Monday, September 12, 2011

Plywood Opening / Jim Lucio: Strip

On Saturday, September 10, 2011 the new gallery opened its doors in at 511 East Belvedere Ave., in Baltimore, Maryland. Plywood is a co-creation by Chris Attenborough and Sean Naftel who are also partners in the artist group Peacock. Occupying a vacant space in Belvedere Square, this new gallery space is available for artists, curators and creatives alike to come together and take advantage of the relatively new, white space:

"Plywood is a new flexible white cube project site located in North Baltimore's Belvedere Square. As part of Roving Project Plywood occupies a currently unused space, transforming it into a space for creative practice. Plywood will only occupy the location until another tenant leases the available store front."

The gallery opened with a bang with a new show by Jim Lucio. "Strip" is a collection of Polaroids shown consecutively at eye-level around the gallery space. Hung with nails and clips, the photographs create a cinematic effect reminiscent of Tarantino. Passing by, you get glimpses of retro signage and fish nets; clear heels and horror movie imagery captured by instant emulsion.

The photos, a precious collection of a dying photographic art, are not for sale. But, if you're lucky, the gallery may make you an enlarged print signed by the artist. A great idea from a new gallery that is already gaining interest from the artist community.

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