Visual Art

  • Take Our Money: A Guide to PMF VII

    Take Our Money: A Guide to PMF VII

    Last year, Open Space Baltimore's Publications and Multiples Fair (PMF) moved to the Baltimore Design School and expanded a great deal, and it feels as though it's on its way to being one of the preeminent art zine/comix/whatever festivals in the country—echoes of Small Press Expo (SPX) a decade...

  • Weird World: Four essays on art that deals with world-building, dread, and utopia

    Weird World: Four essays on art that deals with world-building, dread, and utopia

    When I interviewed the artist Katie Bachler a few months ago about her BMA Outpost project, she said, "There's more utopians here [in Baltimore] than I've met anywhere else." Imagining an ideal world is necessary, but in order to do that we sometimes have to revel and stew in the trashier, stranger,...

  • On the Ground: Eddie Conway and Tania Bruguera discuss the intersections of activism and art

    On the Ground: Eddie Conway and Tania Bruguera discuss the intersections of activism and art

    Artist/activist Tania Bruguera and former Black Panther/activist Eddie Conway encouraged shifting paradigms for both art and activism when they spoke at The Contemporary's "Talking Shop: Art + Activism" last week. How can we use art to change society, they asked. Beyond protest (which is also key),...

  • Baltimore mayoral candidates turn to the arts

    Baltimore mayoral candidates turn to the arts

    At last week's mayoral forum organized by Citizen Artist Baltimore, many of the 10 participating candidates addressed arts-related issues by tying them into their existing, non-arts-focused platforms: If we solve the city's problems, they suggested, we solve the art community's problems. Though...

  • Degenerate City: Charm City Demolition Derby

    Degenerate City: Charm City Demolition Derby

    Baltimore is getting a major investment in more nothing. Right? I've been traveling for all of 2016, but trying to stay somewhat informed. Apparently Gov. Larry Hogan has generously offered to give Baltimore $700 million worth of nothing, by way of demolishing vacant buildings to make way for vacant...

  • Student exhibition at Gallery CA traces factors that led up to the Baltimore Uprising

    Student exhibition at Gallery CA traces factors that led up to the Baltimore Uprising

    On a late February afternoon, Gallery CA's bright white room is full of splotches of color—and lively activity. A student stands on a black chair to reach the top of the mural with her paintbrush. Several others stand on the ground, all working together on a mural in the middle of the gallery....

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