Saturday, May 26, 2012

Seeking Screenprinting @ Artomatic

A close look reveals Megan Maher's screenprinted gestures in "Roller"

Artomatic, dubbed "DC's Biggest Creative Event" can intimidate even the sturdiest art lover. With over 1,000 exhibitors, the 11-floor mega museum requires at least two visits to take it all in. A catalog query of screenprinting turned up only three artists, but many do not list our cherished medium, as for some (including this blogger) screenprinting is merely a means to an end. 

Seeking screenprinting: on the 11th floor, Pyramid's own Lynette Spencer and Screenprint Associate Marty Ittner. Lynette's Severe REM is a layered dance of color and drawing, while Marty's Lake infuses cut-up scraps of screenprints in to her encaustic collage. On the 4th floor, color scribbles, wax resist and screenprinting mingle in Megan Maher's buoyant Roller and Mist. The always irreverent and inventive Dave Peterson screenprints on distressed and painted reclaimed wood, and yes, tee shirts. Find Branddave on the 9th floor. While on that floor, check out David Barr who lists his work as paintings, but the Warhol screenprinting influence is undeniable. Look closely...what do you think?

Our visits uncovered these fabulous examples, but more screenprinting lurks in the immense exhibition, surely! Found more at Artomatic? Send us a note and we'll run a followup feature.

May 18 - June 23rd 2012
1851 S. Bell Street
Crystal City, VA
Metro: Crystal City (blue line)

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am
  • Sundays: noon – 5 pm
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Send us your screenprint finds with artist name and floor location.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pyramid's Party

All hands were on deck at Pyramid's April 14th birthday celebration. Digital Associate Franc Rosario enlisted his daughter's help with the balloons; Executive Director Jose Dominguez struck a familiar cellphone pose with his son Owen (who is a reliable customer at the screenprint table). Cara Hunt broke out her personal supply of transparent base and Becca Katz and Deborah Dixon manned the stations of our 2-color paper bag printing demo. Thanks to Deborah and Yvonne Reyes for volunteering at the screenprint station.