If your in the VA Beach area, be sure to check out the talented John Vitale's work tonite at the Virginia MOCA.
Check out the cube and the bike...
Wonder how he did it? Check out more at www.devharlan.com
Got this nugget from our friends at Art Whino Gallery in DC.
Please join us for rising talent, Pixel Pancho’s, first U.S. Solo Exhibition in which he personifies his experience in the United States. As with all his work, there is a strong focus on the life of materials and especially the deterioration and rusting of metals. The theme of time past persists into the subject matter, where old photos are recreated with the robot characters. The work in this exhibit has been created in the past few months that he has spent traveling back and forth between the East and West coast. The iconic robots take on an American persona and describe his impressions of culture and society in this country.
In conjunction with this exhibit, Pixel Pancho will be participating in a DC city-wide outdoor painting festival on open walls, from November 4th to 11th, featuring over 100 artists. His work will enliven the walls with large scale murals at Ivy City, Edgewood, and Sherman. To get up to the minute info on where he will be painting all week follow us on Twitter! @artwhino
Open Walls is an initiative that creates and maintains outdoor creative spaces and brings artists and educators to collaborate with the local community. Promoting and supporting creativity in public spaces positively impacts our communities through physical beautification and social cooperation. Especially young people need free areas for their creative outlet and to develop positive relationships with the environment where they live, work and play.
To learn more about Open Walls click here
Saturday, November 19th, from 8-11pm
Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745
Reception begins at 8pm
Show end date: December 13th
The event is FREE and open to the public.
November 4th to 11th
Large scale Murals throughout DC
Pixel Pancho was born in Turin in 1984. As a child he found interest in color and form, thanks to his grandfather, an occasional painter. Pixel always has had a passion for art and design and knew that this would be part of his life since the beginning. In 2003, he inscribed at Albertina Academy of Fine Arts School in Turin, after two years he transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia where he is to obtain his degree this year. His years in the School of Fine Arts has led him to the world of design, graphics, and above all the graffiti and street-art scene. Pixels studies and his determination for experimenting with with different mediums opposed to the classic formula of the academy made him stand out from the others, as he followed his passion for using spray cans and marker and working on out door surfaces opposed to the classic paper and canvas. Traveling between his hometown of Torino and Valencia Pixel Pancho took every occasion to be noticed on the streets, using different mediums such as tiles, wall painting, sticker/poster art, etc. Like every artist Pixel Pancho has been influenced by many different artists of the past and the present, such as the historic painter Joaquin Sorolla, the surrealist Salvador Dali, the political painter group El Equipo Cronica to the more modern Ron English, San and Takashi Murakami. Traveling to countries such as Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Vienna and many others for graffiti jams and expositions in galleries has made it possible for Pixel Pancho’s style to evolve from the simple Robot character to the more complex compositions that we can see in his work today. Pixel Pancho moved back to Turin in 2010 and has opened his first painting studio where he produces his art works. There is alot to be expected from this young and motivated artist, the work of Pixel Pancho has just begun… -from Art Whino
Karen Morris had never spoken to such a large group of people about her history with eating disorders. Over the past year, she had participated in a few lobby efforts on the state and federal level to encourage government to make eating disorders a public health priority, meeting in small groups with elected officials or their staff. Karen and I met in January at one such event, when we both attended the Virginia General Assembly lobby effort with the National Eating Disorders Association. The effort was successful; Virginia will soon be the first state in the US to study eating disorder prevalence and the cost of eating disorders to the state (you can read the bill Senator Puller introduced here).
While undoubtedly a victory, there's still much work to be done. Eating disorders currently have the highest mortality rate out of any mental health disorder – upwards of 20%. If that statistic upsets you, it should. Eating disorders are preventable, and effective treatment exists. The fact that anyone is dying from a preventable disease is problematic, let alone in such high numbers. One of the many reasons this is the case has to do with social stigma. The average person doesn't know much about eating disorders, and what little they do know is often influenced by sensationalized media coverage. The ideas that an eating disorder is a disease of vanity, a choice, or strictly a woman's disease all play a role. In a country where dieting is normalized, combined with our culture's misplaced correlation of health and thinness, it's no wonder the early signs of an eating disorder can be missed.
Enter Richmond artist Susan Singer, who has spent the past two years painting nude portraits of women of all shapes and sizes. Since September, she's had weekly art shows at Crossroads Art Gallery with a different theme each week, such as body modification, birth stories, surviving domestic/sexual assault, and of course, eating disorders.
Sweet Bird of Youth
Blue Collar/White Collar collects the art of award-winning illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley. This retrospective monograph is embellished with process while showcasing Hundley’s commercial work and fine-art career. Hundley employs materials from traditional (printmaking, oils, acrylics) to digital, in creating his idea-driven solutions. The result? Work that lies between a blue collar ethic and white collar aesthetic.
On Thursday, November 3, Ghostprint Gallery, which is located at 220 W. Broad St. will host a preview and book signing event. The event is by invitation only from 5-7 PM, then is open to the public from 7-9 PM. Copies of Blue Collar/White Collar will be available for purchase at this event. The main opening will take place on Friday, November 4, beginning at 6 PM.
We Are All Businessmen
As a young comedian, Louis CK struggled to achieve a personal sense of accomplishment. It wasn’t until, after 15 years as a comedian, he took a moment to reflect on the craft of comedy icon George Carlin that it all began to make sense for him. He learned to develop an act that he would throw away after a year, and continued doing this year in and year out. As a result, the material that surrounded his act would eventually have to come from a deeper and darker place internally.
With this regimen in place, opportunities began to come his way. He worked alongside Chris Rock on projects that ranged from directing and writing Pootie Tang to writing for Rock’s variety program The Chris Rock Show. He was eventually offered a chance at developing a live-studio audience sitcom for HBO entitled Lucky Louie. Although this series never really went far, his stand-up was gaining more and more notoriety. His modest success inevitably led to the FX network offering him a chance to do another television program. This time around, it was a show centered on an exaggerated version of himself. The situations that occur in the show are akin to subject matter he mentions in his stand-up, but he takes liberties to bring his dramatic intuition into the proceedings. The show, Louie, is his most ambitious and acclaimed success to date. Considering his workload as producer, writer, actor and director on the show, it’s unbelievable that he still finds time to make the rounds on the comedy circuit.
Come to Quirk Gallery this Wednesday for an unusual and amazing event in which art will be created before your eyes. Local artists including Emerald Grippa, Jeffrey Alan Love, Bryan Woodland, Sara Gossett, Dan Owen, Marshall Higgins, Harrison and Reed, William Godwin, Eric Scott Pfeiffer, and more, will spend the evening sketching, creating works from start to finish while you watch. There's really no telling what they'll come up with--they're all bringing their own materials, and can create as many images as they want. Josh Hryciak will perform live music during the event, and DJs from Steady Sounds will be spinning throughout the night. All art created during the event will be for sale during the end of the night, so you'll be able to purchase artwork that you've seen go through every stage of the creative process. This unique event should yield fascinating results, so make sure that you're in attendance!
WHAT: Supersketch At Quirk Gallery!
WHO: Art by Emerald Grippa, Jeffrey Alan Love, Bryan Woodland, Sara Gossett, Dan Owen, Marshall Higgins, Harrison and Reed, William Godwin, Eric Scott Pfeiffer, and more. Music by Josh Hryciak and Steady Sounds DJs.
WHERE: Quirk Gallery, 311 W. Broad St.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 6 to 9 PM
Back before the internet came along and, if not killed, at least greatly diminished it, there used to be a thriving underground zine culture all over this country and the world. Plenty of zines were about underground music and art, but people also wrote zines about a variety of other things. One sub-category of that world was how-to zines, which could cover everything from reproductive health to dumpster diving. Broke-Ass Stuart started out as a how-to zinester himself, but his area of expertise was living cheaply. His original zine, a guide to San Francisco for the budget-minded, sold thousands of copies and drew so much attention that it was eventually turned into a book: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide To Living Cheaply In San Francisco. After writing an equally successful sequel volume about New York City and acquiring his own TV show on IFC, Stuart decided to take all of his broke-ass expertise and turn it into a one-volume survival guide that can be used by anyone anywhere in the world. Hence, Young Broke And Beautiful.
The fifth annual Carnival Of 5 Fires event at Gallery 5 has been going on since last week, and there are only three more events left before it goes away for another year! We've already told you about what The Amazing Stage Show are doing there tonight, so click the link if you don't know (and do it quick, because that event starts in a mere couple of hours). But if that isn't enough for you--and why should it be?--there's plenty more happening before all is said and done.
First, tomorrow night, the Party Liberation Front will present their Pirates' Ball event. If you've been to a PLF event in the past, you know that their events can never be described as mere dance parties, and this remains true for tomorrow night's festivities. Not only will there be music until the wee hours of the morning, but you can expect all sorts of other delights to appeal to a multitude of your senses. There'll be video projections by Natural Science Productions, all sorts of acrobatic circus performers running around, and even a costume contest, featuring cash prizes and other awesome pirate booty! Costumes aren't required, but they're definitely encouraged--for one thing, they'll get you $3 off the admission price. And after all, what's more fun than dancing in a costume? Regardless of what you wear, though, be assured that there'll be plenty of dancing, with tunes provided by PLF DJs Mr. Jennings, Akasha, Reinhold, Michael NightTime, DavidM, and Danny Boy. Music starts at 9:30 and continues til bar o'clock, so be prepared to shake your ass! To top it all off, Tetina, the flame shootin' junkyard mermaid sculpture/percussion jam instigator, will be standing guard out front of Gallery 5 all night! This is gonna be a crazy party, so don't miss it!
WHAT: Party Liberation Front presents: Carnival Of 5 Fires Pirates' Ball!
WHO: Music by Danny Boy, DavidM, Michael NightTime, Reinhold, Mr Jennings, and Akasha; Video by Natural Science Productions; and more!
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St.
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 9 PM
ADMISSION: $10, or $7 with a costume
Don't get too tired out by all the dancing you do at the Pirates' Ball, though, because there's still one more event left in the Carnival Of 5 Fires, and it's a humdinger! Voix De Ville Follies will be bringing its trademark mix of burlesque and vaudeville-style entertainment to the stage at Gallery 5, with the Cirque Extravaganza!
There'll be all sorts of amazing burlesque performers in the house that evening, including:
--The Muse, who will mesmerize you with her mystical moves
--Karma Jane, who will astound you with her aerial prowess
--Svelt Lana, who will confound you with feats of contortion wonder
--Indy Go-Go, who will enchant you with her lithe grace
--Cherrie Canary, who will entice you with her sumptuous gaze
--Kiki Von Kitsch, who will hypnotize you with her chameleon charm
Plus, special intermission contact juggler, Russell Harris! And your host, ringmaster extraordinaire Parker Galore!
Also available will be custom caricatures by Eric Vinyard, and one-of-a-kind tutus from Tutus To Go-Go. This event is sponsored by Bombshell Salon and Boom Boom Basics. Should be a great evening and a fitting end to yet another Carnival of 5 Fires!
WHAT: Voix De Ville Follies Presents Cirque Extravaganza!
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St.
WHEN: Saturday October 15, Doors open at 8 PM
ADMISSION: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets available HERE.
The term “Folk Artist” elicits specific qualifiers: untrained, poor, rural, usually Southern, often African-American. This last demographic points to the roots of the American Folk Art tradition, in which practices such as “face jugs” and quilt making were passed down to the descendants of slaves in the South. If there is an agenda to Three-Ring Circus, at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts through January 6th, it seems to be a reconsideration of what distinguishes Folk Art, as well as a validation of its unique qualities.
After entering the LCVA, located on Main Street in Farmville, one is gradually arrested by the display. The 268 works by 105 artists are but a fraction of the total collection of William and Ann Oppenheimer of Richmond, who have been collecting American folk art since the 1980s, and are founding members of the Folk Art Society of America. Within the LCVA’s three galleries, the works are divided into corresponding themes: We the People (portraits), Animal Kingdom (animals), and Tent Revival (religion). These themes are offered as dominant subjects, explored in a Folk Art collection that is arguably one of the most significant in the country and will eventually belong to the LCVA. The works, hung salon-style, rest against brightly painted and striped walls, inciting the whimsy, vitality, and humor that LCVA Director K. Johnson Bowles finds emblematic of Folk Art.
The fifth annual Carnival Of 5 Fires event at Gallery 5 continues this week with Immortality, a presentation of local performance art troupe The Amazing Stage Show. Immortality tells the tale of four immortal beings, portrayed by Deanna Danger, The Great Zwerdling, Mister S, and the Muse, as they traverse the waters between life and death. Audience members will be taken on a journey, visiting gods and goddesses in lands of shadows, creation, and destruction, all brought to life through the beauty of dance and the magic of music. Joining the four main performers on this supernatural journey are belly dance icon Madame Onça, and circus artist Karma Jane. Combining various forms of dance, including burlesque, modern dance, and belly dance, together with fire, aerial arts, and storytelling, this full-length stage show, which will be presented along with a complete original score, will portray the meaning and mission of the Amazing Stage Show: to bring minds in line with hearts, and to sway hearts towards love.
WHAT: The Amazing Stage Show Presents: IMMORTALITY!
WHO: Deanna Danger, The Great Zwerdling, Mister S, and the Muse, along with Madame Onça, Karma Jane, and a cast of thousands!
WHERE: Gallery 5 (200 W. Marshall St.)
WHEN: Thursday October 13, Doors at 8 PM, Show starts at 9 PM
ADMISSION: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available from Gallery 5's website, and if you act quickly, you can still obtain the Carnival Of 5 Fires Burlesque Package, which includes tickets for events tonight, Thursday, and Saturday for only $25! See gallery5arts.org/pre-sale.html for more details.
Throughout the month of October, Ghostprint Gallery will be showcasing the art of Jeff Vincent, with his show Title Unknown.
Title Unknown features both recent abstract paintings and a body of figurative work which combines acrylic and collage on canvas. Jeff Vincent depicts his vision of the individual in western society, plagued by social and environmental crises, in an engaging and non-didactic manner. His highly colorful montages are populated by some recognizable characters mixed with fantastical creatures in highly imaginative scenarios. The collaged imagery is appropriated from old yearbooks, Time magazines and other periodicals.
A professional artist since 2002, Vincent is now in graduate school at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute of Art. He experiments with soft sculpture, theatre design and other media, as well as painting.
The show will be appearing at Ghostprint Gallery (220 W. Broad St) through October 29.
On Tuesday, October 11th, Soiree Debauche will descend upon Gallery 5 as the kickoff event for the fifth annual Carnival Of 5 Fires, to deliver an evening of vaudeville, burlesque and music that will include an all-star line-up of talent, style and pure debauchery! Revel in hypnotic sounds, sideshow antics, vaudeville tricks, sinister singing, and over-the-top costumes with enough macabre to make Edgar Allen Poe smirk.
The all-star lineup includes Baltimore’s Sicilian Princess and founder of Gilded Lily Burlesque in Baltimore, Maria Bella; burlesque barber and co-founder of Gilded Lily Burlesque, Little Luna; Washington, D.C.’s own sideshow girl and member of The Accidental Circus and The Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, Mab, Just Mab; vaudevillian mastermind of The Tilted Torch from D.C., Malibu; New Orleans firecracker from Slow Burn Burlesque, Nona Narcisse; The Mezmer Society accordionist and singer from Asheville, NC, August Hoerr; Richmond’s very own travelling musician, and member of the famous Slomski Brothers and MC of Gilded Lily Burlesque, Mark Slomski--plus, joining him, a rare gathering of amazing musicians on ukulele, steel drum, guitar, bass, and accordion, who will combine to form The Slomski Family Band! Sexy stage kittens Lauren Marleaux and Bitsy Buttons will be adding their own dark and dirty flavor to the mix. On the whole, this cast flaunts an impressive list of talents! Something wicked this way comes, so prepare yourself for the debauchery!
WHAT: Soiree Debauche Tour Hits Richmond!
WHO: Maria Bella, Little Luna, Mab Just Mab, Malibu, Nona Narcisse, August Hoerr, Mark Slomski and the Slomski Family Band, and more!
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 11. Doors at 8 PM, show at 9
ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or pre-order the Carnival Of 5 Fires Burlesque Package Deal--all three shows (Oct. 11, 13, and 15) for only $25! See gallery5arts.org/pre-sale.html for more details.
FEAST RVA is a not for profit community driven project to democratically fund the work of local creatives. FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) began in Brooklyn, New York as an organization that believed creative work should not have to rely solely on the support of exclusive, private capital. And now, the brand new RVA branch of FEAST is preparing to host its inaugural event on Friday, October 14, from 7 til 10 PM at Quirk Gallery.
The idea is simple; FEAST attendees donate $25 for dinner and drinks at a local venue. Upon entry, participants receive a ballot with a list of proposals by local artists. Throughout the night, short presentations are given for each idea, after which attendees have the opportunity to discuss the proposals with the artist. At the conclusion of the night, ballots are cast, and the artist with the most votes receives $500 comprised of a portion of the door money.
Right now, FEAST RVA is accepting submissions for the event. However, submissions will be closed at the end of the week, so if you have something to submit, you need to let them know soon!
Ideas are selected for the ballots based on three main criteria:
1) Originality - Is the idea innovative? Is it compelling?
2) Richmond Based - Are you a resident of Richmond, VA? FEAST RVA is looking to support the work of local creatives exclusively.
3) Feasibility - Is your idea plausible, and fully considered? Is it pointed and clear? Is it well presented?
Overall, FEAST RVA is open to almost any proposal, granted it meets the above guidelines. Be it a community event, a mobile comic shop, or a warehouse mural, we simply want to support the local creative flatbed of Richmond, VA. So long as it’s well thought out you have a good chance of making it on the ballot. However, you must be at the event to present your proposal. If you are not in attendance, your idea will not be considered.
Submit your ideas HERE!
I really get psyched about people that have passion. Honestly, it can be for anything. I don’t care if you’re into collecting stamps--as long as you know your stuff and have a good collection to back it, I’m sold. Kate Jennings seamlessly balances a few different passions, from teaching, to photography, to running her own online clothing store, Na Nin Vintage. She is geniune, talented and hard-working, and these qualities combine to make her the kind of person you don’t come across too often. Kate was nice enough to take some time away from her busy schedule to tell me about her personal history and that of Na Nin, as well as what she wants to achieve with her current projects.
Bruised, bloody and beaten: these were a few words that came to mind when I first saw Julia Scott’s work. While doing some research on local design group Yours Truly, of which Julia was a member, I came across a few posters and illustrations she had done. I felt a little uncomfortable about the violent and abusive feelings that I got from her work, but was also drawn in. I immediately wondered who and what was behind the work. I was able to ask Julia a few questions about her process and subject matter.
Jenna Chew is an up-and-coming young artist who is making an impression in the Richmond art world. She draws inspiration from works of literature as disparate as cyberpunk science fiction and biographies of historical figures, as well as from her favorite haunts around the city. Recently graduated from VCU, she’s already had her work shown at Ghostprint Gallery--Shapes Not Ours, her show with fellow Richmond artist Crystal Cregge, appeared there in August 2011. She’s also done freelance illustration work for high-profile clients like Capital One and the National Press Club. She may question in the following interview whether her work stands out in her field, but one look at the artwork on these pages should make clear what the answer to that question is.
This show combines the work of two talented young emerging artists educated and living in Richmond.
Jenna Chew’s paintings and drawings from her personal journals focus on some of Richmond’s favorite locations [e.g. Can Can] and other subjects that catch her perceptive eye. Her impressions of what we observe on a daily basis using her sophisticated sensibility and precise technique cast them in a new light. Chew recently graduated from the Communication Arts Department at VCU and is finishing her studies at TAD [The Art Department].
Crystal Cregge uses liquid light on arches paper to create painterly images of women’s bodies, which verge on the abstract. The medium, in combination with her subjects’ shadows and curves, creates a sense of subtle intimacy with the observer. Cregge is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of VCU.
The title of the show comes from a Sylvia Plath poem, “The Other Two."
My question: is this needed? Doesn't everyone know that cigarettes will kill you? Here is a sample of the new warning labels that will be gracing your cigarette packs in 2012. The FDA must be getting a huge boner nailing the tobacco industry for lying all those years, because this is brutal.
When I travel on the highway, I allow my imagination to run wild, creating farfetched circumstances of what could be inside of those unassuming tall white box trucks. The kind with no corporate label, the kind being driven by average people wearing regular clothes, on a path to get that important something from one location to another. I have been daydreaming about the content of these box trucks since I was a kid, and the daydreamy contents have evolved and devolved throughout the years, depending on where I was heading on the map of asphalt and thought. Over the years, I’ve imagined these nondescript mobile containers housing everything from magical waterfalls, complete with galloping purple unicorns, to the gruesome contents of fearful freakshows; they were the creative pressure valve that alleviated road rage and boredom. However, on my most recent road trip, I realized my imagination was stuck. I couldn’t come up with anything new for the whimsical contents of these mobile daydream containers. Anything clever, unique, brilliant--better than before.