Impossible Eye: Miranda Pfeiffer and Ginevra Shay at Rock512Devil

Since 2011, Miranda has worked almost exclusively with mechanical pencil on paper, developing a unique approach to hatching and illusionism, in a series of large, panoramic landscapes, Solitary Stones. In her new series Rock Line, Pfeiffer scales down to two and three-foot square drawings, rendering situations both imagined and observed. If Solitary Stones created an immersive narrative through spatial depth and composition, then Rock Line depicts what can be understood of a drawing in an instant. By including the corner of one’s eye, the tip of one’s nose or finger, Miranda’s drawings simulate the immediate vantage point of a human body.

Trained in darkroom photography, Ginevra abandoned the camera as a documentation tool and began working with materials on light sensitive paper to explore the minute interactions between materiality and process. Raum Bilder, her most recent series combines collage and diorama to establish a dynamic space in which the prescribed meaning or use of images – collected from advertisements and mass-produced publications – is dissolved. These photographs explore the tonal quality, form, and texture of each image and use them like a paint stroke, or ground to build new meaning and purpose within the diorama. Through this process, Shay is able to explore photography as a material in unique object making.

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Impossible Eye marks a convergence of optic and haptic senses, through textural and spatial illusionism and the material associations of imagery. Literal and direct, the artist’s processes construct these other worlds without ceremony.

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35-33-35: School 33 Art Center’s 35th Anniversary Exhibit

Curated by Peter Dubeau and René Treviño
June 13-August 21, 2014

School 33 Art Center is pleased to present 35-33-35, an exciting 35th Anniversary exhibit of 35 artists who have made an impact with their dedication and support of S33 over the years. Curated by former Gallery Director Peter Dubeau and current Exhibitions Coordinator René Treviño, this exhibit aims to highlight some of the exceptional ideas and practices that have made S33 what it is today.

School 33 Art Center was established in 1979 as a neighborhood art center for contemporary art in the South Baltimore area of Baltimore City. Formally known as P.S. 33, the architecturally engaging brick and brownstone building built in 1890, was utilized as an elementary school until 1975 when a new facility was built for neighborhood children a few blocks away. Our goal looking forward is to remain an engaging and relevant community art center, by showcasing and sustaining emerging and established artists, and training budding artists from Baltimore and beyond, well into the future. Here’s to another 35 years of S33!

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Painting camouflage?

On the Brink: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee in the School 33 Members’ Gallery
June 13-August 21, 2014

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“Men are only a vapor;
exalted men, an illusion.
Weighed in the scales, they go up;
together they are less than a vapor.”
– Holman CSB scripture

In On the Brink, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee takes a look at various states of precariousness: environmental, economic, and mortal. Her projected video in this exhibition teeters at the edge of opposing forces and cyclical phenomena. A circular screen suspended from the ceiling serves as a projection surface for an animated storm tossing around the residue of everyday urban life. Cell phones, laptops, pets, jewelry, cars, and water bottles float and swirl around and above viewers. “On the Brink” illustrates precarious fragility, establishing loose narratives and vignettes abstracted from familiar banal environments that warn about falling out of balance.

I would like everything that I’m entitled to: Margaret Rogers in the S33 Project Space

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Referencing themes of home, domestic spaces, and household labor, Margaret Rogers uses lightweight, fragile and degradable materials for her work that don’t actually function as the objects they represent. These materials are accessible and come with a sense of urgency and immediacy, referencing issues of childhood and class. This exhibit focuses on DIY culture and interior design media, both celebrating and laughing at the objects and ideas these outlets present. Images are made by first hand drawing patterns and objects, often appropriating the vacant iconography frequently found in design objects. These drawings are then cheaply reproduced and collaged onto the pillow-like surfaces. The resulting objects are sincere parodies, displayed in the crowded style of an over-decorated interior.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Margaret Rogers was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. She graduated with honors from Knox College in 2006 and earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She was a 2012 recipient of a Full Fellowship Award to the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited in Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Toronto, and New York. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.