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Sondheim Prize Moves from the BMA to the Walters

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced yesterday the relocation of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The finalists’ exhibition and award ceremony for the competition will be held at theWalters Art Museum in 2013 rather than the Baltimore Museum of Art, where the show of the finalists’ work has been held for the past several years. 

Matthew Porterfield Wows with Photo-Mosaic

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Matthew Porterfield is primarily known around Baltimore for his films. His first feature, Hamilton, which he wrote, directed and edited on 16mm film, was released in 2006. Metal Gods, his second feature script, won the Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grand Prize at IFP’s 30th Annual Independent Film Week in 2008. You may remember the recent ado about his latest film, Putty Hill, which was much acclaimed and shot entirely in Baltimore.

His vivid and massive 72-photo installation, Days Are Golden Afterparty, is assembled from pictures taken with a cellphone, printed at 20″ x 30″ and hung in a grid. A video montage of many of the same photos plays on a television monitor.

Matthew Porterfield is the winner of the 2011 Sondheim Prize. His photo-installation is on exhibition at the BMA until August 7.

What Hath Rachel Rotenberg Wrought?

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Rachel Rotenberg thinks of her sculptures as stories told with wood. Frequently augmenting the wood with vines, Rotenberg creates an aesthetic world populated by sensually curving surfaces, intriguingly formed negative spaces, and forceful volumes.

The artist begins her process by drawing shapes in a sketchbook. She then builds from those drawings using sticks of cedar lumber. With a variety of machinery—hand and power tools—the wood is cut, glued, clamped and sanded. She then applies stains and colors to the finished pieces.

As abstract as they are, Rotenberg’s sculptures have a classical quality: They achieve humanist textures and contours that overcome their materials. The inviting curvaceousness of the final product belies the intensity of a process that has Rotenberg cutting, gluing, clamping, and sanding.

Though it would be difficult to extract a literal narrative from the pieces, the pieces do suggest the existence of a story beyond the sculptures themselves. It stays just beyond the viewer’s reach as he attempts to understand the inexplicable forms.

Rachel Rotenberg was a 2011 Sondheim Prize finalist. Her sculptures are on exhibition at the BMA until August 7.

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