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Joie de Vivre

Young Blood

Young Blood banner, Maryland Art Place

The irony of the title isn’t lost on me, but I’m so grateful to have been included in the exhibition. I loved doing my graduate show online – it made sense, since that’s really how it all started for me. But there’s something delightful about an in-person event.

My 3D prints are in the show, as well as The Benefits of Radiation. I made a zine for the show, too!

Here’s the deets, from MAP’s website.

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce the return of Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 12th Young Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood took a brief hiatus due to the pandemic last year. As result  exhibting artists have graduated from their MFA programs in 2020, in addition to current MFA candidates (2021) were invited to participate. 

Brandon Ables | UMBC 

Jason Charney | UMBC 

Elijah Davis | UMBC

Jim Doran |  Towson University 

Brianna Doyle | Towson University 

Tinglan Huang | MICA 

Yifan Luo | MICA

Noah McWilliams | UMD

McKinley Wallace | MICA 

You Wu | Towson University

The exhibition will be on view Thursday, July 15 – Saturday, August 21. A physical opening reception will be held at Maryland Art Place (MAP) located at 218 West Saratoga St. Baltimore, MD 20201 on Thursday, July 15 between the hours of 6 and pm.

Categories
Opinion

Loop Research

Justin, Billy Martin and me

Are loops interesting? Are they useful? Why, or why not?

I started asking these questions in graduate school, and browsed through scholarly sources. I didn’t find a definitive answer from others, but I will put forth that “Yes, they can be intersting and yes, the interesting loops are very useful.” Maybe the why doesn’t matter.

I recently visited the studio of one of my favorite drummers, Billy Martin, in search of more information. He’s inspired me for many years, from the first time I saw him play at the Knitting Factory in NYC with Calvin Weston and John Lurie, to the time Medeski, Martin, and Wood rocked the Ottobar in Baltimore. His short instagram loops have certainly informed some of my S.Ex work (putting an iPhone under the drums on selfie mode, particularly). So it was a thrill to stand in the room where he makes this stuff, and be able to ask a few questions.

Billy is easy going, and generous with his thoughts. There were probably 10 or 12 other people there, and he spent time with everyone. I enjoyed the whole day very much.

I’m about to embark on another studio building project, and he answered my questions about his own studio, The Herman House, which is behind his home in NJ.

A barn like building surrounded by bamboo.

After spending time looping sounds in this place, I came away encouraged by how much I’ve figured out on my own this past year. I have the feeling I’m on the right track (for me, that is). And a few thoughts drifted to the front of my mind.

It’s important to get it recorded – get it on tape, in your phone, in the computer, as it’s happening. Don’t wait for perfection, and don’t lose it by spending time getting set up, practicing, etc. The content of a loop can be simultaneously magical and imperfect, and therein lies charm. They are highly usable that way. I’ve found that a lot of cool loop segments have incomprehensible time signatures, and I get lost trying to find the “one” downbeat when I’m trying to play along with them on my drums. Billy said “forget about finding the one. Just find a shape and go with it.” I really like this idea, and playing this way is new to me. Something the either adds tension to the loop, or supports it, so I’m going to work with this for a while.

Ultimately, if it brings joy, then it’s working.

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Dioramas

Anatomy of a Crime Scene no. 12

Categories
Animation

Born in Baltimore

Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival Official Selection
The Benefits of Radiation is an office selection.

On Wednesday at 5:30PM EST, the Film Center at JHU-MICA will present Born in Baltimore on Facebook. It’s free to attend, and looks like a lot of great photography and film.

From the Born in Baltimore website:

Born in Baltimore celebrates new voices in cinema and photographic arts. 
Filmmakers and photographers of all ages whose work is of, from, and about Baltimore are invited to submit.  The Festival seeks images, sounds, and textures that are uniquely Baltimore; the music, the faces, the stories of our city and its citizens, past and present, young and old, native and newly arrived.

For 2021’s virtual festival, Born in Baltimore welcomes submissions from across the globe, reflecting on Baltimore subject matter and themes, and on shared current challenges: stories and images of city life and city neighborhoods; and images that explore distance, proximity, community, loss, resilience, and innovation. 

Born in Baltimore is a production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts,
an affiliate program of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at

Johns Hopkins University. It is made possible by the financial support of Johns Hopkins and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 

https://www.borninbaltimore.org/

UPDATE

The Benefits of Radiation received both the Audience Favorite and Judges Awards! Wow!

Winner, Judges award
Winner, Audience award
Categories
Music

S.Ex no. 7 – Walk Good

I took a lovely 1.5 mile walk along the skyline in Shenandoah, Virginia. This is the at the end of the Hawksbill Summit Trail. The drums are Remo Roto Toms from a guitar center sale. I think they sound pretty good.