Elena Johnston curated “Vacation,” a new exhibition opening November 30, Friday from 7-10 p.m at The Penthouse Gallery. Here is a brief Q&A.
1) How important do you think taking a break, seeing new things, and/or travel are to art?
Taking a break to travel, see things, whether it be traveling abroad, going to a museum, just taking a walk, etc, is essential to get perspective on what you want to/ are doing or working on. Not everyone has the opportunity to see other places necessarily but not being just an “artist in the studio” all day is important to art making and growth.There has to be a balance in between the two.
2) How would you define vacation?
The title “Vacation” is not supposed to be taken as literally as it may seem, but just as taking a break or play.
3) Could you explain why you chose the theme play?
It’s been a theme I have explored for a long time in curating and my own illustration and fine art work. I’m attracted to artwork that has a sense of humor about itself or is free from standards of style, concept, or application. It’s really important to keep a sense of humor about life.
4) Where are the artists featured from?
There are a few artists from Baltimore, but also NY, Austin,Philadelphia, and Sweden.
5) How would you describe the space of the penthouse gallery?
The penthouse gallery is a space with great potential and energy. There have been some awesome shows there. I chose it because It has the DIY aesthetic where I can truly fulfill the concept of the show and not be help back by much really. There are no rules to be held back by.
“Vacation” will run from November 30-December 14.