WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
Irreverent, edgy, and absurdist are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe the videos by two artists exploring human behavior when social norms are stripped away. The BMA’s Front Room expands to three galleries for this exhibition of 14 works by two artists exploring performance in contemporary art. (Above left: Nathaniel Mellors, Still from The Saprophage, 2012. Courtesy the artist & Monitor, Rome; Matt’s Gallery, London & Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam)
British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ (born 1974, currently based in Amsterdam) Ourhouse videos feature a cast of misfit characters enacting the decline of an eccentric British family. The BMA presents episode 1 of the series, as well as a new work, The Saprophage, which examines the literal and metaphoric waste produced by contemporary society. (Left: Jimmy Joe Roche, Still from Peacing Out, 2011. Courtesy of Jimmy Joe Roche & RARE Gallery, New York. ©2013 Jimmy Joe Roche)
American artist Jimmy Joe Roche (born 1981, currently based in Baltimore) combines performance, sound, and video to channel an array of American outcasts—ranging from fervent figures of violence to complacent burn outs. Three of his short videos are featured, along with an intricate psychedelic cut-paper sculpture, sculptural objects related to Mellors’ videos, and photographic work by both artists.
MEET THE ARTISTS! Tuesday, July 2
Join Mellors and Roche for an engaging conversation and audience Q&A. Afterwards, continue the conversation with them over drinks, then venture into the Contemporary Wing to see their new exhibition. Free. Visit www.artbma.org for more details.
EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW
Front Room: Surreal Selves
Through June 9, 2013
Sixteen paintings by Sascha Braunig, Erik Thor Sandberg, and Aya Uekawa suggest a resurgence of surrealism among a young generation of international artists.
Black Box: Raqs Media Collective
Through June 16, 2013
Two video artworks by the New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective reinterpret historical and romantic images of India for contemporary consideration.
Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York
Through June 23, 2013
Nearly 40 paintings, prints, and drawings explore the formative years of one of the most important American artists of the 20th century.
On Paper: Drawings from the Cohen Collection
Through August 25, 2013
Twenty works by contemporary artists such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Bruce Nauman explore various elements of drawing.