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2014 SwatchRoom Salon Emerging Artist: PJ Burns

Patrick James "PJ" Burns is probably best know for his American flag mixed media pieces that incorporate newspaper, acrylic paint and polymer resin. the materials Burns uses evokes a textured worn quality to his pieces.

Where Burns is most innovative is in is his creation of the pseudo new art category that he deems "antique pop." Antique pop is the perfect name  for these unique works that take our perceived notion of bright happy pop art prints, such as those by Andy Warhol, and turn them on their head to show the gritty side of popular culture. 

Burns shared that his favorite place to experience art was on the street and this directly corresponds to his linecut prints that are almost graffiti like in nature. This interest in  the colorful and unexpected may have influenced Burns to get his beloved Chameleon, Chameleo Estevez, who is the most valuable item in Burns' studio.

Reflecting on his muse Burns said. "he changes color a lot and is always hanging around with an interesting look on his face. Sometimes its nice to just sit around and watch him for awhile. It helps clear my head and relax." 

At ArtSee we like to examine how artists feel about collecting the work of others and thoughts and feelings on selling their own work. For Burns, the form of art collection he most enjoys is when he gets to trade his work with other artists. In congruence with this discussion, Burns had some succinct and pretty awesome advice to dole out to new artists:

Grind and hustle. No one is gonna help you so its up to you make it happen. Grind and hustle. 

Burns is looking forward to meeting other artists at the Salon Party and (of course) enjoying some wine. 

Explore the world of antique pop at www.pjbworks.com.

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 

November 15: Weekend Roundup

Before we officially start winding down the year and get into the holiday season, we have one exciting ArtSee weekend coming up! Here are a few things to keep you busy this weekend while the weather stays chilly...


Transformer 10th Annual Auction and Benefit Party

As we already mentioned, and chose our favorites for, Transformer will kick off our weekend with their annual auction party that fundraises for the small but mighty P Street gallery. With 200 artists bringing their best, brightest and most original pieces, it is an amazing opportunity to meet new collectors, artists and other arts enthusiasts. And a great excuse to look fancy and party on a Friday night! For more information and tickets click here


MOVING ART: A Talk with George Hemphill It's hard to ignore the impact that George Hemphill and the artists he represents have had on the Washington DC art community. But how did he get to this point? On Saturday, November 16 at 10 AM, George Hemphill will share his perspective and journey of what it takes to be an art dealer. Don't miss it! Click here for more information.  

PJ Burns at The Dunes A good friend to ArtSee and a very talented emerging artist, Patrick "PJ" Burns will open his solo show at The Dunes for one night one. On Saturday from 5-8 pm, don't miss the chance to see home of his latest work (featured image above). He is a mixed media artist that creates work in a true pop art fashion with subjects that can be anything from abstract, to literal to almost comical. For more information visit his website here

CURIO at Heiner Contemporary To round out a successful 2013, Heiner will open their last show of the year CURIO, a group show featuring Christine Gray, Sue Johnson, Caitlin Teal Price, Olivia Rodriguez, Esther Ruiz and Julie Wolfe. Exploring and twisting the 16th and 17th century cabinets of curiosity, the exhibition explores why certain things are collected. Each artist will explore a different collection from a different perspective. To see what they put in the "cabinet", don't miss the opening Saturday from 6-8 pm, click here for more information.  

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