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Artomatic 2012: Massive Art Show Sets Up Shop In Crystal City (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/17/2012 4:41 pm

ARLINGTON, Va. -- It's been three years since the last Artomatic opened its doors to artists from around the country. The never-in-the-same-place twice, open-to-all art show opens Friday in an 11-story office building at 1851 S. Bell St. in Crystal City.

The venue that helped break PostSecret, Artomatic is a truly democratic forum for visual artists, filmmakers and performers. A $110 submission fee and agreeing to three randomly assinged volunteer shifts is all any artist over the age of 18, good or bad, had to do to participate.

Unlike most art galleries, 100 percent of the proceeds from each sale go directly to the artist. Another difference is the placement of the work. Without curation, artists are able to choose what floor and office they want to show their work. Nine of the 11 floors showcase visual art with seemingly no rhyme or reason why family-friendly paintings are side by side with sculpture that is reminiscent of a set from the "Saw" franchise.

The 2012 iteration of Artomatic is the largest to date, with more than 1,100 artists participating. That number will increase with each day of the monthly installation. The sixth floor of the building will be an "Art Reactor," a space where visitors will be able to create their own art with supplies provided by the space.

Another addition to the space is a marketplace that will allow patrons the chance to purchase and take home the art before the closing of the space. While most of the art is for sale, some is 100-percent temporary, constructed in part using the existing office building structure.

Artomatic opens this Friday 6 p.m. and will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 1 a.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. There is no cover and the space is all ages.

Click on the slideshow below to view an extensive slideshow sampling all floors of the upcoming Artomatic.

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  • Deb Jansen

    Artist Deb Jansen has recreated her childhood living room.

  • Christopher Mararac

  • Sesow

  • Jenn Bock

  • Justin Cameron

  • Caitlin Phillips

  • Bono Mitchell

  • Veronica Szalus

  • Bar and Tables

    All of the doors in the Artomatic have been repurposed to build bars and tables.

  • Stage

    One of the multiple stages at Artomatic.

  • Rebecca Gordon, Eric Gordon

  • Foxy Moron

  • William Tinto

  • Dr. Sarah Noble

  • Kira Marchenese

  • Thom Spencer

  • The Washington Post 6th Annual Peeps Diorama Contest

  • GOPeeps Peepadential Debate by Jermaine Johnson, Serena Johnson and John Wallace

  • Occupeep DC by Carl E. Wright

  • iHeaven: Steve Jobs' Current Project by Kari Klaus and Scott Miles

  • Peepton Abbey by Caroline Chase, Valerie Boyle and Daniel Boyle

  • Romney Family Vacation by Colleen Canning

  • Sara Stepahin

  • Jennifer Lambert

  • Jae Shadlow

  • Gina M. Gil

  • Gina M. Gil

  • David D'Orio

  • I Will Not

  • Julia Bloom

  • Chuck Bender

  • Linda Elliff

  • Giant Japanese Monster, Bad!

  • Deb Jansen

  • Praveen Thaivalappil

  • Rachel Warren

  • Metagrapher

  • Brian Lusher

  • Robert W. Kincheloe

  • Drew Storm Graham

  • Jonathan S. Woods

  • Philip Foss

  • Greg Knott

  • Robin E. S. Kovzelove

  • Ben Claassen

  • Ben Claassen

  • Bar

    Doors coming together for a bar.

  • Zombie Haiku

    Participants in the Zombie Haiku project will be able to nail their poem to the wall.