Thursday, November 6, 2014

VMGO II



Greetings from The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore!

We have several new, exciting updates to share with you, including our next meeting's date and time, reflected in the graphic above. We'll be at The Station North Chicken Box on the 19th of this month to finish up our Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives for TFAP-B. As always, we'll have snacks if you bring your good ideas!

I am pleased to announce that TFAP-B has recently started several new programs!

A Baltimore Minute 
We kicked off this new interview feature on our website with artist, Annie Boisvert. Annie recently helped us to create a quiet room at The Monument Quilt HQ and so we decided we'd like to know a little bit more about her! You can check out our first interview in this ongoing series here.

Call for Wordsmiths - @FeministHaiku
Good news, The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore has recently scored the awesome twitter handle @FeministHaiku (along with our @TFAPbmore handle, which you should check out and follow, by the way)! Here's where you come in: Along with our regular content creators, we'd like to hear what you have to say as well, in a topical 140 characters or less. Write us a haiku about your daily experiences, what frustrates you, and what you love about being a feminist. We'll repost for you if you are not on twitter, or retweet if you are. Simply tweet, or send us any haikus (3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) to tfap.bmore@gmail.com with the heading "Haiku". Let's take on twitter, feminists! Your words and actions will be well-received!

TFAP-B on Instagram
You may now follow our adventures pictorially at this link:  http://instagram.com/thefeministartprojectbaltimore

TFAP-B Exhibitions email
That's right, we have a new, separate email for those of you who really like to write exhibition proposals and apply for shows. If you are an artist or curator with a proposal or partnership for us, OR you are looking for help and support with your feminist art vision, please contact Allison Gulick, our Exhibitions Coordinator at tfapb.exhibitions@gmail.com.

Last Minute Plug - go see this!
TFAP-B Programming Committee member, Stephen Towns will be exhibiting his solo show, co|patriot at Hood College with a reception this evening. More information on the exhibition is located here.


Now that's progress! Hope to see you at our monthly meeting on the 19th!

Shana R. Goetsch
Regional Coordinator

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Baltimore Minute: Artist, Anne Boisvert

Earlier this Fall, we were lucky enough to have artist, Anne Boisvert volunteer to create a mural for us, to support The Monument Quilt project. TFAP-B member, Kelly Johnson and I organized a quiet room/safe space to be available in their headquarters, and supported Anne with room preparation and logistical support. You'll see below, the incredible fruits of her labor, in both the wall mural and floor labyrinth she designed. 

We were also quite lucky that Anne was willing to take the time to talk with us about her influences, interests and habits as a visual artist. This is the very first in an ongoing interview series, a space where we are able to showcase and celebrate local women, feminists, and their art. I happily present to you, A Baltimore Minute with artist, Anne Boisvert.






Shana Goetsch: Hi Anne! Let's begin by having you tell us where you're from originally, and how you got to Baltimore... 
Anne Boisvert: I grew up a military brat and moved all over. I've been in Maryland the longest so I call this home. Baltimore is an amazing place to live and upon moving here for MICA, it has given me a taste of the urban artistic life style and exposure to the art community.

S: What is your background in art?

A: I have always been artistic and expressed myself through music at an early age. In high school I began creating more visual art. This continued through undergrad at Mount St. Mary's university where I majored in Theology and used art to help express some heady spiritual concepts and decided to complete the minor in art. From there, I saved up money to attend and complete MICA's Post Bacc program. It was the best year of my life to date!

S: How did your interest in painting murals start? 

A: There was a Public Art course that I participated in at the Mount and we were tasked to design a mural that would depict the University and be installed in the tunnel that connected one side of campus to the other. I learned a lot about the process and enjoyed being committed to working with my classmates. I have since been attracted to commissions especially if they have a community arts/awareness aspect to them. It gives me the opportunity to engage in my community and to learn about people.

S: Much of the work that I've seen from you seems sculptural or 'performative' in nature...how did this way of working develop? 

A: While I was waiting to attend MICA, I lived in a house in Silver Spring MD with a garage, and my housemates let me use it as a studio. It was so great! This is where my paintings began to get larger and push the third dimension. I was applying multimedia to pieces on wood (usually cut as big as possible-but still transportable-by Home Depot employees). I became aware of my interest to work 3D and made sure to capitalize on the metal welding and fabrication courses and resources that MICA offered. My dabbling in performance is even newer. The performance work I have done is natural and personal, but also invites a more universal human understanding. I am only tickling the surface of my performance interest.



 

Anne performing her piece, No Skein of Thread to Follow at the Gutsy reception


S: Do you have a particular female artist or writer that you feel has influenced you or your practice (working in any medium, historical or contemporary)? 

A: Anne Hamilton is one beyond brilliant installation artist! I really enjoy studying her work. I was able to attend her "Meet the Artist" talk at the Hirshorn in DC last summer and see her piece the Palimpsest in person. Hearing her talk about her work was awe inspiring!  She talked a length about The Event of a Thread piece that had just wrapped at the Park Ave. Armory and I am always struck at the levels of meaning that are woven into her pieces as well as all the person power necessary to pull them off! I can remember sinking in my seat as she talked about that piece and how she consulted with this and that engineer, hired actors, and counted on viewers to activate the piece/give life to it etc. While I don't quite have the capital necessary for some of my larger-than-life dream projects, what I have learned from Anne and appreciate very much about her pieces, are the many layers of meaning incorporated into her work, and I am strive to embed many layers into my work in an effort to engage a wide audience.

S: This seems like a simple question, but it's one of my favorite little peeks into other artists' practices...What is the color that you favor (use) most in creating your art work? What about the material you use most? 

A: I sometimes feel as though I need to offer an explanation as to why I use so much black in my work. "I'm really not that dark!" In contrast to the black in my latest projects, are a lot of colors. In my No Skein of Thread to Follow site specific installation/performance at the Gallery CA, the oppressive black fabric is contrast to the rainbow chalk used to mark a path. In my maps project, There Be Monsters, road maps are masked out using black ballpoint pen in areas where I have never been. The roads I have traveled are left exposed and the various original map pigments shine throughout the black. Both of these projects compliment each other nicely and encourage ideas for future projects.

S: What is the single most important tool you use as an artist?  

A: The single most important tool I use is sleep. During my waking hours I am carefully attentive to the world and my experience of it. At night I process my ideas. I recently heard the composer John Luther Adams discuss what his approach would be from receiving an assignment to completing an ensemble score. His process includes thinking about it so much and seeing it in his dreams, essentially, until he can do nothing else but write down the notes. That's how it is for me when I get an idea. I think just marinating in the thoughts and ideas helps develop the image and the layers of meaning I hope to convey.






S: How do you tend to decompress, or what allows you a stress-free or "quiet space"?  

A: I really enjoy doing yoga on days when my body tells me to. I usually feel stress in my gut most intensely and exercising with yoga stretches helps. Lately, the compositions of Olafur Arnalds are a welcome accompaniment with the yoga. This sometimes occurs at Druid Hill Park with my yoga mat and iPad ap, yoga.com, or in my apartment with my roommate's awesome sound system. Both options are free which also helps to reduce stress!

S: Best advice from Mom (yours or someone elses)? 

A: My Mom is hospitable, caring, and very giving of her time, and has influenced my life more than I can recall. I always noticed the little things she did for our family, friends, and community. The best advice she passed to me, by the actions I took notice of, is that every little bit helps. That's something I try to remember every day. 

S: Thanks again for the wonderful mural, Anne! How can we find out more about you and your work?  
A: You're welcome! It was my pleasure. Thank you, Shana for organizing it and helping out with all you did. My website is update with my latest work at annemboisvert.com








 Ribbon-cutting with Hannah Brancato of The Monument Quilt; Artist, Anne Boisvert; TFAP-B Regional Coordinator, Shana Goetsch and TFAP-B Special Events Committee member, Kelly Johnson




Friday, September 19, 2014

A September to Remember?

 

Just a reminder...if you support what we do and make happen, please consider donating to The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore on this page.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adieu Sweet Summer! Hello Feminist Fall!

As summer draws to a close and the school year ramps up we wanted to take a minute and reflect on the amazing things we did this summer. While we had a couple of great events this spring and summer, our inaugural exhibition GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism really made a splash. The exhibition, which featured 23 regional artists, endeavored to create a safe and inclusive space for artists and the viewing public to talk about current issues within the context of feminism. Highlighting the work of female artists and artists dealing with feminist issues, themes, and aesthetics the exhibition contextualized itself within the parameters of the art world and our society at large. This intention manifested itself in a number of ways throughout the exhibition with artists and artworks that represented a broad spectrum of ages, races, and backgrounds which resulted in differing approaches, mediums, and subject matter. 






The exhibition also highlighted and raised funds and donations for the Baltimore-based, Power Inside, a harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression. They serve women impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse, offering direct services, advocacy, leadership development and public education to help women build self-sufficiency, heal from violence, and avoid future criminal justice contact.

The closing reception was a great place for all of these intentions to come together, and we had a wonderful turn out to Gallery CA, which included a dynamic live performance of No Skein of Thread to Follow, by artist Anne Boisvert, and the presentation of the first Orgs. Choice Award. A member/client of Power Inside, Ruby, presented the award to artist Quinn Palmer, for her piece Saint Bibiana, speaking poignantly about how the work moved her at a previous event in the gallery. Additionally, Jacqueline Robarge, founder of Power Inside, spoke to the GUTSY audience about the important changes her organization is striving to accomplish and the work that is yet to be done.










It was a beautiful closing to a very busy summer for our organization and we wanted to thank all of you for coming out to support these artists and The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore. If you missed the exhibition, don’t fret, we have other things in store for the upcoming fall and you can read more about the reception of the exhibition in our press section here.


Stayed tuned for exciting Fall Feminist events!!! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook! 

Allison Gulick, 
Exhibitions Coordinator

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

We've Been Getting 'GUTSY'

Our inaugural exhibition, GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism had its soft opening earlier this month with ALLOVERSTREET and ArtScape! We had quite a few art lovers/explorers (including some critics) stop in to see the show.

Here are a few photos of the exhibition from ALLOVERSTREET:









On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to host a unique event at Gallery CA,  GUTSY Storytelling Circle with Power Inside. Power Inside has been our partner throughout the exhibition.


For the past thirteen years, Power Inside has been bringing women in Baltimore together to create collective spaces for healing, growth, and change. We embrace our roots in feminist consciousness-raising and convene women's groups in prisons, jails, shelters, and on the streets. On the evening of July 23, members of Power Inside will facilitate the simple yet radical feminist work of women's circles, through telling and listening to stories from women whose every day experience is about being "GUTSY". We will also invite participants to reconnect the personal to the political by sharing their own stories.

Power Inside is a human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression.  We serve women impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse. We offer direct services, advocacy, leadership development and public education to help women build self-sufficiency, heal from violence, and avoid future criminal justice contact.


Our member, Stephen Towns captured some great photographs of the beginning and end of the event:

















Be sure to join us for the closing reception for GUTSY at Gallery CA, Friday, August 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism

I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day, now it's time to get GUTSY!

We wanted to remind you about our inaugural exhibition at GALLERY CA, GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out Of Feminism, and programming we have coming up, surrounding that theme...
















ArtScape Weekend Gallery CA Hours: July 18 - 20, 12 - 4 pm (GUTSY OPENS!)

GUTSY Storytelling Circle with Power Inside: July 23, 7 - 9 pm

Exhibition Reception at Gallery CA: Friday, August 8th, 6 - 9 pm

You can view the press release in its entirety here.


You have several ways to participate or donate this month!

1) MEETING! STOP IN for a minute on WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 630 -730 pm during install at City Arts/Gallery CA and Allison and/or I will update you personally, and give you a tinytiny future job. Or just come by and say 'hi', we missed many of you last month and we always have snacks!

2) Buy some art from great, regional, feminist artists! We have over 20 artists' work to choose from! All proceeds go back to the artist or Power Inside.
 
3) Get Your GUTSY stories ready: Participate in the Power Inside 'Storytelling Circle' on July 23, 7 - 9 pm at City Arts!

4) Remember to donate new women's personal care items at City Arts Apartments throughout the exhibition run. This little act goes a very long way and will help Power Inside's client base tremendously. Think about it!
 
Gallery CA is located inside the City Arts building at 440 East Oliver Street in Baltimore, Maryland (galleryca.org)