“Panoplia” Opening Night at Epicure Café Saturday June 14

 

Epicure Café is pleased to present Panoplia, an eclectic and groundbreaking collection of paintings and mixed media work by local artists, and curated by The Bunnyman Bridge Collective (aka artists/curators Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla).

On the heels of the successful and irreverent Tell Me Something, Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective continue to redefine art in suburbia, as well as art audience experiences. For their latest exhibition, Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective bring together an impressive array of talented and playfully jaw-dropping artists.

Combining lush, large format oil paintings that evoke a chaotic surrealist nostalgia, complex geometric elements of precise and well-wrought abstract work, fantastically detailed mixed media dreamscapes, provocative color drenched street art, and more, Panoplia delivers an intoxicating blend of exciting local art.

Saturday, June 14, from 7pm to midnight, spend an evening with The Bunnyman Bridge Collective and artists Diana Adams, Alex Beck, Abner De Jesus, Ricardo “Gogue” De Jesus, Jeff Duka (including collaborative work with Jason Davis and Brian Legan), Vanessa Glick, Karen Mullarkey, and Allison Ries.

Music for the evening will be provided by the always entertaining Charlie Bare Quartet.

Epicure Café, located at 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, is open 7 days a week from 5 – midnight. Panoplia will be on view at Epicure Café from June 14 through August 2.

 

 

 

Free Art Friday As Performance and Street Art

As part of the worldwide phenomenon that is Free Art Friday, I’ve placed at least one piece of free art in Northern Virginia for anyone to find and keep nearly every Friday since August 2013. Think of it as street art that anyone can take home. Imagine it as a way of building and engaging community. I view this project as a way to disrupt the isolation of  living in Suburbia by creating situations of chance and surprise, and instigating dialogue about ownership, creativity, commodity fetishism, community, and connectivity. The transitory, ephemeral, and unpredictable elements of my Free Art Friday experience have come to feel very much akin to aspects of performance art. Through these eight months or so, the process of creating art specifically designed for Free Art Friday, scouting out locations, leaving my art out in the world, taking photographs of my free art in a variety of locations, posting the photographs to social media, and engaging with the audience have evolved into an ongoing, elaborate, documented, and joy-filled performance. The audience is key. Finders, admirers, and even critics of this project have helped to form and influence its evolution in ways I had never imagined. I’ll be leaving another piece somewhere in the world today. You can view past Free Art Friday pieces and look for clues to find pieces yourself by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Happy Finding!

Here’s a look back at a few of my Free Art Friday drops from the past eight months:

“Tell Me Something” Opening Reception at Epicure Café Saturday April 5

The opening reception for the art exhibition, Tell Me Something, is this Saturday, April 5, at Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA. The show includes more than 10 of my newest collages, as well as gorgeous new paintings by artists Jason Davis and Javier Padilla. Together the three of us have formed a new artist collective inspired by the local urban legend of the Bunnyman: The Bunnyman Bridge Collective. The opening reception will include a live unveiling of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective’s most recent exquisite corpse collaborations and free art drops throughout the evening. The incredible Kid Claws will provide a full night of their lush and ethereal, dreamy noisy pop music. See you at Epicure Café from 7pm to midnight for a must see night of art, music, surprises, and play! You want to be part of this night!

 

Tell Me Something: The Bunnyman Bridge Collective

 

Live Painting at Javier Padilla’s SANTA VIDA with The Bunnyman Bridge Collective

There are so many phenomenal art events happening locally right now and in the coming weeks. I am still ecstatic after this past weekend’s incredible opening of Javier Padilla’s Santa Vida! Check out Javier Padilla Fine Art to learn more about this amazing artist! Plus, here’s an awesome write up about the opening night excitement, including an inside look at the live painting collaboration with artists Jason Davis, Javier Padilla, and me…AKA The Bunnyman Bridge Collective! The energy in the room Saturday night was absolutely infectious. I know there will be more experimentation and surprises at the opening of The Bunnyman Bridge Collective’s April 5 show, Tell Me Something! Come out and see us and join in the art filled play at Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, Saturday, April 5 from 7pm to midnight!