Issue 13: Collect

Issue 13: Collect

The Memphis-born artist sees the transformative power of improvisation and repurposing

No longer an athlete, or even a die-hard sports fan, Donahue is more concerned with the storytelling aspects of sports.

The self-taught historian finding treasures in backyard privies

To arrive at their resting place, items found at the bottom of a privy had to fall often ten or more feet, often out of someone’s back pocket, the same way many of us have dropped a cellphone in the modern toilet.

Tierney’s mixed-media assemblages link humans and climate

The objects Tierney employs trigger memories and personal associations, but they also represent systems, histories, industries and labor, and the environmental impact of it all.

Housewerks Salvage at the Chesapeake Gas Company

To list the items that Riddleberger has saved from landfills would take a building as large as the 1885 gas company “valve house” in South Baltimore where he keeps his collection of curios: an architectural salvage business called Housewerks.

On the fickle nature of creativity and the desire to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are

There is more than the single story of the material; there is usually a personal tie-in, a cultural or historical reference the viewer can also pick up on if they engage with it.

Building a legacy while supporting a community

Timmons is especially drawn to pieces rendered by artists based in or affiliated with Baltimore: Amy Sherald, Elizabeth Talford Scott, Jerrell Gibbs, Mequitta Ahuja, Derrick Adams, and Devin Allen, among many others.

Brown’s staged photographs reflect a lineage of Black beauty culture and rituals that are shared throughout the diaspora.

Black pop art iconography, like Jet magazine’s coverage and advertisements reflecting the 1960s Black is Beautiful movement and the Natural Hair Movement of the 2000s, are all influential to Brown’s photographs.

Moses sees her role as a curator as a community builder

Moses' curatorial project, the Maryland Institute Black Archives (MIBA), uncovered the erased history of Black students at MICA and documented as many stories from present-day Black students, alumni, faculty, and staff as possible.

An Artist Whose Collections Weave into Her Art

Though the first floor of Franklin's home is filled with art, there are no defined boundaries that separate the art in her collection, the art she herself makes, her collections in progress, and the more ordinary articles of her life.

The wide-ranging, meticulously organized collections include photographs, seashells, teeth, vintage ornaments, automobile emblems, bones, feathers, and much more

Entering the wood-floored room on the third floor of the couple's Baltimore home feels a bit like walking into a cabinet of curiosities from centuries past.

Subscribers, Contributors, and Featured Artists Celebrate our Collect Issue

A Garden Party for BmoreArt's subscribers, who made Issue 13 possible, as well as featured artists, contributors, and media partners