Open Space is pleased to present the Eighth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair on April 1 and 2, 2017 at the Baltimore Design School. It’s no joke!


The Publications and Multiples Fair is an annual exposition of contemporary artist books, prints, publications, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, and works produced in multiple. This event has grown tremendously, from having 15 vendors in its first year to having 150 in its seventh year. Taking up one weekend in the spring, PMF acts as a beacon for artists across the country. People traveling from both coasts come together to sell the wares they have produced throughout the year and stay for the connections made with makers they may have never met before. In more recent years have we curated additional on-site programming throughout the weekend that includes panel discussions on contemporary identity issues, poetry readings, musical performances, motivational speeches, and artist talks.

Applications for PMF are now closed.

Formed in 2009, Open Space is a DIY artist-run gallery and collective located in Baltimore, Maryland.



Open Space presents:

By Any Other Name
(The Walking Woman)

Works by Danielle Criqui & Suzanna Zak

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday December 17th, from 7-10pm. Hot soup and cider will be served.

“She had walked off all sense of society” ~ Mary Hunter Austin, The Walking Woman

Danielle Criqui is a Baltimore based artist working in the mediums of photography and video. She received her BFA from MICA in 2010, and has exhibited locally at Penthouse Gallery and Current Space. Outside of her own artistic practice, she is a co-founder of ACRES, a bi-costal curatorial project and publisher. ACRES, a recipient of The Contemporary’s 2016 Grit Fund program, is slated to debut it’s 4th issue and corresponding video series in Winter of 2017.

Suzanna Zak is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her practice combines photography, sculpture, and artist books. She is concerned with how we come to understand place. Zak employs a variety of strategies that point to the many expressions of a singular space. Often working with found objects including print ephemera, her collections depict a variety of representations focusing around a central locale. In addition, Zak runs the artist book press, Rock Bottom, where she publishes her own work and collaborates with other artists. Zak was the 2012 recipient of the Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship and has exhibited at various spaces such as Kimberly-Klark (Queens), Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York), LAND&SEA (Oakland), GOLD (Los Angeles), Embassy (Los Angeles), Good Press (Glasgow, Scotland), Current Space(Baltimore), Sydney Gallery (Sydney, Australia), and Gether Contemporary (Copenhagen, Denmark). She is also an avid mushroom hunter and rock climber.




Midnight Deli, Hyun Cho


Open Space presents

Midnight Deli, a solo exhibition by Hyun Cho

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 7- 10PM



With the energy of youth iconography, rock 'n' roll, and the urban landscape, Hyun Cho's Midnight Deli recalls the zeitgeist and everyday ephemera of city life.
After sketching a chainlink fence on a phone app, Cho has the image fabricated as a neon sign, transforming the immateriality of digital space into glowing physicality. The push and pull between the immediate sketch and the final crafted work implies a space between spontaneity and structure. 
Cho's characteristic approach to repurposing colloquial phrases, messages, and song lyrics is seen in several pieces including Ask My Daddy. In such works Cho reinterprets registers of contemporary language, especially those related to popular youth subculture.


Hyun Cho is an artist based in New York City. Cho’s solo exhibitions include YAYAYA, at Conduits Arts in Melbourne, Australia and Rocking On Empty at Fowler Project Space in New York. She’s also a poet with a recent poem, Crucial Babe No 1., published in poetry journal Prelude. She received a BFA from The University of Sydney in Australia and a MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in NYC.

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Architectural Body: Se Jong Cho

Architectural Body: Se Jong Cho

Open Space is thrilled to present Architectural Body, a solo exhibition of new works by Se Jong Cho. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, September 10, from 7-10pm. The gallery will be open on Saturdays from 1-5 pm until October 8. More information here.

Now it is time that gods emerge from things by which we dwell…
–Rainer Maria Rilke

These paintings are about figuring out how architecture came to organize around humans or how humans came to organize around architecture. The title comes from Madeline Gin and Arakawa’s book that explores and contemplates the architectural solutions to the dilemma of mortality.

The dilemma of mortality comes from the assumption that consciousness is personal, that when our bodies expire, we cease to be conscious; we cease to exist: the ultimate existential crisis. This assumption rises from the self-awareness that doesn’t seem to extend beyond our individual physical bodies. Apparently, Wittgenstein thought so too, concluding from his investigation of mind through an experiment of “beetle in a box.” He conjectured that one cannot feel another person’s pain, but can only infer from their own. However, if you ask a person with an alien hand syndrome, when their hand is prodded with a stick, whose pain they feel, this person would respond that it is somebody else’s pain, distinctly not their own. So, if consciousness is truly personal, how can anyone feel somebody else’s pain that is not inferred from their own?

These paintings explore our relationship with architecture as a way to expose the non-personal, collective consciousness concealed by our mortal habitation. The audience is physically external to these architectural artifacts while the body parts are integrated in them. Thus, the audience can make clinical observations of feelings of restrain and dependence, anxiousness and relaxation, and desperation and liberation. Consequently, we can begin to imagine what it feels as a body alien to our own that could foster a greater comprehension of our collective consciousness.

– Se Jong Cho, 2016



Playing the Field

Playing the Field

Presented by Open Space at the third annual Artist-Run Art Fair

1714 North Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Open Space is thrilled to present Playing the Field, a group show featuring six artists asked to respond to the common phrase, primarily defined as an “indulg[ing] in a series of relationships without committing oneself to anyone,” as a poetic prompt. Encompassing artificial and material depictions of nature, the defining and protection of personal, and ultimately penetrable, spaces, and references to the Ab-Ex notion of the canvas as field, the works on view are varied and wide-ranging, in sync with the flexibility of the language of idioms. On view are works by Lisa Dillin, Lily McElroy,  Jake Lazovick, Kate Klingbeil, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, and Richard Munaba.

Friday July 15, 11 am – 9 pm

Saturday July 16, 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday July 17, 11 am – 6 pm

The Midnight Room

Aidan Koch
April 9 through May 21, 2016
512 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201














Aidan Koch (b. 1988 Seattle) received her BFA in Illustration at the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR. Her many books and publications include Xeric-winning The Blonde Woman, The Whale, The Elements of Painting, Impressions, Field Studies, Q, and Red Sands. Recent solo exhibitions include Notes at City Limits Gallery in Oakland and Mood Board at Mission Comics in San Francisco.


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.


Drifter History: New Work by Christopher Mahonski

Drifter History: New Works by Christopher Mahonski

November 21, 2015 – December 21, 2015

I’ve been trying to imagine the first tool. Maybe this is because we find ourselves in a time when our personal tool, whatever technological device it may be, completely defines us. Simple stone tools for cutting and scraping are sporadically discovered and attributed to human ancestors, but I’m more interested in the possible iterations of ephemeral tools that were not preserved in the geologic record. I imagine an evolution of these walking sticks / tools leading to things like canes, ceremonial talismans, wizard staffs and future implements for survival. For about two years I have been collecting and making these objects during my downtime in the studio. It’s a meditative process and fulfills an impulse to reanimate scrapes from failed projects and found materials that accumulate. These small works are free standing, or they are held up by an invisible entity, each one conjuring a specific and unknowable character. Drifter History is an ongoing project and collection that aims to become as diverse and unstable as humanity itself.

-Christopher Mahonski, November 2015


Christopher Mahonski was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 he completed his MFA in sculpture at VCU. He has shown throughout the country and is a recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, 7-Below Residency, Triangle Arts Residency, and a Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship. He is currently an adjunct instructor at VCU and Mary Washington.


McCabe, Bret. “Chris Mahonski’s show at Open Space invites us to trace the origins of the mythic ‘drifter’.” City Paper. 2 December 2015.

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Man Living Under Rug


Man Living Under Rug

at the Artist-Run Art Fair @ Artscape

July 17-July 19, 2015

Featuring works by Lucas Haroldsen, Harley Hollenstein, Kelley McNutt and Alan Resnick.
On view at Open Space’s booth at the Artist Run Art Fair during Artscape.
1714 N. Charles St.

Friday and Saturday July 17th & 18th 11AM-8:30PM
and Sunday July 19th 11AM-6PM

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Tape Zones: Live Journal


Tape Zones: Live Journal

October 17 – November 14, 2015

Exquisite Corpse, the surrealist drawing game, places its participants in the position of finishing a drawing without seeing its start. The game’s reveal of the final drawing as a consolidated collage of logics and aesthetic sensibilities offers the participants with one work that no single participant could have made.

Live Journal experiments with modifying this rule set into one that can operate in the three dimensional gallery space. In the three week install process, the gallery was separated into eight different sections and allowed each artist four days to install their section. While they could observe the previous artists’ installs, the isolated access allowed them to work without speaking about their intentions and without content information beyond the structure of the show. The reveal of the final piece seems to draw connections to the early-2000s online platform, LiveJournal, in which layperson participants were introduced to a new “personal space.” In the same way that those unfamiliar spaces revealed ways we affected one another in physical isolation, the participants here create a single landscape of output by working in broken unison.

“The unit of social networking on LiveJournal is quaternary (with four possible states of connection between one user and another). Two users can have no relationship, they can list each other as friends mutually, or either can “friend” the other without reciprocation. On LiveJournal, “friend” is also used as a verb to describe listing someone as a friend.” (Wikipedia entry on LiveJournal)

Ross Brubeck (b. 1986) is a photographer and sculpture artist living in Philadelphia, PA.

Patrick Schlotterback (b. 1992) recently graduated with a double major in Fibers and Ceramics at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

Mateo Marquez (b. 1987) is a web developer and sculptor living and working in Baltimore, MD.

Harrison Tyler (b. 1991) is a sculptor and a member of the 3d printing/education company Buildclass. He was a founding member of artist group Jimmi~Research and is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD.

Annie Murphy (b. 1993) develops multimedia sculpture that both engages and blurs the lines between a range of objects – found, created, and recreated. She graduated in May 2015 from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in General Fine Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.

Johnny Rogers is a Baltimore-based video assemblage artist, maker of comedic internet meme performance art, and CEO of JEDICOM; he has collaborated with KAHLON, Future Farmers, George Kuchar, and Martin Schmidt.

Lee Heinemann (b. 1993) is an artist, organizer, and initiator of Get Your Life! productions.

Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into colorful and vibrant journal-3live journal-4live journal-5live journal-6live journal-2live journal-7live journal-8live journal-11live journal-12live journal-10