Bmoreart’s Picks: Contemporary Art Openings and Events October 1 – 5

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This weekend might start out poolside at the Capital Skyline Hotel in DC if you play your cards right. On Thursday night, the third annual (e)merge art fair launches with an opening night preview party and concert by the pool. The fair lasts throughout the weekend and will feature a number of Baltimore artists and a few of its galleries, along with an international roster of of commercial galleries and emerging artists. If you are feeling more introspective, another option for Thursday night is The The The The Hush: Bill Conger, Terence Hannum, & Laura Judkis at the Hodson Gallery, Hood College. No, that wasn’t a typo – there are four the’s in the show title. If you want to stay in Baltimore this weekend, on Saturday afternoon don’t forget your helmet for the Balto East Bike Tour with Graham Coreil-Allen. And on Saturday night head to Dominic Terlizzi’s Zero Hero Yolo Solo at The Chicken Box.


The The The The Hush: Bill Conger, Terence Hannum, & Laura Judkis
curated by Adam Farcus
Oct 3 – 26, 2013
Reception Thursday Oct 3, 5pm – 7pm
Hodson Gallery, Hood College

We are afraid. The economic downturn, post 9/11 life, and climate change are stresses that currently forefront our cultural fears. These real and devastating threats expose the impermanence of the constants we cling to for reassurance and stability and engender a fear that is as ubiquitous as it is amorphous. As Jeffery Jerome Cohen states in his book, “Monster Theory: Reading Culture”, “America creates and commodifies ‘ambient fear’- a kind of total fear that saturates day-to-day living.” While this fear is ever-present, it is never openly acknowledged. The anxiety that ambient fear creates, Cohen continues, “is born of the twin desire to name that which is difficult to apprehend and to domesticate (and therefore disempower) that which threatens.”[1] In an effort to neutralize these threats, society creates fictions designed to exorcise, to relieve, or to ignore the anxiety caused by this fear. The novel The Road, the movie 2012, and the television series The Walking Dead are recent examples of such narratives, where the arc of the apocalyptic story is designed to lead the audience to solace. The threat is avoided in each instance because it is created and resolved within a short time frame. This gives the readers/viewers only a glancing and safely disengaged non-encounter with fear and, in the end, leaves them with the feeling of reprieve.

Unlike these fear-driven popular narratives, the works exhibited in “The The The The Hush,” by artists Bill Conger, Terence Hannum, and Laura Judkis, present only a partial exorcism. Akin to leaving in the middle of a movie, our anxieties and fears are made present but never resolved. This exhibition asks viewers not to solve recession, terrorism, or climate change, but rather to make the choice to actively consider or consciously ignore the veiled but pervasive real-world anxiety and fear characteristic of our contemporary zeitgeist. In this case, the role of art is neither activism nor entertainment, instead the goal is to provide comfort via awareness. The news media produces awareness in the form of information and statistics but at a cool distance from lived-experience. “The The The The Hush” engenders a personal and affective complexity which gives definition, and thereby comfort, to these ambient fears.


sylvan 1


A solo exhibition of visionary fiber art,
sculpture, and installation by Michael Sylvan Robinson

Oct. 3 – 31, 2013
Opening reception Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:00-9:00pm
Art with Us: The Gallery
At Emmanuel Episcopal Church Baltimore
located at 811 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Above and below. Light and darkness. Robinson’s work engages the viewer in a transformative journey from visions of starry heaven to the depths of the underworld. Here we encounter the embodied presences of guardians and allies that reside within.

More information on the event including some installation shots can be found on the Facebook Event Page, here:

And more information about the artist, Michael Sylvan Robinson, can be found on his website ( or on his Facebook Page, here:




October 3 at 5:00pm until October 6 at 5:00pm
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Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I Street Southwest, Washington, DC, US

The (e)merge art fair returns for a third year with the 2013 edition featuring an international roster of 80 exhibitors presenting works by 150 artists from 30 countries. Exhibitors will show new works in painting, sculpture, video, performance, installation, and other media.

The GALLERY PLATFORM features participating galleries in hotel rooms on designated floors. The ARTIST PLATFORM features a vetted selection of works by independent artists throughout the hotel’s public areas and grounds. (e)merge’s two exhibition platforms inspire a new echelon of art collectors and provide curatorial access to the latest movements in emerging art.


> Thursday, October 3
5pm 7pm / (e)merge VIP & Press Preview. By invitation only.
7pm 9pm / Opening Night Preview Party
9pm – 11pm/ Concert by the Pool with MIAMOUNA YOUSSEF (live set) and John Thornley of U.S. Royalty (DJ Set)
Admission is $35 advance purchase, $50 at the door.

> Friday, October 4: 12pm 7pm
Students with valid ID free: 12pm 3pm
> Saturday, October 5: 12pm 7pm
> Sunday, October 6: 12pm 5pm
Daily admission is $15; $10 for Seniors and Students with valid ID.

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I Street, SW
Washington D.C., DC 20024



Dominic Terlizzi: Zero Hero Yolo Solo at The Chicken Box

Saturday, October 5, 2013
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Reception for Dominic Terlizzi’s ZERO HERO YOLO SOLO exhibition at the Station North Chicken Box, 1 West North Ave in Balitmore. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Come see Dominic’s inventive and awesome new paintings! Not to be missed! Chicken Box is across the street from Wind Up Space and down the block from MICA’s Studio Center.

ZERO HERO YOLO SOLO will be up Septemer 17th to October 8th. ICA shows are open 12-4pm Saturday/Sunday and by appointment. We’ll be having additional special events, so stay tuned!

For this event, ICA Baltimore received special funding from BOPA and exhibition assistance from Station North Arts District. Hooray for art in Baltimore!



New Public Sites: Balto East Bike Tour
Saturday, October 5 from 1 – 2:30 pm
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