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Crystal Magic Weapon

Works by Kara Gut

The landscape of the open-world action role playing game provides the user with the illusion of infinite space.



The personalized narrative and sequence of the user inside of the body of the avatar

Repeated and curated body contact with object creates environment for sexual pleasure and wonder

Body on body in a virtual reality.

Kara Gut’s work investigates the new shape of human intimacy formed by internet lifestyle, constructed detachment from reality, and the power dynamics of the virtual. Using image and screen-based media, she explores the necessity of certain digital spaces. She is specifically interested in how the patriarchal conversation within these spaces can be subverted to generate new meaning.

She works with video, screen capture, and the appropriation of experiences from the internet, video games, and other virtual spaces. The resulting pieces are sculptural in nature. She is interested in expressing the mythos of the digital and how it manifests in the physical realm. The work centers around this concept, and takes the form of objects that play with language, translation, faux-intimacy, consumerism, and a metamorphosis born from the lore of digital and internet lifestyles. Specific gaming and roleplaying cultures exist to serve as a metaphor for our constant mythologizing of digital space at large.

A multidisciplinary artist with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Kara is the recipient of the Peter MacKendrick Endowment for Visual Artists. Her work has been collected by Cranbrook Art Museum as well as numerous private collections. Her work was recently featured by Refigural Magazine, The Unstitute, and the Detroit Center for Con-temporary Photography. Kara currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

Opening reception, December 7 2017. On view through January 1, 2018.



We have heard your inquiries about PMF IX!
We are still in the planning process of the event and will post any updates regarding dates and forms as they’re decided. Thank you for your patience!

Blame it on the Rain

Open Space presents

Blame it on the Rain

Amy Chan, Sarah Mizer and collaborative team Val Molnar & Matt Spahr present Blame iton the Rain and immediately face: Lip-synching indications, exposure, and media backlash

We knew we had a hit when we wrote it, you can really rhyme a lot of words with rain. There are several reasons to love the rain, it is cleansing, it allows life to grow, rain is water and water is essential to life. (fade out)

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2017. It was on view through November 11, 2017 at 512 W Franklin St.



Knotted Gate Chant Cycle: New Work by MSHR


Knotted Gate Chant will be up from April 1st through May 6th with gallery hours Saturdays 1-5pm.

Join us for a light and sound performance by MSHR on Saturday, April 1 from 7-10 pm at Open Space, 512 W. Franklin Street.

MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. We build and explore systems to reveal pathways toward ecstatic sensory experience. We work at the intersection of digital sculpture, analog circuitry, and ceremonial performance. Our physical projects revolve around analog light-audio feedback systems built from macro-arrangements of our sculptural synthesizers. On the virtual side, we weave computer generated portraits of inter-dimensional entities and psychedelic realms. These physical and virtual pursuits inform each other deeply, unfolding a hyper-shape that houses both.

More information can be found here.


Eighth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair


Open Space is pleased to present the Eighth Annual Publications and Multiples FairIt’s no joke!

Saturday, April 1 from 12 – 6pm
Sunday, April 2 from 12 – 6pm
at the Baltimore Design School

Stop by the fair for a program outlining all of the on- and off-site programming this weekend!


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.

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

200 Nam Nam
A. Jarrell Hayes
Adam Amram and Gabriella Grill
Adult Punk
Alex Ebstein, Jessie & Katey
Alexandra Bravar, Angela Heaps and Caeli Carr-Potter
Alexandra DeStefano
Amy Scovil, Allen Hiu
Anime Ceramix
Ann Xu
Anna K Crooks
Anna Silina
Anna Strain
Art Vandelay
Aurora Engle-Pratt
Baltimore Print Studios
Baltimore Youth Arts
BDS kids
Beast Grrl Collective
Ben McNutt / Wrestling
Bernard Stiegler
Better Lovers
Blind Arch
Brad Ziegler
Bred Press
Brooks & Rosebud
Brown and Proud Press
Carmen Johns
Carolyn Conn & Grace Davis
Castle Printshop
Celeste Fichter
Chaimi Food Studio
Charlotte Anne Laurance
Christina Haines
Christopher Adams
Christopher Mahonski
Claire Felonis + Spencer Shope
CLUBHOUSE and Leyla Rzayeva
Dana Bechert Ceramics
Dog Pasta
Dominique Hellgeth
Dylan Thadani Presents
Eclectic Collective
Ehse Records
Eleanor Farley
Elena Johnston
Ella Clayton
Elle Johnson
Endless Editions
Flannery Cashill
Freda Mohr
Friends of Friends
Friends Records
Fume Room Press
Fuse Works
Gaby Velez
GenderFail Press
General Matters
Get Lost Press
Girl Group
Gloomy of PlayGurlClubb
Gratuitous Type
Handwork Quilts
Heart & Soil
Hey Thanks! Herbal Co.
High Tide
Illogical Comics
Ink Press Productions
InterMedia + Digital Arts of UMBC
Jack Reese / Weakly Comics
Jason Roy
Joe Maccarone
Josh Dean
Julie & Jane
Kali Stull + Noel Freibert
Kat Kennedy
Kate Haberer & Will Ryerson
Katherine Gottsegen
KB pots
Kodi Fabricant and Maggie Fitz
Kyle Tata, Kristin Tata, Tyler Davis, and John Zimmerman
Laila Milevski
Lane Harlan
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez
Lily Herman
Liz Langa Ceramics
Local 1 Youth Press
Lucia Maher-Tatar, Audrey Gair
Lunar Insurrection
M Reisenwitz
M.uckotter \ charles.S
Make Studio
Mara Hyman
Matt Carignan
Matthew Scott Gualco
Melody Often
Miata Upshaw
MICA Design League
Mikael Flores-Amper
Mishka Colombo
Morgan Vessel
Mother Mother
Mt. Home Arts + Matthew Van Asselt
Munu Editions
Natalia C. Arias
Natalie Geagraphic
Nothing Left to Learn
Nowhere Zone
Object Of
Olivia Gibb
Open Works
P.O. Box
Paul Shortt & Christopher Kardambikis
Pellinore Press
Pioneer Works
Press Press
Project Dispatch
Publication Studio Hudson
Rachel Hayden
Rachel Rymont
RAW MEAT Collective
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
Revolving Family Distribution
Rob Brulinski
Rock Pile Western
Ruby Waldo
s P L e e N C o F F i N
Saint Lucy Books
Sarah Juanita
Sea Farm City
severed books
Sexmagick Press
Shelby Rosabal and Jasmine Cindy
Shreyas R Krishnan
Shy Pup
Small Editions
Soberscove Press
Soft Blonde
Soft City Printing
Soumya Dhulekar & Nicole Rodrigues
Spencer Compton
Stephen Grebinski
Stephen Hendee
Studio-HH & Kevin Lowenthall
Terrault Gallery
the Bettys
The Coalition Zine
The Contemporary
The Joint Youth Movement
The New Canon Project
The Unofficial Press
Thousand Island/Emily Burtner
Total Pansy
Toy Story 5
travis hallenbeck
Ultraviolet Light
Under + Over
Vivien and Abbie Wise
Wei Xie Hann
White Lighter
Whitney Simpkins
Whittled Wizards & HandsandCurls
Will Laren
William Chapman and Lauren Barbour
Women in Sound
Woven Autonomo
Zimmerman Woodworks


Madeline Campbell of Women in Sound: 1-2pm
A complement to Women in Sound zine, this talk is an introduction to the impact of women and queer people on electronic music and recorded sound. It will discuss the equipment and creative processes employed to produce unheard sounds and pioneer a genre. No prior knowledge of electronic music necessary to enjoy this program!

Pecha Kucha Series on “SciFi Optimism”: 2:30-3:30pm
Pecha Kuchas are back! This year six presenters will explore the idea of “scifi optimism” and how it relates to their life and work. Featuring Claire Mirocha, Alexis Skinner, Lunar Insurrection, Umiko Niwa, Jen Kirby and Vincent Seadler.

ACRE TV screening: 4:00-5:00pm
ACRE TV co-director Andrew Mausert-Mooney will present selections from the archives and speak to the Chicago-based project’s four year history. ACRE TV is an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network (found online at that features live and canned video, performances, durational works, and experimental broadcasts. ACRE TV was born out of the collaborative spirit of ACRE(Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) based in Chicago and Steuben, Wisconsin.

Nam Nam 200 5:00-6:00pm
The world premier screening of video work by Marcelline, Travis Levasseur and Corey Hughes.

Zoe Ligon in conversation with Stefani Levin about Female Ejaculation: 1-2pm
Zoe Ligon artist and founder of Spectrum Boutique in Detroit will talk to local sex therapist Stefani Levin about female ejaculation.

LES FLEURS DU MAL: Readings on Erotic Decadence and Decay 2:30-4:00pm
LES FLEURS DU MAL is a performance of poetry, sound, and provocative imagery inspired by Post-Baudelairean erotic decadence and decay. This show features 14 Poets, a large scale painting as backdrop by Viveca Licata, and intermission sounds by QUNA. Featuring readings by Max Guy, Grace Davis, Anna K. Crooks, Adam Marans, Lane Harlan, Lexie Mountain, Adam Beaver, Maya Martinez, Lindsay Raspi, Saida Agostini, Lily Herman, Jasmine Pullen-Schmidt and Janea Kelly.
The show is curated by Lane Harlan exclusively for PMF.

Reading by Jason Harris and Olu Butterfly: Selections of Speculative Fiction: 4:00-5:00pm

Nam Nam 200 5:00-6:00pm
Screening of video work by Marcelline, Travis Levasseur and Corey Hughes.


Beast Grrl Zine, 3:00-4:00pm
Beast Grrl Zine will be running a mini-zine workshop– all materials provided! Come out to listen to tunes and chop up magazines with us. Beast Grrl Zine is a youth-run feminist organization, promoting youth empowerment, feminist education, and activism.

Intro to “Dungeons and Dragons” 1:00-3:30pm
–local novelist and game maker Justin Sirois will give a 2 hour introduction to tabletop role playing and the basic system The Black Hack.

HAIR CLUB (with Kelly Lloyd) 4:00-5:00pm
Hair Club would like to invite participants to use a variety of materials to construct their own merkin, or pubic wig. Merkins were originally worn by sex workers, but are now used as decorative items by people of all genders, and for “modesty” purposes by actors. During this event, while constructing our merkins with a variety of materials including sequins, fringe, felt, faux-fur, yarn, ribbon and glitter paper, we will engage participants in a discussion around body hair, specifically pubic hair, looking at the vilification of women’s body hair and the portrayal of pubic hair in pop culture. This workshop will explore a humorous DIY strategy to processing culture’s dictates about where hair should and should not be, while Kate Bush plays in the background. Co-founded by Suzanne Gold, Kelly Lloyd, and Michal Lynn Shumate, HAIR CLUB is an interdisciplinary, research-based art collective whose work is centered around the multivalent topic of HAIR.

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

Knotted Gate Chant Cycle


Open Space is thrilled to present Knotted Gate Chant, an installation by MSHR in conjunction with PMFVIII.

Knotted Gate Chant Cycle will be up from April 1st through May 6th with gallery hours Saturdays 1-5pm.

Join us for a light and sound performance by MSHR on Saturday, April 1 from 7-10 pm at Open Space, 512 W. Franklin Street.

MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. We build and explore systems to reveal pathways toward ecstatic sensory experience. We work at the intersection of digital sculpture, analog circuitry, and ceremonial performance. Our physical projects revolve around analog light-audio feedback systems built from macro-arrangements of our sculptural synthesizers. On the virtual side, we weave computer generated portraits of inter-dimensional entities and psychedelic realms. These physical and virtual pursuits inform each other deeply, unfolding a hyper-shape that houses both.

More information can be found here.



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.

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

Palm Trees

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.