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Local Art: Openings Aug. 22 and 23

August 22, 2008

Sabbatical Exhibition
Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave.
Aug. 22-Sept. 7
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m.

The Maryland Institute College of Art starts off its fall 2008 exhibition schedule with an annual trio of shows featuring the works of students, faculty, and faculty returning to the fold. The Foundation and Faculty shows open Aug. 29 and Sept. 18, respectively, but the Sabbatical exhibition officially opens today, with its reception coming in two weeks. This year’s exhibited faculty artists, who took a semester off during the 2007-’09 school year, include Pat Alexander (professor, general fine arts); Gail Deery (printmaking chair and co-director of Dolphin Press); Mary Hafeli (director, master of arts in teaching); Warren Linn (professor, foundation and illustration); John Peacock (critic-in-residence, Rinehart School of Sculpture); and Bill Schmidt (director, post-baccalaureate program).

Current Gallery
20. S. Calvert St.
Friday, Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.

This group show at downtown Baltimore’s only gallery place for creative visual mayhem features various original creations, found imagery, and other digital collisions from an international of web friends, colleagues, and associates of online imagery that falls somewhere between the opposing poles of the neologisms “netdreams” and “netmares.” Netdreams/Netmares is the first “real life” installation of a project sustained online, so visit the web site to glean an idea of what sorts of cross-platform and meta-media imagery may be encountered here. It includes pieces from organizers Kari Altmann and Mark Brown, as well as Petra Cortright, Harm Van den Dorpel, Ben Fino-Radin, Martijn Hendrik, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas (aka AIDS-3D), Guthrie Lonergan, Sara Manara, Pascual Sisto, James Whipple, Damon Zucconi, and more.

A post-reception afterparty (with a suggested donation) features DJ sets and performances from Google Eyes, Mesh, Hardon Collider, co-instigator Mark Brown, Teengirl Fantasy, Mothselektor, and Thrust Lab’s Ortis Ver West.

Vision Quest: Seth Adelsberger, Sarah Gamble, James Johnson, Patrick O’Malley, and Christine Buckton Tillma
School 33
1427 Light St.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m.

Former City Paper contributor and current School 33 exhibitions coordinator Jason Hughes makes his curator debut at the South Baltimore art institution with this group show, which is organized somewhat through the exploration of the invisible and visible of sensory experience.

School 33 is also the Saturday host to a reception for the Inaugural Member’s Gallery exhibition, Meghan Harrison’s Trust, which also runs from 6-9 p.m. with a performance from 7-8 p.m.

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