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Posted at 7:02 PM ET, 04/11/2007

Artomatic Watch: Week 1

By Julia Beizer

On Friday, Artomatic, the area's homegrown free-for-all art fair, opens in Crystal City. I just got back from the space, which is actually two floors of an in-transition office building, and things are shaping up. The sixth floor is a maze of cubicle spaces decked out with paintings, glass work and installations. A crazy cool chaise lounge made out of soda-can rings sits on a platform on the eighth floor, along with expressive paintings morphing the grand old flag and Calder-esque mobiles.

But beyond the art, Artomatic is also all about the performances, happenings and special events. We aim to give you the skinny on what's coming up each week. See this weekend's highlights after the jump.

-Opening Day: If there's any day to check out Artomatic, Friday the 13th is it. The Indian street theater troupe Janam gets the festival started at 2 p.m. The DC Shorts Film Festival screens flicks from 8 until 10 p.m. Oh yeah, and organizers are encouraging folks to show up in costume. There will be bars with beer and wine throughout the evening. (Disclosure: will have a sponsorship booth at the event and will give away popcorn.)
-Sideshow Antics: The Cheeky Monkey Sideshow Troupe performs sword-swallowing, mind-reading and other carnival fare from 10 to 10:50 on Saturday.
-Tummy Tucks: The DCTribal bellydancer collective gets its groove on with live electronica and gut-gyrating moves.
-Break Out Those Shelltoes: Artist Cedric Baker presents slides depicting NYC's hip-hop scene in the '80s at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out Artomatic's Web site for a full schedule of events.


By Julia Beizer  | April 11, 2007; 7:02 PM ET
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hello, just want to tell you i am verry proud and happy 25 of my small paintings on paper are at Artomatic2007, i am a Dutch artist, but work with DC artist Frederick Nunley, sadly i can't be pressent, but am realy happy Frederick has take good care of my works, together with Doug Kingsbury and Frederick Nunley i share the room at 6th floor, blue 32...
succes to all artists and i hope lots of visitors will be watching the works...
bye!..Cor Windhouwer

Posted by: cor windhouwer | April 13, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What's with the rumor about the two famous artists who are showing at artomatic? last night a bunch of people were gathered around one sculptural installation and claiming that it was a Donald Judd on anon. display from the collection of some big time DC art collector (I didn't catch the collector's name, sounded spanish or italian like Polenta)

Posted by: Robin | April 14, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If you can't make it out to Artomatic on a given night and are somewhat comfortable with a computer, we'll be broadcasting some of the Artomatic live events - such as bands, artist interviews, etc. - out to the virtual world Second Life. We did "The Mesmers" last night and will be doing Ms. Pig Alien's class on the alien language "Pig Lengua" tonight from 7-7:30 and will try for "The Opposit Sex", a dark post-punk band from 8-9. has the confirmed schedule and details of how to visit remotely.

Posted by: Jack Whitsitt | April 14, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

There are works by famous artists, indeed, although not like you think!

Room 6B05 (Red Line) has "Chelsea Morning" a photo documentary project by Adrienne Moumin, about the explosion of the Chelsea (NY) arts district, and featuring photos of works by Robert Longo, Tony Oursler, and Patrick Mimran.

Additional mages from the series, shot from 2000-2006, may be seen at

Adrienne Moumin
Silver Spring, MD

Posted by: Famous Artists in AOM | April 15, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

You can check out photos of the event and help document it as it happens by participating in the Flickr Artomatic 2007 group:

--Tim Hayes

Posted by: Tim Hayes | April 15, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I was especially impressed with the "Kiss Peace" interactive exhibit by Andrea Collins. What a beautiful way to promote awareness and thoughtfulness to countries engaged in civil war. The space's color is bright salmon which grabs your attention, and the artist is quite lovely. I made a special trip to the area for this opening night and am so glad I did!

Posted by: Liz | April 18, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I am not nearly as knowledgeable about the art world as the previous posters, but I loved artomatic. I couldn't finish it all in one visit - but I will make several trips back before May 13th. I think it's great.

Posted by: Violette | April 21, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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