Monday, September 29, 2008
Rebecca Webber chose to focus on surveillance imagery in her show, Invisible Omniscience: Seeing and the Seen, while Zoma Wallace and T. Shareen Dash sought to define the term and showcase artwork from the art collective Afrikatalyst (also the title of their exhibition).
Webber's show featured a variety of perspectives and approaches to the idea of surveillance. Artists Leslie Furlong, and Christa Erickson dealt with actual footage from different kinds of surveillance cameras -Furlong using footage from cameras recording weather data in Hawaii to show the absence of event in surveillance, and Erickson creating a hopscotch grid from international imagery.
Also from Invisible Omniscience:
Afrikatylist included a number of powerful pieces, each of which contained its own message, whether encrypted, as in William Nathanial Thomas IV 's 14 pieces (containing codes in hieroglyphics, graffiti tags and other symbols to tell a story), or more obviously in the picture-poems of Akil E Kennedy.
Also from Afrokatalyst:
Curators' Incubator will run through October 25th
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Friday, September 26, 2008
Join a Magical Public Art Happening on Federal Hill
Come out and move together with a mass of strangers atop Federal Hill on Sunday, October 26th.
Public Moves Federal Hill is a community performance atop Federal Hill featuring Baltimoreans of all ages and colors, , backgrounds and experiences. The performance is inspired by the everyday movement we see on the hill and each person will play a part in creating it! To do it come to one rehearsal in October and join us on 10/26: Find out more and sign up at www.publicmoves.net
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Stories From The Woods investigates a fascination with the natural world. The showcased artists explore a contemporary reinterpretation of nature, while simultaneously drawing from past folklore and classic painting. Through stylized, representational, sculpture, narrative paintings, and whimsical installation pieces by a group of invited, regional artists, Stories from the Woods seeks to transform the space into a platform for these fantastical narratives.October 3 - 31
With a Reception on Oct 3 from 7 - 10 PM
Artists: Bonner Sale, Christine Buckton Tillman, Emily Nachison, Emily Slaughter, John Bohl and Annie Gray Robrecht
Curated by Alex Ebstein (me)
Hess exhibits infrequently, if you get a chance to go over to Goya, you really shouldn't miss it.
3000 Chestnut Ave # 214
Baltimore, MD 21211
Monday, September 22, 2008
Cara Ober (of Bmore Art) and I will be talking to Tom Hall of WYPR's Maryland Morning about upcoming arts events in Baltimore. The segment will air tomorrow morning, sometime between 9:30 and 10 am.
Cara sounds much more professional than I managed to, she used her "teacher voice."
Listen in tomorrow (Sept 23), or find it online here
Live mural painting (legal or otherwise) is an indispensable aspect of Hip Hop culture. Most memorable and intimate shows have (or ought to have) at least one artist improvising large-scale pieces alongside its musical acts and in full view of the crowd. Both artists are given the chance to showcase their work to new group of potential fans, an artistic community is strengthened, and the audience gets the chance to watch two live acts at once. Everyone wins.
I didn’t know what to expect when I went down to the Ottobar on Friday. I’d just heard that there would be some live painting and Michael Bracco (who won a well deserved B.O.B. for his comic Novo) would be doing some of it. That was good enough for me. I’d only seen one flyer for the event posted, and I’m glad I hung on to it.
S.A.F. co-creators Jamie Noguchi, Rosscott Nover, Marty Day, and Nick Borkowicz met, as most comic artists do these days, on the internet and comic-con circuit. The two hosts and six artists each have their own web comic, and have been collaborating for years.
The bands Karmelas Game and the Headwounds may have been co-billed for the night, but the show definitely belonged to the artists. Round three, the final round of the evening, was about as epic as it could get at something like this. Noguichi and Borkowicz were presented with twelve canvases and a full hour to draw, but their themes were chosen at random by the digital “Wheel of Death”. Suggestions like Orthodox Jew pirates, ninjas dancing the Thriller and gaggles of Star Wars references may elicit eye-rolling from some, but S.A.F. is a showcase of talent-under-pressure, and watching Borkowicz (apparently a tattoo artists) handle his non-sequitur topics with such ease was really enjoyable.
The real joy of S.A.F. comes from watching the processes of the individual illustrators as their pieces unfold and the canvases fill. Each round began with the artists working on opposite ends of the canvas until they got up the nerve to cross and attack the other’s work in a visual equivalent of an MC freestyle battle. But by the end of each round, though, the competitors were collaborators, going into mini-huddles to decide where or what to draw next as a team. The audience members packed shoulder to shoulder and stood on tip-toe for the three rounds, cheering, booing and chanting. Color commentary by hosts Nover and Day kept everyone’s ears occupied over the droning Matrix-style techno, but their wired mics kept them stuck on stage and, occasionally, fishing for something to say. Maybe they were just as engrossed as the rest of us.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Photos from the opening:
107 E. Preston Street
And their dot com!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Looping in 15 minute segments, Burns' videos focus on mounds of earth with the city alive in the periphery. The subtlety of the sound and motion as the secondary experience of these videos helps to reinforce the still and the slow, the artist described her show as "the antithesis of pop culture."
Take a second to stop by and experience this show-or take at least 15 minutes- on display in the Corrin Art Gallery in the Meyerhoff building on the Goucher College campus.
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
The show is already open to the public, but will have its opening reception on Thursday, September 25th from 6 - 8 pm.
COME SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!