One of the coolest experiences of my life. Such a delight year after year. I look forward to it every year.
Wow, do I love Artomatic! I usually go 2-3 times a year-- at least once with my young, art-loving son, and at least once with my husband. I found a great environmentalist architect there with whom I had a very good collaboration. My son was VERY excited to get a diorama he loved for his birthday. I am discovering my artist self and working toward a 2011 exhibit of my own fabric art.
I felt that ALL of the art works were substandard. It gave the impression that DC artists have absolutely no skill. Which, as a local artist myself, offended me. Perhaps in the future instead of an enormous exhibit of kitsch, you might consider a small exhibit of fine art... just a suggestion.
A few years ago my daughter took me to my first Artomatic. It was a delight to the senses. The various artists, some professional, some just beginning were placed on equal footing in the same space. Each with their own moment of honesty to share. Some of the sharing was glaring, and some tugged at your heartstrings. Artomatic is what true art is all about. A place for the creative side of mankind to be shared. I vowed that in 2009 I would participate as an artist. Scarey, hard, requiring some committment - YES. Worthwhile - YES. Art changes your life. It changes the way you think. Art is like finding water in a desert or flying through a cloud. It provides you with something that is required, demanded for living. I created a Vegan Pig Farm. As I started to set up my display I found myself surrounded by professional artists. I felt honored, enriched, grateful. I was standing among the few, the dedicated, the talented. Artomatic had provided me with a platform, and opportunity to say something of value from my perspective. As you walk through the many floors of art, and you stop to admire the different, the pretty, the shocking, and the brilliant - you began to understand how art is so important for our existance and our ability to go forward. It challenges us not to accept the status of now, but to imagine the "what if." I am so grateful to artomatic for including me in its miracle.
Of all of the places that I have had the opportunity to perform, Artomatic 2009 was by far my favorite experience, so far. I am a great admirer of graffiti art, so having the backdrop of the stage covered with such art was a great start. Performing with such a diverse group of performers, and being surrounded by unique art that you would have to attend multiple galleries to see, was incredible! I spent the rest of the day, in between performers, checking out each floor of art. A week later, I came back again to focus solely on the different art exhibitions. I was floored. The inspiration of that event is still with me. I plan to come back next time!
Artomatic is my favorite DC art scene to recommend to folks looking for art in the city. It features upwards of 1,000 local artists, and I love that the space is open for a variety of levels of talent and genre. Best of all, it's free/by donation and hence is open to all people to enjoy. Last year was my first artomatic experience, and I'll be sure not to miss it again!
i visited this summer and was very inspired. i'm an artist, not a visual artist, but it inspired me to write more and try and audition for more theater productions. as a person who has a lot of artist friends in the dc area, it was wonderful to see that they had a great medium for which to display their work. it's a nice space, too. i love the urban feel that the cement floors and exposed ceilings give to the place. very New York. loved it.