This Weekend: Combat Paper at The Stamp, Erotic Art at 788, Juried Faculty Show at MICA, Ericka Diehl at Amalie Rothschild, sophiajacob lecture symposium at Enoch Pratt, Sam Allerton Green (pictured) and Toym Imao at Creative Alliance, and more…

Selections from Combat Paper
The Stamp Gallery, College Park
A New Exhibition Curated by Jason Hughes 
Opening Reception Thursday, November 1, 2012 5-8pm
Veterans Week Kick-off Reception will be held on November 5, 2-5PM Selections from the Combat Paper Project is an exhibit curated by Jason Hughes, which brings audiences closer to the veteran experience through artwork and creative writing projects produced through collaborations between veterans and civilians since 2007. Combat Paper was founded by book and paper artist Drew Matott and Iraq vet-turned-artist Drew Cameron as a non-profit organization that conducted workshops around the country teaching military vets how to make handmade paper out of their old uniforms. These uniforms are transformed into paper pulp through traditional papermaking processes by pulverizing, dying and forming the pulped uniforms into sheets of paper and paper castings. Veterans then collaborate with artists and other workshop participants to utilize this paper in creating original works of art by adding their own designs, imagery, and text in order to reconcile and share their “personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture”. 
The project is an ambitious one. Not only is the papermaking process long and time consuming, it is also an emotionally taxing one. However this transformative process allows veterans and their families to embrace their experiences in the military by producing works of art that reach beyond their personal experiences through encouraging them to consider the greater implications of war by “expressing a broader vision on militarism and society” at large. Likewise, through veteran and civilian collaborations in the papermaking process a much needed conversation takes place centered around our responsibility to veterans once they return home and “an understanding of the dehumanizing effects of warfare”.
“The story of the fiber, the blood, sweat and tears, the months of hardship and brutal violence are held within those old uniforms. The uniforms often become inhabitants of closets or boxes in the attic. Reshaping that association of subordination, of warfare and service, into something collective and beautiful is our inspiration.” – Drew Cameron Combat Paper co-founder
Veterans participating in the Combat Paper Project come from across the United States. The Stamp Gallery will be showcasing works by Chris Arendt (Army/ National Guard), Jesse Albrecht (Army/National Guard), Margaret Mahan (Civilian), Drew Matott (Civilian), John La Falce (Civilian), Robynn Murray (Army), Jose Soto, Anthony and Faith Sgroi (Navy), Margaret Mahan (Civilian), and Matt Lunn (Marines).

2012 Juried MICA Faculty Exhibition
October 26 – November 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Artist Talk: Fabienne Lasserre and Jo Smail (works pictured above) on Wednesday, November 14 at Noon

Serving as juror is artist and art historian Melissa Ho, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In her time at the Hirshhorn, Ho has co-curated the exhibition Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection with Mika Yoshitake and is coordinating the exhibition Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt, which will run through December 2014. Previously, Ho acted as exhibition consultant on Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as curatorial assistant on the retrospective Barnett Newman at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ho has taught at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

Participating Artists: video and film arts faculty member Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib; photography faculty member Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman; foundation and painting faculty member Fabienne Lasserre; fiber faculty member Aaron McIntosh; The Poyais Group with fiber faculty member Olivia Robinson ’98 (fiber), Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir and Jesse Stiles; maya.rouvelle with graphic design faculty member Lili Maya and Chair of Interaction Design and Art James Rouvelle; painting faculty member Jo Smail; and printmaking faculty member Eva Wylie.

Stroke: Gesture, Mark, Muscle opens Friday, November 2 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
BWI Airport Terminal E
Curated by René Treviño
Artists: Lauren Boilini, Sean McDonough, Ann Rentschler
Part 1 of an Exhibition of the same name at School 33 Art Center
Gallery 788 at MAP presents
3rd Annual Erotica Art Show
Opening: Thursday, November 1 from 7-11
Performances Start at 8 pm
Exhibition runs Nov 1 – 25, 2012
218 West Saratoga Street

Project 4 presents: KATHERINE TZU-LAN MANN: CLOVE 
Opening Reception: Saturday Nov 3, 6:00-8:30 pm 
Exhibition: November 3 – December 15, 2012 
Project 4 gallery is pleased to present Clove, a solo exhibition of new work by local artist, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. This will be Mann’s debut exhibition with Project 4. Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s immersive paintings explore both visual and cultural dualities, balancing conflicting themes of chaos and order alongside influences from East-Asian landscape painting. Her works are atmospheric, lush, and even a bit disturbing; full of movement, they look as if they can erupt at any moment. Precisely rendered ornamental icons such as braids, floral, and ribbon seem to multiply and swell across the paper’s surface, weaving in and out of billowy ink clouds and negative white space. These icons are repeated sometimes hundreds of times to become a heaping and tangled mass, transformed from everyday decorative objects into overgrown organic forms evoking coral reefs or poison ivy. Each of these process-oriented paintings begin as a piece of paper resting on the floor of her studio. Mann then pours ink and water onto the paper leaving chance reactions to evaporation and gravity. Utilizing ancient techniques of traditional Sumi ink painting she learned in Taiwan, Mann then layers detailed botanical and decorative elements alongside gestural marks and painterly splatters. Mann sees her paintings as landscape portals transporting the viewer to an infinite imaginary environment. In her most recent body of work, she leaves a distinct clearing amongst the chaos where it appears one could break through and catch a glimpse of the fantastical worlds Mann creates. 
image: Cave (detail) | 2012 | acrylic and sumi ink on paper | 53 x 140″ 
Project 4 Contact: 1353 U Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20009 
Hours: Wed – Sat 12:00 – 6:00 pm, during exhibitions and by appointment. 
Erika Diehl: What We Missed the First Time Remains Hidden 
Opening Reception Fri Nov 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Amalie Rothschild Gallery at Creative Alliance
Exhibition Runs: Novebmer 2 – 23, 2012
These paintings of psychic and physical landscape have taken the subject of the Annunciation as their internal dialog. The superimposition of new forms upon a previously established spatial field mark the awareness that the message (the announcement) has been transmitted, if not yet received. These paintings are not meant as a record or representation of the event, rather they function as a site where the revelation can occur. Erika Diehl is currently pursuing an MFA at the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art.
Toym Imao and Sam Allerton Green: Let’s Do That Again! 
Opening Saturday, Nov 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Creative Alliance Main Gallery 
Exhibition runs November 3 – 30 
Playing with toys is often viewed as a sign of someone who refuses to grow up. The works of Toym Imao and Sam Allerton Green reveal that this couldn’t be further from the truth! These two artists are as serious about play as most people are about work. Through drawing, painting and sculpture they show us that toys carry symbolism and meanings that are significant to young and older people alike. The dynamic of play also crosses cultural backgrounds from East to West, enveloping us in a ritual that can’t be found anywhere else but in a free world. Sam Allerton Green and Toym Imao are Artists-in-Residence at the Creative Alliance. 

sophiajacob lecture symposium Saturday, November 3rd, 1-5pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library
Poe Room 
400 Cathedral Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201
Speakers: Christine Armacost, Lisa Dillin, Brian Garner, Maiza Hixson
For more info: sophiajacob(dot)com

Antique Prints, Maps and Drawings from the Craig Flinner Gallery 
November 3 – January 31st 
Opening Reception Saturday, November 3, 5-8pm 
Antique Art Appraisal Saturday, November 10th, 10am-12pm 
$5 per appraisal (proceeds going to charity) 
Reception, Appraisal and Artwork on view at Fleckenstein Gallery 
Fleckenstein Gallery and Archival Framing 
3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211