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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 rainit 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.

Continue reading PMF VIII



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.

Sunset Bath

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.