Art Whino and Life with Cancer® present THE ART OF LIFE, a special art exhibit to raise money for support programs for cancer patients and their families. In addition to a special exhibit of James Walker paintings and a meet and greet with the artist, twenty five other Art Whino artists will exhibit their work. The event will showcase live concerts by the up and coming indie rock band, Once Okay Twice, and an acoustic guitar set by Bud Wilkinson. There will also be a break dancing performance by the acclaimed troupe Flying Fists From the Floor. Artists will be doing live painting of vinyl toys. Tarara winery will provide wine for a special tasting.
James Walker’s Artist Statement:
…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 make 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 and I don’t often think of myself as an artist but more of a sociologist or philosopher…my background is in photojournalism and I take a documentary approach to everything I do with my work and I feel that my most successful images are ones that develop as a natural extension of existing …all of my amalgamations are nothing more than a feverish attempt to create some sort of semi-tangible cohesion out of everyday experiences through obsessive collection of imagery and stories and adventures that I compile as the proof of life lived to bring a general awareness that every second exists for just that and at the same time facilitating this idea the only way I can, through my artwork, all of it being the cliff notes to my inclusion in this maelstrom of existence, examining the fact that everything is in a constant state of fluctuation, deterioration, and reconstruction, never lasting more than two blinks of an eye which may be why humans invented the concept of measuring time while we fruitlessly strive to sustain and avoid any contact with the inevitable thermodynamic deconstruction of our selves and everything we see as real and I’m enamored with the idea that everything is beautifully entropic and nothing will ever retain, permanently, its current physical form, which is why I try be mindful of the present moment, the only thing that is not simulacra, without which we would have neither the future nor the past (both of which carry significance only as stubborn illusions), and with the realization that the present moment is the only thing that truly exists I gather information and juxtapose found treasures all decomposing and beautifully dancing in wonderful objectification with images in various states of archival-ness (frequently subconsciously depicting all too clearly our own frailty taken for granted) and I am helping to organize an introspection and focus that is easily lost in the cellularphonic espresso-paced world that I am also contently enveloped in, intensifying awareness of the swirling cacophony and freneticism of it all and all of the feelings and emotions colliding, and as I work I just let the chaos flow without judgment, acknowledging its existence as neither good nor bad, just that it is there, with hopes of creating nothing that is stale but instead just as alive as the subjects it depicts...
|Custom Vinyl Show
Art Whino artists have been given the blank canvas of a Vinyl Teddy Trooper Figure to customize however they see fit. Their innovative solutions will be on display during the event and a great opportunity to see their wide range of artistic styles and techniques applied to the figures. Brandon Hill, AKA The Baby Chicken, and Dan Barojas will do live painting and customization of the figures.
Special Musical Performance by Once Okay Twice
Most people like to do things once, we like to do them TWICE! Join the never-ending party that is Once Okay Twice…
Located outside of Leesburg on the banks of the Potomac River, Tarara Winery is a 475-acre farm devoted to the art of producing fine wines. At Tarara, they strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of their surroundings into the glasses of seasoned connoisseurs and eager beginners alike. And with that in mind, Tarara Winery will host a tasting featuring a range of their popular wines.
ACOUSTIC GUITAR PERFORMANCE BY BUD WILKINSON
Bud Wilkinson is an eyebrow-raising musician with head-nodding, toe-tapping, table-drumming tunes. His style is jazzy, down-home dirty with gypsy, latin, and blues influences.