Wednesday, May 28, 2008

thoughts on my work at Artomatic 2008

I have exhibited two sets of work at Artomatic and wanted to describe some of my thoughts on each.

Remnants of the Age of Enlightenment.
Artwork at Artomatic 2008
I began a fascination with the use of the traditional lightbulb imagery because of a “ghost light” used in old theatres to keep the ghosts company while the stage was dark. I began correlating that light bulb with my modern retelling of the story of Diogenes, an Athenian Philosopher who walked around with a lantern looking for an honest man. I used an incandescent light instead of an oil lantern. This “seeking” of Diogenes is an inspiration gesture, and I feel exemplary of our daily yearnings for more substance in our lives. Relying on an honest inquiry into the nature of things led western civilization into an age enlightenment. An age I have represented as aged and in a ruinous state.

Glass Panels.
3 glass panels

I am fascinated by the use of narrative panels in architecture and the form of my glass panels are inspired by this tradition. As with Remnant of the Age of Enlightenment, I am presenting pieces that have a feeling of relics. Of archeology. Of the study of the past and the way we thought. As if these pieces have been dug up in some distant future to teach the world how we think and feel today.

I liken the presence of glass in my art as the ethereal aspects of our lives. Our soul. Our hopes and d

Monday, May 26, 2008

Artomatic-opolis 500

Artists, start your cardboard! Green Flag for the Artomatic 500

In the spirit of art cars and kinetic sculpture races, Artomatic is planning its own take on the classic car race with the Artomatic 500 Cardboard Creation Competition on Sunday June 1 at 2pm.

All Artomatic participants are invited to create a cardboard "vehicle" which could be two dimensional, three dimensional -- even four dimensional if you can make it happen -- as long as it it entirely powered by a walking or running human and is decorated by the driver and his or her team.

It might look something like a cross between this: -- and this:

With a bit of this

It's up to you.

Final event location is to be determined, but will be on or adjacent to the Artomatic site at 1st&M NE.

Although all the details are not yet ironed out, here are some preliminary guidelines:

* Cars should be primarily made of cardboard. Participants must supply their own paint. Artomatic is looking into a source for cardboard boxes/sheets to offer at cost, but scrounging for refigerator boxes will put you ahead of the game. Anyone with sources/contacts please let me know.
* All locomotion must be provided by one or more humanoid drivers. No engine or propulsion system of any sort is allowed.
* Wheels are optional. In fact, they are discouraged.
* There will likely be some sort of race with laps, as well as a drag race -- which is open to interpretation.
* Winners will be determined by a judging team using points based on some combination of garishness and ingenuity yet to be determined. Some points may be awarded for finishing first or just completion of the race at all. Or not.
* We plan to hold a pre-race build session or two in the unused north side of the Cabaret Stage possibly over Memorial Day weekend-- probably Saturday.
* Entrants will have to sign a release and agree to clean up any mess they make and hold AOM, the building, NoMa etc harmless.

Want to participate? Got some ideas? Want to help organize, be part of
the pit crew, a race official or judge? Contact D&M Co-Chair Sal Ferro,

this is one of the cooler art projects i've seen in a while

The Telectroscope by Paul St. george

click here for more

ya think the dirt from Mars would make a good Pigment?

I'd love to mix some into to some concrete and paint!
NASA's Phoenix Spacecraft Lands At Martian Arctic Site

Astronomy Picture of the Day HERE

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Tree Project

The tree Project opened last night at the Clark Street Playhouse in crystal city, virginia.

Part Sculptural Installation, Part Performance, Part Art Exhibit, the Tree Project is about dying and the relinquishing of our memories. What are we made of, what do we hold on to, what is the beginning of our self?

The Tree Project

May 21-June 7, 2008 (see below for dates and times)
Washington Shakespeare Company's Clark Street Playhouse (in the warehouse)
601 S. Clark St., Crystal City (Arlington), VA 22202

Friday, May 23, 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 8 p.m.
Monday, May 26, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 30, 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 6, 11 p.m.

$5 !

We've been mentioned by the Washington Post and DCist

Erin Antognoli
Kristin Bilonick
Rania Hassan
Tina Henry-Barrus
Kerri Shehan
Sean Hennessey
Ashley DeMain
Josh Drew
Emily K. Hill
Danielle Martin
Joe Miller
Sarah Venables
Jake Landis
Denman Anderson
Niki Torres
Dan VanHoozer

The Performance is 45 minutes and the visual art in the lobby is an extension of the themes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Artist-Created Identity for Metropolitan Branch Trail

Artist-Created Identity for Metropolitan Branch Trail
Design Budget: $7,550
Deadline: Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and surrounding communities, is seeking an artist or artist team to work with urban designers, transportation and trail planners, landscape architects, civil engineers and District government employees to create a comprehensive and cohesive plan that visually unifies the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) with artistic enhancements. This artistic driven identity created by the selected artist(s) will be included in a variety of signage and amenities along the trail as well as maps and materials about the trail. This call is open to Mid-Atlantic artists.

To download the Call to Artist please visit,

For more information please email Deirdre Ehlen at or call 202-724-5613.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Art events this weekend.

Friday night- Meet the Artists Night at Artomatic.
come to artomatic from 7-10 and meet the artists and talk to them about their work. i'll be there on the 7th floor. come say hi!

1200 First Street NE
right next to the new york avenue metro.
on a friday night, you'll be happy if you take the metro, there are three large nightclubs nearby and with AOM going on, there is little parking in the area.

Saturday- Open House at the Washington Glass School
noon-5. other studios in the area will be open too. this should be HUGE. See artists in their natural habitat! i'll have some studio experiments and a few recent pieces to see. there will be lots of really great and affordable art to invest in.

Washington Glass School
3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD
maps and information about all the studios participating can be found here

also... next week , there is a performance piece opening in Crystal City that i worked on

Opens Wednesday, May 21st
The Tree Project
Clark Street Playhouse
601 s. clark street
crystal city, virginia

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art at The Bear 010

Art at The Bear 010
Originally uploaded by hipchickindc
heres a photo of the NCMS Art at the Bear event that hipchicindc added to the Bloomngdale Flickr Pool.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Eero Saarinen at National Building Museum

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

May 3, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) is perhaps the least-known famous architect of the 20th century. Designer of such iconic structures as the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the terminal at Dulles International Airport, as well as popular furniture including the sculptural 'Tulip' chair, Saarinen produced a body of work that not only explored the promise of new materials and technologies, but also seemed to capture the uniquely American spirit of optimism during the post-World War II economic boom.

I'm definitely going to go check this show out.
To me, if architecture doesnt have cool architectural sculptures, it damn well better have cool curves. Saarinen had the curves down.

Washington Post Review

artomatic opened tonight

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Artomatic 2008 Opens tomorrow Friday May 9th

Artomatic is dc's biggest art event. dont miss it!

its free!
its metro accessible!
there will be a bar and a cafe!

1200 First Street NE
Corner of First and M streets NE, next to the South entrance of the new york avenue metro station.

Come see my installation of concrete lightbulbs, and three new glass panels.

Artomatic opens Friday, May 9th, 12 noon
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 12noon – 2 am
  • Sundays: 12noon – 10pm
  • Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed

Monday, May 05, 2008

works in progress

works in progress
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
you can see these ( in their finished glory) at Artomatic this friday night.

you're coming, right?

first and M ne
washington dc
( next to the new york avenue metro station)
noon-2 am.

please come.

concrete counter top

concrete counter top
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
a couple of weeks ago i made a concrete countertop with my friend kirk for his super cool apartment