Current Exhibition

On the Mind

On the Mind   |   January 22, 2015-   |   March 14, 2015

Opening Thursday, January 22 from 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4pm

The mind can be both fascinating and mystifying. We know it controls our motor function and, in many ways, works on its own without our knowing and often without our complete consent. We as humans try and mastermind our brains. We learn to play instruments, understand complex mathematical problems, and use our minds to overcome unwelcome habits. The brain as an object is equally interesting; a large mass of completely unique, white/grey matter. How does an organ that looks like this control our every thought, move, and decision? Maryland Art Place is pleased to present “On the Mind”, an exhibition that explores varying perspectives on the brain by artists Mónica López-González, Jon Malis, Lee Gainer & Nancy Andrews.

Mónica López-González takes a detailed look at our minds on creativity. Through her studies on improvisation she unfolds what happens when one part of the brain assumes all responsibility in the creative process, while the other part of the brain quite literally lays dormant. Monica states, “I use both improvisatory techniques within black and white photography, and musical improvisation within cinema and theatre to explore the process of spontaneous creative thinking and emotion perception.”

Artist, Jon Malis explores the brain as an object and early attempts to capture, read, preserve and understand the brain. Through his photography we, the onlookers, may view the brain as both terrifying and beautiful. His images examine an archive of hundred-year-old scientific studies of the human brain, produced by pathologists at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, one of the oldest mental health institutions in this country.

Conversely, Lee Gainer explores memories; how they are constructed and relied upon. Her vibrant acrylic paintings include a multitude of overlapping imagery, harking on the confusion ‘that our memories may inhibit our ability to accurately recall a past experience or place’.

Lastly, Nancy Andrews uses her personal experiences as a platform for intense dialogue surrounding delirium and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after her stay in a post-operative, intensive care unit (ICU) in 2006. Nancy explores her memories through the creation of drawings and motion pictures in an effort to reconstruct and externalize her experience in the hospital. The creative output works with material related to very dark hallucinations during her ICU stay and the after effects of health-related trauma.  She has since dedicated much energy to educating the public through her art about post-ICU PTSD, delirium in the ICU and the many ways individuals can be affected by these conditions.  

Nancy Andrews will be presenting a screening of her film, “On a Phantom Limb” in conjunction with this exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art, February 25, 2015 at 8pm. The screening will include a panel discussion with two leading health professionals in the area of delirium, Karin Neufeld and Marianne Shaughnessy who are part of the American Delirium Society. This event will be free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The event will be held at Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217. For directions please contact MAP at 410.962.8565

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  “On the Mind” is supported by the American Delirium Society who will be printing bookmarks for the exhibition to raise awareness about issues related to PTSD and delirium.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

What's to come at MAP

INCIDENTAL MATTERS An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program at UMBC

INCIDENTAL MATTERS
An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program at UMBC
March 24 – April 10 
Opening Reception Thursday March 26, 5-7pm

Featuring 2015 MFA thesis candidates: Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx and Victor Torres

March 24 – April 10
Opening Reception Thursday March 26, 5-7pm
Hours: Tues-Sat, 12 noon to 5pm, or by appointment
Current Gallery, Jordan Faye Contemporary and Maryland Art Place (MAP)
218 West Saratoga Street and 421 N Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information and contact: Lisa Moren, Graduate Program Director and Professor of Visual Art, lmoren@umbc.edu
Intermedia + Digital Art (IMDA), Master of Fine Art (MFA) Program
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
imda.umbc.edu

In collaboration with three exhibition venues and in partnership with the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District, this exhibition of six MFA thesis projects is hosted by UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), Department of Visual Arts, and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. UMBC’s INTERMEDIA + DIGITAL ARTS (IMDA) M.F.A. Program is where interdisciplinary artists seek to expand or reinvent their professional practice. The IMDA program is committed to artists that pose unique conceptual and social challenges while offering them an environment that provides courses in emerging methods, contemporary art and theory, a studio, teaching opportunities, engaged faculty, premier visiting artists and research centers that are typical of a research university. Each year these emerging artists present their culminating work in the form of installations, new media, performance, interactive sculpture and other conceptual art objects. The MFA exhibition is created with a professionally designed journal published by imda journal. The 2015 M.F.A thesis exhibition venues for “Incidental Matters” will be located a short alley walk from each other in two buildings in Baltimore’s downtown Bromo Arts & Entertainment District.

For more information on the six emerging artists featured:

Animation artist Tim (Silouan) Bubb draws on historical, mythical, and theoretical materials to explore an animated iconography of spiritual symbiosis between humankind and technology in his work SILHOUETTE SYNAXARION. This work, on view at MAP, consists of holographic projections manifested in a free-standing, modular shadow theater.

Chanan Delivuk’s navigating family in an unfamiliar place is an installation of photographs and audio/video documentation of the artist’s journey to a remote mountain village in Croatia that shares her last name. Also included are objects from the village, including food, coffee, and homemade slivovitz. During the opening reception for the exhibition, the artist will hold a performance in the rear outdoor space of Current Gallery that will allow visitors, including the artist’s Croatian family who live in the mid-Atlantic region, to interact and converse over food and drink from Delivuki and to reflect on origins in places of the past while gathering in a contemporary location.

Kata Frederick uses dirt, charcoal, and other organic materials to create physical and contemplative durational performances. In addition to his Current Gallery exhibition of works that employ ethereal film projection and drawings, he will perform daily in the space.

Jason Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist who has focused on the history of economic power and its influence over cultural representation in the United States. His recent emphasis has crossed boundaries of textiles, collages, and sculptures cast from shredded currency; a series of large-scale prints that are ornate abstract composites of money; and sculptural objects from appropriated street barricades used for crowd control. Works from these projects will be exhibited at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

Meghan Marx explores hoarding, bioaccumulation, and the moments when pesticides and other chemicals are absorbed, inhaled, or ingested by a living organism at a rate greater than that at which these toxic substances are lost. Her work, on display at MAP, is a kinetic and interactive sculpture informed by data that the artist gathered in Baltimore and used as a basis from which to construct a breathing monument simulating “airscape.”

Using art installations, sculptures, and durational performances, Victor Torres studies the historical trajectory of sounds and their meanings as pivotal not only to understanding and tracking how human perceptions and mythologies have changed over millennia, but also how societal norms can be rewritten and who has that agency. Torres will exhibit and perform multimedia interactive masks, as well as his own verbo-written language, during his exhibition at MAP.

Out Of Order 2015

?Maryland Art Place's Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction and Party!

APRIL 24, 2015 at 7PM

Maryland Art Place's Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction and Party! Join us at this year's Out of Order event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7PM to view and bid on works from a wide range of regional artists - from emerging and student artists to established professionals. We look forward to seeing you!

OOO TICKETS: Mingle with the participating artists, sponsors, patrons and general art enthusiasts during the exciting silent auction and party. Guests will enjoy an open wine & beer bar, a specialty cocktail and light tastings throughout the evening and a special body art performance lead by Abby Fitzgibbon.

$45 Presale Tickets ($50 at the door) will grant you entrance to the 7 - 10PM silent auction + access to the After Party at Current!

Interested in contributing more? Consider an OOO sponsorship starting at $250.

Connect with Amy Cavanaugh Royce: 410.962.8565 or amy@mdartplace.org

ARTISTS: Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on the first come, first served installation day, taking place on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 7am - midnight. No need to sign up in advance, just remember the following:

•Your ONE original piece of artwork ready to hang (no larger than 40 x 40 inches).

•Participation Fee: $10 for EVERYONE! Members and non-members.

For More Details about OOO, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions.

For the sixth year, MAP is pleased to offer an opportunity for artists to contribute their work to a local charity. Participating artists may donate their unsold art to The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR,) a nonprofit that works to enrich the lives of under served members of our community by placing original art within the public areas of nonprofit community service agencies throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area. An example of the types of organizations with which ACCR partners serve their clients directly and include: homeless shelters, children's centers, mental health facilities, and low-income senior housing agencies, amongst several others. To learn more: www.artconnection.org

OOO EVENT COMMITTEE: Chris Attenborough,Priya Bhayana, Bishme Cromartie, Jordan Doster, Brittanie Gioioso,Patrick Hunt, Chelsea Klusewitz, Gregory Lamberson, Joe Letourneau, Robbin Lee, Stacey Murray, Rachel Rabinowicz, Amy Eva Raehse, and Denise Williams.

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