june, 2019

6jun5:00 pm- 7:00 pmLeftovers and Breezeblocks by Suzy KopfOpening Reception

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Event Details

On view June 6-August 2

Please join AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for the opening reception of Suzy Kopf’s Leftovers and Breezeblocks
show at AIA Baltimore June 6, from 5-7pm.

This project truly began in the summer of 2014 when the artist moved to Baltimore by way of Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. Coming from the American west, driving is part of her artistic practice; it’s the way she would get to know a new place, a scavenger hunt Kopf enacted with herself. She tried to make sense of the maze of one-way streets and mixture of architectural styles she had never seen before. She noticed she was looking for patterns, connections and systems that would align Baltimore with the other cities she has lived in.

On Kopf’s early Baltimore drives, she was intrigued by odd structures like the Falls Road Waiting Shelter and imposing buildings like Park Terminal that immediately felt like they came out of another time. Baltimore’s unique blend of buildings quickly became one of her favorite things about the city and a focus of her work.

It wasn’t until Kopf began research in the Baltimore Streetcar Museum’s archives in the summer of 2017 that she realized that the system that brought together neighborhoods in the network she was looking for doesn’t exist anymore. Streetcars were taken out of service in Baltimore in the fall of 1963 and the system has been slowly dismantled in the decades since. The remaining thirty-eight sites in this series of watercolor collages are testament to a history that is disappearing. Nostalgia always rides a fine line, and if anything, this project is nostalgic for something that worked that no longer works. Public transportation in Baltimore today is an embarrassment few people will protest. She sees her work as an investigation of the past through today’s remainders: what locations have been preserved so far and which have fallen away and why?

from the artist’s website:

Breezeblocks, 2019
I returned to Levittown, Puerto Rico in February of 2019 to investigate for myself the recovery of the midcentury houses after Hurrican Maria. The resulting impressions are captured in this series of watercolors I made upon my return home.

Levittown, Puerto Rico, 2017-8
In March of 2017 I was able to visit Levittown, Puerto Rico and was inspired by the vibrancy of the homes there. Closer than their mainland counterparts to their original iterations, this planned housing community teleported midcentury design while being peppered with current automobiles and references to contemporary life.

image: Suzy Kopf, 2019, Post Maria III from Breezeblocks series, Watercolor on Paper, 15”x11”

Time

(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

AIA Baltimore Gallery

11 1/2 West Chase Street #1, Baltimore 21201

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