School 33 art center presents “afterimage”

School 33 Art Center and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts present AFTER IMAGE, curated by Jamillah James.

The group exhibition features more than 15 talented artists that employ aggressive appropriative strategies to disorient viewer expectations and offer new interpretative and narrative possibilities. AFTER IMAGE opens Jan. 29-March 27 at School 33 Art Center, located at 1427 Light Street. An opening reception takes place Jan. 29 from 6-9 p.m. In addition, curator Jamillah James hosts a screening and discussion on March 5, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition is a part of School 33 Art Center’s Annual Call for Curators and is free and open to the public. School 33 Art Center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. 

The term afterimage describes when an image persists in one’s vision, even after exposure to the original image has ceased. The focus of this exhibition is how communication, memory and history are manipulated or reconstructed through aggressive means — remixing, erasing, repetition, translation and so forth — and how these interventions confuse viewer expectations and offer potentially new explanations and narratives. Participating artists include Lucas Ajemian, Jason Ajemian, Alessandro Bosetti, Patrick Cadenhead, Keren Cytter, Caitlin Denny, Nicolas Djandji, Joseph Ernst, Claire L. Evans, Martijn Hendriks, Gareth Long, Matt Lipps, Alee Peoples, Rashaad Newsome, Kristine Thompson and Wu Ingrid Tsang. 

The nature in which information is exchanged and circulated on the Internet allows everyone an audience and anyone the latitude to borrow, cite, remake or edit, with origins, contexts, and ownership becoming casualties as daily life becomes more open source. In response, the artists in AFTER IMAGE reflect this cultural shift with a more deliberate presence — literal or technical — in their work, and especially, interjected into that of another artist, image, place or time; these practices, however, are not exclusive to digital media. Collage, photography, sculpture and sound also have the same capacity, with each cut and choice of arrangement being revelatory and critical acts. Revisiting archival material, conventional media formats or presenting mundane and familiar objects in an unusual manner invest them with new vitality, leaving equal opportunity for reflection and confusion. 

Ultimately, the strategies used by artists in this exhibition create tension between the information we encounter and index, the manner in which we communicate, and the formation of memory–how do we reconcile original intent, meaning, and context with new exposures. Where does understanding begin with fragmented or imperceptible content? If an image has a past and a present, who determines its future and how? The artists participating in AFTER IMAGE take this moment as invitation to intervene, favoring discursive freedom over rigid constructions of meaning and representation.

About the Curator
Jamillah James is an independent curator and writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, James has curated critically-acclaimed exhibitions, including Agenda: Queering Popular Media at Current Gallery and Altered States at Load of Fun for the 2009 Transmodern Festival. She founded Pink Section in 2002, an alternative performance space in Chicago, Illinois, and also served as co-director for Texas Ballroom, a celebrated multi-purpose venue in Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in critical studies from Columbia College. James occasionally operates under the moniker Frontier Projects, and maintains the blog FRONTIERS. She divides her time between Baltimore and New York. 

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for artists through exhibitions, art classes, workshops, a Studio Artist Program, and special events. School 33 Art Center is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc., and is supported in part by grants from the Mayor and the City Council of Baltimore, M&T Bank, Corrigan Sports / The Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, the Maryland State Arts Council, and through private contributions to School 33 Art Center.

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