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“Looking Away,” an Artscape Gallery Network Exhibit, July 8-27, 2013 at Gormley Gallery

July 1, 2013

“Looking Away,” an exhibition of works by local and regional artists curated by Geoff Delanoy, will be shown in Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University, starting Monday, July 8, and running through Saturday, July 27.

An opening reception will take place Friday, July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public and free of charge. Gormley Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-532-5582 or log onto www.ndm.edu/gormleygallery.

“Looking Away” is part of the Artscape Gallery Network of exhibitions highlighting the 2013 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize applicants, along with artists working throughout the region. The exhibit presents the work of artists whose practice engages with the photograph’s descriptive capacity. Using a variety of techniques, these artists interrogate the medium’s role as record and memory.

  • Catherine Borg's images from her Scouted series document erased and altered places photographed in 1994 and considered as stand-in locations for a fictionalized narrative based on actual events. Her re-contextualized images provide a unique vantage to see through time and to ask viewers to look at and through the layers. Her work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally at Galeria Grita Insam in Vienna, Austria and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as galleries in Nevada, New Jersey, Los Angeles and New York City.

  • In the photographs of Ricardo Contreras, figures float suspended between one state of being and another in a dissolving space created by the physical dissolution of the photographic emulsion through the Mordençage technique. Contreras’s photographs explore the moment between one space and another. Contreras is a recent graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art where he was one of two recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts John Rena Art Scholarship.

  • William Knipscher is an artist whose work explores the themes of death, absence, impermanence and temporality. His work, richly conceptual, is  xpressed through a physical manipulation of photography that collapses the boundaries between technology and craft. Knipscher has exhibited nationally and his work is held by private collectors, as well as the British Council in Washington, DC.
  • Kim Llerena is a photographic artist and educator currently based in Baltimore. Working in various formats, she engages photography’s indexical and artistic properties as a means to critically examine the descriptive implications of the medium. Llerena was featured in the 2012 Young Blood exhibition at Maryland Art Place, and has exhibited widely in Maryland, California, and New York.

  • The photographs in Ginevra Shay’s series Memories use archival family pictures, re-photographed to explore the concept of fabricated memories. Shay is an artist, curator and photo archivist. Her work has been exhibited locally and published nationally and internationally. She is the community darkroom founder and head of photo programming at Current Space in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Marian Ochoa uses collage in her series Photochromies to survey experiences of light and color as recorded photographically. The final works, what Ochoa calls  'color compositions' stand as a testament not to the individual experience that each photograph captures, but rather to an experience of light in a series of places over an expanse of time.  Ochoa has exhibited locally and nationally; her most recent solo exhibits include shows at the T. Rowe Price Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland and Studio G, Houston, Texas.

The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, held in conjunction with Baltimore’s annual Artscape juried exhibition, is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. More than 300 artists apply for the prestigious Sondheim Prize which awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or an artist collaborative living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. The Artscape Gallery Network promotes continued enjoyment of America’s largest, free arts festival and encourages visitors and residents to visit and support Baltimore‘s local galleries.

Gormley Gallery is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an organization dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, unites of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.