Radio Sebastian


25+ Local Artists, from Painters and Photographers to Woodworkers and Potters, will be featured during this DC Art Extravaganza

As you know from our recent posts... Our partners at SwatchRoom, the new Shaw-based creative design and fabrication studio, will host its first annual three-day SwatchRoom Salon Party March 7th through March 9th. Curated by ArtSee, an art event services agency, and hosted by Hierarchy, the newest event space by DC’s No Kings Collective, the celebration will showcase more than 35 local artists during three distinct events. The Salon Party will be accessible to all levels of art enthusiast, beginning with a showcase of affordable work from emerging artists and culminating in a private event featuring new collections from some of DC’s most sought-after artists.

Attendees must purchase tickets to the Friday and Saturday evening events on eventbrite, here:

And the complete 2014 “SwatchRoom Salon Party” Schedule of Events is...  

FRIDAY, March 7th: Introducing DC’s Best Emerging Artists
TIME: 7pm – 12am
LOCATION: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW

To kickoff the Salon Party, a grouping of DC’s greatest emerging artists will be featured on Friday night. Each artist will display their latest work across all mediums: painting, photography, printmaking and more.

Artists will include:

Fabiano Amin
Leah Appel
Carolyn Becker
Amy Hughes Braden
Patrick Burns
Ellie Deneroff
Dominique Fierro
Jeremy Flick
Barb Januszkiewicz
Donna K. McGee
Cory Oberbndorfer
Brian Petro
Cristina Steadman
Radio Sebastian
Fawna Xiao

SATURDAY, MARCH 8th: Celebrating the District’s Favorite Artists
TIME: 7pm – 12am
LOCATION: Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW

On Saturday night, collectors will have a preview to some of their favorite artists’ and designer’s newest collections. Attendees will also enjoy live painting, music, performances, and break dancing.

Artists will include:

Gregg Deal - paintings
Kate Warren- photography
Martin Swift - paintings
Jeremy Flick - paintings
Maggie O'Neill -paintings and home goods
Cory Orbendorfer - paintings
Karen Suderman - paintings
Chris Cooley - pottery
Dominique Fierro -photography
Sophie Blake - jewelry
Allison Priebe Brooks (aka Queen Bee Designs)
James Kerns - furniture and lighting
Tariq Tucker - paintings
Carbon Vintage - furniture
McNamara Designs - furniture

We hope to see you there! 

2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: Radio Sebastian

Radio Sebastian is the pseudonym for collaborative work done by Corwin Levi and Yumiko Blackwell. Their work is prolific and ranges from drawings to paintings, videos, sculpture and installation. Radio Sebastian's pieces are intricate and play with lines, vectors and textures. It's clear from the joint responses given by both artists that their creative minds are extremely in sync. 

There is a great sense of play and humor in Radio Sebastian's work and this sense of curiosity and joy was definitely felt when they answered a few questions for ArtSee. 

ArtSee: What's the last show that you saw that inspired you?
Radio Sebastian: We saw Gerco de Ruijter's CROPS at the Hirshhorn, with a soundtrack by Michel Banabila, that continues to dwell in the part of our memories devoted to amazing. Although we watched the piece in its entirety several times, the immensity of even five seconds of the work hit you immediately as these “found” photos combined into a whole, in collaboration, to speak to something much larger than the physical dimensions the room occupied. 

AS: What's the most indispensable item in your studio?
RS: The most productive activity we do in the studio is think and the item that most aids that thinking is a large cup of coffee (black for Corwin, with cream for Yumi). 

AS: Let's mix it up, what is your favorite food?
RS: Our favorite food is pie. Savory pie, sweet pie, shared pie, personal pie, pie in the rain, pie on a train. Although pie has not been literally represented in our art yet, it is really only a matter of time. We also had a pie-themed wedding.

AS: Sounds like a scrumptious dream wedding. I hope you have visited Dangerously Delicious Pies. Back to business, what are you most excited for at the Salon Party? 
RS: Anytime you bring design, artwork, and performance together you have the potential for wonderful and amazing things to happen. When you throw in an emphasis on collaboration and giving back to the community, you attract a set of people who cannot help but facilitate wonder.

Get a taste of Radio Sebastian here

The SwatchRoom Salon is a three-day celebration of local and emerging artists, designers, and collaborations and giving back. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Mica Hartman 

The Built vs. Natural Worlds: Pam Rogers and Radio Sebastian at AAC


As many of our readers know, I am a HUGE fan of Radio Sebastian. I featured several of their pieces on my holiday wish list last year for Panda Head Magazine (which were later acquired by the DC Art Bank). This summer, they teamed up with Pam Rogers to open the two-person show Agri Interior at the Arlington Arts Center on June 29. Radio Sebastian will continue the show with a live Ikebana arranging on Thursday, September 12, 2013, followed by a closing reception on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  Their mixed media exhibition explores dual realities through ruptures in the intersection of the built and natural worlds.

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Pam Rogers is an AAC artist in residence that first showed together with the dynamic artist duo Radio Sebastian in 2010 at Hillyer Art Space. For their new show, Radio Sebastian and Rogers created pieces for this show that incorporate their past experiences into artwork. They are true mixed media artists using plants, rubber, polymer clay, books, video, and wall paneling. In this exhibit, Rogers and Radio question familiar reality and ask the viewer to look at what lurks beneath—whether it delights or makes us eerily uncomfortable.

"Faint Fields Faucet no. 5"; 2013; Sculpey on fixtures

Described as one of the highlights of the Arlington Arts Center's summer exhibits by Pinkline Project, Agri Interior will, on September 12, host a live Ikebana sculptural experience.  Directly in response to their organic work, Reiko Blackwell will create flower sculptures in the traditional Japanese style. “Viewers are encouraged to come appreciate the harmony of line, color and shape as they learn about Ikebana [and] sip wine,” says the Arlington Arts Center.

 I personally am looking forward to seeing how the show’s end will coincide with the great vision of these artists. See you there!