New gallery for the up-and-coming

3South shows `Eye Candi' in Station North Arts District

Arts: museums, literature

March 11, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Emerging and experimental artists will have a new venue in Baltimore when 3South opens its doors tomorrow.

Gallery co-founder Jill Abelli said the space is dedicated to providing alternative exhibition opportunities for avant-garde and up-and-coming locals - in particular, those who don't get much attention from the city's commercial galleries.

"There are not a lot of options for [emerging] artists to show work [in Baltimore]. And it's exciting to be able to give artists a place to show," said Abelli, who established the space a few months ago with neighbors Chris Williams and James Hersey.

That said, artists and visitors should leave their visions of swanky boutiques - and their art with a capital "A" affectations - at the door when entering 3South.

Located on the third floor of the CopyCat Building on Guilford Avenue in the Station North Arts District, the gallery is made up of the decidedly rough common rooms and hallways between the three artists' live/work areas.

In Abelli's words, it's a "raw space."

But Williams is optimistic that the unpolished gallery's noncommercial dedication to creativity will draw a steady flow of appreciative artists and patrons.

"We're not motivated by bringing people in to buy work. Our motivation is to spark a dialogue or to create an interest in contemporary art practices," he said.

The group's new 10-woman exhibition attempts to do just that.

Curated by Abelli, Eye Candi includes works that address and critique the notions of gender and femininity with both traditional and modern media, including video, installation and painting.

The exhibition will remain on display through March 26.

The 3South Gallery is in the CopyCat Building, 1501 Guilford Ave. The opening reception for "Eye Candi" will be 8 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow. Gallery hours are by appointment only. Call 410-458-7865.

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