Issue 12: More is More

Issue 12: More is More

Baltimore’s thriving plant-collecting community

Baltimore’s houseplant community is as wide and diverse as our city, ranging from internationally recognized players to newcomers who just bought their first snake plant.

“I wanted to create a space for Black people to feel surrounded by ancestors, surrounded by love.”

The future looks busy and bright for Merriweather, who completed her Fountainhead Residency in September and returned to live and work at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, where she’ll be in residence through July 2022.

"I always think of how much, how high, and how something can get done that has yet to be seen or encountered."

Carla Du Pree’s profound surrender to the principle of abundance has allowed her advocacy to flourish, especially CityLit Project, a Baltimore literary nonprofit founded by Gregg Wilhelm in 2004.

On care work, connection, and paying close attention

"I do think that artists have always played an important role in imagining alternatives and bringing to light things that we’re not discussing otherwise."

How an upbringing in Baltimore and an earlier career in law influence the BMA's chief curator

Naeem considers her shift from law to art history, which had been an early passion, to be just that: a shift and not a U-turn.

In TLaloC’s 'Orbis Tertius: Hlaer to Jangr,' vibrant inflatable pieces filled the space from floor to ceiling, gleaming like alien objects, their purpose and meaning inscrutable.

In an economic and political environment where artists are accustomed to scarcity, the notion of excess space is indeed otherworldly.

The painter and professor on parenthood, vulnerability, and why it's important to have a 'mindset of experimentation'

"While exploring new hobbies, I came across new materials [and] I had collected ideas over the years that I had always hoped to explore."

When Nikki Stokes started out as a spoken-word artist, she never imagined herself as a fashion designer or a business owner.

At HGE Designs, Stokes maintains a balance between her handmade wearable objects, fashion, and therapeutic sensory objects.

Baltimore roller-skating women in photos by E. Brady Robinson

Remembering how empowered skating made her feel as a girl, she hit the streets, meeting up with friends and eventually a wider network of female-identifying Baltimore skaters.

The maximalist mixed-media artist talks about taste, class, and asking questions of the world—and other artists—around her

"I think fundamentally artists are always interested in what comes next—what happens if I push this idea further, what happens if I try this new material, etc."

Cheon's multidisciplinary work describes the subtle dynamics of a divided country, embedding contradictory layers of information that political discourse leaves out

Cheon’s practice is rooted in the tradition of activism and protest central to the history of modern Korea.

How the Highlandtown arts center builds community with all kinds of bombast

For the team behind Creative Alliance, building trust is an ongoing process.

Photos by Elena Volkova from the release party for Issue 12, celebrating visionary, maximalist-leaning creatives

“More is More” is the theme for BmoreArt's Issue 12, where maximalism, inclusivity, exuberance, and accumulation become the modus operandi for a post-pandemic world.

There is a feedback loop between Bill Schmidt's studio and his visual world, where mysterious shapes take on greater significance

Schmidt works at a tiny scale so that viewers to have to get close to his paintings, to have an intimate and “one-on-one relationship with the surfaces.''

The Orbis Tertius "Hlaer To Jangr" Project is ICA's last in their current space

Overwhelming in every sense and incredible in scale, scope, and color, the Orbis Tertius -Hlaer-to-Jangr exhibition at ICA Baltimore is a feast for the senses.