Make/Shift is the title of MICA grad Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez’s current solo show, in which the artist playfully manipulates the aesthetics and instruments of commercial design to create pleasantly disorienting images and sculptures — we’re talking unrealistic polychromatic gradients, fluorescent lights, a pile of skulls covered in smiley faces — but it would be just as apt a name for the gallery the show is running at, Remington’s Open Space. It’s a testament to the DIY, grassroots nature even of the fine arts scene in Baltimore (well, the youthful, post-MICA scene, anyway) that this gallery is also a communal living space, a rooftop shanty town, and a recording studio. But though Open Space’s caretakers may have unconventional living arrangements, their art shows are installed with a great deal of professionalism.
Open Space is located at 2720 Sisson Street (by the crocodile mural on 28th). I know what your thinking: that’s a functioning car repair shop. Have no fear! The entrance to the art gallery is on the right side of the building.
The gallery opens on weekends: 4 to 8 on Friday, 12 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Make/Shift runs until March 10. If you won’t have an opportunity to venture out the auto-garage turned art gallery, view photo documentation of the show’s paintings, digital images, and installations on Make/Shift’s Flickr page.
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