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When I last wrote about the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, members of the group were just released from prison for shooting their video “A Punk Prayer” inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and they travelled to the United States where they made an appearance on The Colbert Report while performing at a benefit concert for Amnesty International in Brooklyn.

Pussy Riot returned to Russia but they didn’t stay quiet for long. The band travelled to Sochi not to watch the Winter Olympics (which concludes today) but to shoot their latest video. They were met with beatings by Cossacks bearing whips while two of them were arrested on suspicion of theft but they were later released.

Despite the recent trouble, the band has just released its latest video. Here is the video called “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland.”

Pussy Riot is a Russian female punk band whose music and antics make t.A.T.u.’s faux lesbian acts seem like child’s play by comparison. This group created the video for their song “A Punk Prayer” inside of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which resulted in prison sentences for members of the band.

The jailed band members were recently released from prison. Just days before the 2014 Winter Olympics, two members of Pussy Riot were in the United States to perform at a concert in Brooklyn that was sponsored by Amnesty International. They sat down for an interview on The Colbert Report where they managed to match Stephen Colbert’s wit.

Pussy Riot Part 1

Pussy Riot Part 2

Sign Off-Pussy Riot & “Bringing Human Rights Back Home”

This video for the song "A Punk Prayer" is the one that has resulted in two-year prison sentences for three members of the Russian all-female punk band Pussy Riot. For complete up-to-date news on what has happened to the band and its members, as well as information on how you can help in freeing the jailed band members, check out Free Pussy Riot.org.

I wasn’t able to go to Artomatic Friday night because I was invited to a slideshow and get-together at a friend’s house. Since yesterday was the last day that Artomatic would be opened to the general public, I decided to go to Crystal City for one more day of art and fun.

Here’s a final shot of the entrance to the Artomatic building including the banner announcing its existence.

Artomatic Entrance

The first thing I did was to go to the final weekly Art-to-Go Marketplace. I hadn’t been able to go to too many of them because of scheduling conflicts so I was grateful that I was able to go to the last one. I bought this cool rose-shaped ring for $5 from one table staffed by a fellow Artomatic artist whose name now escapes me. I also purchased this really cool looking Sagittarius painting from Michael Auger of Arty4Ever.com. It was the last original painting in the zodiac that was available for sale and he priced it at $40 to get rid of it. Since it’s my zodiac sign, I decided to buy it. It’s small enough that I was able to carry it in a recycled shopping bag that I brought with me from home and I’ve already found a suitable wall space for it in the living room.

Next I went up to the 10th floor to look in on my exhibit. As you may recall, I had a small table featuring a promotional flyer about my exhibition (including contact information), a guestbook, and two Ty Li’l Ones dolls that I purchased mainly as table decoration shortly before Artomatic began. Each of these dolls originally came with a tiny plastic pet. By the time of Meet the Artists Night, I found that someone had swiped the plastic pets and left the dolls behind (which was pretty strange since the animals were really very small). I began to wonder if the dolls will last throughout the entire show or if one or both will be swiped. Well, I found that the dolls still remained until the very end of the show. But someone left some kind of a wire debris that looked like a tiny homemade mobile, which I ultimately trashed the following day.

My Exhibit on the Last Day of Artomatic

I also decided to check out the mural on the same floor that was in the process of being painted throughout the show. I took pictures of it just a few days after Artomatic opened and I decided to see what it looked like on the final day of the show. Here it is as taken from across the room.

Artomatic Mural

What’s really amazing is that the mural painter was still painting on the final night. Her mural went beyond the wall’s edge on the left to some plywood that was placed next to the wall’s edge.

Artomatic Mural

I have to admit that the creature she painted on the plywood extension was pretty cute.

Artomatic Mural

The main reason why I went to Artomatic last night was because I wanted to see a fashion show that was being held to celebrate the closing of the entire six-week art show. Before the show beauticians and stylists from the Jon David Salon prepared the models for the event.

Jon David Salon at Artomatic

I also took photos of models who were milling about before the fashion show began.

Fashion Show Model at Artomatic
Fashion Show Model at Artomatic

The DJs kept the music going before, during, and after the fashion show.

DJs at the Artomatic Fashon Show
DJs at the Artomatic Fashon Show

I shot video of the fashion show itself but I need to take a look at it and edit it first before I decide whether to put it online. After the fashion show, I walked around the various floors of Artomatic taking a few photos of random art exhibits that stood out for me. I didn’t have enough room in my cell phone to take tons of photos so I just took a few photos to give you a general idea of what Artomatic was like and what you’ve missed if you didn’t visit there at all.

Artomatic 2012
Artomatic 2012
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This exhibit is dedicated to the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, who has recently gotten into trouble with the Russian authorities for their provocative publicity stunts.

Artomatic 2012

These are just two of the many space-themed exhibits I saw at this year’s Artomatic. If my husband hadn’t abruptly ran away from home back in December and has largely avoided me since then, I would’ve noted where the exhibits were located so I could’ve give him a special exclusive space art tour for him alone. I know that if things were different between us, he would’ve loved seeing those space exhibits since he works for NASA and has long had an interest in space and all forms of flight.

Artomatic 2012
Artomatic 2012

This exhibit gets my vote for the most unusual medium used in an Artomatic exhibit. All of the pictures were made from Legos by an 11-year-old boy. He even managed to sell some of his pieces.

Artomatic 2012
Artomatic 2012
Artomatic 2012

Someone drew this piece of political graffitti art on the stairwell wall.

Artomatic 2012

I didn’t stay late last night mainly because I had a Metro trip ahead of me (and it was on its usual weekend schedule which means that trains arrive every 15-20 minutes) and I wasn’t in the mood to arrive home after 11 p.m. As I exited the Artomatic building for the final time around 9 p.m., I took this photo of the long line of people who were waiting for the elevators.

Artomatic 2012

According to this post by one of my Facebook friends, it looks like I had left Artomatic too soon because there were some unexpected excitement. (Although I’ll admit that I was glad I wasn’t among the 15 people who got stuck in that elevator. I was also glad that none of my art got stolen last night.)

Last Night At Artomatic. If you went to bed early you missed it all. At 10:15 we had 15 people stuck in an elevator; an irate artist; two models fighting; another irate artist; art theft and subsequent art thief chase. And a Bust! Boo-Yah!

In any case, I went back to the Artomatic bulding this afternoon after church to take down my exhibit. I wanted to take advantage of the lower weekend Metro fairs and free parking at the Metro station and I simply wanted to get this last chore over with. I managed to get everything taken down in an hour. (Taking down something is always faster than putting up something.)

I really loved Artomatic this year. It came along at the right time for me because it got my mind off my current marital problems. I loved meeting other artists and I especially enjoyed the workshops.

The only downer for me is that I didn’t sell anything this time around. I had someone from one of the Occupy movement’s publication conduct an interview with me via e-mail but, as of this writing, no story about Artomatic has been uploaded on that publication’s website. Since Artomatic is over, I have no idea if that article will even be published. (I will provide a link if it does happen.) Looking through my guestbook, I had a lot of positive feedback to my exhibit. In fact, I’ve gotten more positive feedback at this year’s Artomatic than the other previous Artomatics that I participated in. (My previous Artomatic shows had gotten more of a mixed reception.)

So now that Artomatic is over, I have to think about and prepare for my next step in my career as an artist.

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