Daily Encounters opens at MAP

Dear Internet opens Feb 19. as part of the exhibition Daily Encounters at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore. http://www.mdartplace.org/

Reception and gallery talk by the artists - Daily Encounters

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2007

For more information contact:
Julie Ann Cavnor 410-962-8565 / jcavnor@mdartplace.org

Media and Privacy Issues Addressed in Daily Encounters

Exhibition Dates:
February 20-March 31, 2007

Friday, March 2, 2007
Gallery Talk 6 pm / Reception 7 pm

Baltimore, Maryland—Maryland Art Place announces Daily Encounters, an exhibition that raises awareness about media and global communications and the affect each has on an individual’s personal privacy and security in a technologically-dependent world.

In her ongoing series, “Thoughts on Romance from the Road,” Victoria Crayhon searches out roadside movie marquees to post personal thoughts and messages. Left in place anywhere from hours to months, the texts present the idea of transgression, further confounding viewers with their seemingly incongruous placement. The artist creates large-scale prints that average 4x5 feet to document the process and to make the viewer feel they are a part of the experience.

Bethany Springer builds miniature satellite dishes fabricated of wood and portable communication towers made of vinyl and upholstery foam. Her sculpture and video work address universal structural systems that exist to “connect” otherwise disconnected places, making access to products and services faster, more convenient, and in contemporary society—expected. Through her installation-based work, Springer recreates the network systems that have enabled this lifestyle while drawing a parallel to the ever-increasing security issues that have stemmed as a result.

Mark Cooley and Edgar Endress’ “Dear Internet” project investigates how networked technologies become the basis for human interaction both on and off line. The content for the project is gathered from two primary sources, which include a participatory blog where users’ experiences are recorded and Live IP surveillance cameras that are accessed using advanced Google search techniques. The Dear Internet project will be screened live within MAP’s gallery, with cameras set to refresh every thirty seconds.

For more information about this exhibition and MAP’s additional program offerings, please visit our newly-designed website: www.mdartplace.org.

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Maryland Art Place (MAP) is a not-for-profit center for contemporary art established in 1981 to: develop and maintain a dynamic environment for regional artists to exhibit their work, nurture and promote new ideas and new forms, and facilitate rewarding exchanges between artists and the public through educational leadership. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5 pm. There is no admission charge to enter the gallery or to participate in MAP’s regularly scheduled programs and events.