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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 or so ago when it more effectively straddled the entirety of the scene or the relatively young Comics Art Brooklyn (CAB) but you know, not in fucking Brooklyn. PMF VII happens this weekend on April 9 and 10 from noon to 6 p.m., and features 130-plus artists selling prints, zines, comic books, cassettes, books, jewelry, pottery, and more—all right there hanging out at their tables ready to say hi and sell you stuff. This year's programming includes, on Saturday: If I Ruled The World, a cluster of presentations and panels by artists and activists; poetry/performance program Emotionally Unavailable But Like Not?, put together by Maya Martinez (and on Sunday, another poetry event, “Poetry Brunch”); Researching “Alternative,” presented by Post-Office Arts Journal (run by Open Space member Colin Alexander). On Sunday, check out a lecture from Aidan Koch about her slippery subtle artwork and books (the opening at Open Space is on Saturday night); a performance of “Groin Wrong” by Matthew Thurber's Mrs. William Horsley, “a mobile puppet theater sculpted out of a single chunk of feminized hematite discovered in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s”; and BYOU (Build Your Own University), a seminar by BHQFU, “New York's freest art school.” Here we have a guide to the vendors at PMF VII and expanded blurbs for some of our favorites.

  • PMF VII Picks

    PMF VII Picks

    Balti Gurls If you haven't already heard from this paper or the Sun or i-D or Dazed, or all the other chatter, Balti Gurls is the black and brown art girl gang that's been bubbling for a few years now but has more recently become a steaming hot volcanic eruption on the scene, both locally and nationally....

  • PMF VII Vendors

    PMF VII Vendors

    Aidan Koch. Deft wielding of simplicity in line, shape, shade, and dialogue, building up dreamy minimalist narratives. Don't miss her solo show opening at Open Space on Saturday and her artist talk on Sunday. An island, or, in the middle of sand. Artist Ellen Paul curates this table, which focuses...