Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kung Foox Collective Cellphone Camera Competition

The Kung Foox Collective proudly presents the First Annual Cellphone Camera Competition open to anyone and everyone with a cellphone camera. All you have to do is enter here:

Or email your images to

Prizes include cash, subscriptions to magazines and of course artwork. Pictured here is an original painting by an unknown artist from New Zealand. First Prize is a Surprise! and the rest is history. Deadlines for entry are end of September BUT you can enter as many images as you want - so get started now!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Check out this month new Art Whino Artist JAMES WALKER time lapse slide show

FLIK interactive – An Interactive Art Exhibition by Art Outlet and Art Whino - CALL TO ARTISTS

FLIK interactive – An Interactive Art Exhibition by Art Outlet and Art Whino

Logo for FLIK interactive

FLIK interactive is a coinciding exhibition with FLIK 2008, Art Outlet’s annual showcase of exceptional digital moviemaking.

Computers, virtual worlds, online social networking, and cell phones have transformed how humans hook up and how they view the world. There are no restrictions with regard to technique, but project submissions to FLIKinteractive must use or reflect on one or more of the above technologies and forms of computer mediated social interaction.

Register HERE .

Call-Out PDF Print E-mail

Deadline For Submission: Friday, June 27, 2008
Notification by E-mail and Website: Wednesday, July 1, 2008

Delivery of Accepted Art: Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 (noon – 6:00pm)
VIP Day: Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm
Screenings & Artist Reception: Saturday, July 26, 6:00 pm (Awards will be announced on Saturday)

Last Day of Exhibit: Friday, August 29
Pick-Up of Artwork: Saturday, August 30 (noon – 6:00pm)

Fee: $35, payable to Art Outlet
Location: Art Whino @ National Harbor, 173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

Jurors: Andrea Collins, Shane Pomajambo, Marina Starkova
Awards: TBD

Register HERE .

FAQs PDF Print E-mail

Q. How do I enter?
A. Read and agree to the terms of submission. Fill out the online registration form.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. $35.00 payable to Art Outlet. The fee is non-refundable. We use PayPal. You do not have to be a PayPal member to pay us. Simply use your credit card. The application is only valid, once you paid your fee.

Q. Where is Art Whino?
Art Whino gallery is located at 173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745. You can see photos of the space here .

Our Jurors PDF Print E-mail

For FLIK interactive, we are proud to announce Andrea Collins, Shane Pomajambo, Marina Starkova as our jurors.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

FLIK 2008 Call-Out for Animated and Experimental Movies

Deadline For Submission: June 15, 2008
US $10
Art Whino @ National Harbor, MD (Greater Washington, DC area)
Grand Prize: $1,000

What We Are Looking For:
We are considering short experimental or animated movie submissions of 20 minutes or less. We are seeking narrative, artistic, humorous, dramatic, documentary, experimental, ambient, motion painting (loops) — works of all genres, formats and styles.
We have a special interest this year in works that combine and/or contrast both modern and traditional technology and technique. Interpret that as you will…

For more information or to submit your movie, visit the Website:
Or contact: | ph: 202-460-9100

Callout for NEWS & Politics

In the News… sort of…

Ever want to make the news? No, literally - MAKE the NEWS. The FLIK International Movie Festival is seeking 1-2 minute old style NewsReels to be premiered at our 3 day event, July 25th-27th, at the new National Harbor in the greater D.C. area.

The NewsReels can be based on fact, fiction, past, present, future, serious, or completely absurd.

Grand Prize: $250

How to Submit: Create your video, upload it to a web server, or YouTube it. Email the link with your contact information to:

There is no entry fee. If you are chosen, we will contact you for a higher quality version of your commercial and any additional information.

For more info about the FLIK Festival, visit:

Or contact: | ph# 202-460-9100

Wanna be President?..

The FLIK International Movie Festival wants YOU. We are currently seeking Personal Presidential Campaign Commercials between 30-60 seconds. Create a platform, express yourself, and get into the running… The best of the bunch will be shown at our 3 day festival, July 25th-27th, at the Art Whino Gallery at the new National Harbor in the greater D.C. area.

Grand Prize: $250

How to Submit: Create your video, upload it to a web server, or YouTube it. Email the link with your personal campaign message and contact information to:

There is no entry fee. If you are chosen, we will contact you for a higher quality version of your commercial.

For more info about the FLIK Festival, visit:

Or contact: | ph# 202-460-9100

This contest will be curated by the Emmy Award winning staff at


Grand Prize: $250

In partnership with the Peabody award winning public media site, we are seeking both artists and everyday people to create a story form audio visual representation of their identity in 5 minutes or less.

Selections will be featured at the FLIK International Movie Festival, July 25th-27th, at the Art Whino Gallery at the new National Harbor in the greater D.C. area.

The story can be a memory, a vignette from life, an interesting dream that affected you, an experience of moving to a new culture and how it made you feel, a story your mother once told you, an event that changed your notion of identity – or made you realize something about yourself, a ponderance of a certain theme in your life…

All stories must be non-fiction and be accompanied by a moving visual representation to accompany it. The visual can literally reflect the story, or compliment it – your choice. Examples of visuals are: photo slideshows, cut up old films and videos, animation, footage of locations or relative imagery, or even a series of hand drawings. Whatever is appropriate to the story being told…

_SELF is an ongoing program that will continue beyond the FLIK Festival itself and is intended to encourage storytelling, diversity, self reflection, oral histories, and the sharing of experience. All selections will be featured at both FLIK Festival and the FLIK Festival Website following the event. The most resonant presentations will be featured permanently on the Transom Website, a showcase and workshop for new media artists and possibly featured on Transom’s nationally syndicated radio show.

How to Submit: Create your video, upload it to a web server, or YouTube it. Email the link with your personal contact information to:

There is no entry fee. If you are chosen, we will contact you for a higher quality version of your commercial and any additional information.

This contest will be co-curated by the Peabody Award winning staff at

For more info about the FLIK Festival, visit:

Or contact: | ph# 202-460-9100

We Don't Sleep Well Opening May 30th

An exhibition featuring the thoughtful and expressive art of California artist Mary Spring, and also introducing four new artists to the Art Whino collaboration: Graham Franciose, Michael Crockett, James Walker, and Steven James Daily.

The opening reception is May 30th, from 6pm – Midnight. The event is FREE and open to the public. Live music and cash bar.

Eighteen Street Lounge DJ Tom B will be on the turntables.

The exhibition will run through June 15th.

For directions please visit . National harbor is also accessible by water taxi. Please visit for more info and schedules.

Mary Spring

Mary Spring’s figures are at once both self portraits of the present and projections of internal hope for the future. Each representation depicts the panoptic range of mental, emotional and physical conditions experienced in a mere snapshot of time, enabling the observer to merge silently into the psyche of the artist.

From ultimate pleasure to unbearable sadness, each expression communicates the profound casualties of insight. The integration of medium and mechanics with design and spirit, lead to the paradoxical enlightenment and anguish portrayed at the moment each stroke is applied.

Self-realization emerges from the artist as the feminine heart, the kinesthetic demands of performance and dedication, and the consequential strength are unveiled in each expression. Pain synthesized into passion. Time united with eternity.

Graham Franciose

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a very artistic and creative family; my mom went to art school and my dad is a jeweler, and therefore I credit my parents with my decision to pursue art as a career. When I was in college getting my BFA in illustration I was trained in photo-realism. However, after noticing that everyone's work looked very similar I decided to veer off and find a style of my own. Growing up skateboarding, I was always influenced by "low-brow" and "street" artists who really inspired me to do something different.

When I start a piece I generally have no idea what I am going to do. I just start with a freshly gessoed piece of wood and start drawing. I no longer use preliminary sketches. As I go, the lines I make dictate what I will do next. A certain shape of a face or expression will make me decide what to do with the body and eventually what the context will be. It is a very organic and spontaneous experience where the art kind of creates itself. When I am happy with the drawing I finish it off with oil and ink. I am not really sure where the ideas come from, I guess a mix of things I have seen, music I have heard, things I have felt, all homogenized in my brain and eventually realized in a different form. I don't really want to pin down the ideas I have, I like the mystery of it all. I am always somewhat surprised with a finished piece because I don't start with any preconceived final image.

Michael Crockett

I am a painter of the human experience. What do I mean by this? I’m referring to the way I use the human element as a mode to explore and compliment its relationship to nature and life in general. My paintings must have a connection to life. They are interpretations of my passion for it.

The figure has always been the model for this idea from the beginning. The human form, without words, will react to it’s surroundings; physically interpreting its emotions. I can see in this gesture how our body’s have the ability to speak. I want to capture this language in my work.

I make many suggestions in my paintings that relate plants to humans. I see this more and more as I create work using floral designed paper. A certain flower or vine can also tell a story based on it’s appearance. When I mix these two subjects together they compliment each other in a way that delicately unites the personality of the figure with it’s mood. I am learning how to match the look of a flower in all of its varieties with the emotion I want to capture. I’m understanding the contrast in qualities that one plant form has to another. The marriage of a small, dainty petal with the eyes of a pale skinned female or the sharpness and uncomfortable edge of crabgrass with the sunken cheeks of a distressed figure. These possibilities feel endless to me. The relationship our forms have to the natural world is beginning to become one in my work.
Stand away from this new work and see the portrait for whom it is representing. Get very close to the portrait to see the layers of life hiding under its surface. I plant this idea into my work and will continue to help it grow. Please enjoy the show.

James Walker

…..I never made a conscious decision to become an artist, it’s something I’ve always done for as long as I can remember. I take pictures and draw and paint and collage debris and objects as intuitively as possible and I’ve never specialized in anything except making the best art that I can. Real artists don’t have a choice about making art, it’s simply a matter of satisfying an insatiable urgency to create…..

…..I grew up along the east coast, and a little bit in England. I’ve spent a lot of time moving around, and still do; a good change of scenery is always refreshing. I began my academic career in the arts at The Corcoran College of Art where I received my BFA. I then attended The Savannah College of Art and Design for my MFA and I’ve been enjoying a career as a teacher and freelance photographer for the past four years as well as exhibiting my work regularly, winning awards, and lecturing; here and there. Currently I reside in Northern Virginia and when I’m not making art I’m skating or hanging out with Brenna, my Border Collie..

… background is in photojournalism and I take a documentary approach to everything I do with my art. I’ve always felt that my most successful work are pieces that develop as a natural extension of existing. Conceptually my work comes from a frantic need to dissect the simulacra of the present moment and to be enveloped as completely as possible in every second of every day…..any reoccurring themes are simply a byproduct of this artistic process…..

Steven James Daily

Born in Riverside California in 1973, Steven Daily did a considerable amount of moving, between California and the American Mid-west, during his formative years. It was during these years that his passion for art was sparked and began to flourish like wildfire! Living in small towns, he saw a lot of unlikely an interesting things. Fully furnished , abandoned houses in the middle of the woods, Flea markets, antique stores, old distressed buildings, war propaganda, religious figures, southern pride, fishing, hunting, and taxidermy.

These things had a huge impact on Steven’s life, and has become the subject matter, of his work. After graduating from Bolsa Grande High School, he attended Riverside Community College, and later transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Propelled by the advice of a former professor, and a meeting with a Disney executive, Steven concluded that the time had come to become serious about his career as an artist.

Today, Steven’s work is extremely stylized, and his paintings are emotionally evocative. He has shown in numerous galleries nationwide. He has created a sizeable body of work. Mr. Daily is extremely busy these days, working on several exciting new projects, so you can expect to see much more from him in the immediate future.

DJ Tom B

Thomas Blondet (aka Tom B) is a Washington DC DJ regarded highly for his impeccable taste and understanding of music. Revered locally and nationally as much for his technical ability as he is for his experience behind the decks, Tom B has for the past 15 years held residencies in several influential DC dance clubs, notably the legendary Club Red. He is currently at the Eighteenth Street Lounge and Club Five on Fridays and Saturdays respectively. Starting at age 14, inspired by the early sounds of Mr Fingers and Masters At Work, Tom developed an informed musical palette. He went on to the natural progression of music production after solidifying his roots on dance floors along the East Coast. In the studio, Tom's House and Latin music influences come to the forefront with releases on Odds and Ends and Rhythm & Culture Recordings, to name a few. With remix credits for such artists as Vivian Green on Sony Music and Marlon D on Jellybean Recordings, Tom B is concentrating on building and expanding his catalogue and pursuing his passion for deejaying. With more tracks ready for release in addition to critical acclaim, Thomas Blondet has truly come into his own.

Art Whino's TMNK has Whoopi Goldberg as a fan

So You Like My Art? Whoopi!

So, I was stoked, gassed, feeling myself when Whoopi Goldberg purchased two of my paintings last year. But, when she (along with her granddaughters) paid a return visit to my street gallery yesterday I was a bit stunned. Stunned? Yeah, stunned that not only did she remember me, she remembered my son, who she had also purchased a drawing from. WOW.
Her and her granddaughter fell in love with a collaborative painting created by Gus Fink and myself. She asked me to put it aside, but never made it back to the table to pick it up. Which is okay. She more than made up for it by the time she spent with me and my work (almost half hour), and we even talked privately about my desire/commitment to bring opportunities to inner-city youth.
Whoopi, you like my art? Well guess what NOBODY LIKES YOU, alot! Thanks so much for supporting my creativity.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Concrete Alchemy Comes To Art Whino May 22 & 23rd

Concrete Alchemy is a tour of 15 visual artists visiting five major urban centers on the East Coast. It is the first tour that creatively combines gallery shows, public panel discussions and numerous murals to present the artists’ unique approach to public arts.

Friday, May 16th, 2008 - New York, NY
The Concrete Alchemy artists will paint a large wall in DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The address of the wall is 55 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. The size of this large mural is 15'H x 50'W. The artists will demonstrate their work on this wall from May 14th to May 16th through live painting sessions. The detailed schedule will be available on the tour's website:

The tour will officially open on May 16th, 2008 with celebration held from 8pm to midnight in TenEleven located on 171 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 with the exhibition of their work on canvases.

The artwork on canvases will be collaboratively produced shortly before the tour by all participating artists. They are not only muralists but also fine artists whose work has been exhibited in galleries and is part of many collections. The audience will have the opportunity to purchase these canvases together with the tour's t-shirts and other souvenirs.

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 - Princeton, NJ
The second stop of the tour will be in Princeton, NJ. In collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton, the artists will discuss their work and public art in general at the public forum. It will be held on May 17th at 7pm at the Arts Council of Princeton temporary center located on 301 N Harrison Street, Space 23B, Princeton, NJ 08540. In addition, their art will be also presented through live painting of a mural on the main street in downtown Princeton, NJ. The address is 100 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. The size of this mural is 12'H x 60'W.

Monday, May 19th, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
In Philadelphia, the tour will stop at the Dream Like Reality Gallery located on 52 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 on Monday, May 19th, 2008. The exhibit opening party will be from 4pm to 9pm and will include live painting of a large collaborative mural outside of the gallery. The exhibit will remain open till June 8th, 2008.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - Washington, DC
On Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 they will stop at the Benning Park Community Center located on 53rd SE and Fitch St. SE, Washington, DC. They partner with Words, Beats and Life, a local non-profit cultural and educational organization that empowers the local youth with skills necessary for following their dreams. They will present their work by live painting of a large mural on the side of the Community Center and speak to the audience about their path to becoming successful artists. They will be available to meet between noon and 8pm. The size of the mural is 24’H x 65’W.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008National Harbor, MD / Washington, DC
The art of Concrete Alchemy will be presented through slideshow of photographs of Ricardo Barros and public panel discussion. The event will start at 7 pm.

After 10 pm, the artists will be presenting their work in Cue Bar on 1115 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009. This live demonstration of the artistic process will include customizing of hats and sneakers. The party is organized in collaboration with SolSource.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008National Harbor, MD
The tour will officially end with a gallery exhibit opening at Art Whino on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 6 pm to midnight. The audience will have chance to view artists’ recently finished canvases and a slideshow of photographs from the previous days of the tour.

These artists, who are major driving force in the contemporary urban arts, were carefully selected. Their work dictates the direction of future developments in mural art, graffiti and street art. It is not only for their technical perfection of painting with aerosol but also for their unique artistic approach to murals and public art.

They possess the unique secrets of alchemists who transform one element into another. Under their touch, sterile concrete explodes, and a fresh, new organic nature sprouts through the cracks. As it develops into a dynamic and colorful forest, it presents us - the inhabitants - with new, pure life.

Cern, Brooklyn, NY, Chor Boogie, San Francisco, CA, Col, New York, NY, Crol, San Diego, CA, Demer, Newark, NJ, Eric Kennedy, Philadelphia, PA, Kasso, Trenton, NJ, Mike Ciccotello, Highland Park, NJ, Mr. Maxx Moses, San Diego, CA, Plan, Philadelphia, PA, Rain, Trenton, NJ, Ricardo Barros, Morrisville, PA, Veng, New York, NY, Vyal, Los Angeles, CA, Werc, Los Angeles, CA

The interviews with all artists and examples of their work can be found on the tour’s website