Thursday, September 17, 2009




For more information contact:
Cathy Byrd, Executive Director at 410.962.8565 or

Maryland Art Place Announces:
September 15 - October 24, 2009

Featured Curators:
Shelly Blake-Plock: Art of the Set-Up: Sound Objects as Artifacts
Artists: Peter Blasser. Alessandro Bosetti. Andy Hayleck. Bonnie Jones. Melissa Moore. Mike Muniak.

Rachel Sitkin: In Our Nature: Artists Reflect on the Manmade Landscape
Artists: Kim Beck. Laura Cooperman. Michelle Hagewood. Alex Lukas. Igor Pasternak.

Margaret Winslow: Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art
Artists: Ronald Longsdorf. Janell Olah. Stephen Ruszkowki.

Featured Events:
Thurs Sept 24: Opening Event
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk and Sound Art Performance: Shelly Blake-Plock, John Berndt and Art of the Set-Up artists

Thurs Oct 8
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk: Margaret Winslow, Soft Space artists, and George Holback of Cho, Benn, Holback + Associates

Thurs Oct 22
5pm Rush Hour: Art Beats Traffic
6pm Gallery Talk: Rachel Sitkin and In Our Nature artists

Sat October 24
2pm to 5pm: Curating 101 presented by Cathy Byrd, MAP Executive Director

This Fall, MAP offers a communal platform for three inventive projects, including our first-ever sound art exhibition—The Art of the Set Up: Sound Objects as Artifacts, curated by Shelly Blake-Plock. Rachel Sitkin conceived In Our Nature: Artists Reflect on the Altered Landscape to feature artists who mine the outfall of urban development. Margaret Winslow’s ideas materialize in Soft Space: Architecture in Contemporary Art, a set of drawings and installations that explore physical and psychological nuances in the built environment.

Each year, MAP’s Curators’ Incubator Program renews the opportunity for Maryland Art Place to become a working laboratory for aesthetic experiments. Curators’ Incubator provides a creative space for the region’s aspiring curators to develop and present their concepts. MAP guides the curatorial process, beginning with an open call that encourages proposals and ending in the presentation of selected projects. MAP’s Program Advisory Committee took on the review and selection of our 2009 curators and MAP staff facilitated the production of the exhibition and companion catalogue.

OF NOTE: Programs for our Seventh Annual Curators’ Incubator will be presented on scheduled Thursdays at 5:00 pm this fall for RUSH HOUR: Art Beats Traffic. RUSH HOUR is an invitation to those who work and live in the downtown neighborhood to visit MAP at the end of the workday.

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Maryland Art Place is a not-for-profit contemporary art center located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, at 8 Market Place, Suite 100. Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For further information, please visit or call 410.962.8565. All programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Elliott Sharp at the Red Room: September 23rd

Elliott Sharp is coming to the Red Room.

Wednesday, September 23rd, $6

Elliott Sharp (composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer). Jorge Martins will be opening.

"Having worked in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered the use of a lap top computer in live performance with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s and more recently has used algorithm and fibonacci numbers in experimental composition. He has cited literature as an inspiration for his music and often favors improvisation. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet. Sharp has led many ensembles over the years, including the blues-oriented Terraplane and Orchestra Carbon. - courtesy of the democratizing force of Wikipedia.

The Red Room
at Normals Books and Records
425 E. 31st Street Baltimore
Doors open at 8:00 (for this show)

NPR calls High Zero Festival "premier showcase".

Here's the first of two concert night reviews of High Zero by NPR:
High Zero Festival is the premier showcase for spontaneous sound.

A full set by Margarida Garcia, bass; Hans Grusel, electronics; Paul Neidhardt, percussion, friction; Morten Olsen, drums; and Raed Yassin, bass is available via the NPR site.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NPR Music Mixes Up High Zero

NPR Music has put together a fun piece featuring a series of great videos of High Zero artists:
When you strip away the blues, swing, and polyrhythms, what's left of jazz? Improvisation, for one, but probably not resulting in what one would call "jazz." Some call it "free improvisation," others "non-idiomatic." In any case, it's sound that seeks new sound.

For the past 11 years, the High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Md., has done just that ... with a twist.

Here's a highlight:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

High Zero Opening Party: TONIGHT

High Zero Opening Party
September 8th, 2009
@ Load of Fun 120 W North Ave. Baltimore

7:30 PM - $6 admission

The High Zero festival kicks off with a party at the site of High Zero's gallery installation show, INEQUALITIES, and will feature varied performances by the installation artists. Tickets available only at the door.
High Zero Sound Installations
August 28th - September 14th, 2009
@ Load of Fun 120 W North Ave. Baltimore

Since 2001, High Zero Festival has included a gallery show of installations, primarily to do with sound and other elements related to the broad experimental music and thought culture of which High Zero is a part. This year, High Zero Foundation presents INEQUALITIES, a gallery show at the Load of Fun curated with works of four very interesting local artists. Special thanks are due to Ric Royer and Sherwin Mark, and to the artists. The gallery does not have regular hours but is often accessible during the day, and is accessible during all Load of Fun events. See for a schedule.

Please visit the INEQUALITIES page for further details.

The following artists will present work in the show:
Walter Carpenter
Owen Gardner
Jesse Haas
Ayako Katoaka
Jimmy Joe Roche