Sunday, November 22, 2009

Matthew McConville, "Minument"

Matthew McConville's Minument is on view at the Minstallation Gallery from November 7 – December 19. There will be a reception Thursday December 3 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Every day, hundreds if not thousands of Baltimoreans pass by the Mt. Vernon Square monument to Roger B. Taney, who penned the Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, denying the rights of African Americans to citizenship. Here, painter Matthew McConville reimagines the statue’s fabrication, with Taney’s head toppled on the ground and replaced with Scott’s. Minument: Reconstruction is a diminutive installment in the artist’s gently absurd series of works looking at the place of monuments and natural wonders in the American landscape. How and why do we construct our monuments? Where do we place them, and how does that speak to our culture’s priorities? Finally, what do a people choose to remember, and what happens as the memories – but not the object – change or fade over time?

Don't miss this minstallation!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cornel Rubino, "Crying" OPENS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 5-7 PM


...And Cornel Rubino returns to the Creative Alliance to inaugurate this special arts event.

Why do we cry? Our best efforts at understanding come from the realms of poetry, drama, fiction and cinema. Tears of happiness, tears of joy, tears of frustration and defeat. The tears of repentant politicians; the needs and demands expressed through an infant’s cries; the tearful hysteria of the masses over celebrity deaths. Cornel Rubino’s minstallation, CRYING, speculates on the mystery of crying, suggesting that it continues to resist explanation and interpretation and that the redemptive pleasures one experiences are reason alone to weep. A winner of awards including the Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts Award for his work in The New Yorker magazine, Rubino’s 2003 drawing installation, MOBTOWN, covered 2000 sq ft in the Creative Alliance’s Main Gallery.

Please join us on Saturday, September 12, from 5 - 7 PM to celebrate Cornel Rubino's minstallation, and to kick off the gallery's FINAL SEASON!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


The Minstallation Gallery at the Creative Alliance is currently enjoying a well-deserved summer break.

We will return in the fall for our triumphant final season. Expect great things!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ramsay Antonio-Barnes, "Undercurrent" CLOSING RECEPTION APRIL 10, 5-7 PM

Please join us for a reception in honor of Ramsay Antonio-Barnes' minstallation "Undercurrent," now on view at the Creative Alliance. Ramsay will discuss his piece at the reception with Joseph Young of Baltimore Interview.

Standing at the heart of Antonio-Barnes’ timely minstallation is the Nike-Hercules nuclear missile, designed at the height of the Cold War to intercept incoming Soviet missiles, and based on a grim calculation that widespread nuclear fallout was preferable to a direct hit.
"The piece is about the undercurrents of violence and the possibility of violence in our normal day to day lives. Whether a threat from across the globe or petty crime in the alley behind my house, a mental attitude of self-defense and naivety that nothing will ever happen are always battling."
Ramsay Antonio-Barnes currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland after receiving his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art and continues his studio practice. His work has been exhibited internationally and nationally throughout the United States.