Gallery Openings and Events

Blind Whino X Art Whino Present DISTRICT WALLS

Photo courtesy of Blind Whino X Art Whino.

Photo courtesy of Blind Whino X Art Whino.

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Reception: Friday, September 23 from 6pm to 9pm

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Blind Whino X Art Whino in its mission to bring all the cross sections of the Low Brow world is pleased to announce DISTRICT WALLS. With over 146 murals implemented in the last 9 years and with ongoing success of the Richmond Mural project, Art Whino will be using the power of the mural once again with its focus this time on the Nations Capitol.  Washington DC has gone through an amazing renaissance in the last 5 years and this project mission is to add another dimension to the city with this year them of bringing World Renowned abstract muralists.  These abstract styles have roots in fine art, graffiti, street art, and abstract geometry meshes them together into some of the most striking murals in the forefront of the mural world.  Art Whino will be curating 10 world renowned abstract muralists who will be painting murals through Washington, DC.  Numerous local artists will assist these muralists, allowing for an exchange of artistic knowledge. Blind Whino will hold a special free mural workshop for the public, taught by the local artists.  DISTRICT WALLS is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Muralist begin painting the week of September 19 and will finish their murals by September 30.

Events:

  • Kickoff Reception September 19th 6-8pm
    Come out and give a warm welcome to the muralists
    Location:
    Blind Whino
    700 Delaware Ave, SW
    Washington DC, 20024
    RSVP Only event.
    BBQ and drinks will be served
    All ages event
  • Main Reception September 23rd 6pm – 9pm
    Location at one of the murals TBD
    RSVP Only event. RSVP Here
    All ages event
  • Art Workshop September 25th Noon-5pm
    Signup for classes Here
    Workshops will be held at
    Blind Whino
    700 Delaware Ave, SW
    Washington DC, 20024
    Materials included
    All ages
    Free

Muralists:

  • Chazme 718 (Poland): Born 1980. Took his first steps in painting around 1995 in crews: UOP, HND, KSA, KTR. At he same time he painted canvases under the nick 718. Since 1999 he was a graffiti artist trying to become an architect. Since 2007 an architect trying to find time for painting. For last 5 years paints under common nick Chazme 718 combining past projects, discoveries and fascinations. Mural shown a collaboration between Chazme 718 and Sepe.
  • Jason Woodside (New York): Jason Woodside is an artist living and working in New York City.  Recent commissions and collaborations include Colette, Adidas, Saatchi and Saatchi, Faberge, We Work and Jeffery Deithch.  Woodside’s large scale exterior works grace wall in major cities including Paris, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Sydney and New York City.
  • Jessie and Katey (Baltimore): Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into playful and vibrant experiences. The artist duo met while at MICA in 2001, forming a lasting, creative friendship and artistic collaboration.  Since 2011, Jessie and Katey have been consistently creating large-scale, public murals. The all inclusive and socially engaging nature of creating art for the public is a driving force in their art making. Inspired by the architectural surfaces of each environment, their dynamic paintings often curve around corners and spill onto the ground. Their work explores themes of movement and symmetry, inspired by bold color combinations, patterns in nature, and woven textiles. Over the past two years the team has been exploring tradition batik, hand dyeing, and appliqué methods in their studio where they have created several large scale framed paintings. These painting have been exhibited in Brooklyn, Miami, and Baltimore.
  • Maser (Ireland): Maser is an artist originally from Ireland, now living in the USA. As early as 1995 under the moniker ‘Maser’, he began painting graffiti on the streets of Dublin, where he soon earned the respect of other graffiti artists in Ireland and throughout Europe for his unique abstracted style. After studying Visual Communication at Art School in his home city, he went on to establish himself as one of Ireland’s leading visual artist working in the urban environment.
  • Naturel (Maryland): Lawrence Atoigue, professionally known as Naturel, is an illustrative based artist who’s quickly emerging in today’s postmodern scene. His futuristic illustrations have successfully blended methods of Pop and Cubism with a Surrealist vision. Considered an influencer himself with tens of thousands of Instagram fans, his talents have attracted the eyes and support of celebrity clients such as Rihanna, LeBron James, Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz and countless others. Born and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Naturel’swork is deeply rooted within today’s urban millennial community. After studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, he began a career as a Designer and Art Director for several notable fashion brands. Moving forward after 10 years of industry work, Naturel’s craft evolved into the highly sought after fine art paintings and prints that followers are mostly familiar with today. Selling out his debut solo show at Poppington Art Gallery in New York, Naturel began to exhibit his work to much fanfare at gallery’s from Miami to London. Shortly after his New york exhibition, the artist began painting murals at several invitational festivals such as Pangea Seed’s “Seawalls” in Miami and Cozumel, Mexico, and the popular PowWow! Hawaii. Naturel’s countless collaborative projects with brands like Crooks & Castles, Nike, Pepsi, Fiat and others, have all seamlessly brought together his foundation as a designer with his recently mastered fine artistry to make for exciting and successful campaigns and products.
  • Remi Rough (UK): Remi Rough continues to challenge the boundaries of contemporary painting as he traverses between the collected history of art and today’s urban lexicon. Thematically he continues to explore associations between Suprematist concepts, Abstract Expressionism and Graffiti art. Which in practice and theory they become ever present. This amalgamation yields a new type of modernist painting, one that reflects his passion for the aforementioned but also his desire to re-imagine it all for todays world.
  • RekaOne (Australia): James Reka is a young contemporary Australian artist based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic. His character work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean, unique and not necessarily on the street (much to his mother’s joy). Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colours. Theses figures haunt the laneways over three continents, clambering up brick walls and giving the urban environment a literal fresh coat of paint. Their personalities mirror those of their often-decrepit metropolitan context, opening a dialogue between the viewer and their surroundings.
  • Robert Proch (Poland): 25 year-old Robert Proch began putting up graffiti in his hometown of Bydgoszcz, Poland as a teen. He soon experimented with traditional painting too. He has exhibited in his native Poland, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Estonia and Germany including at the respected Stroke urban art fair. Proch’s style is inspired by state-of-the-art animation as much as classic caricature, and impressionism as much as modernist graffiti. The mini-narratives he paints examine the modern human condition using vivid colours and tangible emotions. Sentimentality, ambition, fear, loss, hubris, greed and friendship play their roles in snapshot dramas set in coffee shops and shopping malls; or during pregnancies and suicides. Proch stresses the intensity of experience in his vibrant portrayals of situations that could be considered ominous, maudlin or plain mundane. Mural shown a collaboration between Robert Proch and Pener.
  • Sepe (Poland): Born in 1982 in Warsaw.  Since 1996 related to graffiti and than street art scene in Poland.  Graduated graphic design on Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź in 2009 Lives and works in Warsaw as a freelance graphic designer, painter and illustrator.  Raised on traditional graffiti movement, rooted in book illustration and then by the studies interested in graphic and poster design, Sepe is searching for his individual art language mixing those three paths on paper, canvas and walls as well.  Mural shown a collaboration between Sepe and Proembrion.
  • Waone of Interesni Kazki (Kiev): Vladimir Manzhos aka Waone started painting on the streets as far back as 1999. After several years of painting classical graffiti, as part of the Ingenious Kids crew in Kiev, he got bored of letters.  In 2003 Waone teamed with Aec and shifted to visual storytelling, painting massive murals without letters and developing a fairy tale visual language. They formed a style of contemporary muralism with a transcendental, ethereal form of public art.  In 2005 Waone and Aec established a duo, called Interesni Kazki, which means, “Interesting fairy tales.” During the next 10 years, the guys travelled around the globe painting their colorful surrealistic large scale murals. Famous for their unusual and imaginative imagery, the wide range of characters, elements and symbols, and usage of bright colors and smooth gradients in their works have graced walls from India to Mexico and from Miami to Moscow.  Vladimir has an interest in the spiritual and religious traditions of the world and cultures of ancient world. He has been learning the connection between art and spiritual traditions. Once, he even got ordained into an orthodox Christian tradition and studied yoga.  Waone believes that art is one of the paths to perfection and divine worlds, and the main goal of an artist is to make the highest divine values understandable for the common man through art.  Since 2016 Waone works as a single artist.

Location of the reception is at one of the murals and still TBD.