november, 2017

11nov7:00 pm- 10:00 pmLayers //// Its Not Complicated (But It Is)Opening Reception


Event Details

Current Space is proud to present Layers, an exhibition featuring latest works by Elena Johnston and Monique Crabb; and Its Not Complicated (But It Is), a solo exhibition by Sara Havekotte.

Opening Reception : November 11, 7 – 10pm
Exhibition Duration : November 11 – December 3
Gallery Hours : Sat & Sun, 12 – 4pm


LAYERS is an interwoven collection of paintings and quilts by Baltimore-based artists Elena Johnston and Monique Crabb. In the past several years, Johnston and Crabb have shifted their personal art practices to incorporate new mediums and materials while relying heavily on experimentation as a driving force. The result is a new collection of work that celebrates color and shape in all of their forms.

Elena Johnston is an artist who lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She makes paintings and teaches art to elementary and middle school students in Baltimore city.

Color is my favorite aspect of painting. Recently I have poured large canvases of pastel color combinations to make paintings not unlike color field paintings, for the purpose of color studies and explorations. I became drawn to the color combinations of Double Wedding Ring Quilts made in the 1930s-40s published by the Museum of American Folk Art. For this project I chose to recreate a select few favorites as an experiment to balance the structure and control innate in the quilts mixed with my more naturally experimental approach of pouring latex paint in order to incorporate the element of chance.

Monique Crabb is an artist whose background was mainly in photography before exploring the world of quilting and natural dyeing. This new approach has opened up a playful and experimental world of colors from plants, wood, food scraps and minerals. The designs are either intuitively pieced or inspired by traditional quilt patterns that span many years and cultures, re-imagined with a contemporary eye.

My drive is process, and my goal is to repurpose discarded fabric and give it new life. The development of a quilt requires the interweaving of many steps and the process encourages me to be patient and compartmentalize my time, thoughts, and actions. I rummage thrift stores looking for well-made natural textiles of varying weaves and textures and I forage for natural dyes in and around my home. I prepare the fibers and natural dyes and introduce them to one another. With my fresh naturally-toned fabric I begin designing a layout, and much like a painter preparing her paints, I, too, carefully select my colored fabric, cut pieces, and slowly start building shapes until one day the flow of lines and color are complete and onto the next steps of machine piecing, hand quilting and hand binding for a complete piece that can live on both a wall like a painting or provide warmth as a bed covering.


It’s Not Complicated (But It Is) showcases a world where the trials of growing up in the Internet age are merged with art history. Sara’s work encompasses two larger topics, modern day social culture and the history of women’s representation in art. The subjects in Sara’s paintings take cue’s from her daily routines, her body, and her daily interactions. In her works, Sara asks the questions “how do we create a community in today’s world while maintaining personal freedom, and can we achieve both painlessly. “ In works such as Don’t, Go, Don’t Go, I Don’t Know, we see the back and forth between deciding what to do with an unpredictable lover and realizing you carry the same unpredictability in yourself.

Sara employs a vocabulary that pulls from collage, fiber and abstract painting. Fiber Arts as well as Collage have historically been under-valued as women’s work, or simply craft for the purpose of utility, in examples like dress making, or scrapbooking. Here we see these often dismissed art forms brought along side one of the most prominent and male dominated genres of painting in the US, the Abstract Expressionist Movement.

Sara Havekotte is an artist working and living in Baltimore Maryland. She is a graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Painting and a minor in Art History. Sara was raised in Pittsburgh PA and moved to Baltimore in 2009. She maintains her studio practice at Current Space in downtown Baltimore.


(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Current Space

421 North Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201