“The surveillance police booth is cloaked in dense, black, domestic curtains thus preventing the inherent function of the one way mirror,” writes artist Adrian Lohmüller, setting the stage for his installation Blind Study II (A Psychology of Building). Lohmüller’s enigmatic environment will be the inaugural exhibition for The Koban Project, a new experimental art space located on the SW corner or Charles and Lanvale in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Employing domestic materials Lohmüller will subvert the assumed function of the former police station, preventing its use as a site of voyeurism and scrutiny. A study, perched atop the police box itself and thus outside the gaze of the authorities, welcomes viewers to engage with Glenn Robert Lym’s text “A Psychology of Building,” or perhaps contemplate what books they might line the otherwise empty shelves with. The installation includes a sound piece by Meghan Tomeo. From the interior of the cloaked booth emanate voices of people recounting intimate spatial experiences and their positions within their immediate architectural surroundings.

“Here the public realm protects itself against the harmful gaze of control under which it cannot be completely free. Granting a lack of control over criminal activity further demands a definition of what can be criminal to begin with.”

Please join us Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 3-6PM at the Café Sage (34 E Lanvale Street) for a reception with the artists and organizers of The Koban Project.

Art War Entrants Sought

Local artists will go brush-to-brush to compete for cash and other prizes during Art War, a new addition to this year’s Salisbury Festival on Saturday, April 27. Student, amateur and professional artists will have five hours, starting at 10 a.m., to create a piece live in front of festival-goers. Those attending the festival will vote on which work they like best. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The first-place artist receives a solo show at a Salisbury University Art Galleries location. Gift certificates and cash prizes are available for second and third place. Each artist is given a 10-foot-by-10-foot space in which to create. Indoor and outdoor spots are available. Setup begins at 9 a.m. Artists must bring their own supplies, including tables and chairs. A drop cloth and basic lighting are provided. Entries may be comprised of any material that is not hazardous, illegal or damaging to the provided space. SU Art Galleries sponsors the competition. The entry fee is $20. Interested artists must sign up by Friday, April 19, at www.salisbury.edu/universitygalleries. Entrants should include three to five images of past work in jpg format, at a resolution no higher than two megabytes per file, along with a one-paragraph description of the art they plan to create during the event. For more information call 410-548-2547 or e-mail University Galleries Director Liz Kauffman at eckauffman@salisbury.edu.

Two communities have been awarded $30,000 each to complete their projects.

The Greater Remington Improvement Association will produce an “R” sculpture and crosswalk art at the corner of 26th and N. Howard Streets.  The “R” sculpture will serve as a recognizable entry point and identity marker for the neighborhood, as well as an anchor for a new public space that will be created at that site for the community.  The sculpture is intended as the first in a series that will spell the word “Remington” throughout the neighborhood.  Artist Dominic Terlizzi will work with the community to complete the first phase of this project.

The Upper Fell’s Point Improvement Association will create a tribute to jazz artist Billie Holiday, one-time resident of the community, with one mosaic, five murals, wall plaques and painted screens in the 200 block of South Durham Street.   The block will be named “Lady Day Way” and serve as a community centerpiece and tourist destination.  Artist Joe Rizza will create the Billie Holiday mosaic and muralists Michael Kirby, Bridget Cimino, Anne Kotleba and James Eichelberger will paint images of Billie Holiday on the designated walls on that block.

The PNC Transformative Art Project, in its second year, awards sizable grants to communities to create “destination” art that will help bring together neighbors around the project and invite others into the community to enjoy the art.  Last year’s winning communities were Greater Mondawmin, Hamilton-Lauraville, and Franklin Square.

Join Peabody faculty member & pianist Brian Ganz as he hosts a benefit concert at Johns Hopkins Shriver Hall on Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm! All proceeds will benefit the Hopkins Odyssey lifelong learning program.

Brian’s April 9 program will explore the theme of “Small and Infinite” works. Brian will play three mazurkas from Op. 7, the Trois Ecossaises, Op. 72, No. 3, The Lento con Gran Espressione, the Presto con Leggerezza, the Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, and selections from the Preludes, Op. 28.

The first of the Ballades holds a place of honor in Brian’s heart, as he considers it the piece that inspired him to become a pianist. “It is no exaggeration to say that Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 changed my life,” he said. “I like to say that Chopin ‘wounded’ me with the mysterious, inexplicable beauty of that piece.”

The Johns Hopkins Odyssey program offers noncredit classes to students – of all ages – who have an interest to learn. This program is known as the Baltimore area’s lifelong learning partner. So come out and hear another wonderful performance by Brian, and support a great cause!

For more details, visit http://odyssey.jhu.edu/events/index.html?ItemsID=62 or call 410-516-8516.

See you on Tuesday, April 9!

 

Guest Spot & THE REINSTITUTE is proud to present a group exhibition curated by Same Same But Different. Opening Saturday April 13, 2013, the works will be on view through May 25, 2013. A panel discussion New York Centrality and the Practice will be held along with the closing Saturday May 25 from 2-4pm.

Same Same but Different is the third in an ongoing series of eponymous exhibitions organized by the collective of the same name. The infamous Southeast Asian colloquialism is used as both descriptor for their collaboration and inspiration for their exhibitions. Formed in 2012 in Brooklyn, they have previously mounted exhibitions in New York City, and Seattle. Each exhibition is site-specific but remains rooted in the core concept of their collaboration, which is their common formal language of purposeful colors and simple shapes in complex arrangements. The phrase “same same but different” is elastic and is used by merchants to describe a wide array of wares. They have embraced its full meaning by using these exhibitions as an opportunity to showcase multifarious sides of their practices, thereby enabling different combinations of their work to produce new meanings and connections. For the show with Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE, they have taken very literal inspiration from the gallery by expanding the scope of their collaboration by inviting two guest artists to join them in the exhibition space.

Jay Gaskill – Halsey Hathaway – Maya Hayuk – Fabian G. Tabibian – Amanda Valdez

April 13, 2013 through May 25 2013
Curator: Same Same But Different
Opening Reception: April 13, 2013 7-10 pm
Closing And Panel Discussion: May 25 2-4 pm
Hours: Wednesday 5-7 & Saturday 1-5 or by appointment
Location: 1715 North Calvert St. Baltimore, MD

Share your story in just SIX WORDS!

What is YOUR most unforgettable museum experience?

FRESH—from the top of your head and the bottom of your heart—please give us a SIX-WORD testimony of what made your visit to a museum, a zoo, an aquarium or any cultural institution, simply UNFORGETTABLE!

Why just six words?
Legend has it that someone bet famed American writer Ernest Hemingway that he could not make up a whole new story using just six words. Hemingway shot back:


Some say Hemingway then proclaimed it his best work.

There are now six-word stories, poems, jokes, memoirs, protests and mottos. They constitute wonderfully readable, creatively informative expressions. During Baltimore Museum Week, your six words will join thousands of others to become part of a sculpture in the Baltimore Convention Center.  By submitting your six words, anonymously or with your name, you acknowledge and agree that they can be used for education and promotional purposes without compensation.

Submit Your Six-Words Here!

THANKS MUSEUM-GOER, YOU ROCK!

The Art of Positioning: Crafting a Killer Elevator Speech

WHEN:  April 20, 2013, from 1 – 4pm

WHERE:   Peter Davis Branding  422 Fawcett St. Baltimore, MD 21211

FEE:  $60 — Cash, check or Paypal   Coffee, tea and bottle water included.

TO REGISTER:   Email Peter — davisbrandstory@gmail.com and I’ll give you more details and a little “homework.”

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Artists, leaders of small non-profits, entrepreneurs, and professionals in transition should attend. 8 attendees are ideal. Enough diversity to spark ideas and not so many that there isn’t time for everyone to get much needed undivided attention.

In this three-hour workshop attendees will learn how to elevate their story and make a compelling statement about their purpose, why it matters and what makes it unique.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND:  The point of an elevator speech is to get an invitation to tell more. The strategy behind an elevator speech is to tell a compelling story with your audience as the protagonist.  I’ll help you to elevate your purpose and re-ignite your passion. Leave with clarity and confidence.

PROGRAM:

  • Pre-workshop homework
  • Individual and group exercises to help you:
  • Know yourself
  • Clarify what you do and how it works
  • Elevate your purpose
  • Declare your difference
  • Present with confidence