It’s hard to believe that with all of these posts, I still haven’t gotten into March! One of the last events I attended in February was the Chennai Photo Biennale. It was simply one of those things you actually couldn’t avoid. BUT- Why would you want to!?! There were photo exhibitions all over the city. Some in galleries, some in restaurants, but many that were out in public. Many performances and happenings occurred around the city at different times and places. It really felt electric throughout the city, because you never knew when you would happen upon an exhibit, and when you did, it was always something intriguing, thought provoking, and surreal.
A perfect example of this occurred in my neighborhood. I lived in the oldest neighborhood in Chennai called Mylapore. It is known for it’s temples, it’s also considered the center of the city, because everything built up around it. It’s a very historic part of the city, and I loved being able to walk around and view all temples mixed into the contemporary apartment buildings, old shops and restaurants. One of the best places in the entire city is actually a park. Nageswara Rao Park is a large park where people walk, jog, play badminton, have fun on the jungle gym and swings, and of course do yoga. It’s a lively place. It got even more livelier when a photo exhibit was placed all around the park. It was an amazing exhibit, with giant poster sized photos from a group of international photographers. Their topics focused on a variety of social justice issues which included: child marriage, race relations, poverty, homelessness, and culture. The pictures were from around the world. Not just focusing on India.
I walked through this park most days, but when the exhibit was there, I made sure I passed through it everyday. One day I saw people taking down the exhibit, and soon it was gone. The park was still great, but for a while I felt like there was something missing. Art in public provides a profound experience for those who interact with it. What an amazing change for this particular community to interact with the photography and also the messages it conveyed.
Just wanted to share the good news! I was juried into the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton Virginia as a studio artist and I finally got to claim my space. Sure it still looks a little rough around the edges, but have no fear! This week I’ll be making it my own. Remember, this place did used to be a prison.
Being part of a big art exhibit is a great opportunity to make yourself available to those who have never seen your work. Unfortunately, not everyone can go see my art if they’re not close enough to go the show. However, Artomatic, has given artists a chance to share more about themselves, the art they create and a little bit about what the experience has been like. You can view my interview here .
Wondering where I’ve been? Well, first of all, what an autumn it’s been. We’ve had some amazing weather in the DC metro area, and I’ve taken a much needed break away from electronics and staying in my studio to enjoy the warm sunshine that we’ve been so lucky to have. We’re half way through the month and we know as it gets closer to December the days get shorter and shorter (and darker). I have to take these breaks to think about my next projects and give myself space between the work I’ve done and the next work I want to do.
Don’t worry! I’m not stopping, but sometimes I use these short breaks to recharge my batteries and get re-inspired. One of the things that has really inspired me in the last few weeks is the Artomatic show. It really is a fantastic event that brings people out of their respective studios and art places and puts the art into view of the public. It’s not often that I have been able to show, due to many reasons…but I knew I could not let this go by.
Here are my pieces that are currently hanging out in Hyattsville.
Friday night I made it to Hyattsville, MD to the opening night of Artomatic. It was a blast. The venue has four floors of original art, and there is such a variety of different local artists represented here. You can see everything from artists who draw on the subway to installations that deal with social justice issues, and everything in between. Some things shock, some things leave you questioning what is art, and others just amaze. I only saw about 1/2 the exhibit, but I’ll be going back again and again.
Artomatic is a great opportunity for artists to showcase a work. I am currently showing many pieces there, and I can’t wait to see what the response is to my work. It gives artists a chance to be exposed to a lot of different kinds of viewers. It’s a totally free event and right next to the New Carrollton metro stop. Here are some snap shots of what you can see.
Here is a little sneak peak at my space for Artomatic 2015. I’m really excited to show my work out in public again. The opening is October 30th and closes on December 12th. Hope you can make it out there to check it all out!
I’m in the middle of doing some last minute pieces for an art festival I’m a part of from October 20 – December 12, 2015. It’s called Artomatic and it’s one of the biggest art festivals around the metro area. Anyone can show and it’s on a first come first served basis.
I managed to snag a space in an old office building near the New Carrollton Metro Station. It’s in Hyattsville Md, and all are welcome!! It’s a free event and there are a lot of festivities happening throughout the the 6 week event. I’m still working out on when I’ll actually be there. Artists volunteer 15 hours to talk to on lookers about art, give tours, run the store, and pretty much do anything else a volunteer is asked to do.
I’m still trying to decide what to show because even though it’s an amazing chance to show my work, the space is limited. I picked a good size wall, but of course I would LOVE to have more space. It’s ok, though. It’s my first experience with this kind of event, and I’m just glad to be a part of it.