WHERE: 11 W. Chase St. Baltimore MD 21202
WHEN: The Opening Reception is Thursday 7pm-12 am
Gallery is Open Noon to Midnight
Here is my interview with co-founders Julia Johnson (JJ) and Yerin Kim (YK.)
BMORECULTURED: What is the Nomad Gallery?
JJ– Nomad gallery is traveling pop up music and art exhibition space. We go into empty and abandoned spaces in Baltimore , renovate them and hold a temporary show.
Yr– It is also a type of an artist collective. Instead of making art work together we make art show together. Creating opportunities for each other and more.
BMORECULTURED: How long does it take you to set up each gallery? What does it entail?
JJ– In both shows we have opened at 11 W. Chase street the space is donated by a local landlord in Baltimore who had this space for unused for over 10 years. We twisted his arm and he gave us the key two weeks before first show, SURFACE had our opening 15-17th (Artscape 2011). For the first exhibition we quickly hauled out rotten construction garbage, installed some walls and some minor construction scraped the floors and used lots of paint. We made a light installation on the ceiling that really tied to the the whole space. With this show Holy Shit we gave our selves a little more than a month, this time we tackled the back room, more hauling, painting construction, and installing an art environment in the back. We built a bar, and seating for the music.
Yr– Well, first show, because we were not sure if we were getting the space until the very last moment, curating to renovating, choosing the theme to press, whole thing was put together within two weeks. So many people were over working without wanting anything to be paid. Julia pulled all-nighters and I was hospitalized at one point. lol
This time for HOLY SHIT we have about 5weeks. But that much, we try to elevate things and be more ambitious.
BMORECULTURED: What kind of work do you try to feature?
Yr– I will pass this to our guest curator Kyle Freeman
KF– Initially, the three curators sat down at Red Emmas over coffee and tossed around some ideas and concepts for the exhibition. We wanted to do something along the lines of Worship and Idolatry, but wanted to deal with those concepts more abstractly. The thought of dealing with idolatry in the face of nihilism was introduced, and we developed the exhibition from there.
We included local artists whose work is loosely tied to the theme. Many of the artists currently attend MICA or are alumni of the school. The exhibition’s title may seem like funny, haphazard exclamation; however, when thought more about more carefully, presents a slew of complex contradictions. How can be something be both holy, and shit…. praiseworthy, and worthless?
BMORECULTURED: Your event Holy Shit! is a three day music/ art event how have you chosen both the art and music? Was it hard finding pieces and music that would compliment each other?
JJ– I think in today’s culture with contemporary art being such a broad term, art is harder to describe; there are so many new categories art can be pin holed in. Art is transcending into the music spectrum, and vise versa. I think the art gallery and music venue complement each other well with show but also present an interesting duality. We set up this art show in the front room, the room is all white and well light, the music is going to be preformed in the back room, all black and darker. There is a striking contrast between the two rooms and the two spectacles we are presenting.
YK– we decided to have a music show because we are only allowed to have the space for a short amount of time; music would maximize our visitor outcome. The space used to be a church 10 years ago when it was last used. The theme of the show our curatorial team came up with; holy shit, is about belief, decay and rebirth. We found the theme to be very proper for the character of the event. We wanted people to enjoy the art exhibition as well as installation space with out being too distracted by the music, we wanted the public to enjoy the space and have the two compliment each other.
BMORECULTURED: Why do you think people should attend your three day show? What shouldn’t they miss?
JJ-We want to create opportunity, so support the arts, support the music and support us so we can do this again!!!!!!
JJ-Yeah, so we love building things with our hands and watching the space come together. We love socializing with people and making new friends. We love throwing parties and hosting these events. We love and live for art. We love seeing live music. We’re having a blast.
YK– It’s really fun I love doing this, thanks for the interview look out for our next show and new location!!!!