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 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.
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 experiences.
The pattern breaks, skips and snakes its way up my back, connecting with the pattern on your ribs. I carry your weight, and you mine. Together we stand in silence, only the sound of the lights above us, their electrified filaments buzzing with heat.
The energy is liquid, untapped and preserved, the excess covered, but no less potent. A scene is created, past time… or was it last time? The playbook is worn, overused and tattered. The play moves forward, this time in silence, this time withdrawn.
It moves, in stillness, every moment distilled and preceded by itself. Like a pebble dropped in a pond, the ripples enchant and mesmerize the gaze. Flattened and upended, on the wall, not on the ground. Relics of similar activities adorn these trophy stands, gilded in sweat of past scrimmages.
Pastoral Lull is a new body of work by Will Haughery and Kris Harzinski consisting of video, sculptures and sculptural photographs. They create a trophy-room of sorts wherein aestheticized rural motifs become their loot.
Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery have maintained a collaborative practice since 2008. Their work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Artspace (Ontario) and ACRE Projects and venues including the ICA Philadelphia, Ashes/Ashes, Fjord, Vox Populi, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and L’hybride (France). Their work has been discussed in Art F City, Bad At Sports, Hyperallergic, and Emergency Index.
Join us for an opening Saturday August 1st from 7-10pm at Open Space, 512 W. Franklin St.
BECAUSE HE is an exhibition of collaborative works from Baltimore artists Magali Hébert-Huot and Zack Ingram that subverts expressions of masculinity within their respective upbringings.
Originally from Québec City, Magali Hébert-Huot currently resides in Baltimore. After studying visual arts at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, she completed her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2012 and her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art – Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2015. She has recently shown at (e)merge in DC and at LACDA in Los Angeles as well as various exhibitions in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Montréal and Québec City.
Born in Jackson, MS, Zack Ingram is an artist living and working in Baltimore, where he earned a BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. His work has been included in exhibitions and printed publications throughout Baltimore, Oakland, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC. Later this year, he will relocate to Austin to start is MFA candidacy at the University of Texas.
Building on five consecutive years of growing print celebrations, Open Space is thrilled to present PMF VI, the Sixth Annual Publications & Multiples Fair, taking place March 28th and 29th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School. This annual exposition provides the opportunity to admire, collect, and discuss artist publications, prints, and objects produced in multiple. Join us for this cornerstone event featuring works from over 100 local and national artists, and on-site programming all weekend. The fair is free and open to the public.
Date: March 28th & 29th Time: 12 PM to 6 PM Saturday & Sunday Location: Baltimore Design School 1500 Barclay St, Baltimore, MD 21202
FEATURED VENDORS: 57 Cell ACRES Adam Amram Aidan Koch Alex Ebstein Amelia, Christian and Stephen Andrew Haas Andrew Walters Anthony Meloro Art Vandelay Baltimore Design School Baltimore Print Studios Barely There Beast Grrl Zine Bernard Stiegler Beth Hoeckel Bite Not Press ft. Nick Vyssotsky Blonde Art Books Booklyn Bundle + Batch Bushwick Print Lab Castle Printshop Celeste Fichter Chris Day Chris Morgan Christina Haines Ceramics cinderblox Conor Stechschulte Conveyor Editions Dana Bechert DYLAN THADANI E&D GOODS Eamon Espey Ehse Records Elena Johnston Emily Burtner Empty Stretch Endless Editions Every Day Good House Faerie Quest FAMILYFAMILYTREE Freddy From The Loom Friends Records Fuse Works Gabriella Grill Gary Kachadourian General Matters Genpop Records Girl Group Gratuitous Type GW Duncanson Harley Hollenstein Horses Think Press Houseboat Hunter-Savoy Jaffe Ink Press Productions Isobel Modica James Bouché Jen Liu Jessica Hans Jessie Unterhalter Jihm jimmi~research Katey Truhn Kyle Tata Lala Albert Leah Wishnia // Happiness Comix Lil Gallery Lindsay Aura Miller Lola Borovyk Lupin (featuring Colin Schappi) Lyla Shlon Mary Ancel Matt Thurber Matthew Scott Gualco Melody Often MICA Design League MICA Printmaking Mike Taylor Milton Melvin Croissant III Molly Colleen O’Connell Morgan Frailey Munu Editions Nicholas Verstraeten Noah Scialom Nous Somme Loco Object Of Ocular Media Group Oranbeg Press Patience, Painter Patrick Schlotterback Pau Wau Publications Paul Shortt Pellinore Press Player Press Press-Press Primary Information Print Club Boston Printed Matter Publication Studio Hudson ROCK BOTTOM Ryan Oskin Sam Kendrick SEDIMENT Simon Reinhardt Small Editions Somethings + More Spaces Corners STUDIO SNACKS Szechuan Best Terrault Contemporary The Black Widows The Contemporary Two Friends V. Vale WEIRD Magazine Wham City Wiley Guillot y2k YTB Why The Beef Zach Hazard Vaupen Zing Magazine Zoe Keller
ON-SITE FAIR PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, March 28th
Maybe Punk Rock Came True A discussion with legendary writer, musician, and publisher V. Vale, and Baltimore artist Chris Day. Hear about the life of the creator of Search & Destroy and RE/Search Publications, and his thoughts on art, publishing, black humor, and the SF punk scene in the 70s.
20 Years of zingmagazine Managing Editor Brandon Johnson will discuss the history, mission, and operations of New York-based zingmagazine through a visual montage of issue highlights and other ephemera.
Arts Criticism and the Arts Outpost Post-Office Arts Journal moderates a panel discussion with Max Guy, Alex Ebstein, and Marcus Civin on criticality in non-capitals of art.
Artists of the Industrial Scene (2006) dir. Marian Wallace In this film, ten industrial artists and musicians expound on the ideas behind their music and art production and displays. Starring Mark Pauline, Genesis P-Orridge, Graeme Revell, Jerry Casale, Johanna Went, Jim Thirlwell, and others.
Sunday, March 29th
Female Bodies in the Art World with Hannah Mandel A multimedia meditation and discussion on the physical form women inhabit when existing in the art world.
Just Do It! A Pecha Kucha series of motivational speeches featuring Lexie Mountain, Lauren Brick, Kimi Hanauer, Emiline Boehringer, + more!
Industrial Experiments Experimental Films by Marian Wallace, featuring Ephemerality (1979), Getting At The Underworld (1985), Valentine’s Film (2000), GG’s Film (2000), The Kite Film (2001), and W.S. Burroughs on the Human Condition (2007).
Shade Series Poetry Readings curated by Lane Harlan
*** Opium Wampum presents: PMF Wampum Featuring Fluct, Ami Dang, Get Your Life! Productions, Carly Ptak, Mateo Marquez, Michael Wasteneys Stephens, and Nerftoss. Performance times on Saturday and Sunday TBA *** OFF-SITE & SATELLITE PROGRAMMING
Friday, March 27th
PMF Kick-Off Show @ The Crown Strange Times People Band (Tape Release!), Arrington De Dionyso, Sunatirene, Sapphogeist 1910 North Charles Street
Bubble Over Green @ The Contemporary Closing reception for the multilayered audio-visual experience by Victoria Fu, (currently on view Wednesday – Sunday, 4-8 PM). In the former KAGRO building, 101 W North Avenue, 7-10 PM ***alloverstreet:***
Coast to Coast @ Bodega Gallery A collaboration between Diane Young and Hunter-Savoy, accompanied by High Rollers and your Lady of Injury. The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Avenue
Strange New Feels @ Lil’ Gallery Works by Caeli Carr Potter, Alex Day, Claire Felonis, Sara Grose, Angela Heaps and Spencer Shope. Curated by Sara Grose and Claire Felonis The Copycat Building, Apt A100, 1511 Guilford Avenue
Controlled Rot @ Terrault Contemporary Work by Rosemary Liss The Copycat Building, 1515 Guilford Avenue
Stage Fright @ Gallery CA Works by Sean FitzPatrick 440 E Oliver Street
Time and Again @ Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute Work by Eric Doeringer 1715 N Calvert Street
Run It @ Penthouse Gallery Printed matter by Caeli Carr-Potter, Tristan Scow, Mary Reisenwitz, Kate Klingbeil, Christ Williford & Vivian Loh. Curated by Sonja Solvang The Copycat Building, Apt B501, 1511 Guilford Avenue
Saturday, March 28th
Somethings @ bb Objects from Fiona Sergeant, curated with Colin Alexander 427A North Eutaw Street
Trance Dancers of the Open Flower @ Open Space Arrington De Dionyso drawing performance and exhibition. Featuring new works on paper and vellum from his “Trance Dancers of the Open Flower” series, as well as a new body of drawings and paintings made in 2015. 512 West Franklin Street
Girth Proof Vol II @ Springsteen (new location) New work by Wickerham & Lomax, (opening March 21st, on view through April 18). A recalibration of a recent exhibition which cast its participants from Craigslist and rendered their likenesses in CGI as bulked-up, busy-body event planners. Here they are reincarnated with an empty schedule and an empty stomach. 502 West Franklin Street
Freak Flash Finale @ Floristree Curated by Molly Colleen O’Connell. Drain the fluids from your eyes, these are not hallucinations. Energy is physical. Visions are palpable. Freak Flash screenings showcase artists who stir the surreal into waking life. Stay tuned for more details!
I sit on a bed and look down at a screen. I have just daydreamed about something forgettable while staring at the pattern on Stan’s shirt.
A bird’s eye view of Stan posing in a somber stance swiftly changes to a belt buckle height view of the Lieutenant walking and talking with Rico, Trudy and Sonny. The florescent lights behind them make dramatic angled horizons that wrap around and frame the characters in my focus.
I am back in the heat of the dialogue. Trudy, who stands to the right of the Lieutenant, shares info she just scooped, and peels off to her right. Her blue dress has this specific cut. The fabric opens at the arch of her back and casts a parabolic frown that mimics the shape of the Lieutenant’s downturned mustache.
I look up to my right at some painted clouds on a poster. I zone out for about a minute.
Sonny and Rico now walk through a lobby of what looks like a big city commercial building. They approach a monitor that is situated at their waist level on some sort of table. The screen is angled up to face them. Rico points at the device, and just then green letters appear across its matte black surface. The verdurous typeface spells out company names and office numbers. Sonny wears a gold watch and has purple sleeves.
I am now close up to what seems to be a women’s left hand filing the nails on her right hand. There are many women next to and around her. Each speaks into a telephone in a sultry tone. Suddenly, I focus on one women who, besides speaking on the phone, is bicep curling a small free weight. She wears a sleeveless yellow shirt and a tattoo of an indecipherable image on her shoulder and arm. I stare at many foreshortened women. One catches both my eyes because she seems so carefully positioned. She has a large perm and advances her left hand fingers at a specific pace through the tan curly chunky chord that connects her receiver to the listener on the other line.
A new woman appears sitting at her desk alone in an ostentatious office. There is large cursive font on a wall adjacent to where she sits. She appears more prominent than each of the previous women because she sits by herself at her own desk. I see only the left side of her. She reaches to her left and shuts a glass door. I regard the solitary desk woman from her right side, and simultaneously at a three quarter angle. She is foreshortened. Behind her and through the glass door I spy a single foot.
Caprice presents the work of London based artists Nicole Morris, Robert Rivers, and Sarah Pettitt.
I take down a phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper and place it in a pocket of my pants. I am in town for a weekend and wear the same pair of pants for three consecutive days.
Two weeks later, I stand by the washing machine and empty the pockets of the same pants in order to wash them. Amongst some lint and loose change, I find the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper. I speak the phrase aloud. Suddenly, I realize that as I reflect, I am staring in one direction. I become aware of my self consciousness and lose my train of thought. Now, I place the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper inside a pocket of the shorts I am wearing.
As time goes on, I start to carry the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper everywhere. I transfer it from pocket to pocket, as I do everyday with my keys and my wallet. If I find myself sitting alone, I remove the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper and read it. When a conversation with someone bores me, or if someone seems bored in conversation with me, I remove the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper. After saying the phrase inside myself to myself, I then utter the phrase out loud to the other, and relish the look on the listener’s face.
On my birthday, I decide to walk to the highest point in the city that I now live. I am all by myself. There is a great view from the highest point in the city. I look out at the scenery and then back down to the pavement beneath my feet. My eye lands on a penny that lies flat on the pavement. I stare at it and choose not to pick it up.
The following evening, I am in conversation with a stranger at an art opening and recall the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper. I reach into my pocket to read the phrase to myself and then to the stranger, only to find nothing in my pocket but my wallet, my keys, and a single penny. Later that evening, I search every pocket of every pair of pants and shorts I own, but I do not find the phrase on a ripped piece of plain white paper.
I sit down on my bed and stare in one direction.
A Longing For Leisure is curated by Seán Boylan and presents the work of London based artists Alex Brenchley, Lauren Godfrey, Nicholas Hatfull, and Alec Kronacker.
Opening January 31st, 7PM at 512 W. Franklin Street: Conflict Unknown: Drawings, Prints and Paintings by Lale Westvind
In a hypnotic state achieved by fasting and extended periods of wakefulness, Lale Westvind channeled three parables from another plane where thought has a direct, immediate effect on physicality, dimensions shift rapidly depending on ones doubts and fears, and multiple possibilities may be visible in a single moment. These stories make up the experimental comic series Now & Here.
Conflict Unknown is a collection of graphite drawings, screen prints and paintings on panel depicting the characters, symbols and events from Trial One, the 3rd and final book in the series.
Wild energetic lines overlap in harmonic compositions to render figures and vehicles in radical moments of change. Through abstracted imagery and a poetic narrative that draws from the grammatical styles of origin stories and religious texts, the Now & Here series describes a personal philosophy and state of questioning on the essence of the universe, physical existence and consciousness.
This show debuted in November of 2014 at The Booklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn New York, made possible in part by funding from New York State Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Lale Westvind received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives in Harlem, New York. As an alternative comics and animation artist her work has been published and exhibited nationally, in 2012 she won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent.