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The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21231
Thalia Scagliola is an extended media artist who examines Cybernetic art in her work. She works in performance work, video footage, and screen-printed imagery. Thalia was born in Bel Air, Maryland just north of Baltimore. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers and Painting. Thalia has recently completed her MFA degree in painting at SCAD, and is currently residing in Maryland.
Thalia’s work is centered on examining my obsessive tendencies. She make performance videos depicting herself in a broad range of conditions. The inherent need to record and observe takes precedence over the content. To relate the estrangement she experience to the viewer, the footage is broken into hundreds of clips, reordered, and then layered. The 33 layers of footage emphasize my obsessive examinations. The footage is paused at 3 minutes, 33 seconds, and 33 frames, providing the viewer with a moment of pause. The number 3 as well as its multiples, references the infancy of these tendencies, which is rooted in her childhood. Driven by her habitual nature, physical processes such as screen-printing are introduced, providing further departure through increased objectivity. The original imagery is broken down through successive layers. Every layer is different from another and never repeated. Use of color reflects the departure occurring from the original footage. Influenced by cybernetic art, performance art, chance operations, and systems art, Thalia’s work focuses on obsessive tendencies, and the altered perceptions developed through compulsion.
You can contact Thalia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maryland College Park : College Park 20740
PARADISE NOW, a project by Kimi Hanauer featuring work by Sydney Spann, Michael Stephens, and Nikki Lee, is a game of unequal circumstances and varying objectives.
PARADISE NOW invites visitors to develop their potential as players by participating in weekly gaming rounds, which over time will collectively alter and reinvent the game’s score, thus changing the rules of the space itself. We hope you will join us for an opening round on Thursday, September 1 6-8:30 pm, which will feature a live performance from 7 to 8 pm by Sunatirene. PARADISE NOW will be on view August 29 through October 15 and is curated by Christopher Bugtong, Grace DeWitt, and Shay Tyndall.
Tim Doud + Zoë Charlton: Unincorporated – Opening Reception
Thursday, September 1st : 5pm
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
McDaniel College : Westminster 21157
The premiere exhibition of the 2016–2017 academic year at McDaniel College is an experimental video presentation assembled by American University art professors Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton. “Unincorporated” runs Thursday, Sept. 1–Friday, Sept. 23, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, Sept. 1, 5–7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
Doud and Charlton have collaborated as co-workers, professors, artists, curators and organizers. They launched sindikit (www.sindikit.net) in Baltimore, a project space to support experimental work and practice-based research.
At McDaniel, they are building upon their work by creating three distinct sets of videos and inviting other artists in and outside of the Baltimore area to work with them on one of the videos for this exhibition.
Tim Doud was born in New Bedford, Mass., and graduated from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was in residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Milan and Berlin, as well as at Art Basel in Switzerland. More information about Doud can be found at www.timdoud.net.
Zoë Charlton received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Chicago’s Wendy Cooper Gallery and Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum in addition to the Studio Museum of Harlem and Clementine Gallery, both in New York, as well as the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland, and the Haas and Fischer Gallery in Zurich. Reviews of her work have appeared in in ARTnews and Art in America. She previously worked as an animator at Flat Black Films in Austin, Texas. Visit http://zoecharlton.com for additional information about Zoë Charlton.
Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
1715 North Calvert Street : Baltimore 21202
Guest Spot is honored to present the solo exhibition RURI YI, Abstract Non-Binaries. This is the Baltimore city-based artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery which will feature works from 2016. The exhibition will mark the beginning of our season, with an opening reception on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 7pm-10pm. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 2pm-4pm.
All I want anyone to get out of my paintings, and all I ever get out of them, is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion…What you see is what you see. – Frank Stella
Ruri Yi intends for viewers to experience her artwork with instinctive, physical responses to the work’s structure, color, and surrounding space, rather than with contextual or interpretive analysis. Yi’s work encourages a silent encounter or serene participation with the work. Yi’s paintings, inspired by real-life observations, asks viewers to subjectively experience the work through bold colors, free of gestural brushstrokes and recognizable compositions.
Yi’s creations are meditative, decorative and industrial; an art of visual serenity that is a welcome backdrop for troubled contemporary times. Her work is reminiscent and nostalgic, while creating a certitude of visceral experience that is similar to the calm found before a storm. Yi’s notion of calm relates to the idea that knowledge brings comfort; this commonality is distinctive and the thing that unites her work. Reading too deeply or seeing things that are not there can cultivate a state of anxiety. As an alternative, this exhibition is a personal reprieve from current political turmoil.
1728 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
You know those long, dreadful periods of time that occur when you text your crush and he fails to text you back? As time painfully creeps along and you try to block the phrase “he’s just not that into you” from playing like a ticker over and over in your mental picture; what do you do to pass the time?
Join me at The Depot on Friday September 2nd from 6 PM – 8 PM as I unveil a new body of artwork created during and inspired largely by those periods of romantic down time.
Curated by Suzannah Gerber, Don’t Text Him will be on view until the end of October. The opening reception is free of charge and open to the public. 80’s Dance Party to follow.
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224
From August 27th to October 2nd, Creative Alliance and the Neighborhood Voices committee members present Race Recounted, an exhibition uncovering the personal stories and complexities of individual identity as expressed community members who have participated in the program and in exhibition-related workshops. Since its inception in 2013, the Neighborhood Voices program, its founders, institutional partners (Creative Alliance and Banner Neighborhoods), and its resident-led committee have made a concerted effort to address social tensions through conversations about race that foster public spaces for dialogue and equity. Race Recounted is a celebration of our stories, our artwork, our collectivity, and our mission to confront many Americans’ automatic response to racial inequality: to remain silent.
Race Recounted asks visitors to participate in the creation of artwork that tells the story of their own racialized identity through audio/visual portraits in a recordable greeting card (materials are provided). Participants must choose from a selection of 6 prefabricated exteriors that announce their race as defined by the US Census: White, Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and Other. A workshop table in the center of the gallery guides them through the process of decorating the inside of the card and making a recording that re-plays when the card is opened. These stories and personalized images complicate the categorical generalizations made by the census classifications, and provide deeply moving insight into the complexities of identity that differentiate and define us all.
Performances by internationally renowned spoken word artists and storytellers from the Neighborhood Voices workshops act as loci for activity during the exhibition. Confirmed participants include: The Cornell West Theory, a group from Washington, DC who are inspired by social justice struggles, Hip Hop, and the center of world politics. Cornell West Theory’s music is rooted in hip hop, but smashes into a firebrand sound containing elements of punk, go-go, blues, jazz, and industrial noisescapes (Aug 27); and Noelle Ghoussaini, who will direct and coach neighborhood residents and committee members on personal storytelling through theatrical performance. She will also share her own story about her Lebanese-American identity (Aug 27). Additional program dates include a roundtable discussion led by Juan Ortiz in conjunction with Creative Alliance’s Activist Speaker Series (Oct 2); a performance-oriented Neighborhood Voices workshop, and open calls for schools, community groups, and the general public to participate in either the greeting card project or storytelling on the gallery’s stage.
ALLOVERSTREET September Art Walk
Friday, September 2nd : 5-10pm
East Oliver Street Galleries +
Station North : Baltimore 21201
Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and centering on the 300 & 400 blocks of East Oliver Street. We hope you will join us on Friday, September 2nd, for our monthly round of rad events! We will start the night off with a happy hour sponsored by Union Craft Beer at the Station North Tool Library that will be followed by an Alloverstreet Artist Talk at Area 405.
• 5:00 – 7:00PM
Happy Hour @ Station North Tool Library (417 E Oliver St)
• 7:00 – 7:30PM
Artist Talk featuring at Area 405 (405 E Oliver St), with Brewer’s Art beer and Joe Squared pizza!
• 7:00 – 10:00PM
Art openings on E Oliver St and surrounding area!
GALLERY OPENINGS (7-10PM)
Jeannie Simms and A Collaboration: Julia Celebrado Royer + Cindy Cheng.
405 E Oliver St, 2nd Floor.
ELECT AN ARTIST Happy Hour fundraiser
The ELECT AN ARTIST project is designed to encourage creative types (from painters to poets) to embrace roles in municipal governments and boards.The Happy Hour at Area 405 will raise funds to help support the campaign of social sculptor (Lisa Austin) who plans to run for mayor of Erie, Pa.
405 E Oliver St
Ballroom Gallery Turns One: Anniversary Show
Works by Stephanie Wallace and Madiha Sebbani
The Copycat, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Ave
Artists: Stephanie Wallace
“ONSLAUGHT OF OBSOLESCENCE”
Works by David Ubias
16 W North Ave
“Feed The Animals”
Works by Kevin Stewart.
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Ave
Ali Seradge, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, and Taha Heydari address the way our main channels of communication are curated.
440 E Oliver St
Baltimore Jewelry Center
Adorn | Form, a collaborative exhibition with Clayworks
Works by Trinidad Contreras, Billie Jean Theide, Kate Bajic, Luzia Vogt, Brice Garrett, Lillian Fitzpatrick and Rachel Andrea Davis.
10 E North Ave, Suite 130
And more TBA!