East City Art Visits Artomatic (Part 2)







Our second visit to Artomatic on a bright Sunday afternoon found the lobby packed with visitors of all ages (from strollers to walkers).  While it was nice to see so such support for the arts, we were concerned that perhaps it would be too crowded to contemplate the work upstairs.  We needn’t have worried:  with ten floors to stroll, the crowds quickly dispersed.

We began this second visit where we left off previously, and checked out the floors four through eight in the middle of the building.  On this trip we saw a wider range of media (with several room-sized installations) and had a few “only at Artomatic” moments (witness the homoerotic male photography sharing a room with an installation featuring childrens’ toys).  Standouts in this visit included a glass and steel piece by David D’Orio, paintings by James Halloran and Stephanie J. Williams and paper-based works by M. Helene Baribeau.

Artomatic 2012 features a variety of ways for visitors to “get creative”.  In addition to several artists whose work features audience participation, PostSecret is back (with its own lounge to boot).  Debuted in 2005, PostSecret invites people to mail in anonymous postcards; the artist has collected over 500,000 to date.  The sixth floor of the building is dubbed the “Arts Reactor” – a wide empty floor with walls begging for graffiti (examples below) and visitors are invited to bring paints and markers to make their works.  A week into Artomatic, several walls are already beginning to fill up. The Utrecht art room was perhaps the busiest area we saw, with lots of youngsters exploring their own creativity.

Featured below are some of the creative highlights on these floors.  Stay tuned for highlights of our next visit!


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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.