Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This Weekend


7th Annual Transmodern Festival @ All Over Town

The 7th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Auction) will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the H & H building galleries and the Baltimore Waterfront from Thursday April 15th to Sunday, April 18th. Following last year’s record attendance and crowds, the festival expands programming to the Baltimore Museum of Art, continues programming on all four floors of the H&H Building and moves outdoor site-specific work to selected areas of Baltimore waterfront. The festival’s visionary approach to presenting new multi-disciplinary work continues to attract regional art lovers, local cultural mavens, occasional passers-by, critical acclaim, and on-going academic interest.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art with an hour-long experimental film program including three recent Guggenheim fellows. The evening continues with cutting-edge performance art and experimental pop music from Dynasty Handbag (NYC), Lexie Mountain Boys (Balto.), Melissa Dyne (NYC), and Khaela Maricich (aka The Blow, NYC).

On Friday, April 16th Nudashank Gallery, Gallery Four, The 5th Dimension, and the Whole Gallery will open for three floors of sensory delight, interactive art, roaming performances, and other major installations. A sample of featured local artists include: April Lewis, Sarah Jablecki, Jen Kirby, and the Annex Theater presenting a full immersion theatrical production with a live band based on the 1973 film “Fantastic Planet.” National artists include: Harrison Haynes (NC), Dan Gluibizzi, Benjamin Phalen (NYC), Laura Brothers, Suzy Poling (Pod Blotz), Robert Lowe (Chicago), Stephanie Rothenberg (NYC),Ben Russell (Chicago), and Zaïmph aka Marcia Bassett of the critically-acclaimed NYC underground band Double Leopards

Saturday evening, April 17th brings the opening of all four floors of the H&H. Major installations from previous nights will be available for viewing and a stage-oriented show will take place at Floristree on the 6th Floor at 8:30pm. Artists presenting at Floristree: People Like Us (UK) comprised of Vicki Bennett a major voice in European multidisciplinary A/V work. Ms. Bennett’s work has been featured at the Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, and she also presents a regular radio program on WFMU in NYC – also featured – Carly Ptak (Balto.), Joseph Keckler (NYC), Robby Rackleff (Balto.), and Blues Control (Philadelphia).

Sunday, April 18th from noon-4:00pm brings Pedestrian Services Exquisite, a site-specific afternoon of events dedicated to exploring the public spaces in Baltimore. PSE 2010 features an urban safari of the nooks and grannies in, around and in-between Baltimore’s Locust Point and FellsPoint waterfronts. With over 40 different artist projects, expect an afternoon of extraordinary situations, performances, excursions, tours and intriguing whatnots! The event will feature Fluid Movement’s LOVE PARADE with the Westsiders, as well as a mobile art center – the Urban Engine.

The Transmodern Festival will partner with Johns Hopkins University later on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00pm to present a lecture by Vicki Bennett of People Like Us (UK.) This special free lecture will be available to the general public.

On Sunday, April 18th in the evening, the Transmodern Festival will be partnering with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC to present “Maggots and Men” an experimental, historical narrative set in post-revolutionary Russia. The film re-tells the story of the 1921 uprising of the Kronstadt sailors with a subtext of gender anarchy. The film screening is free and will occur at 6:00pm at UMBC.

The Transmodern Festival continues to be a one-of-a-kind Baltimore phenomenon presenting experimental, expectation-defying work from local and national artists. We continue to hold fast and proud to our mission of highly representing women, minority, and GLBTQ artists.


David Brewster & Elizabeth Wade @ C. Grimaldis Gallery

Elizabeth Wade, St. George and the Dragon

David Brewster, Removing Safes from the Ruble: Great Baltimore Fire (1904)

C. Grimaldis Gallery is proud to present two simultaneous solo painting exhibitions- Elizabeth Wade: Bete Sauvages & David Brewster: Conflagration.

Exhibition Dates: April 15 - May 15, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday April 15, 2010 6-8 pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Horror Vacui @ Nudashank

Nudashank will be presenting Horror Vacui, a group exhibition featuring Laura Brothers (NY), Harrison Haynes (NC), Benjamin Phelan (NY), Dan Gluibizzi Jr (NY), and Charles Broskoski (NY). This multimedia exhibition will include painting, sculpture, photography, video and digital prints. The title Horror Vacui refers to a fear of empty spaces, each of the works use retro sci-fi aesthetics to examine the fear of the emptiness of a contemporary existence so heavily enmeshed with technology.

Exhibition Dates: Friday April 16 - May 7, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday april 16, 2010 6-8:30 pm

H & H Arts Building 3rd Floor
405 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD

Beki Basch: Vision Quest Lundi: Baltimore @ Open Space
Open Space is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture, drawing, and film by the Baltimore-based artist Bekí Basch. The exhibition will premiere the video Vision Quest Lundi: Baltimore along with a series of drawings and sculpture made in response to this work.

Exhibition Dates: April 16 - April 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday April 16, 2010 7-10 pm

Open Space
2720 Sisson St
Baltimore, MD 21211


Animal Collective's Oddsac @ The Senator Theater

Opening with torch-wielding villagers and a wall bleeding oil, ODDSAC attaches vivid scenery and strange characters to the wonderful melodic wavelengths of the band Animal Collective, revitalizing the lost form of the "visual album.

Working on the project for three years with friend Danny Perez, Animal Collective pushes the boundaries of the music video and joins music visionaries like The Residents, Devo, and Daft Punk, who previously connected film imagery with their songs. Animal Collective's music is a glittering mix of pop rock, experimental noise,
and horror-movie soundtrack.

Perez's visuals mirror that, incorporating intense scenes of vampires, campfires, and screaming prophets to form themes and a distinct vision, rather than following a traditional plot and dialogue. The characters are interlaced with flicker effects
that mimic pressure phosphenes, the magic colors produced by rubbing your closed eyes.
A true physical experience, ODDSAC turns the theatre into a sensory submarine.

With special guests director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective. Produced in association with The Friends of the Senator and Fortune5Fifty. After-party at the theater following screening.
Screening: Saturday April 17, 2010 8pm $15, Get tickets.

The Senator Theater
5904 York Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21212

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