Half Past, Two Rocks Back

Half Past, Two Rocks Back
Lucia Maher-Tatar
Tina Haines

512 W. Franklin Street
February 27, 2016
7-10 P.M.


I stare at the sky most when I’m awake at night. With the lamp out, it takes a moment for my eyes to adjust and to feel lonely. How could it have seemed so dark a moment ago? It seems bright now. The sky’s color looks like the warm twilight on CRT monitors, right before an image emerges after pressing “power.” I used to stare until faces and shapes appeared through the fog, eager to know if I needed to change the channel. Is it my show. Do I like the show.

The word for recognizing figures in random information is “pareidolia”–it’s the name for seeing faces in the hills of Mars or for catching religious figures in a water stain in the ceiling, that kind of thing. It’s a private moment, one you might wave off, but the reason that it’s satisfying is because when you catch the eye of the face in the rock, the rock sees you back.

There are no faces in the sky at night. I’m awake. There is the faint glow.

Lucia Maher-Tatar (b. Albuquerque, NM 1993) is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She recently co-directed Something Crossed My Mind…, a multi-disciplinary fashion event, and included work in Salon of 1808 at 609 N. Paca. She will be participating in Open Space’s seventh annual Publications and Multiples Fair.

Christina Haines (b. Philadelphia, PA 1989) is a ceramicist and artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She maintains a product line of utilitarian ceramics recently exhibited at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair and Baltimore Clayworks and will be exhibiting at Open Space’s seventh annual Publications and Multiples Fair as well as the Chicago Zine Fest.