art exhibition

The Confidence Booster

Dates: July 1 – Sunday, July 28, 2013 Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge, 10 I (eye) Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Strut down the red carpet of the current hothouse installation organized by WPA at the Capital Skyline Hotel, and you’ll find yourself a participant of The Confidence Booster. A series of twelve rectangular mirrors, as designed by Angelo Tirambulo, impose lyrics from popular rap songs onto the reflection of the viewer. A recent design and photography graduate of MICA, Tirambulo focuses his interests in good music, decadent food, and trending topics in popular culture. Typographically appealing from the text-on-mirror design, the confidence emanating from the catchy pop-culture verses encourages the viewer to look in the mirror when read through the lines. This participation challenges the impacts of societal influences on issues of self image and the qualities valued by consumerism. The exhibition layers the spectacle of pop culture with Tirambulo’s affinity for graphics and keenness for public interest.

If you aren’t taken with the vanity the experience cultivates, you can be sure you’ll start singing along to the recognizable lyrics by featured artists Chris Brown, Drake, Nelly and other familiar names with the full songs pumping in the background of the show. Look into the mirrors and assimilate the verse or check for things between your teeth, either way, the confidence booster should leave you on a positive note. Extending across the Skyline’s lounge wall, a pattern of black and white circles and hendecagrams (that’s an eleven-sided star) continues the confident boosting phrases. The wallpaper of “The Confidence Booster “ patterns superficial phrases like “I Am Hot Stuff” and “Take my picture” which satirically compliments the quotes on the mirrors. The instillation of red carpet, neutral wallpaper backdrop, and shiny surfaces serves as a picture perfect spot to “strike a pose” and let your inner star shine.


Don’t forget to #theconfidencebooster of your confidence bearing photo completing the cycle of the spectacle.


Bringing the art in DC to you,

Megan Patrylak 

Last Chance: Garth Fry at Hillyer Art Space

Garth Fry pushes the limit in his solo show at Hillyer Art Space by taking his delicate technique of coiled paper to the next level with both large and small scale exhibitions. Fry revisits this technique with an emphasis on the viewing experience, focusing on the ethereal, delicate properties of paper coils.

His solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, which closes this Friday March 29th, showcases his push to enhance his work by reexamining the coiled paper technique and by creating works that can be viewed independently while providing an impactful viewing experience for the viewer.

Garth Fry 2

ArtSee had a chance to sit down and chat with our friend Garth to discuss his exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, what it’s like to be an artist, and just what it takes to be the upbeat and positive Garth Fry we know and love.

 ArtSee: What's the last show that you saw (not yours) that inspired you?

Garth Fry: The Ai Weiwei exhibit, "According To What" at the Hirshhorn Museum. Biggest take away there for me was his craftsmanship displayed in China Log. Ai built logs from dismantled Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) temple posts. He then carved an opening through the center of the log that displays the shape of China. The materials used in the log creation reference China's past, while his carving techniques become symbolic of the counties future. Ai designs mystery in a simple yet complex manner with this piece; elements that I enjoy and try to incorporate in my own work.  


AS: Where is your favorite place to see art?

GF: I really enjoy the Hirshhorn Museum and keeping up with a few DC galleries like Hillyer Art Space, The Fridge, and RandScottProjects.


AS: What inspired the body of work in your exhibition “A Deeper Look Inside” on display now at Hillyer Art Space?

GF: The images I created with coils have been inspired by events that have happened throughout my life; from affairs as simple as everyday occurrences to monumentally life changing circumstances. Even the origin of the coiling process developed during a routine life event. I noticed large sheet of torn paper beginning to roll into itself while moving my studio from Arlington, VA to Richmond, VA. The simple paper rolling phenomena transformed into a regular studio practice while living in Richmond because I had little room and no funds to support my regular Printmaking habit. I began making images inspired by trivial situations and my daily surroundings. Most recently, in this show specifically, I've tried to push myself to expand within the paper coil theme and create works that could stand alone without being framed.

 Garth Fry

AS: What do you think has changed in your art career and your work since the beginning of your career?

GF: As an artist I've learned to follow my gut and intuition.  Early on in my career I leaned heavily on traditional means of expression, from materials used to the process of creation.  Overtime, I've been able to build on those conventional artistic practices to create new techniques with different forms of articulation.


AS: Who is your favorite artist dead/alive and why?

GF: Damien Hirst, for his ability to create works that feed on peoples fears and emotion so decoratively. 


AS: If you weren’t creating art what would you be doing? 

GF: Surfing


AS: What is you favorite food?

GF: I love a good burrito, but I'm not a picky eater and enjoy foods of all types.


Thanks so much for chatting with us, Garth! Be sure to catch his show “A Deeper Look Inside” before it closes THIS Friday at Hillyer Art Space. Also, you can check out more of his work on his website:


A Deeper Look Inside is open until March 29th, 2013 at Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Court, NW in Dupont Circle. Hillyer Art Space is open 12-6 Tuesday – Friday & 12-5 Monday’s and Saturday’s. 

Brian Petro Exhibits Latest Work at Vastu

Among the hustle and bustle of 14th Street’s trendiest bars and restaurants lies an art studio home to one of D.C.’s most beloved artists, Brian Petro.

This small workspace, lined with brick and exposed beams, is packed with works of art Petro has created over the decades.

Working as professional artist for years, Petro spent much of his time bouncing between New York and Washington, exhibiting at galleries and working on commissions from clients like Absolut Vodka, Ritz-Carlton Hotels and the Library of Congress.

But a few years ago, Petro decided to stay-put with a permanent studio space in the District, directly below the 14th Street contemporary home furnishing store, Vastu.


(Photo credit: Brain Petro)

At Vastu, Petro works as a kind-of “resident artist and curator,” exhibiting his own art on the walls and also contracting other artists to display their work in the store.

Currently, some of Petro’s latest artwork adorns the expansive space at Vastu, including pieces from Supermarket Series and Roman Series. And while both are drastically different in look and media used, the two series have one thing in common: the artwork is influenced by different periods of time in Petro’s life.  

The colorful and vibrant pieces in Supermarket Series pay homage to Petro’s time spent working in the produce department at a grocery store in central Pennsylvania.

“I really loved the physical labor of working in this huge produce department, and I didn’t realize what was happening until years later, but I’d go in early in the morning and pack this huge department full of colors and textures and shapes and smells, and when I’d get done, I’d sit back and have such a gratifying feeling to see all of this wonderful and beautiful stuff and realize that it’s really putting up an art installation every morning.”

Supermarket Series embodies more than Petro’s time spent in Pennsylvania; the series is also inspired by old grocery and bodega signs that Petro found while dumpster diving for found-art in Manhattan – A city he loves and describes as gritty, yet bright and energetic.

(Photo credit: Brian Petro)

Similarly, the more somber pieces in Roman Series were inspired from another period of time in Petro’s life. When he was 22, Petro took his first trip to Europe and spent some time in Rome and other cities throughout Italy.

“I was just floored by Italy,” said Petro, who attempts capture the complexity of Roman society with simple, stoic gazes of ancient statues and ruins.

For the pieces in Roman Series, Petro uses a difficult and tedious process that makes each piece of work unique – a process Petro refers to as “photographic thermal transfer.”

“What I do is I shoot on real film, develop and enlarge that and then print that with a four-color press onto paper, a chemical release agent and plastic,” explained Petro. “Then when I heat that, it melts the plastic into the toners and the ink and then I can press it and it will leach it off onto another surface. And in this case, the other surface is 140-pound archival paper.” 

Petro’s work will be displayed in Vastu through July 16. Additionally, Petro will open his studio to the public this weekend for the Mid City Artists Open Studio tours. Petro will be on-hand to show his work and answer questions from visitors from 11am until 6:30pm on Saturday and noon until 4:30pm on Sunday.

Interested persons can also schedule a free personal tour of Brian’s studio until July 16 by phoning the artist directly at (202) 270-7352. For more information, visit




Exhibition Begins in March in DC’s Historic Logan Circle



Washington DC - This March, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty will open the doors of its newest office on 14th St NW to feature a local DC artist, Joel D’Orazio.  ArtSee, a local company devoted to promoting art and artists, assisted TTRSIR in selecting D’Orazio for the show.

The show, which opens on Friday, March 9, 2012, will hang on the walls of the Sotheby’s office for six weeks ending on April 14. 2012.  In addition to Joel D’Orazio’s vibrant works on panel, the reception will feature several of his sculptural pieces.  

The Sotheby’s brand has a long-standing relationship with the art world and with this initiative the Sotheby’s branch only hopes to broaden its ties to the local art scene.  As an avid supporter of the DC art scene, TTRSIR most recently sponsored the Corcoran’s NOW at Night this past fall.  They hope that this featured artist initiative will only strengthen that connection and provide new opportunities for local artists.

WHAT:            TTR Sotheby’s Artist of the Month Reception

WHEN:            Friday, March 9, 2012

TIME:              5 - 8 p.m.

WHERE:         1506 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20005

The featured artist, Joel D’Orazio, after working with architecture for 25 years made the switch to creating paintings on panel and mixed media sculptures.  Each work, void of any clear symbols or meaning, has a life of its’ own.  D’Orazio’s “work begins as an adventure and its identity becomes as valid and important as the next, with the medium playing a most important role in the discovery of solutions”.

ArtSee specializes in working with local artists to increase their exposure and reach their community in new ways.  Since its launch in July 2011, ArtSee aims to provide a forum for artists and those who appreciate art to discover news and events in the art world, exchange art, and to promote art using their services and expertise.



 For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview, please contact Elizabeth Grazioli at