The EMP Collective exhibition We’re All Strangers Here features the installation works of Gina Denton, April Camlin, Hoesy Corona, Nikki Painter, Lisa Krause, and Laure Drogoul. Inner worlds collide into extraterrestrial landscapes as artists create new terrains to be interpreted, reinterpreted, and to get lost in.
Lisa Krause (b.1979) is a mixed media artist/puppeteer who lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She is native to Illinois, where her BA focused on refuse materials in sculptural installation and art-based research with youth in psychology. Lisa is inspired by collecting and cataloging debris, spending time in the woods, and amateur taxidermy.
Nikki Painter lives in Chesterfield, Virginia. She received her Painting and Printmaking BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and her Studio Art MFA from American University in 2009. Painter has had solo exhibitions with Civilian Art Projects, by whom she is commercially represented in Washington, D.C., with the Rawls Museum in Courtland, Virginia, and with COOP, an artist-run space in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has been shown at SCOPE Miami through Civilian Art Projects, X-Initiative’s “No Soul for Sale” in New York via Transformer, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and in New American Paintings. Painter’s work is a part of the Katzen Museum’s permanent collection in Washington, D.C and of numerous private collections.
Laure Drogoul is long standing Baltimore citizen and cultural worker originally from New Jersey. She is an interdisciplinary artist that works in a wide range of media including large-scale public projects in which she creates interactive experiences, sculpture and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited and performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art and The Chelsea Museum in New York among others. She has received Maryland State Artist Awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for performance art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. In 2006 Ms. Drogoul was honored with The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Laure Drogoul directs The14Karat Cabaret, a performance program of Maryland Art Place and is a co-organizer and curator of the Transmodern Festival, which is a festival of provocative works by cultural experimenters from Baltimore and beyond.
Hoesy Corona (b. Mexico 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Baltimore MD. Corona’s colorful sculptural installations and performance based works are created as new myths that tell the story of those who exist on the margins and have historically been under attack. Corona is the founding co-director of Labbodies, a nomadic performance art laboratory (2014-Present) and was the Co-creative Director at The Copycat Theatre (2009-2012). Corona received an Individual Artist Award from The Maryland State Arts Council and was a semi-finalist for The Janet and Walter Sondheim Art Prize in 2013.
We’re All Strangers
307 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
through July 25th
* Photos by Jack Livingston