East City Art Visits Artomatic (Part 1)

Entrance to Artomatic 2012

Artomatic 2012 has returned to Crystal City this year, turning an otherwise unremarkable office building into an arts smorgasbord with over 1,300 artists and performances (including many from our coverage area).  For those few of you who haven’t heard of Artomatic, here’s the skinny:  take an old (or new) office building or warehouse and, for a small fee and volunteer time, issue an open call to every artist in the region to display their work.  Throw in multiple performance stages (and a few corporate-sponsored bars to boot) and you have one hell of an art party; this year’s venue in Crystal City features ten floors of art!   The aesthetic is very D.I.Y.:   artists are given free reign to decorate their assigned space, and some (particularly the installation artists) go all out.  Given the egalitarian, non-juried nature of the event, the caliber of art varies, but even if you don’t want a particular work hanging over your couch, you’re sure to be intrigued.

A word of advice to our readers:  wear comfortable shoes and plan on visiting more than once.  After a few floors, your brain will be on overload.  Not to worry, we’re providing highlights of local artists to watch out for on your visit.  We followed our own advice, and will break our coverage of the event into several posts over the next few weeks.  In our first visit, we toured floors 9-11, where we found a number of Prince George’s County artists and a large turnout from The Washington Glass School in Mount Rainier, MD.



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Eric Hope
Authored by: Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.