"Some Assembly Required"

Oct. 26

Baltimore's vacant buildings are such a common sight that many of us don't think twice when we pass them on our daily travels, until we think about the numbers. There are an estimated 30,000 vacant properties (including lots and houses) in Baltimore, while an estimated 2,638 men, women, and children are homeless on a given night. Project PLASE (or People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), an organization that helps out homeless folks, bought an abandoned school in West Baltimore's Irvington neighborhood, the site of this pop-up show "Some Assembly Required" curated by MICA grads Yeim Bae and Christopher Beer. Artists Doo-hyun Yoon and Seon Young Park respond to the school's architecture with independent minimalist, colorful works that explore the concept of "inhabitable structures" in different ways. The work of both artists would seem incidental in the context of this school, but serves as a reminder of various forms of institutional neglect in Baltimore. The good news here is that Project PLASE is currently raising money to renovate the school and turn it into a housing and support center for homeless people. Reception Nov. 7, 2-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30, Art Project PLASE, 3549 Old Frederick Road, someassemblyrequired2015.wordpress.com, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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