs May 2-27.