Art Show DC – #ItsBohemian featuring James Watson
#ItsBohemian will be my first show, focusing on pieces done in pencil, pen, and other inks on paper. The show will be at Kafe Bohem, part of Bistro Bohem on the night of May 1st, starting at 7pm. With Czech libations to lubricate the philosobabble, and DJ Jazzmine spinning the beats, Jess and I will be roaming and sharing our perspective on the pieces we’re presenting with other appreciators, haters, and critics. And it wouldn’t be a show without some fashion, which will be well presented thanks to Rosies and Rockers.
Jess will be showing works in graffiti and mixed media, inspired by our travels to Southeast Asia in 2010.
A few of the pieces I’ll be showing represent the Portraits, a series of pieces depicting the tools themselves.
Getting ready for this art show has been a growing experience. For a long time, I’ve struggled with the label of “artist,” feeling it should be reserved for people with a greater passion and message. Having often attempted and failed at oil and acrylic paints, how could I consider myself an artist in a traditional sense? Roaming many museums, standing a distance and then inches away from masterpieces in the Smithsonian Art Gallery, I started noticing imperfections – the hairs in the paint; the cracks, the implied details – as well as realizing that even if every one of these pieces were created by someone with passion or a message, it may be lost on myself as well as many others who still appreciate the “art.”
I’d prefer being called a doodler, or possibly a curious explorer. I’m still unsure of my style, but there is one in there that’s still maturing. I enjoy the Portraits, and Self Portraits, where the pen, pencil, or brush becomes the subject of the piece. Very often we see landscapes, people, scenes of things familiar even if depicted in unfamiliar, distorted, unique styles. We even see colors, shapes, patterns, or strokes as the subject of a work. I’m enjoying the collaboration in exploring these portraits and hope to make many more.
Other pieces use common these from my doodles and use them to draw a landscape or layered pattern.
Here are some pictures from the event:
Art Show – #ItsBohemian on Facebook
James Watson is an Artist based in Washington DC. Art show May 1, 2014