Monday, February 28, 2011

Photos from the Opening of Bordering On Painting @ Civilian Art Projects

Seth Adelsberger's solo show, Bordering On Painting, examines painting, structure, abstraction, and decoration.  Stretcher bars are revealed and emphasized, studio scraps are culled and collaged into minimal compositions, replacing painted shapes and gestures. 
To see more of the individual works from the show, view images on Civilian's website, or visit in person.  Bordering on Painting is on view through April 9th, with gallery hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 - 6pm

Seth Adelsberger with Felipe Goncalves

Chris Robey, Sarah Hurwitz and Michael Dotson

Jordan Bernier and Caitlin Cunningham

Jared Paolini, Sarah Milinski, Molly Englund, and Lesser Gonzalez

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Venn Diagram Opening @ PENT HOUSE


A Group Show of Overlapping Materials, Themes and Media in the New Works of:

Adam Beaver
Jordan Bernier
John Bohl
Caitlin Cunningham
Alex Ebstein
Sal Farina
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez
& Jared Paolini

Opening Reception: Friday March 4th, 2011
7pm - 10pm

Copycat Building
1151 Guilford Ave
Baltimore, MD

Monday, February 21, 2011

Seth Adelsberger - Bordering On Painting @ Civilian Art Projects

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 26 
7 - 9 pm

Baltimore-based artist SETH ADELSBERGER has taken a dramatic leap in his work since his 2009 solo exhibition “Semi-Final Frontiers” at Civilian. In that time he has pursued a curatorial path as co-director of Nudashank (a gallery in Baltimore run with his partner Alex Ebstein). Stepping back to see a bigger picture of how works thread into a greater whole, Adelsberger has departed from his signature vivid, sci-fi psychedelia based works to examine the mechanisms, literally and philosophically, behind painting.

Pursuing a more experimental process in the studio, Adelsberger released himself from constraints, particularly that of “creating worlds” on the canvas. Instead he focused on, according to the artist, “creating a body of work that references painting but in many cases doesn’t involve painting directly.” The new work deconstructs painting to its base elements - the structures, supports, formats, and materials.

The work in “Bordering on Painting” is also a study and consideration of the last century of abstract painting—Picasso, Pollock, Stella, Rauschenberg, Judd, Richard Tuttle—and an intuitive, consideration of their issues and materials. Stretcher bars, canvas, paint, glue, and broken frames are affixed bare and woven into sculptural combinations that hang on walls. In these pared-down, referential constructions, Adelsberger considers multiple forms and creates intriguing and sometimes disagreeable objects that invariably hold the viewer’s interest. One is forced to consider intent and influence; it is hard to not have an opinion. Further, the diversity of work presented in the exhibition suggests a range of possibilities for his future work.

A graduate of Towson University, Adelsberger has had solo exhibits at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Sara Nightingale Gallery in Watermill, NY, Flashpoint in Washington, DC, and CURRENT Space, Baltimore, MD. Recent group shows include Goodship Lollipop at CTRL Gallery in Houston, TX and End of Daze at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the recipient of an Individual Artist Award (Highest Honors) in

1019 7th Street NW / Washington, DC / 20001 / p: 202-607-3804 / f: 202-280-1086 / www.civilianartprojects.comPainting from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008. His work has been published in New American Paintings in 2003, 2005, and 2008 (issues #45, 57, and 75 respectively). He has been a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize (twice), Trawick Prize, and Bethesda Painting Awards.

Also opening that night @ Civilian:  Jason Falchook "Laying Tracks" 
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Three Openings to Check Out Today:

HELL YES.  This is what Baltimore needs more of, diy venues and good artists taking the initiative to showcase one another's work!  Inaugural show at Szechuan Best!

With work by:

John Bohl, Laila Caron, Michael Carpenter, Jessica Hans, Ben Horns, Erin Nelson, Ken Seeno, and Seiichi Takezawa

Open House is one day only
Come hang out and see the show whenever you can. We’ll be here from 12 PM to 6 PM
12-6PM Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
Szechuan Best
1301 St. Paul St (St. Paul and Preston)
Call either 646-322-9344 or 443-474-2061 to be let in

Brian Michael Dunn (left)  Joshua Abelow (right)

Color Me Bad

Joshua Abelow
Brian Michael Dunn
Ted Gahl
Hugh Scott-Douglas

Opening Reception:
Saturday February 19th
Exhibition runs from February 19th through March 13th

Nudashank is pleased to present Color Me Bad, an exhibition that brings together the work of four artists who approach painting with a raw, brash directness. Whether through crude simplicity, slack application, or “dumb” subject matter, the work on display pushes the viewer outside of their comfort zone, challenging their expectations of beauty, refinement, and finish. Revisiting the conversation instigated by the New Museum in 1978 (with their exhibition “Bad Painting”) in a contemporary, post-photoshop and post-internet context, Color Me Bad reminds us that clarity and resolution are not co-dependent. In the midst of a slick, polished digital era, these artists fumble and goof with cool self-awareness, stressing the importance of the imperfect and human.

Of House & Home
The Whole Gallery 
H&H Building 3rd Floor
With work by:
Angelo Arnold
Corliss Cavalieri
Kerry Flaherty
Ginny Huo
Adam Junior
Ben Lock
Rod Northcut
Jason Swift
Tim Thomson
Kathryn Zazenski

February 19th - March 19th
Opening Reception 7pm - 11pm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photos from Falling Off The Edge @ Open Space

Ann Kelly and Christina Martinelli exhibit new works in Falling Off The Edge at Open Space.  Despite mostly showing sculptural work locally, Martinelli exhibited 2D mono prints and collages, while Kelly presented the show's 5 (awesome) sculptural pieces. 

On view through March 6th