Vivid Solutions Print Lab of Anacostia Transforms Political Cartoons into Fine Art

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Attendees at Art Soiree’s Apocalyptoon January 26, 2012.


Organized by Sandro Keresa of Art Soiree, ApocalypTOON 2012 was a first of its kind, pop-up style exhibition that took place at Artisphere in Arlington, VA on January 26.  The exhibition took a humorous look on the year to come. Will the world truly end in 2012?  Who knows but leave it to political cartoonists to use Mayan doomsday predictions as fodder for their oeuvre!

Vivid Solutions DC Print Lab, acting in the capacity of an official sponsor, printed the works of several international political cartoonists at their state-of-the art print lab in Anacostia.   Vivid Solutions is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation which also owns and operates The HIVE, Honfleur Gallery and an artist residency program.

Featured works were drawn by renowned international editorial and political cartoonists: Kal of The Economist, Tom Toles of The Washington Post, Jeff Danziger (Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post), Daryl Cagle of MSNBC, Matt Wuerker of Politico, Damien Glez (Le Monde, Courrier International, La Gazette) and Dan Piraro of Bizzaro.

The walls of Artisphere were splashed with political and social commentaries delivered to the viewer through witty one liners. The exhibition gave event goes the feeling as if  they had walked into the comic page of the Sunday paper with choice black and white and colored pieces along the walls of the exhibition space. The night was rounded out by some great music from Toles band and the hefty beats from DJ Neekola and DJ Manifesto.

For more information about Vivid Solutions DC Print Lab, contact Andrea Hope, Director of Digital Productions via Email at [email protected] or by Phone: 202.758.0339.  The print lab is located at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE (MLK) Washington, DC 20020


Phil Hutinet
Authored by: Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art, DC's Visual Arts publication, which he began in 2010. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. In 2015, he coordinated the Gateway Open Studio Tour. He currently produces EMULSION, East City Art's biennial regional juried show and oversees the ECA Foundation's Critical Arts Writing and Research Program. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WOL Radio, WJLA ABC News Channel 7/Channel 8, WTOP and other local and national media.