Sundays with ArtSee

Sundays With ArtSee: March 25 featuring Celeste Chen

ArtSee DC is hosting its third event in its featured series, Sundays With ArtSee, on Sunday, March 25 at Tryst in Adams Morgan from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The afternoon will feature work from local artist, Celeste Chen, and will provide artists and enthusiasts an opportunity to casually gather, discuss and appreciate local art.

Chen is a Boston-born, District resident and current studio art and neurobiology student at Georgetown University. She focuses on depicting moments of transition and inner turmoil with regard to the formation of character. For her, these temporal spaces of identity shifts are best translated into an image-based lexicon of color rather than a vernacular constricted by synthetic rules of arbitrary and forced agreement.

Chen’s most recent work, which includes drawings and paintings, investigates the interaction between environment and self in the deconstruction and recreation of self-image.


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Seeing the City through a Different Lens

October 26, 2011

Most people do not see gritty urban areas as the subject matter of art. Kate Boone, on the other hand, has based her entire body of work on them. A D.C. native, this photographer thrives in surrounding cityscapes, turning often decaying cement landscapes into thought-provoking imagery. Her use of distinct compositional elements and the documentation of street art capture the raw essence of the city and draw in the viewer.

Boone has always been a photographer, even at a young age shooting images with a Polaroid camera. Of this long-standing passion, the artist says “Even when I was a kid I would experiment with taking pictures of sewers and random trash strewn about. For me, there is something poetic that triggers me and it comes naturally to simply call it art.”

Inspired by the upcoming FotoWeek DC, ArtSee will be hosting Kate Boone and an exhibition of her photographs during Sundays with ArtSee on Sunday, November 13th.  In light of this event, we wanted to ask Boone some questions about what drives her work.

Our Shadows

ArtSee: How does something inspire you for a good “shot”?

BOONE: It has to strike a chord with me. Usually my photographs have something to do with words, or a place that triggers a memory.

ArtSee: Is your camera always with you…just in case inspiration comes along?

BOONE: Nine times out of ten it is with me. Whenever I go anywhere other than to work and back pretty much.

ArtSee: I notice that different cityscapes are a recurring theme in your photographs (Baltimore, Philly, etc.); what is it about urban areas that drive your work?

BOONE: I am a city girl and to be quite honest, I really like dirty, grungy places. I like the rawness of the streets and love to capture what people usually look as unwanted and show that at least someone finds it endearing.Stuck

ArtSee: How do you believe composition plays a role in your photography?

BOONE: Composition is a major part of my work. There are so many street photographers out there that you have to have something different to be set apart. For me this is the way they are displayed as miniatures and pink captions for that extra pop.

ArtSee: Do you ever create the “subject matter” (often street art) in the photos yourself? Or do you prefer taking an outsider’s perspective?

BOONE: I would never set up a photo.

ArtSee: What’s your favorite picture you’ve taken?  Or, which do you believe best represents your body of work?

BOONE: It is a Polaroid of a guy I used to know about to get hit by a train.

ArtSee: Do you have a favorite graffiti slogan you’ve come across that really stuck with you?

BOONE: There are so many, one that has definitely resonated with me is “Never date a bartender” outside some sleazy dive bar in NYC that has since been shut down.


The Last Time I Saw Ryan


Don’t miss Kate Boone and ArtSee at Veritas Wine Bar on Sunday, November 13th from 5-7 pm! Check out our Facebook invite if you wish to RSVP.


Bringing the Art in D.C. to You,


Kendall E. Willey

Love it or Hate it: ArtSee Featured Artist Camden Noir

Sept 23, 2011


“if you’re reading this, more than likely, you love my work or you hate it…or both. either way i have your attention.”


evil deadThis is Camden Noir, a new (and fantastic) addition to DC’s street art scene, who now takes his work to the canvas. His style definitely has a recognizable language of imagery and symbols, and borders between haunting and ironic. I certainly won’t try to label his work, even though that’s what Camden’s into; labels, that is. The artist has recently published Label 228: A Street Art Projectwhich is a collection of work from artists around the world who have harnessed their creativity and unleashed it onto USPS mailing labels. After such a huge success with the first collaboration, Camden is already working on the second installment of his project.


We’re pumped to have Camden at our upcoming “Sundays with ArtSee” this weekend on September 25th at Busboys and Poets on 5th & K St. Beforehand, I wanted to have a chat with this wry-witted artist to find out more about him and what inspires his work.


ArtSee: What made you choose painting to express yourself?

NOIR: I’m not sure exactly.  I started out drawing in like high school and then explored other avenues such as painting and screen printing. 

ArtSee: Where do you get the inspiration for your art?

NOIR: My inspiration stems from other artists.  There are so many people doing incredible things.  So when I look at their work, it makes me want to create something just as beautiful.  You’ve got artists like downtimer, angry woebots, josh taylor, daniel fleres, matt linares, sket one, robots will kill, mecro, mat curran, all doing incredible things. 

ArtSee: Do personal experiences drive these pieces?

NOIR: To an extent yes.  But for the most part no.  i’ve had a couple bad breakups and you’ll see that in some of my work.  I paint skulls instead of heads on the girls to signify that they are dead to me.  Although I still think about my exes quite a bit (awwwwww gag). 

ArtSee: Tell me something about the inception for your book Label 228: A Street Art Project.

NOIR: I would go to the book store and read books like “wall and piece” and “graffiti art” and other books with the street art theme.  I always saw recreated priority mail stickers on stop signs and on walls and I realized that there were no books on the labels themselves.  So I started a myspace in 2006 collecting artwork on priority mail labels to get underground artists known.  Word spread pretty quickly and the book was published within 2 and a half years.

ArtSee: Where do you want to move forward with the next installment? Or is this a secret?

NOIR: I have started collecting labels for the second book.  I don’t have a publisher but I have sent out about 25 emails to potential publishers.  Artists that missed out on the first book are excited for the second installment.  And this book will be 20 times better than the first one so keep an eye out for that.

ArtSee: What artists’ work in the book do you feel resonate with you the most?

NOIR: I love all of them to be honest.  Everybody has a particular style they relate to and there are about 100 artists in the book that speak to me. 

ArtSee: Any future plans for exhibiting your work or projects you’re particularly excited about?

NOIR: At this point, i’m trying to get as many shows as I can.  The more shows I have, the harder it is for me to sleep all day.  So if there are any gallery owners reading this…wink wink.

ArtSee: What makes you want to punch and/or hug something?

NOIR: I love this question.  Ummmmmmmm. On 9/11, I wanted to punch every person chanting USA and waving their oversized american flags made in the great country of…china.  But then again, I watched a documentary about the boats that came to rescue people on 9/11 and I was so touched by it. 

Label 228: A Street Art Project

Bringing the Art in DC to You,


Kendall E. Willey