Reading

Scene Seen: Johnny Riggs at Atomic Books and Pile of Craft at 2640 St. Paul Street

Previous Story
Article Image

Touchy Subjects

Next Story
Article Image

New Gallery in Town: The Freddy Interview

FACED: Polaroid Photos of Musicians by DJ Johnny Riggs and The Baltimore Craft Mafia’s Eighth Annual Pile of Craft, Photos by Jack Livingston

FACED: Photos by DJ Johnny Riggs at Atomic Books

FACED is an exhibition of prints made from Polaroid photos of well known musicians taken by DJ Johnny Riggs over the years. It is currently on display in the Eightbar Gallery in Baltimore’s Atomic Books. From 1992-2000 Johnny Riggs worked as a DJ at Baltimore/Washington’s leading alternative rock radio station, WHFS.

Being in a band and also a popular DJ at a beloved area radio station gave him access to a wide range of “alternative” artists. Equipped with a Polaroid Captiva, he used that access to take these photos along the way. He has been shooting Polaroids since he was 7 years old. He took the images through out his career. The story behind each photo is printed out below each print creating a compelling narrative that says as much about Riggs as the musician.  This exhibition features a 27 high quality prints, all for sale at $30 each—also available online at Atomic Books. The exhibition will run through the end of July.

atomicbooksstorefront

Atomic Books Storefront. Best bookstore in Baltimore (along with Normals).
3620 Falls Rd.   Baltimore, MD 21211

DJJohnnyRay
Johnny Riggs generously strikes a pose at the opening of his exhibition

cocker
Jarvis Cocker of  PULP, 1995 in a moment of triumph and transition.
Photo and print by Johnny Riggs.
(Photo reproduction courtesy of the artist—all rights reserved.)

RayShow_smilingguy

David Koslowski laughing after discussing throwing my camera far away for bugging him and asking to take his photo—an incident that happened to Riggs—as he relates in the exhibition) when he attempted to get a pic of a angry Evan Dando.

ramone
Joey Ramone by Johnny Riggs. This one makes us sad.
Photo and print by Johnny Riggs.
(Photo reproduction courtesy of the artist—all rights reserved.)

BennRay02

Benn Ray long time Atomic Books Co-Owner, here standing in Atomic Books’ new bar and grill, the Eightbar. His newsletter, the Mobtown Shank, is a must read.

harvey

P.J. Harvey. Riggs claims she quickly pinched his nipple once and he is still obsessed about it.
Photo and print by Johnny Riggs.
(Photo reproduction courtesy of the artist—all rights reserved.)

………………….

PILE OF CRAFT

This past Saturday, June 7th  the Charm City Craft Mafia presented the 8th annual Pile Of Craft! The well known one-of-a-kind craft fair for Baltimore, featuring 45+ of the country’s best handmade crafters selling their own housewares, stationary, screenprinted & sewn apparel, jewelry, handbags, hats, knit items, woven scarves, plush toys, ceramics, comic books, prints, paintings and more!

The event also featured DIY printmaking demonstrations from Baltimore’s brand new community printmaking facility, Baltimore Print Studios, a raffle basket FULL of donated items from Craft Mafia vendors to benefit local non-profit library/learning resource/all-round-gem, The Village Learning Place, and tasty snacks and coffee from local earth-friendly coffee shop & bookstore Red Emma’s.

craft2014_01

craft2014_19

craft2014_11

craft2014_04

craft2014_05

craft2014_10

craft2014_14

craft2014_16

craft2014_17

craft2014_36

craft2014_32

craft2014_23

craft2014_30

craft2014_35

craft2014_24

craft2014_28

craft2014_09

craft2014_31

craft2014_21

 * All Photos by Jack Livingston

Related Stories
A Community Remembers A Prolific Artist and Writer After His Sudden Passing on July 7

Friends and Colleagues of the BMA Museum Guard, a prolific artist and writer, share their memories

Joan Poncella at Waller Gallery Through July 27

A conversation with artist about her relationship with her grandmother, her archival process, and turning the unfolding of Joan Poncella Sterling's life into an exhibition. 

The best weekly art openings, events, and calls for entry happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

This week: Miss Mistress of Smut Pageant at CA, Sondheim talks at the Walters, May Pang at Winkel Gallery, Mobtown Ballroom & SNF Parkway, Fluid Movement, Glenda Richardson artist talk at the Lewis Museum, and opening receptions for True Arizola-Lyons, Charles Mason III, and more at Current!

May Pang's 1970s Photos Capture an Intimate Side of Celebrity, Opening July 26th at Winkel Gallery

In October of 1973, Pang accompanied Lennon to Los Angeles to promote his album "Mind Games." What followed was an incredible 18 month adventure of star-studded parties, road trips, and unparalleled (if not uneven) creative output leading to Lennon’s comeback success. All the while, she took photos.