On Thursday, don’t miss the Regional Juried Exhibition opening at Maryland Art Place. The group exhibit was juried by Kristen Hileman, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the BMA. On Friday night, check out Whatchamacallit Thingamajig, a group show at Goucher College’s Silber Gallery. This Saturday it’s going to be extremely difficult to choose where to go! I’m sorry to tell you this, but all the options all look good. You can venture out  in the late afternoon to Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University for the Gladys Goldstein Retrospective and Alumni Invitational. Afterwards, you can go to Andrea Huppert & Kini Collins: Naturally Inclined at Fleckenstein Gallery in Hampden. Or, head to Guest Spot for Strangers, a group show guest curated by Hyejung Jang. If you want, you can scrap Baltimore all together and see Kyle Bauer’s Abberant, a solo exhibit of sculpture at the Howard County Community College Galleries OR head to Connersmith in DC for Zoë Charlton’s Festoon, a new solo exhibit of mixed media drawings.

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Regional Juried Exhibition at Maryland Art Place
September 19 – October 26, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 6-8pm

The exhibition will explore the contemporary, cultural climate of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and was jured by Kristen Hileman, the Curator of Contemporary Art and Department Head at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Hileman organized Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960 (2011) and Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection (2009-10), the first full career museum retrospective of that artist’s work. Hileman more recently oversaw a full reinstallation of the BMA’s contemporary collection in November 2012 for the museum’s newly renovated contemporary art wing.

Hileman selected a diverse range of work for the Regional Juried Exhibition at MAP, including artists: Chelsey Anderson, Selin Balci, Kyle J. Bauer, George Belcher, David Brown, Leo Hussey, Laura Judkis, Karen Klinedinst, Patrick Kluga, Tamar LaPierre, Janet Olney, Lynn Palewicz, Benjamin Piwowar, Ding Ren, Jacob Rhoads, Charles Sessoms, Nick Simko, George Smyth, Yambe Tam, Zachary Thornton, Chad Tyler, Alessandro Valente (pictured above), Sylvie van Helden, Gabrielle Vitollo, Sarah Wegner, Jonathan West, Eileen Williams, and Jowita Wyszomirska.

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Projection: paintings by Baltimore artist, Nick Van Zanten

Opening Reception Thursday, September 19 5pm – 7pm
Lecture Thursday, September 19 7pm – 8pm

Whitaker Gallery
2nd floor, Whitaker Commons
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701

Food and drink will be served during the reception.
Parking is available along Rosemont Ave, near Brodbeck Dr.

The full press release for Nick Van Zanten’s Projection can be found here.
To view more of Van Zanten’s work please visit his website, http://nickvanzanten.com/
For more information about the exhibit contact Adam Farcus, gallery director, at [email protected]

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Whatchamacallit Thingamajig

Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Athenaeum from

Tuesday, September 3, to Sunday, October 6, 2013

This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Reception Friday, September 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.

About the Exhibit: In Whatchamacallit Thingamajig, a new art exhibit at Goucher College, eight artists–Ramsay Barnes, John Bohl, Seth Crawford, Joseph Faura, Sam Gibbons, Jordan Kasey, Nicole Shiflet, and Ailsa Stuab — use drawing, collage, paint, mixed media, video, sculpture, and interactive installation to embody fragments of elements that seem familiar, yet as a whole are not easily identifiable.

More info:

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Strangers at Guest Spot at the Reinstitute
Opening Saturday September 21, 2013 7pm-10pm
September 21, 2013  through October 26, 2013

Curator Hyejung Jang
Artists: Cindy Cheng, Tamar Ettun, Kwantaeck Park, and Ting-Ting Cheng

Exhibition Statement: Although globalization and nomadism are not new themes in contemporary art, there is an intriguing new tendency for current artists who purposely put themselves in a strange environment to pursue their artistic practices. In recent decades, most of immigrant or international artists have usually explored issues of ambiguous identity, a lacking sense of belonging and/or a notion of nostalgia in their practice. However, in more recent years, more artists put themselves into strange places by their own free will, and actively and creatively try to connect themselves to society through their art.  From the artists’ points of view, their consideration for connection is naturally tied to a consideration for where they live and who they meet. As  examples of the scope of artwork created in this realm, artists are going out and creating projects in the public, inviting the public to their private space, asking audiences to be in collaboration, and may or may not include participatory elements.

Strangers represents four emerging international artists – Cindy Cheng, Tamar Ettun, Kwantaeck Park, and Ting-Ting Cheng – who have the shared experience of transplanting themselves in foreign countries to study and pursue their art practices. The artists are working in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, multi-media, performance, and installation. The diversity of media allows each artist to creatively find their own place in a new environment, while making connections with one another. By adapting a participatory component, either in the producing process or the final work, the artists invite the public to complete their work at various levels. Using familiar materials including string, hardboard and found objects, C. Cheng produces a site-specific installation with objects and drawings that she found or created in her daily life. She often collects the objects from her friends and neighbors and continuously reinvents the relationships between her drawings, the objects, herself, and the viewer. Ettun engages the public through performance and/or performance-based installation. Her work explores the environment where she lives and suggests a creative perspective of it to viewers. Park’s work stimulates our curiosities and critical thoughts about society, sharing his curiosities and feelings in the new city with people through poetic and participatory language. T. Cheng often uses dialogue as the medium and finds participants for her work through public platforms such as Twitter and community boards. Her work centers on the themes of language barriers, alienation, and human relationship.

GUEST SPOT AT THE REINSTITUTE

1715 N. CALVERT STREET BALTIMORE MD 21202

WWW.GUESTSPOT.ORG

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Gladys Goldstein Retrospective and Alumni Invitational

Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Reception Saturday, Sept 21 from 4-6 pm

Exhibit September 3 – October 10, 2013

Gallery Talk and Closing Reception Tuesday, October 8 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

ndm.edu/gormleygallery

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Andrea Huppert & Kini Collins: Naturally Inclined
A Satellite Exhibit in Affiliation with the Baker Artist Awards at Fleckenstein Gallery

Reception: Saturday, September 21st, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Exhibit Runs Saturday, September 14th – Saturday, October 26, 2013

Andrea Huppert exhibits her “field-forest studies”, colorful and abstracted landscape paintings with bird images, nests, branches and other natural elements. Kini Collins shows her new “marsh-delta” landforms inspired by a trip to Mississippi last year. She creates luscious textures in these paintings with tissue paper, charcoal, ink and acrylic on wood.

Tuesday-Friday 11:00-7:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm, and by appt.
Fleckenstein Gallery, 3316 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
www.fleckensteingallery.com

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Howard Community College Galleries in Columbia, MD

August 15 – September 29, 2013

Reception: Saturday, September 21, 5-7 pm

www.howardcc.edu

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ZOE CHARLTON: festoon
WILMER WILSON IV: Faust in the City

Connersmith Gallery, Washington DC

September 21 – November 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21st: 6-8pm

Wilson performances: Monday, September 16th: 10:30am – Marvin Gay Park, Washington, DC (beginning)
Saturday, September 21st: 6-8pm – CONNERSMITH.

CONNERSMITH. is proud to present solo exhibitions by Zoë Charlton and Wilmer Wilson IV. Each of these Washington, D.C.-based artists employs the human body in distinct ways to confront the impact of cultural histories on contemporary politics.

Zoë Charlton presents two series of new works that playfully embody social dilemmas produced by domestication and desire in festoon, her third solo exhibition with the gallery.

In collage and gouache drawings, Charlton fuses racially diverse nude males with ideal landscape elements. Punctuating vistas of country dream homes and fantasy vacation spots with commodities evocative of non-western cultures, Charlton emphasizes burdens inherent in the pursuit of social status by minorities. Whereas the pictorial style of her masculine subjects recalls American landscape and still life painting, Charlton employs spatiality and hybridity inspired by cubism and surrealism in a separate series of collages of female subjects. The artist augments stereotypical figures of young white girls with suburban architecture, African tribal signifiers, and black maternal imagery, to construct sexualized human/object hybrids that give expression to fantasies of southern belles and black domesticity. Charlton will integrate motifs from her works on paper into a sculptural gallery installation amplifying how individual yearning is driven by material culture and shaped by social conventions.

Zoë Charlton’s works have been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston.

Wilmer Wilson IV enjoins the poetics of object making with the politics of American urban spaces in Faust in the City, his second solo exhibition with the gallery.

In a new body of work featuring live performance, photographs, and sculptural installation, Wilson explores intersections between cultural desire and black masculinity. Taking Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s German romantic literary masterpiece Faust as a point of departure, Wilson brings to life a contemporary quest for metaphysical ascent, a cultural climb replete with the temptations and distractions of an urban landscape. The artist queries claims to truth in art and narrative progression, while blurring lines between documentation and artifice in performance-based work. Using ladders, lottery tickets, and emergency Crisco lanterns, Wilson will interact with the spaces occupied by his audience as his durational performance unfolds in the gallery.

A second component of Wilson’s performance will occur across the city of Washington, D.C. Beginning at 10:30am Monday, September 16, Wilson will walk carrying a ladder for three to four hours, from one of D.C.’s least affluent spots to one its wealthiest, traveling on foot from Marvin Gaye Park to the Georgetown Waterfront, via Benning Road, C Street, Massachusetts Avenue and K Street.

Wilmer Wilson IV’s works have been exhibited in the Birmingham Museum of Art and The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

CONNERSMITH. is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE –Washington, DC 20002 in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and by appointment.

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