Scene Seen: Artist In Action: Strange Arrangements — Work by Dre Britton and Rodrigo Carazas Portal @ Subbasement Gallery

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Artist In Action: Strange Arrangements @ Subbasement Artist Studios and Gallery is an exhibition of new installations by Dre Britton and Rodrigo Carazas Portal. These artists represent the first of the SBAS Artist in Action residency program. This program affords artists a place to create, exhibit, and sell their artworks. It brings cultural experiences to the community and creates outlets and venues for youth to create and experience art.

In this exhibition, artist Dre Britton continues his exploration of surgically disassembling and reassembling couches and chairs, literally turning them inside out into exploding sculptural forms that reveal the beauty of the inner materials and manufacturing that created them. In contrast, artist Rodrigo Carazas Portal creates site-specific installations that embrace structural impermanence in order to create transformative cultural excavations that revolve around issues of pop culture, power, and politics in a post-colonial world.


Dre Britton
Dre Britton “The Sealab”
Dre Britton Installation view “Pillow Path”, “Louie”, and “Frame Construction #1”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal standing in front of “197”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “197”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal  “197” side view
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “197” back side view
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “King Standing” detail
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “King Standing” detail
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “King Standing”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “King Standing” detail
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “King Standing” detail
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Untitled”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Untitled” detail


Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Anglo Saxon”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Anglo Saxon”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Anglo Saxon”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Anglo Saxon”


Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Beef Patty”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Beef Patty”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal "Raising My Princess"
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “Raising My Princess”



Dre Britton “Guillotine”
Dre Britton “Guillotine”
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “The Character of Tao"
Rodrigo Carazas Portal “The Character of Tao”
Dre Britton “Louie”
Dre Britton “Louie”
Dre Britton “37th Chamber”
Dre Britton “37th Chamber”
Dre Britton “Sealab” - in installation
Dre Britton “Sealab” – in installation
Dre Britton “Sealab” - detail
Dre Britton “Sealab” – detail


Gallery installation view
Gallery installation view
Installation view

Dre Britton was born in Baltimore, MD in 1991. Dre studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in pursuit of a BFA in General Fine Arts. His work has been featured in group shows at various galleries including Subbasement Artist Studios “STUDIO MIXX” (2012) Area 405, “KNOWING” (2013); VisArt Kaplan Gallery, “CROSSING THE DISTANCE, A TRANSLOCAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE U.S. & AFGHANISTAN” (2013) He is currently an artist in residence at the Subbasement Artist Studio & VisArt Bresler Residency in Rockville, MD.

Rodrigo Carazas Portal was born in Lima Peru in 1989. He studied at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP) Art Program from 2007 until 2009, when he relocated to the US. He is currently finishing his BFA in Printmaking at George Mason University. Rodrigo’s first solo show “ANTWERP” took place at the Brookland Art Space (DC) during the summer of 2013. Carazas Portal has exhibited his works in the Dedalo Gallery in  Lima, Peru, La Universidad Metropolitana de Santiago de Chile, the Tyler Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

SubBasement Artist Studios and Gallery
18 N Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Photos by Jack Livingston and Rahrah, for the SubBasement Artist Studios and Gallery

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