SwatchRoom Salon Party

SWATCHROOM SALON 2014 LINE UP!!

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: SwatchRoomsalon2014.eventbrite.com

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 

2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: Fabiano Amin

Brazilian artist Fabiano Amin gave  ArtSee a rich interview filled with lots of insight into the mind of an artist. Amin creates very layered, colorful, textured works, inspired by movement found in water, dance and music.  

The last show that Amin visited that inspired him was here in DC at the Phillips Collection. "Repetitions" by Van Gogh excited Amin because the viewer is given the chance to see the same object evolve and develop over a series of paintings. When not visiting galleries in DC, Amin loves to see art in New York City both in and out of art galleries. Amin emphasized that observing what was new around the city itself and seeing the fast paced movement on the streets of NYC makes his "head spin" with new ideas and visions.  

Transitioning to Amin's work process and studio life, Amin shared that the most invaluable item in his studio is his work table. At this point in his career, his work table has been so splashed and splattered with paint that it is beginning to turn into a unique piece of art. Amin's favorite color is blue, and this is pretty evident in his body of work.

Why blue? Fabian says, "I'm Brazilian... I love to 'play' with blues, all the shades of blue, I think  unconsciously it takes me back to Brasil, to the beach scene where I grew up". After learning that one of Amin's preferred colors to work with was blue it was not surprising to learn  that his favorite artist is Pablo Picasso. Amin is all about duality so he not only appreciates Picasso's work but also the style in which Picasso lived his life.

Amin succinctly summed up that he loves Picasso because he never stopped creating and his work is complex and a bit controversial. Amin also pointed out that Picasso was very successful in his field, continuing the theme that hard work and dedication will yield great results. 

Amin is ecstatic about the upcoming Salon Party and told us  "I like any place/event that is related with art! More art out, more views , more involved. Great art and a good cause together is even better! Project Soar is an mazing cause I like the idea to have more - organized alternative spaces for art in DC!" 

Take a peek out at Fabiano Amin's work here.

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Mica Hartman

2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: Dominique Fierro

To get everyone revved up for ArtSee's latest collaboration with Hierarchy and SwatchRoom, we conducted a series of interviews with some of our favorite, participating local artists.

Artists chatted about what they're most looking forward to at the Salon Party, who inspires them, and all sorts of other insider tips on how they unwind, great spots in DC and so on.

The first artist we spoke with is Dominique Fierro, a photographer and designer. Fierros has a wide range of work, extending from high fashion photo shoots to fine art photography.

ArtSee: Since you've been at it for a while, do you have any words of wisdom for new artists?
Dominique Fierro:  Keep at it, nothing that’s worth it will come easily and you have to have a tough skin. It is critical in art no matter what you are doing to have patience and perseverance, the perfect shot can occur by pure accident or through painstaking time and preparation.

A.S: What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon when you're not working?
D.F: I love to go for brunch with my husband and tromp through the woods with him and my furry four legged son.  

A.S.: What're you most excited for at the Salon Party??
D.F: To see all the other talented artists around DC.  

Dominique's will be showing on Friday night at Hierarchy from 7pm-12am. To preview Dominque Fierro's work, visit her site 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