A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.


Winter surfing on Lake Superior

T. C. Worley for The New York Times

If you saw Step Into Liquid, then you know there is a pretty dedicated surfing scene around Lake Superior. And they don't stop just because the temperatures dip below 0 degrees! More here.


Arty stuff this week...

John Babineau of Arlington, Virginia & Cécile Bethléem of Remis, France
Crossing Glances: Regards Croises
January 23 - March 28

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 22
6 - 9pm

@ Ellipse Art Center
4350 Fairfax Drive, Fairfax

Sherry Brukbacher

Sherry Brukbacher
The Space Between

Opening reception:
Friday, January 23
6 - 9pm

@ Caramel
1603 U Street NW

Betsy Stewart

Inauguration Week Art Appetizers
Friday, January 23
6:30 PM

RSVP to info@mpaart.com
$20 door charge

@ McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean

with Mark Verbos, Ian Funk, Dan M. and Yoko K.

Friday, January 23
9pm - 3am

@ Gallery
1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring

Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
January 24 - March 8

Preview performances:
Saturday, January 24
12:30 & 3:30 pm
to purchase tickets, visit www.ImaginationStage.org
or call (301) 280-1660

@ Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda

Mary Lee Bendolph, Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Bennett
Gee's Bend: Quilts and Prints
January 17 - February 21

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
5 - 7pm

Artists' talk:
Saturday, January 24

Please RSVP, seating is limited to the first 50 people:
(202) 338-5180

@ Addison/Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Ave NW

Etsuko Ichikawa

Etsuko Ichikawa
January 17 - February 14
Opening reception:

Saturday, January 24
6 - 8pm

@ Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW

Akemi Maegawa, 2008 Daruma, porcelain

Kwaku Alston, Gary Baseman, Lori Field, Susan Jamison, Kahn & Selesnick, Akemi Maegawa, Shawne Major, Jiha Moon, Phil Nesmith, Izel Vargas, Zack Wirsum
Aspect:Ratio 2
January 24 - February 18

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 8pm

@ Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW

Lisa Marie Thalhammer + Decoy

Exhibition opening:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 9pm

@ Hounshell Real Estate
1506 14th Street NW

Marina V

Celebrate Russian Music, Culture and Art!
with special performance by Marina V

Saturday, January 24
7 - 11pm

@ Russian Cultural Center
1825 Phelps Place NW

Bryan Collins

Bryan Collins
Proof of Faith

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 24
6pm - midnight

@ Art Whino Gallery
173 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD


DECOY bombs Marvin

Sooooooooo awesome! On the side of Marvin at 14th and U, from left to right: Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and our very own DECOY. You can see work by all these artists at Manifest Hope:DC (3333 M Street, NW) through Wednesday.


A Shepard Fairey weekend

Manifest Hope opened this weekend and you should seriously get over there (3333 M Street NW) to take a look. You can see work by some of DC's best artists like DECOY alongside arty legends like Ron English. See above super cute picture of these two at the Manifest Hope opening party.

If you go to Manifest Hope, then you will also get to see Lisa Marie Thalhammer's awesome portrait of Michelle Obama, the only one in the show.

The whole show has a palpable excitement about it. As Kelly Rand reports from DCist:
Reflecting on the happenings over the past year, Fairey said, "No one could have quantified the role that art plays. It makes you believe that the world can be a better place." Being surrounded by the numerous images that reflect hope and a positive attitude, his words are easy to believe.

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled the latest addition to its collection yesterday morning: Shepard Fairey's iconic image of Barack Obama. The NPG was able to acquire this important portrait through the generosity of Heather and Tony Podesta on behalf of his late mother Mary K. Podesta and with guidance from Irvine Contemporary.

Yosi Sargent - the mastermind behind Manifest Hope. Watch out for this guy. I hear he's moving to Washington and I have a feeling he's going to be making a big impact. Awesome!


Flavor of the Month reviewed in Washington Post

Jessica Dawson's Washington Post review of Flavor of the Month, Cory Oberndorfer's show that recently opened at Flashpoint, is a great example of one of the many reasons why I love art: because it can engage people in a dialogue about social issues that are raised by the art.
Today we also call ourselves "girls." And even as we participate in brutal sports like roller derby, we dress in hot pants and fishnets. Could we be undermining ourselves as we make these great strides?
Art isn't just pretty pictures. What's great about it is that it can be a vehicle for expressing ideas that can stimulate lively discussions.

Entangled by CityDance Ensemble

You know there are other things happening this weekend besides inauguration stuff right? I suggest you take a break from it all and go see something really creative and original, like the CityDance ensemble's sexy and powerful production Entangled. "Using dance to illustrate the pushes and pulls that keep us all connected, Entangled features works both serious and light-hearted in their perspective on relationships." I'm going tomorrow night.

City Dance Ensemble

January 16 and 17
8 pm
@ Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street, NW


Apres Ski

I'll be at X on Saturday night. Come dressed for Apres Ski and get a discount on the cover.

Artinfo's round up of art in DC

Nice little overview in Artinfo that sums up Washington's arty highlights for visitors. Good for us residents too!

DECOY and Towles on the street

I was walking around this morning cursing the bitter cold when my day was brightened up by finding these new pieces by DECOY and Kelly Towles at 9th and U. Awesome!


Save the Date - Lifeguard

Lisa Marie + DECOY

Exhibition opening:
Saturday, January 24
6 - 9 pm
@ Hounshell Real Estate
1506 14th Street

DJ Natty Boom
Yoko K

Live painting by Lisa Marie Thalhammer and DECOY will be raffled to benefit Sitar Arts Center.

Art of Change - buy your tickets soon!

Go here to buy tickets.


Arty stuff this week...

Obama in the White House, Robert Freeman

Jerry Berta, Cheryl Derricotte, Drew Ernst, Robert Freeman, Siobhan Gavagan, Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Cassandra Gillens, Julie & Ken Girardini, David Glick, Margery E. Goldberg, Brenda Gordon, Sofia Gower-Fische, Stephen Hansen, Philip Hazard, Robert C. Jackson, Susan Klebanoff, Ernst M. Kromah, Joey Manlapaz, Anne Marchand, Michelle Marcello, Donna McCullough, Carol Newmyer, Cynthia Sands, Leo Twiggs, Colin Winterbottom & More

Inaugural Inspiration
January 14 - February 8

Opening reception:
Wednesday, January 14
6 - 9pm

@ Zenith Gallery
413 7th Street NW

Michele Montalbano

Betsy Stewart & Patrick Craig: Cellular Perspectives, Michele Montalbano: Comfort Zones & Tom Wagner: Spaces of Places
January 15 - February 21

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 15
7 - 9pm

@ McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingelside Avenue, McLean VA

Matthew Thompson
Hier ist die Future
January 8 - February 28

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 15
6:30 - 9pm

@ MLK Memorial Library
901 G Street NW

Hillyer Open Mic Event

Friday, January 16
7 - 9pm

@ Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW

Pepa Leon, Johanna Mueller, Judy Jahinsky, Barbara Liotta, Janis Goodman
Think the New!
Saturday & Sunday, January 17 & 18

@ Reyes + Davis
923 F Street NW #302

January 17 - 19
(open 10am - 6pm)

@ 3333 M Street NW

Stars and Stripes: Pride and Hope Reinterpreted

Panel discussion:
Saturday, January 17
1 - 3pm

@ Smith Farm Center
1632 U Street NW

Paul Laffoley, Geochronmechane

Simon Gouverneur, Jason Hughes, Paul Laffoley
Lucid Dreaming
January 17 - February 14

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 17
6 - 8pm

@ curator's office
1515 14th St. NW

X: Apres Ski
Saturday, January 17
7 pm - ??
@ Bebar

Misguided, Charly Palmer

Preston Sampson, Charly Palmer and Roy Lewis
Forty Four
January 18 - February 28

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 17
8pm - 12am

@ International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Ave NW

Manifest Hope:DC is this weekend

LOTS of inaugural activities happening this weekend and through Tuesday. I hope you will put on your agenda Manifest Hope:DC, an art exhibit whose purpose is to engage visual artists in social change through art.
Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory.
All the art will be for sale and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Duke Ellington School. Well over 100 works will be available from artists across the country as well as many DC-based artists. The show is also being managed by DC gallery Irvine Contemporary.

Manifest Hope: DC
Saturday, Jan 17 through Monday, Jan 19
10 AM to 6 PM
@ 3333 M Street, NW


Flavor of the Month pictures

Wow. Did you miss Cory Oberndorfer's opening on Friday? It was sensational! Over 500 people came, great music from the All Good Funk Alliance, lots of new faces. Yay! Swedish Scene even covered the event!

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar with a side of blow pops, gummi bears, starburst, all washed down with a hearty Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Alex Gold and DECOY. Great supporters of Cory and Pink Line Project.

This is what it looked like from 6:15 to 10 pm.

Awesome arty kids.

DC Roller Girls made an impact.

Huge thanks to Cultural Development Corporation and Scion for making it all possible.

Surfrider Foundation anti-pollution advertising campaign

One of the primary missions of the Surfrider Foundation is "the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education." They've recently embarked on a brilliant advertising campaign that powerfully spotlights the gross amount of pollution in the ocean. They collected actual trash from the water and beaches and packaged them in styrofoam and plastic wrap and displayed the product at farmer's markets alongside food from the same sea that people were purchasing for consumption. Eeeewww!


Latest from The Pink Line Project

Cory Oberndorfer
Flavor of the Month

Opening reception brought to you by
The Pink Line Project and Cultural Development Corporation

Friday, January 9
6 - 10 pm
@ Flashpoint Gallery
916 G Street, NW

Music: All Good Funk Alliance
DC Roller Girls
Candy, junk food, and refreshments!
More info here.

Opening reception generously support by Scion.
The Gallery at Flashpoint is sponsored by the Abrams Family Foundation, Tim Hyde and other generous sponsors. Hotel Helix is Flashpoint’s 2008-2009 Hotel Partner. Barefoot Wine is Flashpoint’s 2008-2009 Wine Partner.

The Art of Change:
An Inaugural Celebration of DC's Creative Communities

Tuesday, January 20
8 pm

The Warehouse Complex
(corner of 7th Street and New York Avenue)

More info here.

Occupying three separate venues in downtown Washington, D.C., the Art of Change will feature five stages of visual and performing arts, multiple dance floors, fire dancing and live music.

Surf's up!


Arty stuff this week...

Capitol Pecha Kucha Vol. 6

Wednesday, January 7
7 - 9pm

@ 1400 16th Street NW

Ned MacFadden

Heather Levy, Robert Kent Wilson, Jeffrey Huntington and Ned MacFadden
Art & Design at Muleh
January 8 - 25

Opening reception:
Thursday, January 8
6 - 9pm

@ Muleh
1831 14th Street NW
Pat Goslee

Studio Gallery Presents Artomatic Artists
January 7 - 31

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
6 - 8pm

@ Studio Gallery
2108 R Street

Michael Gross

Michael Gross
January 6 - February 20

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
7 - 9pm

@ Pepco's Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street NW

Spirit, by Judy Stone

Judy Stone
January 9 - February 27

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
6 - 9pm

@ Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court NW

Wendy Garner
New Wave Paintings

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
6 - 8pm

@ cross mackenzie gallery

1054 31st Canal Square

January Exhibition at Touchstone Gallery + Wine Tasting

Opening reception:

Friday, January 9
6 - 8:30pm

@ Touchstone Gallery

406 7th Street NW

Cory Oberndorfer
Flavor of the Month
January 9 - February 13

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
6 - 10pm

@ Gallery at Flashpoint
916 G Street NW

Eddie Hirschfield
New Photographs

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
6 - 9pm

@ Gallery Frame Avenue
4919 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda

Liliane Bloom

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9
RSVP required- (202) 234-7911

@ The French Alliance
2142 Wyoming Ave NW

Carole, detail of artist in studio

Carole Wagner Greenwood & Dame Darcy

Opening reception:
Friday, January 9th
7 - 9pm
Free performance at 9pm

@ Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW

Stars & Stripes: Pride and Hope Reinterpreted
January 7 - 31

Opening reception:

Friday, January 9
5:30 - 8pm

@ The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center

1632 U Street NW

44: Obama Art

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 10
5 - 10pm

@ Heineman Myers Contemporary Art
4728 Hampden Lane, Bethesda

Margaret Bozer

Artist Talk:
Saturday, January 10th

@ Project 4
1353 U Street NW

Ian Whitmore, Settlement, 2008

Ian Whitmore: This is Our Music & Simone Leigh: Queen Bee
January 10 - February 14

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 10
6:30 - 8:30pm

@ G Fine Art
1515 14th Street NW

Amy Marx, Eric Westbrook, Andrew Wapinski
January 7 - February 8

Opening reception:

Saturday, January 10
6 - 8pm

@ Gallery Plan B

1530 14th Street NW


Dwell writes about Washington, DC

One of my favorite bloggers DesignCult grouses about a recent travel article on Washington, DC that appeared in Dwell magazine. I agree! This piece could have talked about all the really cool things that are going on around here but instead focused on the same old stuff that everyone always writes about. I sure hope they come back and explore our great city a little more.

No Comply skateboard art show

No Comply is a skateboard art show that is currently on display in Australia. You can see all the submissions here. Totally rad art work.


Calling all photographers

Attention photographers! You should submit images to be considered for inclusion in the DCist Exposed photography show. Entries are due at midnight on Wednesday, January 7. More info here.

Happy sharks

Everywhere we go Jason warns us about sharks. Our little Waimea house sits in front of a beautiful black sand beach, but he warned us not to even put a toe in the water because it's very sharky. The break that I like surfing most so far (called Pakala) has been murky from all the rain we've had so Jason says it will be sharky there until the water clears up. He's starting to freak me out a little. He advises us to swim toward the shallow coral if we see a shark and float on our boards there until the little monsters go away. More like paddle maniacly toward shore until I'm safely on the sandy beach and watch serenely as some other surfer gets her leg chomped off.

(Picture from the Daily Mail. Thanks MC!)


Tulip bulbs again?

Really good article that analogizes the current contemporary art market with investment bubbles that have burst in the past, like Holland's tulip bulb mania back in the 17th century. This article applies more to those who buy contemporary art mostly as an investment, which isn't relevant to me or most collectors I know. We buy because we are passionate about art and artists and the creative life and mind. The investment value is a secondary consideration.


The perfect kickoff to 2009!

I have a feeling 2009 is going to be an amazing year if it's anything like the way it started. Started off the day jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet over Kauai!

Then we surfed a nice little beach in Poipu. I swear the waves were a LOT bigger than they appear from shore. Head high at least. Really!

Then we snorkeled around phenomenal coral to look at brilliant sea life.

I am really looking forward to 2009! Happy new year!


Baltimore art scene is cool

A few weeks ago, I spent an arty day in Baltimore and absolutely loved it and look forward to learning more about Charm City's charms. Bmoreart and There Were Ten Tigers sum up nicely why Baltimore is a great city for art.

Designer bikeracks in DC

What a great idea for utilitarian public art! Bike racks designed by artists. Read more about how this project was implemented in NYC here.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is commissioning designs for bicycle racks that can double as public art throughout the 42 blocks of the area.

The designs are supposed to be both functional and artistically compelling, according to the BID. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 9.

Selected designers will receive $1,500 and a Saturday night stay for two at the Mayflower Hotel.

The BID has made a number of recent efforts to improve the area’s streetscape, such as commissioning public art for the Farragut North Metro Station and a tree-lined median for Connecticut Avenue now in development.

From the Washington Business Journal.

Surfin' pooch


Arty stuff this week . . .

Politics by Design

Friday, January 2
7 - 10 pm
@ Dissident Display
416 H Street, NE

Indefinite States of Emergency / Prints
by Guest Artist Helen Frederick
December 30 2008 - January 25 2009

Friday, January 2
5 to 8 pm

Saturday, January 10 2009
2 pm

@ Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Another edition of "Anything Pink Rocks"

Hoogrrl fans know that "Anything Pink Rocks!" Thanks for sending these awesome images!


Manifest Hope

A super cool opportunity for artists to be part of history:

Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory.

MANIFEST HOPE: DC gathers together a diverse array of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to mark this monumental achievement in our nation’s history and encourages artists and activists to maintain the momentum to bring about true change in the United States.

Along with its partners, MoveOn.org Political Action, the Service Employees International Union and Obey Giant, MANIFEST HOPE: DC, will issue an inspiring visual call-to-action, encouraging a redirection of public energy toward true reform in three key areas:

Health Care
ReformWorkers’ Rights
The Green Economy

The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery will be open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

Go here for more info.


"Rubell! Shmubells!"

Glenn Ligon, Untitled, (I Sell Shadow to Sustain the Substance) 2005, Neon sign and paint, Ed. 3/3, 7 1/2 x 192 1/2 Photo: AFC, Courtesy of the Rubell Collection

An interesting piece about the Rubell Collection by Jonathan T.D. Neil for Art Review. He notes a unique problem when private collections earn an "institutional identity" but are still closely aligned with the collectors themselves. Neil wonders if we criticize the exhibition, which consists entirely of works owned by the Rubells, then are we also criticizing the Rubells in the same way that we might criticize someone's home decor.

Thanks Art Fag for highlighting this article.


Museum skateboarding

Marc Gonzales skateboarding in a museum in Germany. Museums aren't boring!


Happy Pink Christmas!

Lucy Van Pelt: "Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown. Maybe paint it pink."


Year-end reviews

Jeffry Cudlin wrote a very nice year-end review of museum shows for this week's Washington City Paper. Maura Judkis writes the year-end review of art galleries.

Pink roller skates

I want these pink roller skates for Christmas!


Festivus in Adams Morgan

Photo By Sarah L. Voisin -- The Washington Post

This kiosk at the corner of 18th and Columbia has become sort of an interactive public art installation. You can write whatever you like (confessions, observations, complaints, compliments) and post them here for all to read. I like the idea of not being forced to be cheery for Christmas.

More here.

Mr. Wiggles comments on performance art

(Thanks Hrag Vartanian!)


Cool public art in New Delhi

Rama Lakshmi - The Washington Post

Very large public art objects have been appearing around New Delhi and challenging the way people look at and consider art, and raising social issues too. Now that's good public art!

Singh was one of the countless New Delhi residents who experienced contemporary public art for the first time, thanks to a festival that has not only raised questions about accepted definitions of art, but also highlighted the challenges in preserving India's ecological heritage amid rapid urban development.

. . .

"Public space is shrinking in this city, and we are trying to reclaim and reengage with it through art," said Pooja Sood, curator of the public art extravaganza, which ends Sunday. "We broke through prevailing social, cultural and political barriers to bring contemporary art out of the elitist, white-cube galleries."

More on this project here.

Art in subways

Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

The Starn brothers have created a site-specific art installation for a major new subway stop in lower Manhattan. Wouldn't it be cool if we had permanent public art installations like this in DC? More about the work here.

Dawoud Bey

December 13, 2008 - February 21, 2009
@ Contemporary Museum


Perkins on Basel

Lucian Perkins made this nifty multimedia video piece about Art Basel Miami Beach 09 featuring one of my fave art collectors Dr. Fred.


Devil Dan

James Gibbard/The New York Times

According to the New York Times, a forgotten character called Devil Dan planted the seeds for modern roller derby.

To be sure, the sport has remained in many ways about women’s empowerment. The women who built the first modern league on their own hard labor called their company Bad Girl Good Woman Productions. Their brand of roller derby found its audience by trading the unintentional kitsch of earlier incarnations for an appeal to the do-it-yourself generation. Modern skaters dress in costume, adopt stripper-type stage names and endure sexually suggestive penalties, but they also deliver real hits, mind the business end of their leagues and disassemble their skate tracks by hand at the end of each competition.
. . .

“There’s no other sport out there that’s specifically for women, that allows them to be sexy and aggressive at the same time,” said Audrey Butera, 36, who skates under the name Ali Mony for the Rhinestone Cowgirls in Austin.


DC51 Jump-Off Party

DC51 Artist Collective
Jump-Off Party
Friday, December 19
@ The Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H Street, NE

DC51 Performing Artists:

Drop Electric (Instrumental Set)
Christlez Bacon
Godisheus (feat. Head-Roc)
Cornel West Theory

Ten best art shows in 2008

“Diamond Gym,” inside the church, an installation by the New York artist Nari Ward.

The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl picks ten best art shows in 2008. I don't know if they were the best, but I like his choices.


Millennium Art Salon offering

The Millennium Art Salon is offering limited edition prints by awesome Washington artists Rachelle Puryear and Billy Colbert. Go here for more info.


Hello Kitten!

This sorta scares me.
A Hello Kitty-themed maternity hospital has opened its doors in Taiwan, aimed at easing the stress of childbirth with images of the popular cartoon character.
Good find, Decoy!


girls hit hard

A nifty roller derby t-shirt designed by rising art superstar Cory Oberndorfer would make an excellent and unique gift for someone special this holiday. And such a great deal at only $25 each!

The olive ones are mens cut: 1 large.
Pink ones are ladies cut: 4 medium, 1 large.
American Apparel brand shirts.
$25 each plus shipping cost.

Both emblazoned with original artwork and the words "girls hit hard." (Because they do.)

Note that these lovely roller derby models have modified the shirts to suit their stylish and singular aesthetic. The shirts are actually regular ole crewnecks.

Call or email me if you want one: info@thepinklineproject.com.