HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Starting Thursday, the public will be able to view the Merriweather District Artist in Residence exhibition, which takes the concept of immersive art to a new level by inviting people to be part of the installations. The interactive exhibit spans over 27,000 square feet of unfinished office space on the fourth floor of in the Merriweather District in downtown Columbia.
The Merriweather District AIR program, established and funded by The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with the Howard County Arts Council, brings together artists to work, live and create in downtown Columbia. The four artists, selected through an international selection process, benefit from a stipend, studio and accommodation. The exhibition can be viewed by the public on the following dates:
- Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Below is information about each of the four artists:
Andrew Burke: Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point allows visitors to experience two pieces of music that explore proximity and distance as a metaphor for times when we stop recognizing a stranger as a unique individual and instead see them as part of a faceless mass and vice versa. . The work will include an immersive film and live musical performances. instruments.
- About Andrew Burke (Baltimore, MD): Andrew creates music that explores political and social topics, opening a charged discourse to a higher level of emotional sensitivity. After working in political communication for four years, he became interested in how to further advance the structure of our political system and realized that there was an opportunity to allow music to be a catalyst and a change agent in a nuanced discussion. In this residence, Andrew brings a composition to life and organizes an immersive sound installation called Vanishing Point. The orchestral piece will be performed with a chamber ensemble on an immersive and engaging stage and performed in front of a live audience with the aim of creating a moment of connection. Audiences will have the chance not only to observe performers live, but to mingle with them and be enveloped in their music for a deeply cathartic and welcoming experience. Andrew is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Composition at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
Chrystal Seawood: Feeling Our Way: Exploring Masculinity In Black Youth
Feeling Our Way Through explores the complexity of masculinity in black youth. Three interactive installations address spaces in which it is safe for black male youth to embody a range of emotions without losing their masculine “status”. The work simultaneously aims to delimit and question the precariousness of traditional male culture.
- About Chrystal Seawood (Glen Burnie, MD): Chrystal Seawood is a primarily self-taught artist from the rural town of Forrest City, Arkansas. At the heart of her work, she explores ideas of equity and the infrastructure of gender expression, particularly masculinity. In theory, she seeks to humanize her subjects in the same way they have been objectified. During the program, Chrystal will explore masculinity with community and build a series of installations that explore the spectrum of masculinity, while also addressing how gender identity can continue to be expressed in a more inclusive and inclusive environment. safer. In 2008, Seawood obtained a bachelor’s degree in digital art and design and worked as a graphic designer in an American company. In 2015, she decided to become a high school English teacher and has been functioning much like an activist with a classroom and a web ever since. Starting this year, Chrystal will pursue her Masters of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA).
Morgan Bobrow-Williams: emerging
Emergent is an interactive and transdisciplinary art installation involving live performances, video, sound and sculptural elements. It examines the relationship between self-determination, dreaming, technology, time and space. Morgan will perform simultaneously throughout the exhibition period. The performance will be a combination of movement and vocal expression.
- About Morgan Bobrow-Williams (Brooklyn, NY): Morgan is a transdisciplinary artist who expresses himself by mixing traditional mediums, such as dance and movement, film, sound and the art of installation using improvisation as a tool for discovery and creation. Driven by emotions, philosophical thought and sensual experience, Morgan creates intuitive and questioning work. Morgan received a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in dance performance with a concentration in choreography. Recently Morgan returned from Germany after working as a full time member of the dance company at Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Johannes Wieland. During his residency, Morgan creates an immersive and experiential environment that invites the viewer to broaden their perspective, engage with their agency, and reflect on the interconnectivity of our experience.
Bobby Zokaites: Magrathea
Magrathea is a kinetic sculpture made up of two caned wheels rotating in front of opposing light sources. The intricate cane pattern casts dramatic shadows across the exhibition space, aligning and diverging as the wheels revolve. While the room is welcoming in its familiar colors and shapes, its sophistication lies in the juxtaposition of the old and the modern.