This Weekend’s Picks: From Joy to Terror at School 33, Conor Backman at Nudashank, Sculpture Now at Honfleur Gallery, Edda Jakab at Fleckenstein, Exchange: A Home Based Residency at School 33 Art Center, and an artist talk with Carl Gunhouse at Guest Spot at the Reinstitute

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Conor Backman: The Other Real
Nudashank reception Saturday, March 23 from 7-10 pm

Nudashank is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by Conor Backman. Backman’s work conflates and oscillates between sculpture and painting, authentic and simulation, material and image, ironic and actual. For this exhibition Backman will present pieces informed by visual illustrations of otherness, physicality, mimesis, and deception in classical mythology and allegory. Specifically, examples that have been sited or recontextualized in modern psychology and philosophy as metaphors for the unconscious, perception, desire, and understanding.

Conor Backman recently moved to New York City from Richmond, VA where he was co-owner of Reference Art Gallery from 2009-2012. He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Recent exhibitions include group shows “F(re)e Play” at Stadium (New York), “The Untouchables” at Saamlung (Hong Kong), and a solo presentation with Mixed Greens at the (e)merge art fair (Washington DC).

Nudashank
405 W. Franklin St.
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

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SCULPTURE NOW 2013 GALLERY TALK
Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6:30-8 p.m
Exhibition on view through April 12, 2013
Honfleur Gallery

Gallery talk with juror Florcy Morisset.

Participating Artists: Jan Acton, Chris Bathgate, Tom Bendtsen, Anne Bouie, Eric Celarier, Frederic Crist, Joel D’Orazio, Alonzo Davis, Joshua DeMonte, Ellisa Farrow-Savos, Todd Fry, Janet Goldner, Len Harris, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Ruth Lozner, Beau McCall, Darcy Meeker, Joe Mooney, Lincoln Mudd, Craig Schaffer, Madeline Smith, Marcos Smyth, Paul Steinkoenig, Dave Wertz, Peter Wood, Joyce Zipperer

Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Road SE
Washington DC 20020
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm
www.archdevelopment.org | www.honfleurgallery.com

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“Edda Jakab: A Journey’s End” at Fleckenstein Gallery
March 2nd – April 27th
Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 5-8pm

Beloved by many as a kind, generous individual and a multi-talented artist, Edda Jakab created artwork that continues to inspire awe and influence other artists. Her death six years ago may have cut her personal journey short, but her passion coming to fruition in her art lives on. Beloved by many as a kind, generous individual and a multi-talented artist, Edda Jakab created artwork that continues to inspire awe and influence other artists. Her death six years ago may have cut her personal journey short, but her passion coming to fruition in her art lives on. As a loving tribute to Edda, her family has gently priced her remaining artwork in an effort to share it with the rest of the world.

Fleckenstein Gallery
& Archival Framing
3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
410-366-3669
Tuesdays-Fridays 11am-7pm
Saturdays 11am-5pm
Sundays 12-4pm and by appt.
http://www.fleckensteingallery.com

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EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency
Curated by Hyejung Jang at School 33 Art Center

Kityi Wong
Elisa Garcia de la Huerta

Residency Dates: January 23-March 23, 2013
Exhibition Dates: March 22-May 25, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 2013, 6-9pm
Open Studio: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12-4pm

Although each individual has a unique perspective and interpretation of what ‘home’ means to them, the concept of ‘Home’ is universal and the foundation of our social relationships. EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency explores the potential for forming intimate and more personal connections between artists and community members. It will do so by transforming the home into a fertile platform of new experience, cross-cultural dialogue, social integration, education, and art.

EXCHANGE is a two-month long project placing emerging international artists with local families in Baltimore. The two participating artists have been chosen from different cultural backgrounds and countries. Kityi Wong is originally from Hong Kong, China and Elisa Garcia de La Huerta is from Chile. Two host families have been carefully chosen to accommodate the artists during their stay. While the artists and the host families live together, they share meals, aspects of their daily lives, and their respective worldviews. The artists share a studio space at School 33 Art Center and create new work inspired by their experience with the host families and the city of Baltimore.

Often socially engaging art struggles to achieve sustainability and the gap between the art world and the community at large persists after the project is completed. EXCHANGE confronts this issue directly by taking art and artists into the very foundation of a society, the home. This project pioneers new ways of fostering a sense of interconnectedness through the art, supporting emerging artists, and integrating contemporary art into everyday life.

This project is Hyejung Jang’s thesis for her MFA in Curatorial Practice at MICA.

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From Joy to Terror
Curated by Maiza Hixson at School 33 Art Center

Benjamin Andrew
Hannah Brancato
Emily Campbell
Jon Duff
Nathan Gorgen
Jordan Kasey
Vincent Valerio
Make Studio

Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 2013, 6-9pm

A sobering fantasy of feminist politics, shifting mental and geographic landscapes, hybrid sculpture, and participatory fashion, From Joy to Terror contextualizes the gallery as a dynamic, de-familiarized and quixotic space for art, activism, and social exchange. Artists in the exhibition envision utopia, entertain the role of play, re-invent histories, and erect strange monuments. Many of the paintings and sculptures on display visualize existential anxiety while interactive new media works manifest living as aesthetic form. Artists in the exhibition also destabilize fixed understandings of reality, infusing fact with fiction. Making disparate cultural references to everything from domestic storage to war, the artists’ broad range of subjects reflects the role of interdisciplinary thought in contemporary artistic practice. This discursive exhibition unreservedly challenges the viewer’s grasp of the world. A still-life drama or think tank for an idiosyncratic vision, From Joy to Terror contextualizes School 33 Art Center as a site for wide-ranging and long-term scenario planning initiated by a compelling array of artists. The exhibition remains an unpredictable source of pleasure and unease for what is and could be.

Image: Jordan Kasey, Smile, 2012, oil on canvas, 43 x 90 inches.

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PUBLISHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Discussion with Waal-boght Press and photographer Carl Gunhouse

Saturday March 23, 2013 2-4pm

Guest Spot and THE REINSTITUTE are proud to present a discussion with Jason John Würm from Waal-boght Press and photographer Carl Gunhouse. The talk will explore how the current economic state of the US has changed how the independent publisher is regarded and the influence of a culture characterized by a profusion of content. Waal-boght Press is a new independent publisher of small edition photography books and zines located in Brooklyn, NY. Carl Gunhouse is a NYC-based photographer who is also known for his photography writing and his online website called Searching for the Light.

The discussion will mark the closing of Carl Gunhouse’s solo exhibition Falling Apart on Saturday March 23, 2013.