Many, many months ago, I was approached by Carly of EMP Collective to curate a show in their multi-purpose art space. Located in downtown Baltimore, EMP is used for gallery shows, live performances, writing workshops, film screenings, and more. The space is also HUGE. It’s in one of the old buildings downtown and has beautiful architecture and a raw, industrial look to it. Here’s part of the space to give you an idea:
As you can see, the square footage is daunting. I’d attended other exhibitions there, and most curators chose to try and fill most of the space with work. I decided I’d do the opposite. Instead of finding big work to hang, how about tiny pieces that I’d arrange?
That’s how In the Palm of Your Hand was born. EMP and I worked to build a small room (about 6FT by 8FT) inside of their gargantuan space. Then, I made it like a room in someone’s home; I included a dining table and chairs, a shelf, a lamp, and a few other knickknacks besides the work.
Seven artists and illustrators were kind enough to lend me their work for the exhibition: Leah Goren, Gregory Euclide, Amy Santoferraro, PUTPUT, Lisk Feng, Karin Hagen, and Hiné Mizushima. And, I must say, that pictures don’t do them justice. The work is intricate, beautifully crafted, and at times, precious too.
The opening for the show was January 10, but In the Palm of Your Hand will be up for a few more weeks. I’ll be at EMP for gallery hours from 12 — 4 on February 15! The following are some of the images from the show, but I took a lot more. Check out the whole set on my Flickr.