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Thanks so much for your contributions to the Current Space Community Darkroom. It wouldn't have been possible without you! All of the work on the darkroom has been done through volunteerism so it's taken a little longer than expected. That being said, we plan to open June 1st and will be having an opening party May 31st from 7-9pm at Current Space 421 North Howard St!! Please join us! If you signed up for darkroom hours, I will be contacting you soon with more information. Other rewards will ship out at the earliest in June.
Speaking of rewards, scroll to the bottom to check out images from the Good Light Catalog!
Some of the extra money raised is going towards photo exhibitions and making classes and workshops a little more affordable. One part of our new photo programming, that we are very proud of, is our solo photography exhibition program in the Project Space. We had our first exhibition last month, which highlighted the work of Elle Perez. She is a MICA graduate and will be attending Yale for graduate school in the fall. Check out the press release, exhibition photos and catalog below:
And then they said, “Being infinite sounds beautiful” in a letter, before heading back into the woods.
Elle Pérez’s series "Into the Wood" dismantles gender binaries through their images and experiences in the utopian society of IDA, a safe space in Tennessee. Following in the footsteps of communes that have come before them, IDA drifts towards a divine state, but is not without flaws. This rural farming community allows people to come home to their ideal selves. They take on new names, exist freely, connect to nature, and have the opportunity to learn farming skills. In this place people are able to break away from the societal bonds placed on their bodies. Individuals can let go of their physical and emotional history and open up to themselves, others, and nature in a more fluid way. Pérez is able to document the visitors and residents after they’ve shed their protective layers and begun to explore their eternal spirit. "Into the Woods" is Pérez longest running series on queer culture. Still in progress, they have made yearly pilgrimages to IDA since 2011.
Elle Pérez (b. 1989, Bronx, NY) is a photographer who works and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Perez's work focuses on themes of gender-based identity, queer self-awareness and youth culture, and has been exhibited at galleries such as Conner Contemporary Art (DC), Spattered Columns (NYC), and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In 2011 Perez was awarded the Jane Meyer Traveling Fellowship to produce a new body of work titled "The Outliers: Regarding the Space(s) Between Genders." Perez has previously taught photography at the Educational Alliance Art School, a NYC based non-profit program with a focus on accessible art education for youth. Perez received a BFA in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art."
Our next solo exhibition opens on the 25th and features the work of Kyle Tata. Kyle is also a recent MICA graduate and a Current Space Studio Member. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/564687700218902/
Current Gallery’s Project Space
Opening: May 25th, 2013, 7-10pm
On View: May 25th – June 16th
Gallery Hours Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm
“To create an Architecture is to put into order. Put what into order? Function and objects” -Le Corbusier
Current Gallery is pleased to announce Assembly Affect, a solo exhibition of new work by artist Kyle Tata. In conjunction with the exhibition Current will be releasing a catalog of Kyle’s work. Assembly Affect features photographic work that explores Modernism and its relation to contemporary domestic living. Citing influences that range from Oscar Niemeyer to IKEA, Assembly Affect plots a nonlinear line through history to connect the dots between abstraction and domesticity. In addition to the subject matter, the photographs in this exhibition contain both digital and antiquated printing processes as a way to conflate contemporary and historic approaches to photography.
Kyle Tata (b. 1990) is a Baltimore based artist and recent BFA graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work addresses history, urbanism, and architecture through photography, artist books, and other printed matter. Tata has also written for numerous art blogs including Humble Arts Foundation in New York. His work has been featured at galleries and institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place, The Light Gallery (MD), the George Segal Gallery at Mont Clair University, The D-Center (MD), Petrella’s Imports (NYC) and a forthcoming exhibition at the International Print Center of New York. Tata is currently on the faculty at Baltimore School for the Arts.
If you're interested in finding out more about the lady behind the Current Space Community Darkroom consider attending THIRTY this Wednesday at Maryland Art Place. Ginevra Shay along with Station North's Rebecca Chan, and Charlotte Keniston who's created a program to get healthier food to people in Pig Town will be lecturing about the importance of community organizing through art in Baltimore. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357582101028663/
OK, I've saved the best for last a few images of the darkroom before and after. The Current Space Community Darkroom has been over two years in the making now. Finding the space, getting equipment donations, going through the equipment, drawing a building plan, raising money, and figuring out what our programming will be was very time consuming. Sometimes I felt like I was in the Herzog movie, Fitzcarraldo, trying to pull a steamboat over a mountain to build an opera house in the Amazon. We started this project with absolutely nothing but a basement space filled with junk. A cage completely packed with old tvs and monitors that no one was using. Now there is a clean, beautiful, functional space where we as a community can keep these wonderful analog photo processes alive through practicing them and sharing them. This Darkroom is here now because it was a needed, and through it’s use we are preserving an important thing.
I couldn’t be happier with Current Space. I really believe in Current and their mission statement: "Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and a headquarters for cultural production. Current is committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally."
On to the darkroom…
There are four distinct spaces for the darkroom. A dry area, a film processing room, enlarger station room, and print processing room. Photographed is the space after all the junk was removed and demo was almost complete. In the new images is the completed dry area with the entrance to the darkroom and photograph viewing wall (with new track lighting!) and the enlarger station with equipment being organized.
Thanks again everyone! Please like Current Space on Facebook and keep and eye out for the Facebook event for the Darkroom Opening Party. We're in the process of creating a new website for Current Space which will make information about upcoming classes and workshops more easily accessible.