School 33 Art Center Opening Reception

  • Test Pattern

    Image Credit: Tom Boram - A New Type of Sex Nobody Has Ever Tried Before (still from video)

  • Bodies in Sounded Space

    Image Credit: Katie Shlon and Fionn Duffy- Floor Harp (detail)

  • (un)familiar territory

    Image Credit: Bobby Coleman - (un)familiar territory (detail)

School 33 Art Center presents three new exhibitions on view Friday, January 19, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018:

Test Pattern (Main Gallery)

A group exhibition featuring works by: Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley
Curated by Melissa Webb

Test Pattern demonstrates a collective longing for reconnection with the simplicity of the analog era, while examining the psychology of our multi-generational society post Digital Revolution. Alternating between the material and the virtual, these artists layer analog and digital technologies through the use of video and sound, textile, painting, sculpture, and live performance. Throughout their processes of making they convert voltage into data, synthesized and percussive sound into imagery, and computerized experiences into physical objects. The resulting works explore social conventions and family life in the Information Age, the handmade vs the digitally rendered, the preservation and degradation of information, and ultimately, the relationship between the simulated and the tangible.

Bodies in Sounded Space (Members Gallery)

An exhibition of sculpture and musical performance by Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon

Bodies in Sounded Space explores the architectural and social boundaries that differentiate sound from music. Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon investigate the role our bodies play in creating a score for new sound works and how what we see influences what we hear. The artists are interested in how humans alter the sonic fabric of our surroundings and how space, as a body, responds to our actions.

Transforming architectural space into the body of an instrument, the artists create sculptural interventions as structures for sound. These act as listening devices and instruments, creating new sounds or triggering collected audio recordings. The artists test the ways in which introducing a set of tools or pathways into a space transforms an audience’s experience. Movement through the space activates the instrument: bodies experiencing localized ‘music’ dependent on positions relative to permanent and interventional structures.

This project is supported by a Rubys Artist Project Grant for Performing Arts. The Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

(un)familiar territory (Project Space)

An installation by Bobby Coleman

(un)familiar territory by Baltimore artist Bobby Coleman is an immersive art installation that echoes the urban environment through an abstract lens. Through large-scale wood-panel paintings created with “oops” paint and sculptural components, Coleman interprets the visual noise and chaotic nature that confront us on an everyday basis. Common urban elements are translated into familiar yet foreign lines, forms, and colors, and incorporated into deeply layered compositions that force the viewer to consider time and space within the work. What once represented a street sign may be adapted and built upon until it is only a faint memory -- clouded and recontextualized over time. Coleman explores the boundaries of traditional painting, allowing the works to interact by reaching from one to the next, creating an abstract urban landscape. To step inside Coleman’s (un)familiar territory is to enter an environment none of us know, yet all vaguely recognize.