Artomatic opened this past Friday, May 9 in Washington, DC. I was too lazy and scared to go to the opening, but the sheer numbers of artists involved in this project make it an impressive and overwhelming spectacle. Think MAP’s Out of Order times, like, A LOT…
According to wikipedia, Artomatic is a five-week, multimedia arts event held in the Washington, D.C. area. It has been held in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, and will be held May 9 through June 15, 2008 at the Capitol Plaza I building located at 1200 First Street, N.E., one block west of the New York Avenue Metrorail station.
This is taken from the Artomatic website…
Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge.
It was originally conceived as a way to break down the geographical and social segmentation of the Washington arts scene, to bring art directly to the public and to build cohesion among artists. The city’s ongoing development in recent years has diffused the arts community by breaking up pockets of artist studios. In addition, local artists are sometimes overshadowed by national blockbuster shows and federal landmarks. Artomatic provides a forum for all of our area’s artists to convene, perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington’s arts community.
Washington Post Dot Com Says: “Every time Artomatic springs back up again, it’s in a new spot, so those of you who liked the office building location in Crystal City, it’s time to get over it. This year, the five-week, nonjuried art and music event will be in NoMa — that nebulous Northeast Washington neighborhood that is located between the New York Avenue Metro Station and North Capitol Street and extending south to Massachusetts Avenue near Union Station. As always, Artomatic is likely to be quite the surreal party spot, with drinks served on site, music performances and late hours (it’ll be open till 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). For a full schedule of events and details, visit http://www.artomatic.org.” –Lavanya Ramanathan (April 2008)
To get more factual info, go to www.artomatic.org.
Click here for Art-o-Matic coverage by Ten Tigers.
Click here for F. Lenny Campello’s review on CultureFlux. He’s got a great mention and pic of an installation by Baltimore artists Jordan Tierney and Marcia Hart.