Friday, June 7, 2013

First Friday Hit List: FTM Gallery, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art and the Late Show Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Lovers Lane by Russell Shoemaker at the Late Show Gallery
  • "Lover's Lane" by Russell Shoemaker at the Late Show Gallery

Two new Crossroads exhibition spaces debut tonight, though it isn't as though the buildings have been keeping a low profile. For one, there's the 500,000-square-foot production space of Farm to Market; the bread company relocated its operations from Waldo a year ago to 100 East 20th Street, and it's furthering its community ties by opening up the FTM Gallery. Its first exhibition is by David Francis Drymala, who specializes in painting with muted tones on tall panels.

And there's the Mid-America Arts Alliance building, at 2018 Baltimore, which - following an extensive renovation by Sabatini Architects and Centric Projects - kicks off its Live in the Crossroads music program this evening. Outside: music by Hillbilly Mockingbird Band and the Elders; inside the rehabbed 40-year-old structure, you'll find three regional exhibitions: OK-KC, an exchange and collaboration between our Charlotte Street Foundation and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition; a student show curated by Kent Bellows Studio & Center for the Visual Arts in Omaha; and a printmaking exhibition by ExhibitsUSA (which M-AAA manages) about Flatbed Press of Austin.

If you didn't get to Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore) last month, you're missing two very deep shows that require study. Tracy Krumm's crocheted metal is a testament of patience and expertise, and Tanya Hartman's We Write Ourselves Anew is also the result of long process, including interviews with a South Sudanese man who came here as a child displaced by war.

At the Late Show Gallery (1600 Cherry), Russell Shoemaker's latest work includes elements of his MFA thesis show in Brooklyn. Cosmic Joke is made up of wildly colorful paintings that, the gallery says, "operate like an imperfect digital cache, using a cut/copy/paste nature to reference the way that memory is constructed."

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