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September Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

MICA Students, Alumni and Faculty Featured in Events & Exhibitions

Posted 09.03.13 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Lori Larusso, "Game," 2010, acrylic on shaped panel, 38” x 31”

Throughout September, members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the country and world. Here are some of the highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):



The Trawick Prize Finalist: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
On view through September 28, Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Lauren Adams
The Trawick Prize Finalist: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.

Brilliant: London 2013
On view through September 28, Spur Gallery, 3504 Ash St., Baltimore
Opening Reception: September 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Rebecca Bradley and MICA students and faculty from the London Study Abroad Program
As part of the study abroad in London program which took place this past July, students and faculty in the program will be exhibiting projects made in response to the trip at the Spur Gallery in Hampden.

Front Room: Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche
On view through September 29, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Jimmy Joe Roche '08 (Mount Royal)
This exhibition presents irreverent, edgy, and absurdist videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away. Roche uses a combination of performance, sound, and video to channel an array of American outcasts, ranging from fervent figures of violence to complacent burn outs. The exhibition will also include an intricate, psychedelic cut paper sculpture by Roche and photographic work by both artists.

Zero Hero Yolo Solo
On view through October 8, Station North Chicken Box, 1 West North Ave, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Dominic Terlizzi '08 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
Reception: October 5, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: September 19, 7:00 p.m.
ICA Baltimore presents Dominic Terlizzi's new series of paintings in his debut ICA exhibition. ZHYS features a common object alphabet that transforms minutia to grandeur. Cosmic mosaic architecture and hybrid image-weaving build object fields that question authorship, authenticity, labor, origin, architecture, ornamentation, and algorithmic systems. Color spectrums and tactile surface cohabitate retinal grounds simultaneously sobering and psychedelic. 
Image caption: Third Things, acrylic on canvas, 2012, 24" x 20"

Regional Juried Exhibition
On view through October 26, Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Alumni George Belcher '13 (Mount Royal), Laura Judkis '11 (painting), Lynn Palewicz '99, '00 (general fine arts, Art Education), and Nick Clifford Simko '12 (art history theory & criticism) and current Hoffberger students Janet Olney and Jacob Rhoads
This exhibition will explore the contemporary, culture climate of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and was juried by Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art and Department Head at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Morris Louis Unveiled
On view through February 9, 2014, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Morris Louis '32 (general fine arts)
The Baltimore Museum of Art's newly reopened Contemporary Wing is the setting for an exhibition of more than 25 works that illuminate seldom seen aspects of Baltimore-born painter Morris Louis's artistic practice. Morris Louis Unveiled was inspired by a gift of two bold, gestural paintings and a number of surprising drawings that came to the BMA last year from the estate of the artist's widow. These works reveal the artist's little-known exploration of Abstract Expressionism. In conjunction with the exhibition, the BMA will present important examples of works by Louis's influences, peers, and followers, including Helen Frankenthaler's majestic Madridscape (1959).
Image caption: Morris Louis, Untitled 5-76, 1956, The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, BMA 2011.184

Space Garden
On view through January 2014, Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Jenna Boyles '12 (painting)
The Space Garden installation at Port Discovery is an accessible and interactive artwork created by Jenna Boyles. Visitors are encouraged to touch a colorful mural that features unexpected textural elements, including LED circuits that light up. Selected from a competitive call for entries, Space Garden is the first installation to be made possible through Port Discovery's Artway project.
Image caption: Space Fruit installation by Jenna Boyles '12 (painting)


Scenes from Madrid
On view September 12 through October 6, Gala Hispanic Theatre Kreeger Artwalk Gallery, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
MICA CONNECTION: Ariel J. Klein '12 (painting)
In collaboration with Gala Hispanic Theatre painter Ariel J. Klein presents Scenes from Madrid, (Madrid Cotidiano) an exhibition that reflects the working class neighborhood where Klein lived in the Spanish capital. Klein paints dreamlike figures with elongated torsos in deep shades of green and purple, and ballerinas, soldiers and other regal images that recall the Spanish Baroque period. Other canvases reference portraits in the Prado, folklore traditions, and biblical scenes.
Image caption: Ariel Klein, Quijote, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 inches, 2011

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
On view through January 5, 2014, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Ledelle Moe
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa will open at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art on Earth Day, April 22, and continue through to Jan. 5, 2014. Earth Matters is the first major exhibition exploring the ways in which African artists and communities mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.


Hassinger & Clark: Boxes, Combs, and Constellations
On view through December 8, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, 30 North College Ave., Newark, DE 19716
MICA CONNECTION: Rinehart School of Sculpture Program Director Maren Hassinger
Alchemy is an ancient art concerned with the transformation of physical substances, most notably the transmutation of baser materials into silver or gold. Boxes,Combs and Constellations highlights the visual alchemy of artists Maren Hassinger and Sonya Clark, whose creative agencies turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Hassinger's primary material is the box, the ordinary commercial box, used as form and metaphor, structure and containment. Created from hundreds of elemental parts, suspended or faceted, Hassinger's Hanging Boxes and Changing Boxes (2012-2013) are playful and provocative, purposeful and precarious.

Image caption: Maren Hassinger, Hanging and Changing Boxes (installation detail), 2013


Live Arts Festival: Ruins Hall
September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Ruins Hall, 50 Water St., Glen Rock, PA
MICA CONNECTION: Byron Banghart '14 (Social Design)
Byron Banghart is opening a concert venue at the site of an old furniture factory. The venue is called Ruins Hall and to launch the new space Banghart is hosting a Live Arts Festival. There will be bands and plenty of bare wall to have fun with. They are looking for a few artist to partner with on some large focal pieces and as many artist as possible to come freestyle with chalk during the event.


Starting Small
On view through September 7, Porter Contemporary, 548 West 28th St., New York, NY 10001
Opening Reception: August 1, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal) and Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
Starting Small takes the idea of the traditional summer small works show in New York and focuses it on the aspects of collecting art. Many great collections have been started and even built on small pieces and small budgets and many collectors like to "start small" when first buying artwork to get their feet wet, especially in New York where wall space can be limited. This is the perfect exhibition to see a diverse selection by contemporary artists who are early, mid and late career working in a variety of mediums.

Image caption: Lori Larusso, Pops, 2008,  acrylic and enamel on panel, 18x13.

Rock and Tree Debris
On view September 4 through September 29, Amos Eno Gallery, 111 Front St., Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Opening Reception: September 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Mimi Oritsky '72 (painting)
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to announce Rock and Tree Debris, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Mimi Oritsky. The exhibition title is derived from Oritsky's recent REX series of paintings, inspired by an unstructured and scattered landscape, which she maneuvers into a painterly ordered chaos. Oritsky's energized marks and textures give way to expanses of saturated color and stretches of light that exaggerate the movement between the air and chosen debris.

We'll Be Happier Tomorrow
On view September 12 through October 12, Porter Contemporary, 548 West 28th St., New York, NY 10001 
Opening Reception: September 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: September 14, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
The idea of happiness being tied to external consequences is the hallmark of Lori Larusso's We'll Be Happier Tomorrow launching her first solo exhibition at Porter Contemporary. Through shaped acrylic panels Larusso embarks on the American Dream revealing symbolically and metaphorically the twist to having such an unrealistic outlook.

Image caption: Lori Larusso, Zebra Striped Zebra, acrylic on shaped panel, 36" x 30, 2013


Paradise Garden Project
On view September 24 through October 5, The Carrack Modern Art, 111 West Parrish St., Durham, NC 27701
Opening Reception: September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Lauren Adams
A multi-media installation created by artists with local roots and worldly aspirations inspired by living botanical elements and art that speaks to the bounty and beauty of the Earth.


On view September 7 through October 20, 1305 Gallery, 1305 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
MICA CONNECTION: Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
These works reference the myriad of parts that make up any social construct, and the multitude of contributing factors to any situation. Larusso is interested in exploring the unavoidable contradictions which exist in personal (and collective) systems of belief, by pointing to the complexity of individual situations. These paintings reflect not only on personal experience, but also examine looming traditional and slowly-changing cultural expectations, along with the promise of something better.

Image caption: Lori Larusso, Your Heart on Love (Any Questions), acrylic on shaped panel 16" x 22", 2013


Three Columns in a Notebook: paintings by Jim Condron 
On view September 6 through October 25, Harvard University: Three Columns Gallery, Mather House, 10 Cowperthwaite Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: October 25, 2013
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Condron '04 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
Jim Condron's thickly painted abstractions in vibrant colors are set off by supports covered in fine silk, leather and repurposed animal fur. These materials complement the tactile quality of the work. The obvious shared feature of several new paintings by Condron is their relatively small size compared to other publicly displayed works by the Baltimore artist. Each of these works is about the size of a book cover. Working at this scale encourages playfulness and experimentation, and partly for this reason the paintings have the character of milestones on a journey.

Image caption: God, I'm sick of breaking stuff, oil on linen, 40x38 inches, 2013


Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch
On view through September 2, Isalos Fine Art, 26 Main St., Stonington, ME
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Philip Koch
Faculty member Philip Koch (drawing and foundation) displays paintings of the interior of Edward Hopper's former Cape Cod studio in which Koch made during his 14 residencies there since 1983.

Image caption: Philip Koch, one of the paintings included in the exhibition Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch, 2013, oil on panel, 10 x 15"


Call of the Wild
On view September 14 through October 4, The Player's Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
MICA CONNECTION: Audre Marans '69 (Art Education)
Audre Marans will have approximately 20 paintings on display at the Players Theatre in Sarasota during the month of September featuring the show Call of the Wild. Her work is a mix media style and the paintings will be in one of the 3 galleries. In addition, the theatre's featured performance for this exhibition will be Steel Magnolias.
Image caption: artwork (detail) by Audre Marans


Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art
On view September 5 through November 17, Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Opening reception: September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Lori Larusso '05 (Mount Royal)
Home investigates the role that home, habitat, and environment play in our modern lives. From traditional notions of the hearth, to mobile, alternative, and eco-conscious abodes, this exhibition will address the way our interpretation of habitat has shifted over the past century. This show features a national group of artists working in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, video and photography. 

Image caption: Lori Larusso, Game, 2010, acrylic on shaped panel, 38" x 31"

James Torlakson, William Farley
On view September 7 through October 24, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123
Opening Reception: September 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: William Farley '69 (general fine arts)
For the upcoming exhibition, William Farley's photographs of his Fog at Night series, explores natural and man-made environments. These have a dimension of expectation to them, similar to the atmosphere surrounding a movie set, where some dramatic human behavior has just taken place or is about to begin. He photographs urban and rural landscapes absent of their inhabitants, where the elementals seem visible and available to be recorded. In addition, James Torlakson will show several five oil paintings, including Halloween, a recent large work depicting his children trick-or-treating.

Image caption: William Farley, Silent Light (detail), photograph from Fog at Night series, 2013

On view through January 12, 2014, Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
MICA CONNECTION: Jim Condron '04 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
TREE includes selections from around the world that illustrate the increasing significance of trees in today's world. This exhibit includes paintings, works on paper, and wood from the Museum's permanent collection that shows artists' depictions of trees to convey moods, set a scene for a narrative, or symbolize ideas such as strength, stability, and shelter.


On view through October 3, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, 1120 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98701
MICA CONNECTION: Erik Geschke '01 (Rinehart School of Sculpture)
Accretion ponders issues surrounding classicism, function and solidity. Depicting a display plinth that has been stripped of its function, this piece considers the fallibility of certainty.


Matter as Metaphor
On view September 27 through September 29, Omenka Gallery, 24 Ikoyi Crescent, Logos, Nigeria
MICA CONNECTION: Adejoke Tugbiyele '13 (Rinehart School of Sculpture)
The artists are drawn together by their open approach to form and media, seen in their use of everyday materials, found objects and mixed-techniques inspired from the African continent's stylistic traditions of abstraction, psychological expressiveness, and symbolic representation. Tugbiyele's installations are metaphors for Nigeria's social and political history. She employs a variety of unconventional materials and traditional and non-traditional methods in capturing Nigeria's reactions to changes within the larger global economy. She systematically deconstructs and reconstructs her media to yield subtle transformations of visual complexities.

Image caption: Adejoke Tugbiyele, Water Go Find Enemy, 2013, perforated metal (woven), palm stems, brass wire and copper wire, 175 x 100 x 35cm 

White Light/White Heat and Personal Structre: Time, Space, ExistenceChul Hyun  Ahn, Mirror Drawing #17, 2013, Unique, plywood, LED lights,    hardware, mirrors, 60 x 42 x 3.625 inches
On view through November 24, 55th International Venice Art Biennale
MICA CONNECTION: Joyce J. Scott '70 and Chul Hyun Ahn '02 (Mount Royal)
Scott's White Light/White Heat exhibition will be exhibited at the Palazzo Cavalli - Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venetian Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts), while Chul Hyun Ahn's exhibition Personal Structre: Time, Space, Existence will be exhibited at the Palazzo Bembo.

Image caption: Chul Hyun Ahn, Mirror Drawing #17, 2013, Unique, plywood, LED lights, hardware, mirrors, 60 x 42 x 3.625 inches.


Top image caption: Lori Larusso, Game, 2010, acrylic on shaped panel, 38" x 31"