The Open Space Publications and Multiples Fair in Baltimore this past weekend was freaking great. Here’s my scene report.
1. Open Space member Sarah Konigsburg and her boyfriend Matt Clough were incredible hosts. Here’s a picture of a little sculpture by Matt that sat over their staircase:
And their awesome wall of air plants:
2. The fair was GREAT. Amazing traffic on both days, lots of people actually bought things, nice people, and so on and so forth. The organizers really did a fantastic job.
3. I had a great talk with Mickey Zacchilli about ecsema. I’m not sure she’d agree with me that it was a great talk, but she gave me very good advice (moisturize). She remains one of my top 10 favorite people in the world (after myself, my family, and the survivng members of Devo). Here’s a picture of a can of Yoo Hoo.
4. Mitchell Goodrich was possibly the nicest table neighbor I’ve ever had. He was so nice that at several points over the course of the weekend I wanted to punch him to see whether he’d still be nice to me. Here’s a picture of the comic Mi Kasa that he made with Andrew Liang and Nick Iluzada.
5. I didn’t get out from behind my table much to buy many comics, but the one thing I’m super excited about is the two issues Zoe Burke's Sanpa Ku that I picked up. It has hand-stitched cloth covers and the first page reads “Spoiler Alert: You Will Die.”
6. The highlight of my weekend was when I trying to tell the parents of an 8 year old kid at my table that some of the comics were not age appropriate, and the kid looked at me with wide, excited eyes and said “At home we have a snow globe with the F-word in it.” The kid bought two Neil Fitzpatrick comics on Saturday, and sent his parents back to buy a third on Sunday.
7. If, like me, you wash your hands 20-30 times a day, Baltimore is not for you.
Looking forward to next year!
I’ll see you tomorrow, right? And you’ll want to look at some Hic & Hoc books and say nice things to me?
BALTIMORE, MD, March 2014 -
Open Space is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair on March 8 and 9, 2014. This annual event is a celebration and survey of artist publications, prints, and objects produced in multiple. This year’s fair promises a wide variety of publications and objects by over 80 independent publishers, galleries and artists from Baltimore and beyond. The fair is free and open to the public.
MAIN EVENT: PMF VOpen Space’s Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair
D Center, 16 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
March 8th and 9th, 12pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/411116449033216/Featured Vendors:&
Arts & Sciences Projects
Bite Not Press
Black Aggie Press
Booklyn Artists Alliance
Color Wheel Digital Printing
Hic & Hoc Publications
Holy Page Records
Hood College Art Galleries
Jessica Hans Ceramics
Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez
MICA: Retooling the Cottage
Mike TaylorMixed Media
Nicholas VerstraetenNNA TapesOpen SpacePeradamPlayer PressPoety Unlimited
Rock & Rose
Zach Hazard Vaupen
Zine Of The Month
- - Virtual - -
Thumbs Up - Sight specific, wireless broadcast of works made for viewing on cell phones and other glass devices. Featuring works by Ben Marcus (Chicago), Ryan Riss (Denver), and more.
- - Friday March 7th - -
The Crown, 1910 N Charles St
Music from Gun Tit, Vlonde, Oh Hang, and more
- - Saturday March 8th - -
MICA Studio Center 131 W North Ave
Super Intense Fan Fiction Reading Series: Jordan Card convinces noted Baltimore personalities to unlock their diaries and read the most personal excerpts from their voluminous store of passionate fan fiction. Featuring Rjyan Kidwell (Silver Surfer), Dale Beran (Twilight), Molly Colleen O’Connell (Golden Girls), and Justin Lucas (Steve: Irwin The Crocodile Hunter). Blushing encouraged.
Spiral Cinema Presents: Selections from UNDERVOLT. Screening and Q+A with Jimmy Joe Roche and Nicholas O’ Brien
Animation Screening and Q+A from Dash ShawPreparing Images for Digital Printing: A lecture by Liz Donadio, owner & operator of Color Wheel. Learn how to best prepare your files for existence outside the digital realm. With 10 years of experience making digital prints, Donadio will share her expertise on how to achieve optimal quality and consistent results.
Club K, 2101 Maryland Ave
Early Pop Music Show, 6pm
- - Sunday March 9th - -
Wind Up Space, 12 W North Ave:
Poetry Readings: Lesser Gonzalez Alverez, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Brendan Sullivan, Alex Ventura, Tim Paggi, Alaina Stamatis, Chloe Maratta
MICA Studio Center, 131 W North Ave:
Pecha Kucha: Selector Series. This quick-fire presentation lineup features notable creatives sharing their ideas on curation, selection, and editing. Liz Durette, Keith Varadi, Megan Plunkett, R.M. O’Brien, Deana Haggag, Sydney Shen, Andrew Liang, Aaron Estes, Kelley McNutt, Nik Planck
- - Friday March 7th - -
Wanting/Waiting, Linda Yung LEASE AGREEMENT, 3718 Ellerslie Ave. 4-8pm
Black and White, works by Jackie Riccio, Rachael Davis, Zack Schmitt, Max Anderson, Lisk Feng, Nicole Rodrigues, Kimi Hanauer, Luis Rivas, Shane Smith, Lee Heinemann, Lili Roberts-Gevalt, Chris Williford, and Izzy Garcia curated by Soja Solvang and Marines Montalvo in conjunction with ALLOVERSTREET at Penthouse Gallery, 1501 Guilford Avenue APT B501 and Annex 2E, 419 E Oliver St. APT 2E, 7-10pm
SPF works by Val Karuskevich and Steve Riddle, opening in conjunction with ALLOVERSTREET at Springsteen, 1511 Guilford Ave Unit B303, 7-10 pm.
- - Saturday March 8th - -
Crisis Image, Opening of the Alternative Press Center at the Alternative Press Center Library at 2239 Kirk Avenue 12-6 PM
Find No Two Suns, Sophia Belkin and Suzanna Zak curated by Ginevra Shay with curatorial assistant, Emily Mason at Current Space 421 N. Howard Street 7-10 PM
Cookbook Dreams and Inflatable Futures, Antoine Lefebvre, Robin Cameron, Cybele Lyle, Luca Antonucci, John Bohl, NOWORK, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, curated by Arts & Sciences Projects at Guestspot at the Reinstitute, 1715 N Calvert Street, 7-10 PM
Megan Plunkett, sophiajacob, 510 Franklin Street, 7-10 PM
Diane Young, A Reading Rock512Devil, 512 Franklin Street, 8 PM
2 Freak 2 Flash, Floristree, 9:30 PM
Stretch your ribs and burn your mouth. These performers present erratic humor in sensible flats. Energy is physical. Visions are palpable. Freak Flash is a series of curated screenings featuring artists who stir the surreal into waking life.
This program will feature work by: Dynasty Handbag, Jason Martin, Kelley McNutt, Keegan Monaghan, Matthew Thurber, Alan Resnick, Saki Sato, Brina Thurston
ABOUT OPEN SPACE:
Open Space Baltimore began as a collectively run space in Remington in 2009, and has since included a core group of members with a rotating cast of friends, volunteers and interns rounding out the Open Space team.
Open Space aims to provide an outlet for artists ranging from local to international and to provide a space where the Baltimore community can behold these artists’ work. We believe that a successful arts space develops and curates a wide variety in programming; allowing for an expansive range of ideas while simultaneously generating and maintaining a greater scope of community interests. Since its inception, the gallery has maintained an interest in exhibiting all types of media, genres, and ideas from a broad geographical scope; thus the title ‘Open Space’. Open Space has been host to painters, sculptors, printmakers, book-makers, video artists and performers from allover the United States, Germany, Belgium, China, and Chile. We are currently working to reopen the gallery at a new location.
Come on people now.
Smile on your brother.
Everybody get together.
Try to love one another.
My pal PAT AULISIO is trying to make a GREAT COMIC BOOK EVENT HAPPEN!! YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT!!!
OILY still has some fight left, you chumps.
Announcing the first Oily Bundle for Spring 2014
This pre-sale helps make sure the artists are paid and we can offset the cost of printing and supplies. Think of it as kickstarter without the kicking.
Bundle will begin Shipping March 17th, 2014
Limited to 200 pieces. Prints and envelope are exclusive to the bundle.
The Lizard Laughed (28 pages) by Noah Van Sciver
Word and Voice 11 by Aaron Cockle
Ox & Co. by Jeff Lok
title TK by Charles Forsman
Bundle Envelope by Alex Schubert
Tell your friends
P.S. I hope to add a few more items in the next few weeks to sweeten the pot.Just confirmed Cut-Away Comics #2 by Dan Zettwoch!
Submitted by Katie Parrish.
Characters: Fifty Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists -
Cartoonist Jess Ruliffson set out paint 100 portraits of her comics peers. The best of those portraits are collected in this book.
A great one to support: Jess Ruliffson’s Characters book, from Paper Rocket.
Yeah Dude Comics is trying to raise funds for a 2014 comic subscription service.
short 2 color comics in anthology format delivered monthly to your home!
DONATE TO SUBSCRIBE HERE
Support the YDC kickstarter! Look at that lineup! There are like 2-3 decent aritsts there.
Super funny Lizz Lunney cards. If you like this, pick up the Hic & Hoc humor anthology she co-edited with Joe List right here.