Thursday, November 30, 2006

events! cuz you have all the time in the world

hey, heres whats happening december. lots of chances to own beautiful and fascinating artwork!

Craft Mutiny Booty Market- This saturday in silver spring. 2-7 pm. Its a a private house so email me for the address. its a market and a party. everyone is welcome.

DECEMBER 9th. - Annual Open Studio Christmas Party- in conjunction with the washington glass school we're having a really big shindig. this time, come.
2-6 pm... longer if youre ready to have fun.
3708 wells avenue, mount rainier md.

December 10th. Palace of Wonders Art and Craft show. Rania will be setting up at this. 7-11 pm.

Decmber 13,14, 20 21. Downtown DC holiday Market. 2 Wednesdays and 2 thursdays 12- 7 pm. 7th and F street outside of the american art museum! FUN!

I'll also be at the black cats rock-n-shop.. but i dont have the details handy.....

call or email for more info
info (@)

Good Times!

PS. if you want me to have your email address, please send it to me. my damn sony vaio died, so i've lost it.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Seems like theres a secondary artomatic event happening in bethesda.... uh.. maybe..

look here

Monday, November 20, 2006

computer in a coma ( part II)

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - its serious
My, my, my, my, my, my baby, goodbye.....

i've given up on her and am looking for a new one.

will post new pictures/ artwork soon.

mark your calendar for an open studio winter party here at my studio, in conjunction with the washington glass school

December 9th!
Washington Glass School
3708 Wells Ave
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Thursday, November 16, 2006

computer in a coma, i know i know

its serious.

My computer is in a comatose state and i cant access stuff right now.
Anyway, my open studio was quite fun.

I will be involved in the washington glass school "holiday" party on December 9th. As we share a space, it will be in my space as well!
Please come.

i'll post more when i buy a new computer.

Also, the crackely lightbulb piece is still available. and there are new experiments in the work.........

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

my shop is back up

the upgrades to my shop on etsy are done. i'll be adding some new pieces later in the week.

  • Monday, November 13, 2006

    thanks for coming out

    thank you to those that made it out to my open studio yesterday. I hope you had fun
    A special thanks to those of you that like my work so much you brought some home !

    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    other blogs

    i've updated my art bloggers list on the right margin. check em out.

    todays open studios

    A lot of artists were busy working last night readying their studios for the open studio party today.

    it will be from 1-5 today.
    here is more info

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    Shopping for the art on the internets

    If you'd like to buy something from my online store you should know that it will be unavailable from later tonight till monday for upgrades.

    or come by my open studio on sunday

    1 2 3 gocco.

    click to enlarge

    Hey Sean! What the hell is Gocco? you might be saying.

    look here

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    plaster bulbs.

    plaster bulbs.
    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    this is a casting from a mold i made from the lightbulbs i posted the other day. i tinted the plaster to look like terra cotta. cuz i'm crazy like that.

    you know... you can see it in person on sunday....if you come to my open studio.

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Nods my way!

    i got a nice mention about my pieces in the wilson building collection.
    I know its shocking, but i'm the "new artist" of the three.

    Open Studio this Sunday

    I'll be having an Open Studio this sunday november 12th.

    3708 Wells Ave REAR ( between the two white buildings)
    Mount Rainier, MD 20712


    There is plenty of off-street parking and conveniently located one block from the district line, just off of Rhode Island Avenue.
    You'll see a sign that says
    the washington glass school

    for more info call
    click to enlarge

    The easy directions, though perhaps not the best for specific locations:

    From DC:

    Drive out Rhode Island Avenue
    Right on 34th street at traffic circle
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    From MD

    Drive toward DC on Rt 1 ( Rhode Island Avenue)
    GO 3/4 of the way around the traffic cirlce in Mount Rainier to go south on 34th street.
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    From Va:
    take 395 to 14th street.
    Right on Rhode Island Avenue
    Right on 34th street at traffic circle
    Left on Otis ( first left)
    You'll see three big buildings as you go around the bend.
    I'm between the two that are closest together.

    artists, art lovers, art enablers, art buyers- meet up on friday

    please come to a meeting to talk about art

    November 10, 2006 Friday evening at 7pm

    ASYLUM Bar and Lounge
    Adams Morgan
    2471 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20011

    as part of an artdc thing.

    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    in progress

    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    I've attached these light bulbs to a board in order to make a mold of them.
    I will then cast number of pieces in concrete. some will be used as the block of 5 bulbs, some just individual bulbs.

    Today, i set up the mold box and caulked the joints so they won't leaks. tomorrow i will pour a mold. then on tuesday i'll be ble to pour the concrete, that i'll be able to demold on wednesday.

    more city hall

    Alexandra Silverthorne has some pic of the wilson building art opening.

    here is the post review blurb

    Saturday, November 04, 2006

    City hall and chief ikes

    Two fun-art events this week.

    On Halloween The city hall opened their permanent art collection. I have two pieces right outside Vincent Oranges office on the first floor.

    here are some pictures.

    Thursdy night we rekindled the flames of love that was the Art Mondays, but with a few others incarnated as the Calavera Collective. It was our first time perfoming "art" rather than just making it.

    here are some pictures.

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    my public art

    i just posted my info for the What Next? public art/ privte land exhibition. Please check it out here.

    join us at the warehouse cafe on tuesday night for a reception and more info about the locations of work.

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    "What Next?" a private land/ public art project kicks off in 2 days.

    Local Artist Laura Elkins has initiated an interesting art exhibition entitled "What Next?"
    I will be participating.

    There will be a reception at the Warehouse Cafe this coming tuesday November 7th.

    Please be on the lookout for some conspicuous (or perhaps hidden) art in and around the city this coming month.

    achrafieh, gemayzeh, beirut, tyre, lebanon, etc

    I get lots of hits from people looking for pictures of lebanon and various places there.

    here is my lebanon photostream with most of the the pictures you're finding in various blog posts.


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    I just added this sculpture to my online shop.

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006


    Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

    this is a work in progress. I've been trying to achieve a look thats a mix between a shattered bulb and a concrete version.

    This is the casting that worked.

    i like the concept of a vauge difference between creation and destruction. of both growning and dieing.

    Wilson Building Art Collection

    The recpetion last night for the Wilson Building Art Collection was terrific. City Hall was full of artists and art lovers, council people and other politicians, and tons of great art.

    My pieces are placed in a great spot on the first floor, just outside of Vincent Oranges office and next to a sculpture by Margaret Boozer.

    You may view the collection anytime city hall is open.

    thanks to everyone that made it out.

    film at nga

    National Gallery of Art

    November Film Program

    Noir on New York Streets

    From Queens row houses to Brooklyn warehouses to flashing neon, New York City has inspired many of Hollywood’s classic genres. This group of films depicts neither a mythic New York nor a clever recreation of a social mood. The focus instead is on real locations (even down to specific addresses) in the service of that most grisly of genres: the vintage film noir. The last film in the series, Killer’s Kiss, is shown in association with the exhibition The Streets of New York.

    November 4, 4:30pm

    Killer's Kiss

    Introduction by critic James Naremore
    Down-on-his-luck boxer Davy Gordon (Jamie Smith) falls hard for Pleasureland hostess Gloria Price (Irene Kane), but club boss Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera) has his own plans. This Cassavetes-like blend of New York avant-garde and mood-drenched noir was shot, written, edited, produced, and directed on a miniscule budget by Stanley Kubrick (whose earlier career as a Look photographer came in handy here, especially in the surreal climactic fight in a mannequin-filled warehouse). (Stanley Kubrick, 35 mm, 1955, 67 minutes)

    November 5, 4:30pm

    Home from the Hill

    In homage to the CinemaScope films of Vincente Minnelli, this presentation of a new 35-mm print highlights the director's single foray into Texas with its "oil money, ranchers, large emotions, and skeletons in closets," wrote film historian Geoff Brown. The script was adapted from a novel by William Humphrey, a Faulkner acolyte from east Texas, about a rich father (Robert Mitchum), his alienated wife (Eleanor Parker), and two sons, one of whom is illegitimate (George Hamilton). "Minnelli splashes out with operatic abandon, facing the machismo and the meat-chair head on, charging through a wild boar hunt and pacing the finale as a grand symphonic climax." — Geoff Brown (Vincente Minnelli, 1960, 35 mm, 150 minutes)

    Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany

    A rare retrospective of films made in the former German Democratic Republic by Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft (known as DEFA) is presented during November at the National Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, and the Goethe-Institut of Washington. Founded 60 years ago in May 1946, the state-owned DEFA studios worked within a traditional studio structure patterned after Germany's UFA studio as well as Hollywood. Surprisingly — and despite having no competition within the country — DEFA still turned out films that often tested the limits of state censorship. Many of these works now regularly appear on critics' polls of the best 100 German-made films of the 20th century, and they offer new insights on a not-so-distant past.

    November 11, 2:00pm

    Berlin Schönhauser Corner

    A classic 1950s cult film, Berlin Schönhauser Corner follows a young and footloose East Berlin crowd (several years before the Wall's construction) searching for "freedom," trading Western goods, and generally avoiding authority. Director Klein and scriptwriter Kohlhaase — influenced by foreign filmmakers like Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, and the Italian neorealists — were greeted with suspicion by the East German authorities and reproached for showing "problematic images." (Gerhard Klein, 1957, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 82 minutes)

    November 11, 4:00pm

    The Gleiwitz Case (Der Fall Gleiwitz)

    "A near cubist rendering of the hours leading up to the Nazi invasion of Poland and Hitler's secret plan to fake a Polish incursion into German territory," reveals one reviewer about this 1961 film that managed to escape censorship yet disappeared immediately from theaters in the GDR. "Gleiwitz's icy experimentalism might even inspire nostalgia for a lost German avant-garde." — The Village Voice (Gerhard Klein, 1961, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 69 minutes)

    November 12, 4:30pm

    Born in '45 (Jahrgang 45)
    Premiere of English-subtitled version with the director present

    Painter and filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher set his poetic Born in '45 in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. Alfred, a motorcycle buff, longs for his lost freedom after marrying Lisa. He takes time off to clear his mind, wanders through Berlin, connects with strangers, yet ultimately returns to Lisa. Caught in a wave of politically motivated bans in the summer of 1966, this delicate neorealistic film was never exhibited in theaters. "Bleak settings not expressive of the socialist view of life" was one official description. (Juergen Boettcher, 1966/1990, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 94 minutes)
    Shunters (Rangierer)
    Preceding the feature is Shunters (1984, 21 minutes), a cinema verité account of the lives of workers who hitch together railroad cars for a living. Director Jürgen Böttcher will be present for a discussion following the film.

    November 18, 12:30pm

    Carbide and Sorrel (Karbid und Sauerampfer)

    When a Dresden labor crew sends coworker Kalle hundreds of miles away to secure supplies, Kalle's precarious return progresses into a pathetic scramble through the Soviet-occupied zone. Full of crazy misadventures yet tempered by subtle social commentary, Carbide and Sorrel is a rare East German comedy that proved a huge success for the film's director and lead actor, Erwin Geschonneck. (Frank Beyer, 1963, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 80 minutes)

    November 25, 3:30pm

    Naked among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen)

    On location at the Buchenwald camp, director Frank Beyer and scriptwriter Bruno Apitz recreated Apitz's own novel, a factually based account (Apitz himself had been sent there) of inmates who risked their lives to hide a small Jewish boy. Armin Mueller-Stahl heads a cast that includes many nonactors who themselves had been Nazi prisoners. The first film made by DEFA to deal with life in the concentration camps, Naked among Wolves inspired both Roberto Benigni and Steven Spielberg. (Frank Beyer, 1963, 35 mm, German with subtitles, 124 minutes)
    A Love Story (Eine Liebesgeschichte)
    Preceding the feature are A Love Story (Richard Groschopp, 1953, 35 mm, 7 minutes), a short tale of a writer who unsuccessfully tries to get his novel published.
    News from the West (Es geht um die Wurst)
    News from the West (Harald Röbbeling, 1955, 35 mm, 8 minutes), an East German take on bloated news reporting from the free world.

    November 18, 2:30pm

    November 19, 4:30pm

    November 24, 2:00pm

    November 25, 12:00pm

    International Festival of Films on Art

    Each year the National Gallery of Art presents the award-winning films from Montreal's International Festival of Films on Art, the oldest festival devoted exclusively to films on architecture, music, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, and cinema. This year's program features films from ten countries and includes, among others, the following titles: The Hermitage Dwellers (Aliona van der Horst); Paul Klee — Le Silence de l'Ange (Michael Gaumnitz); Beethoven's Hair (Larry Weinstein); Le Rossignol (Christian Chaudet); Building the Gherkin (Mirjam von Arx); and Bacon's Arena (Adam Low). Presented in association with the Canadian Embassy and Foreign Affairs Canada.

    Victor Sjöström: Swedish Original

    Perennially known to cinephiles as the old professor in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 Wild Strawberries, Victor Sjöström (1879–1960) was one of a select group of groundbreaking filmmakers who transformed the early cinema from simple popular entertainment into an artistic and literary medium. Not only was Sjöström influential in the development of the Swedish film industry (as both director and actor) and an inspiration to the young Bergman, but also he was one of the only Swedes to succeed in early Hollywood — his three most celebrated American films are part of this series. The Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm and the Library of Congress have preserved the entire Victor Sjöström Swedish oeuvre, most of which is included here. Special thanks to Adam Popp and Jon Wengström.

    November 26, 4:30pm

    He Who Gets Slapped
    Andrew Simpson on piano

    "Pure alien mystery makes this the most avant-garde and enigmatic project ever by Sjöström (working in Hollywood now as Seastrom). Lon Chaney is Paul Beaumont, a brilliant scientist whose rich benefactor steals his wife and thesis manuscript.... Disappearing into the persona of an absurdist circus clown known only as He Who Gets Slapped, Beaumont pathologically replays his original trauma nightly for a callously insatiable public. Sjöström/Seastrom adapted Leonid Andreyev's 1914 Russian symbolist play, yet also allegorizes his own alienated condition and his deep ambivalence about satisfying American mass-market tastes." — Arne Lunde (1924, 35 mm, 82 minutes)

    National Gallery of Art

    Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets