Visual Art

  • New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    One of the most appealing aspects of the American Visionary Art Museum has been the way it has democratized art. Here was a museum saying you didn't need art-school credentials to make legitimate art—you could be a prisoner, a mental patient, a homeless person, a retired manual laborer and if your...

  • 'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    I never liked my name: Zane Ronda Campbell. Ronda was a girl’s name. When I was in elementary school the Beach Boys had a hit called, ‘Help Me, Rhonda’. I lived in fear that the other students would find out my middle name and tease me endlessly. Elementary school was stressful enough without that....

  • The State Of The Arts Issue

    The State Of The Arts Issue

    This year's State of the Arts issue focuses on artists who are inclusive, daring, and ahead-of-the-curve—not comfortable sitting on the curve, or even man spreading on the curve, as so much oft-praised art in this city tends to be. In our cover story, “Balti Gurls on the Guerrilla Girls,” Balti...

  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    How do you sum up the pervasive, seemingly inescapable system of gentrification by means of abstract visualization? Can any work elicit the violence of gentrification—the lasting impact that loss of community has on already marginalized communities? With her solo show "Occupational Hazards" at...

  • Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    I met with artist Malcolm Peacock at Druid Hill Park—the site of his piece "Let the Sun Set on You," happening this Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. sharp—to discuss his work, and we could not stop talking about death. Earlier this year, in his final undergrad semester at VCU, Malcolm sent a brief, cryptic...

  • A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    You are a square if you're in Baltimore and don't know Larry Luv.Thanks to his addictive Sunny Day parties and the whirlwind of high-energy designs flying out of his Huey Brand flagship store, the Douglass Housing Projects native has crafted a simple yet complex cocktail of innovative fashion and...

  • 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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