The weekend starts today, with Paul Jeanes: Alchemical Abstractions at McDaniel College. On Friday, celebrate Baltimore’s West Side Community of Art Galleries with Gran Prix. On Saturday don’t miss Eleanor Farley at Open Space and the BMA’s Late Night Celebration of the New Contemporary Wing. On Sunday, the BMA officially opens its new galleries and, if you’re up for a road trip, Net Worked: Horjus, Lister, and Pearson opens in Alexandria, VA.
Alchemical Abstrations: Paintings by Paul Jeanes
Reception: Tuesday, Nov 13 at 7 pm with an Artist Talk at 7:30
Exhibit November 13 – December 7
McDaniel College’s Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.
Jeanes says his paintings “explore alchemical processes of corrosion, ablation, liquefaction, and stratification with a romantically incidental approach to painting. Each work is created improvisationally, without a final compositional plan, while upwards of 25 layers of paint are individually applied and removed from each painting. Every layer is subsequently scraped across and into the canvas, which equalizes the surface so that a unified flattening occurs. Through this labor-intensive process of application and removal, I attempt to depict a kind of turbulent, chromatic atmosphere where shifting fragments and gestures are at once illuminated and obscured.”
Paul Jeanes has an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art. He is as a Full-time Foundation Faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Recent exhibitions of his paintings include “The Arousing,” a solo show at Gibbs Street Gallery, “Dead Reckoning”, a solo show at School 33, and group exhibitions at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Loyola University and Area 405.
The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 pm – 4 pm, Thursdays from 12pm – 8pm, and Saturdays from 12pm – 5pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit pauljeanes.com/. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
Act a Fool is a collection of sculptures, photographs and drawings by Eleanor Farley that play on the theme of the foolish reveal. Created with a spirit of mania and abandon, trash is taped, strung, and smushed together to create a basic form. It is through this initial formation that a foundation is built. With adornments inspired by repainted apartment walls, cartoons, rap lyrics, internet “self-portraiture” and Aretha Franklin’s breast in a bedazzled dress, the work uses humor to focus on what it means to build and sustain upon an imperfect foundation.***Eleanor Farley was born in Richmond, Virginia and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she majored in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Eleanor has shown her work in various group shows around Baltimore including in Area 405, Notre Dame University, and Puss Fust 2010, this will be her first solo exhibition.
Alex Da Corte
Colin van Winkle
Baltimore’s contemporary art scene has always been active and in flux. The city’s transient nature – New York being the goal for many- has kept it under the radar, where its progress has developed in small waves. The past few years have seen a sudden surge of artist-run galleries, and a more permanent structure for artists to engage with and cultivate their practice. The financial realities of the recession have brought artists to the equalizing conversational platform of the internet, creating work that relinquishes a fetish for the past and pushes forward, addressing the problems of contemporary life. It is with pleasure that we now begin to extend these burgeoning virtual dialogues into parallel concrete interactions.
H&H Bldg. (Nudashank and Gallery Four)
405 W. Franklin St.
Charles Fish and Sons Bldg.
429 N. Eutaw St.
425 N. Eutaw St.
Opens November 16th 6pm – 10pm
Exhibition runs November 16th – December 16th
There will be open hours Noon- 5pm on Saturday and Sunday opening weekend.
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights is organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Opening Reception Thursday, Nov 15 from 5-7:30
Through a host of media—including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets—the project explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s. For All the World to See includes a traveling exhibition, website, online film festival, and richly illustrated companion book.
Look Out #1, Lynn Silverman
Good Light / Photography Exhibition with Lecture by Alex Heilner
November 16th, 2012, 7-10pm
Lecture 7-8pm Exhibition Reception with Slideshow 8-10pm
In support of Current Space’s Community Darkroom there will be a suggested five-dollar donation.
Salvatore Farina, Liam Quigley, Kyle Tata, Andrew Eargle, Suzanna Zak, J.M. Giordano, Josh Sisk, Eric Helgas, Patrick Galluzzo, Elle Perez, Brian Henry, Patrick Joust, Kim Llerena, Jennifer Mizgata, Lynn Silverman, John Zimmerman, Jules Hamann, Ginevra Shay, Liz Donadio, John Jones, Tim Castlen, Elizabeth Green, Jay Gould, Mary Ancel, Andrew Laumann, Michelle Gomez, Rachel Lowing and more.
Current Space is excited to announce plans to build a black and white community darkroom and hope to raise awareness through this exhibition for the darkroom and launch a kickstarter to raise the remaining funds needed for build out. In 2013 Current will start a photography programming initiative that will include classes, workshops, lectures and a critique group.
Alex Heilner, the Associate Dean for Design and Media at MICA and winner of this year’s Baker Artist Award will start off the evening by giving a forty-minute lecture about his photography. Prior to MICA he was the Director of Photography at JCC in Brooklyn, NY, which included overseeing a black and white darkroom.
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NO BROW / Popular Culture and Politics in Contemporary Swedish Video Art
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In No Brow we take a look at a number of films that approaches the notion of popular culture as an artistic and pedagogical tool. Focusing on the political potential within the work itself, the pieces presented in No Brow address a variety of subjects.
During the evening the curator of the program, Johan Norling, will also present his work at Stockholm based platforms Top Nice and Svarta Hålet.
Kakan Hermansson, Nadine Byrne, Nicola Bergström Hansen, Roxy Farhat & Simon Mullan.
Johan Norling is based in Stockholm and works as an independent curator. As a member of creative collective Top Nicehttp://topnice.org/, he works with exhibitions, concerts, festivals and night clubs. He recently also produced “Hos oss” a site specific opera in apartments around Mariatorget in Stockholm, with music by Thomas Jennefelt and libretto by Magnus Florin.
Facebook Event Page:http://www.facebook.com/events/558957150784817/
Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and a headquarters for cultural production. In its eight years of operation, Current Space has put together over two hundred and fifty events including, art exhibits, music shows, lectures, plays, performances, book signings and film screenings. Current Space has been apart of Baltimore Liste, Rooms Play, Transmodern Festival, Artscape, Whartscape, and the Maryland Historical Society Auction. Current Space currently has a gallery, project room, nine artist studios, one music practice studio and a silkscreening studio.
Current Space is committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.
Net Worked: Horjus, Lister, and Pearson
Sunday, November 18, 2012
4:00pm until 6:00pm
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Society (NVFAA) is pleased to announce Net Worked: Horjus, Lister, and Pearson November 15 — January 6. The exhibition, curated by J.T. Kirkland, will feature the work of Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister, and Steven Pearson, three emerging abstract artists exploring the notion of networks in contemporary society via conceptual and literal interpretations. The works challenge viewers to receive the visual information conveyed in the paintings and decipher for themselves what is important, valuable and stimulating.