Don’t miss out on this week’s art events and openings in Baltimore. On Wednesday, MK Asante will read from his novel, Buck at Red Emmas. On Thursday, René Treviño’s Axial Precessions opens at Grimaldis Gallery in Mt. Vernon. On Friday, check out drawings by Conrad Crespin, a Portland-based artist and designer, at John Fonda and Marie Ringwald at the Gallery at Case[werks]. Saturday, The Other Way Was Another Way, Works by Magnolia Laurie and Mary Beth Muscara opens at JFC. It’s a busy weekend, but well worth the effort. For more info about current shows and events, check out our new Bmoreart Calendar Page!

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MK Asante: Buck
A Reading at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 pm

One of our favorite authors reads from his new memoir at Red Emma’s! We’re thrilled to welcome poet, author, and filmmaker MK Asante with his latest work, Buck. A rebellious boy’s journes through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family- this is the riveting story of a generation told through one dazzlingly poetic new voice. Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers- outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper. It’s a one-of-a-kind story about finding your purpose in life, and an inspiring tribute to the power of art.

Buck is described by Maya Angelou as “a story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Asante’s other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop; Beautiful. And Ugly Too; and Like Water Running Off My Back. He is a Sundance Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of Buck, and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards, and the multi award-winning film Motherland. More info about the event here.

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Rene Trevino: Axial Precessions at the C. Grimaldis Gallery
January 29, 2014- March 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30th 2014, 6pm-8pm

Axial Precessions is a new series of paintings by René Treviño of round forms, including celestial bodies, cultural and art historical objects and patterns, star charts and astrological maps. There is something universal, reassuring, unifying and meditative in these mandala- like forms. Often mistaken for silk-screens or digital prints, Treviño’s work is in fact meticulously hand-painted with acrylic on Mylar. His artwork is interwoven with themes of identity, challenging traditional ideas of race and sexuality. He feels compelled to make thoughtful and beautiful work that confronts societal assumptions and gives new insight into the human experience in a personal quest for heroism, bravery, and a need to define his place in the world.

René Treviño was born in Kingsville, TX, and lives and works in Baltimore, MD. His work has been highlighted in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Project for the Arts both in Washington, D.C. He has also had solo shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. He was named Best Local Artist by the Baltimore City Paper and was a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize in 2006; and, in 2009 was awarded a Creative Baltimore Fund Artist Grant. Treviño holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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Conrad Crespin at The John Fonda Gallery
January 9 – February 23, 2014
Reception: Friday January 31, 6:00-8:00pm

Conrad Crespin is an artist and designer living in Portland, Oregon. This is his first solo show in Baltimore.

Crespin has exhibited work in New York, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Orlando and elsewhere. His work has been featured on Exhibition-ism, Faesthetic, Fecal Face, Lost at E Minor, Rojo Projects, among other places.

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[email protected][werks] features artist Marie Ringwald
Exhibition Dates: January 31st through March 14th, 2014
Opening Reception:  Friday, January 31st, 5 – 8 pm.
A second reception is scheduled for Sunday February 9 between 2-5pm.

The first 2014 [email protected][werks] exhibition features an extensive presentation of artist Marie Ringwald’s constructions. Ringwald’s work ethic and investigations of vernacular architecture is presented in 91 examples.

Drawing inspiration from artists such as William Christenberry and Ann Truitt, Ringwald’s work imbues a Modernist’s sensibility of color, juxtaposition and variation. Her process involves collaging wood, rubber, glass, and sheet metal to reflect the buildings from which the materials came – warehouses, factories, farm buildings – and as she states, “buildings for working in and for holding materials.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, Marie earned her BFA from Hunter College in 1970 followed by a year of graduate studies at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Since 1977 she has maintained her Washington D.C. studio in a post-Civil War era brick building. For more information on Marie Ringwald visit www.marieringwald.com.

Fittingly, Marie’s work mirrors the architectural ethos of Case[werks]. Known for museum-quality displays and furnishings, the Case[werks] Showroom & Gallery serves as a unique space to host this solo exhibition.

For more info on Marie Ringwald and her work, please visit http://www.marieringwald.com/.

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The Other Way Was Another Way: Magnolia Laurie / / Mary Beth Muscara
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1 from 6:30 – 9:30

The Other Way Was Another Way is the first two-person exhibition with Baltimore-based artists Magnolia Laurie & Mary Beth Muscara. This exhibition showcases two artists who bring the gallery to life with sculpture and painting. Through use of recognizable forms and materials these artists depict a changing reality through juxtaposition, unlikely constructions and tenuous compositions.

Jordan Faye Contemporary
823 Park Avenue Baltimore MD 21201
www.jordanfayecontemporary.com

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As always, Bmoreart’s Picks is put together every week by Editor Cara Ober. If you don’t want to wait until next Tuesday to find our more about art and cultural events in Baltimore, check our new Bmoreart Calendar Page!!!!