SK8R GRLS: Life in Motion
On View: January 25, 2022 – March 18, 2022
Reception: March 8, 2022 | 5 to 7pm
Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public
Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present SK8R GRLS, a photo series by E. Brady Robinson celebrating the freedom and joy of roller skating. The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo Baltimore, located at 24 West Franklin St. from Jan 25th – March 18th. A public reception will take place March 8th from 5 to 7 pm in celebration of International Women’s Day.
In spring of 2021, Robinson took up skating as a way to stay active and reconnect with friends outdoors during COVID-19. During these skate dates, she photographed friends and eventually, a wider network of Baltimore-based female-identifying skaters. This work combines her love of athleticism, fitness and fashion photography. These images, made at a moment where it felt like the world was reopening after over a year of closure and isolation during the pandemic, evoke a feeling of release and freedom.
Robinson completed her BFA in photography at MICA and MFA in photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her background is in documentary photography and portraiture. The nine archival metal prints on display at the Hotel Indigo depict strong women amidst a backdrop of Baltimore monuments and sites. Locations such as Lake Montebello, Patterson Park, the Druid Hill Tennis Courts and the Ravens parking lot, signal the public landscape of Baltimore for those that know it well, in contrast to photographs made in the artist’s Maryland Art Place studio which utilize strobe and gel lighting to simulate the vibes of the 80’s roller skating rinks reminiscent of Robinson’s childhood.
The skaters photographed include artists, musicians and female entrepreneurs; women in the creative scene in Baltimore, including Amy Cavanaugh, Caitlin Gill, Jade Davis, Tina Thompson, Brittany Wight, Les Gray, Hayley Furman, Jessica Lauryn, Sophie Kluckhuhn and Wildège François.
E. Brady Robinson is a photographer based in Baltimore, and current resident artist at Maryland Art Place. She divides her time between personal art projects and commissioned work. Her documentary Art Desks was published by Daylight Books with an essay by Andy Grundberg and distributed by ARTBOOK D.A.P
Her photographs have been featured in The Washington Post, Channel One Russia TV, The Bund Shanghai, Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, Featureshoot, Slate among others. Robinson leads photography workshops throughout the United States. Select exhibitions include Lishui Photography Festival China, Orlando Museum of Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Katzen Art Center at American University, AIPAD NYC and Art Miami. Select collections include American University, Orlando Museum of Art and Spanish Cultural Center, Santo Domingo, DR.
Robinson is University Instructor of Photography at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and faculty at ICP in New York. She received her BFA in photography from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, and MFA in photography from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art. IG: @ebradyrobinsonLearn More