Resort Gallery and guest curator Allie Linn are pleased to present A Gentle Excavation, an exhibition that transforms the gallery into both the subject and site of research, production, and installation for work by seven artists and collectives based in Baltimore, Richmond, and New York: Keenon Brice, A.K. Burns, Janea Kelly, Nicole Ringel, Wickerham & Lomax, agustine zegers, and Lu Zhang. The show will open with a public reception on Friday, March 29 from 6–9 p.m. and remain on view through May 4.
A Gentle Excavation explores the notion that architecture is an indexical archive, which captures in its walls and rafters evidence of its previous tenants and functions. When gallery owners Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger renovated the building into a gallery space in 2017, they discovered a surplus of artifacts chronicling its history as a residence, a florist, a taxidermist, a shoe repair store, a uniform company, a tailor, and a printing press. These archival remnants simultaneously document the past, recording the quotidian activity and domestic labor that the building has housed, and mirror the precarity of the gallery’s future in a city facing gentrification and redevelopment.
The participating artists in A Gentle Excavation transform 235 Park Avenue through site-specific interventions that dissect the building’s history, proposing that even a seemingly ordinary site demands close investigation. The archive is, thus, reconsidered as a site for sustained and collaborative exploration. Each of the included artworks functions as an intimate ode to the space and its history, approaching this prompt from a unique perspective: by examining the gendered implications of domestic architecture, by exploring the distinction between memory and history, and even by inventing speculative archives for other lives the building may have lived. The resulting works fuse a factual past with an imagined future into a temporally compressed and surreal, ethereal site.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Resort Gallery 235 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201