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Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings and Events July 2 – 7

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This week will be rather quiet, but has a few good art options, occurring before and after the Fourth of July Fireworks. On Tuesday, July 2 from 7-9 pm, join artists Nathaniel Mellors and Jimmy Joe Roche at the BMA for a conversation and reception from 7-9. On Friday, July 5 go to Pinebox Art Center for solo shows by Anita Schreibman and Claire Girodie.

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Artist Talk + Reception with artists Nathaniel Mellors and Jimmy Joe Roche at the BMA
Tuesday, July 2 from 7-9 p.m.
7-8 p.m. – Artist Conversation* (Be sure to ask Jimmy why he’s making a crazyface in his photo)
8-9 p.m. – Reception

Join artists Nathaniel Mellors and Jimmy Joe Roche for an engaging conversation about their eccentric and imaginative video and photographic works. Followed by an audience Q&A. Afterwards, continue the conversation over drinks, then venture into the Contemporary Wing to see the artists’ new exhibition. Cash bar and small bites. Moderated by BMA Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman.

*Priority auditorium seating for Members begins at 6:30 p.m. General seating begins at 6:45 p.m.

Free Autographed Poster! Become a BMA Member and pick up an exhibition poster designed and signed by Jimmy Joe Roche. Join online (enter the code JJRP in the comments box) or call 443-573-1800 to reserve your poster today. Posters will be available for qualifying new Members to pick up at the Talk on July 2. Offer available while supplies last.

Top image of Nathaniel Mellors: Photographer Olivier Middendorp

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Front Room: Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche
July 3 – September 29, 2013
Free exhibition

This exhibition presents irreverent, edgy, and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away. Mellors’ Ourhouse series of videos features a cast of misfit characters enacting the decline of an eccentric British family, while his new work The Saprophage examines the literal and metaphoric waste produced by contemporary society. Roche uses a combination of performance, sound, and video to channel an array of American outcasts, ranging from fervent figures of violence to complacent burn outs. The exhibition will also include an intricate, psychedelic cut paper sculpture by Roche and photographic work by both artists.

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UnHeard: Anita Schreibman & Claire Girodie at Pinebox Art Center

Reception Friday, July 5 from 7-9 pm

PAC is pleased to present this two-person show opening Friday July 5th from 7-9. Schreibman & Girodie are both MFA candidates from Towson University. In July they bring their works together in our gallery for an exhibition that is both visually delicate and emotionally powerful all at the same time. The subtleties in both their works encourage the viewer to spend a longer, more intimate amount of time viewing each piece in order to take it all in.

Schreibman: “In my most recent work, I have sought calm, monochromatic moments through embossing. I have attempted to represent the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as a much quieter time through the embossing of iconic American clothing onto and into paper. The simplicity of the fabric is enhanced as each item is pressed into the paper allowing underlying subtleties to arise from the lines of the clothing. The embossing process allows great energy and motion within the confines of the static clothing to emerge. The push and pull of each seam, button, zipper and stray thread is accentuated by the intense pressure that is applied and brings the fabric to life, un-masking a built-in tension that lives within the fabric and clothing designs.”

Girodie: ” I explore the simplest and most traditional materials in a intimate conversation, and transcribe their unspoken stories. Reacting to direct or indirect physical actions, the paper, the linen, the ink, the thread, give me drawings which evoke landscapes, figures, and calligraphies, which sometimes tend to escape from their original two-dimensional forms to become sculptures or installations. They stay quiet, using their own shadows to speak louder, psychological landscape waiting to be heard. “

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