Open Walls Baltimore 2

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Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. presented Open Walls Baltimore 2 in the spring of 2014, an international festival of site-specific street art, performance and installations in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.  Building on the success of 2012's inaugural Open Walls, more than 15 outstanding artists from Baltimore, New York, Europe and South America, selected by curator Gaia, created large-scale painted murals and installations throughout Station North between March and June 2014.  These sites have been selected to draw visitors across the District, to produce artistic gateways to Station North, and to challenge artists to tell the story of legacy and revitalization in this central Baltimore neighborhood. In addition to murals, OWB2 included a range of additional programming under the banner Open Walls Baltimore X.  This included Play the Plaza, a residency by the Urban Playground Group, a British Performance-Parkour team, who animated Penn Station plaza with free performances and workshops. Play the Plaza is part of TRANSIT, an initiative of the Washington, DC cluster of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, supported by a grant from the EU delegation in the US.

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OWB2 Team

  • Ben Stone, Executive Director
  • Rebecca Chan, Program Director
  • Gaia, Curator
  • Nanook, Artistic Coordinator
  • Rachael London, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Dorothy Fuchs, Public Relations Manager
  • Kate Ewald, Social Media Manager
  • Holden Warren, Visual Media Coordinator
  • Brandon Buckson, Community Outreach Intern

 

OWBX

In addition to murals, Open Walls featured a range of installations, performances, and programming curated and managed by Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc.  Learn more about Open Walls Baltimore X programming on our OWBX page.


OWB2 Artists

LESSER GONZALEZ ALVAREZ (Baltimore)

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. His family emigrated to the United States in 1990, settling in Miami, Fl. where he received a focused art education at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). He received his BFA as well as a Master’s Degree in Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 2000s.

 

BETSY CASAÑ‎AS (Philadelphia)  

Betsy Casañas is a studio artist and a public mural artist, a community activist and educator who was born and raised in the heart of North Philadelphia’s barrio. She studied art at Moore College of art and Design where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and has worked in the Latino community since 1994. Casañas has exhibited her work in various solo and group exhibits and has designed over 40 public murals and mosaics nationally and internationally.  In 2007 Casañas, co-founded The Semilla Arts a grass roots initiative that uses collaborative art as a means of empowering individuals and communities in underserved areas. In 2010 Casanas opened “A Seed of Diamond Gallery” a community space where artists of different cultural background gather to tell their stories through spoken word, music and visual arts. 

 

El DECERTOR (Peru)

El Decertor is based in Lima, Peru. His work incorporates bold colors, typography, and architectural details of buildings into his work. He is currently participating in the “Afuera Project” in Peru.

 

ECB (Germany)

ECB belongs to the generation of those who look for new approaches. As a constant process of his artistic practice he experiments with how immediate and large-scale outdoor spaces can adequately be incorporated into interior works. And vice versa technique, composition, and the detailing of the work on canvas carries over to the outdoors.But above all, what is paramount is how the subject is a positive connection between the two domains, and further, how the special features of the presentation benefits the viewer.

The participation  of ECB in OWB2 has been supported by European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), a grant by the EU Delegation to the US and the Goethe-Institut.

 

ESCIF (Spain)

Escif’s work focuses on personal experiences and reflections, using recognizable images and simple shapes. He makes use of various languages in his work and reflects on the spaces where his paintings are inserted as an essential aspect of his work. 

Spanish artist Escif's participation in OWB2 is supported in part by the SPAIN arts & culture residency grant.

 

GAIA (Baltimore)

Gaia grew up in New York City and is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. His studio work and gallery projects have been exhibited in Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. His street work has been documented and featured in several recent books on urban art, including, most recently, Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010). Gaia lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

 

LNY (Newark)

LNY is an artist and an interloper making free art in public space about people and for people. His desire to work under an alias is a reflection of the importance of this narrative; my work is not about me as a single person but about us as a human society. LNY paints murals and alters walls to create an environment of change that will allow us to imagine possible, better and brighter futures.

 

LOGAN HICKS (New York)

Logan Hicks is a New York-based stencil artist whose work explores the dynamics of the urban environment. Originally a screenprinter, Logan’s work has gained notoriety due to his ability to capture the sometimes mundane cycle of city life in a haunting, yet refined way with his hand-sprayed stencils.

 

SANTTU MUSTONEN (Finland)

Santtu Mustonen is an artist interested in colorful mud, moving images, 3D design, art direction and contemporary illustration.

The participation of Mustonen at OWB2 has been supported by European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), a grant by the EU Delegation to the US and the Finnish Embassy to the US.

 

NANOOK (Baltimore)

Nanook grew up in Massachusetts, he graduated with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Nanook creates work in public spaces throughout the world. His work can most recently be seen in Mexico City in association with Mammut Creatividad, the Navajo Nation for The Painted Desert Project, Cleveland for Collinwood Arts District, Atlanta for Living Walls Conference, and Buenos Aires for Meeting of Styles.

 

OZMO (Italy)

Born in Pontedera, Pisa in 1975, Ozmo made his first steps in the comics world, but since early 90s he soon moved his focus on writing and painting. In short time his tag would have become one of the most famous and respected ones in the Italian graffiti scene. A special reportage dedicated to Ozmo on Aelle – the most famous urban culture underground mag in Italy – will consacrate him as one of the leading figure in the national underground writing scene.

 

D’METRIUS RICE (Baltimore)

Born in 1981 in Silver Spring, MD, DJ Rice makes work that is derived from a drawing process which makes editorial decisions in a minimally mediated present tense. His work is inspired by questions arising from the human condition and psychology, as well as spatial relationships and anomalies in mathematics.

 

ERNEST SHAW JR. (Baltimore)

Artist Ernest Shaw, Jr. was born and has lived most of his life in Baltimore. Mr. Shaw’s work defines the duality of the African American experience, exhibiting this dichotomy through an array of media and concepts. The most prevalent aspect of the artist’s work is his use and understanding of color and the figure, which, in his work, is a continuation of a rich history of African and African American figurative art. His use of color demonstrates a deep level of understanding of rhythm taught to him by several West African drum instructors.

 

KATEY TRUHN & JESSIE UNTERHALTER (Baltimore)

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into colorful and vibrant experiences since 2001. They have participated in several street art showcases, including Baltimore’s Open Walls, Atlanta’s Living Walls Conference, Rochester’s Wall Therapy, Richmond’s RVA Street Art Festival, and most recently, POW! WOW! Hawaii. Their work has been exhibited as part of Art Basel Miami’s Wynwood Walls Show, Women on the Walls as well as at The American Alliance of Museums Conference in Baltimore, MD. Their dynamic paintings often incorporate recycled materials and break traditional mural format, spilling onto the ground.

 

ZBIOK (Poland)

Zbiok is a creator of murals and city interventions connected with the Wrocław street art environment. His works have also been presented in galleries. He is the author of concepts behind a couple of exhibitions, such as Artyści Zewnętrzni. Out of Sth. (Wrocław 2008), which is the first big presentation concerning the subject in Poland, as well as a maker of a documentary dedicated to the Urban Art environment.

The participation  of ZBIOK at OWB2 has been supported by European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), a grant by the EU Delegation to the US and the Polish Embassy to the US.

 

Urban Playground Team (United Kingdom)

The UPG Team blend authentic French art du deplacement with urban and contemporary dance in a unique language they call Performance Parkour. UPG tours extensively both Nationally & Internationally for clients including the British Council and the National Theatre.  UPG will run Play The Plaza, a series of performances and interactive workshops during OWB2 at Penn Station plaza.

Visit the Play the Plaza page for more information.

 
   

OWB2 Sponsors


Lead Sponsors

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • PNC Foundation
  • European Union National Institutes for Culture
  • ArtPlace America

Supporting Sponsors

  • PNC Bank
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Timothy 618
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts
  • Common Ground Cafe
  • Home Depot
  • DAP
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Sunbelt Rentals
  • Brookshire Suites

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