A great BBC article about some of the artists in Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, at the National Portrait Gallery. Confronting stereotypes, dueling identities, and the complexities of the American experience all make for a fascinating and compelling show.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program’s exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery will be ongoing through October 2012.
Shane Pomajambo on Marcātus: ArtSee Takes a Look at the Success of DC’s Newest Creative Art Market
July 30, 2011
As many of you may know, Sunday August 7th will be the last Marcātus Creative Art Market in a successful season of the new and extremely dynamic art fair in the District. Hosted by Art Whino, Marcātus has been a hugely popular multidimensional event held at the new Yards Park featuring artist exhibitors, live music performances, and exotic foods to enjoy every first Sunday of the Month.
As Marcātus heads to its last big event of its first season, we at ArtSee wanted to talk to Art Whino owner and the founder and event organizer, Shane Pomajambo, to get his take on the overall success of the event, where it came from, and what we have to look forward to in the future.
ARTSEE: Where did Art Whino find inspiration to take on such a large project as Marcātus?
POMAJAMBO: We have worked with the Capital River front bid and when they approached us about doing an event to bring people to the Yards Park I immediately jumped on an idea of an amazing Creative Art market. The idea of the market came about from the need to work with the community. We get a lot of submissions to the gallery and unfortunately we can’t work with all the artists we would like to but the market allows for anyone to showcase their work.
ARTSEE: How has the project evolved since its inception?
POMAJAMBO: It’s been an awesome evolution as the community embraces it. Eighty Eight, Lil Soso and One Love Massive have been great on bringing DC’s Music community together to the event.
ARTSEE: Marcātus targets many different markets in DC; which of these do you think benefits the most from the creative art market?
POMAJAMBO: There are so many dimensions to the event it really does appeal to everyone. The location is amazing being at the new 3 Million dollar Yards Park which by itself is an amazing thing to visit and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Regarding the overall success of the event, Shane is thrilled that Marcātus has really brought together and “unified the community” through the arts. He also champions Marcātus’ ability to give individual artists “a fair shake to exhibit” in such a competitive market.
Even after five months, Pomajambo still has some new tricks up his sleeve. As far as this coming Sunday’s event on August 7th goes, he says “We are working on seeing if we can add a car show component and we will be adding another music area for Big Neck Records for a series of performances. GWFCC will also be doing a Fashion Show.”
What can we expect in the future? Well, Pomajambo tells ArtSee that Marcātus will “evolve organically and pop up as the community needs it.” We do know that a “Discover Southwest” inaugural SW ArtsFest is already in the works and planned for September 22nd-25th as a collaborative effort from both Marcātus and the highly anticipated (e)merge art fair.
Look forward to an ArtSee tent at next Sunday’s Creative Art Market! See you there!