The Silvermine Guild Group Show and "Baltimore, Contemporary Cross Section" open Saturday, Aug. 2, and continue through Sept. 14. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The curators bring a perspective that highlights trends in the contemporary art scene, as well as new explorations that transcend any "school" or particular region of the U.S., according to the Silvermine Arts Center.
Haggag, The Contemporary's director, chose new work from the Silvermine Guild membership.
Jocelyn Armstong's "Oozing Shadows," in hand-built terra cotta with glaze and paint, and Bob Miranti's "Triad," with its ceramic stoneware that reveals itself in fabric-like folds and creases, are two of the many textured works in the guild show.
Shay, program manager of The Contemporary, built a companion exhibit of new work by Baltimore artists whose pieces she felt were in dialogue with the work of their Silvermine counterparts. Shay asked her artists to create new work specifically for this one-of-a-kind exhibit.
"Baltimore is a critically acclaimed city art scene with a do-it-yourself sensibility," said Silvermine Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller, who sought out the curators. "Deana was especially interested in materiality, the physical presence of the works."
For Mueller, that translates to an ability on the part of the viewer to "see the artist's hand. You can see an intune-ness with the material. It is not a means to an end, but integral to the work."
Mueller emphasizes that the guild show is multigenerational and includes new members, as well as established ones.
The guild artists in the show are June Ahrens, Marjorie Tomchuk, Kyoshi Otsuka. Connie Pfeiffer, Joseph Madrigal, Shelby Head, Nancy Nikkal, Michael Manning, Bob Miranti, Anka Pedvisocar, Ashley Andrews, Diana Chamberlain, Margaret Roleke, Deborah Weiss, Mindy Green, Ellen Mason, Bruce Dunbar, Roger Mudre, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Judith Orseck Katz and Nash Hyon.
For Shay, the wealth of media and methodologies in the Baltimore show -- ceramics, painting, photography, LED light works and commercially fabricated carpet paintings -- underscores the freedom and vibrancy of the Baltimore scene, according to the arts center.
"This high degree of flexibility coupled with rigorous conceptual discourse are underlying factors that unify the artists in `Baltimore, Contemporary Cross Section,' " Shay said.
The Baltimore artists featured include Seth Adelsberger, Daniel Conrad, Molly Colleen O'Connell, Daniel Wickerham, Malcolm Lomax, Alex Ebstein, Lisa Dillin, Andrew Laumann, Hermonie Only, D'Metrius Rice, Ryan Syrell, Kyle Tata, and David Ubias. Wickerham and Lomax have created a body of work that turns on tropes of celebrity; they also explore objects that relate to labor.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For information, call 203-966-9700, ext. 20, or visit www.silvermineart.org.