Monday, July 14, 2014

Three events this week! Claire Arctander & Latham Zearfoss -and- Trunk Show, presenting Stephanie Barber

Bruising Darkness

new work by
Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss

Reception: Saturday, July 19, 6pm ­ 9pm

July 19 ­ August 17, 2014
Regular Hours: Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 8:00pm and by appointment
Artscape Sunday Hours: July 20, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Lease Agreement

3718 Ellerslie Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21218


Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
videos by
Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss

Sunday, July 20, 5:30pm

Windup Space
12 W North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201


Perhaps there is some other way to live. […] This possibility has to do with demanding a world in which bodily vulnerability is protected without therefore being eradicated and with insisting on the line that must be walked between the two.                                                                                      -Precarious Life, Judith Butler

Bruising Darkness is a collaborative installation comprised of rocks and ropes by artists Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss. Rocks provide a foundation on the floor, there to be looked at and to be stepped on. Ropes descend from above, draping and looming overhead. Viewers enter into the humid tension of the space between. Rather than reinscribe a straight line between poles, Bruising Darkness draws orbital paths amongst seemingly oppositional forces. The rift, the wound, the scar, the schism - here they shift from sites of shame to portals of potential. 

The reception for Bruising Darkness will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Lease Agreement, 3718 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition runs from July 19 – August 17. Special hours for Artscape will be Sunday, July 20, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays, 4:00pm until 8:00pm, and by appointment. Appointments can be requested by contacting Lease Agreement at

Concurrent with their exhibition Bruising Darkness at Lease Agreement, Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss present a program of video works made over the last 6 years, culled mostly from the artists' respective solo practices. Both artists use video as a means to affectionately and affectively engage their audiences with ethical dilemmas surrounding desire and representation. The screening will be held at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave, on Sunday, July 20, beginning at 5:30pm.

Zearfoss and Arctander are interdisciplinary artists living and working in Chicago. Beyond their frequent art collaborations, they also co-DJ and curate a monthly performance and dance night, Crimson Glow, which celebrates femminess and feminists and showcases female-spectrum musicians. They both hold MFAs from the University of Illinois at Chicago and have extensive solo practices that thematically converge at issues surrounding the interface of desire, identity and physicality. More of Arctander and Zearfoss' works can be seen at their websites, (Claire Arctander) and (Latham Zearfoss).

Lease Agreement is a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple’s rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.


Stephanie Barber Solo Exhibition at Trunk Show
Trunk Show | July 18, 19, 20
Baltimore Alternative Art Fair | Charles Street Garage, 1714 Charles St, Baltimore, MD

Chicago, IL,  July 9, 2014

For our June exhibition we were thrilled present and represent and represent on the art (of) multiple(s) with Alex’s Chitty’s sticker, Phenomenon. The opening and sticker release was celebrated on the top level of a Home Depot parking lot with a dramatic view of the Chicago skyline. After a few hours, a half-dozen cars left the lot emblazoned with Chitty's wry reminder of how art enters the world.

For the the July edition, Trunk Show will be crossing state lines for the first time. Our friends Lease Agreement have invited us install in their booth at the Baltimore Alternative Art Fair from July 18th-20th. We asked our most favorite Baltimore artist, Stephanie Barber, to make the bumper sticker for this month. Barber makes smart, funny and idiosyncratic work in film, video, poetry and performance. Her practice is thrilling in part because it takes on the big issues from a resolutely human scale. As a part of her exhibition for Trunk Show, she has arranged special daily performances and artist lectures with collaborators Keenon Brice, Amanda McCormick and Christine Sajecki.

In addition to Barber’s work, Trunk Show’s riff on the used car lot will feature work and interventions by Lauren Anderson, Lilli Carré, Alex Chitty, Assaf Evron, Chris Little, Kelly Lloyd, Curt Miller, Laura Hart Newlon, Kyle Schlie and the Globe’Al Chemical Company, Deborah Stratman, and Oli Watt.

Stephanie Barber is an American writer and artist. She has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media. Many of her videos are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language. They ferry viewers through philosophical inquiry with the unexpected oars of play, emotionalism, story, and humor. Barber’s films and videos have has been screened nationally and internationally in solo show and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals. Barber is currently a resident artist at The Mt. Royal MFA for Interdisciplinary Art at MICA in Baltimore, MD.

TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space often located near Chicago’s Eckhart Park. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for a collector-friendly price and by annual subscription (SOLD OUT! Stickers still available à la carte). Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams, and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.

Lease Agreement is a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple's rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home. Located in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, Lease Agreement has operated out of the collaborator's row-house since October 2012. Lease Agreement opens a show with Trunk Show friends Latham Zearfoss & Claire Arctander Saturday July 19th, from 6-9 pm.

Trunk Show co-driver/director Jesse Malmed will be screening some recent works at the AAF on Friday the 18th at 9 pm.