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Towson’s Slippage puts hot summer art on display

Artscape, Baltimore’s premiere summer arts festival, is just around the corner. To celebrate, Towson University has debuted a hot new exhibition of its own. Slippage, which features the artwork of a select group of 16 painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and more, is on display through Saturday, August 3 in the Center for the Arts Gallery.

Slippage exhibition

Cake no. 1, photograph by Joseph Giordano

Curated by Daniel Belasco of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the exhibition portrays moments when meaning shifts, switches or slips away. Photographs without fixatives fade into abstractions. Three-dimensional objects conceal and reveal symbolic color. Mouths appear as the vulgar gateways of sensual and verbal pleasure and play. Acid-colored sweets tempt and revolt the eye.

Featured artists, most of whom are based in Baltimore, include George Belcher, Emily Campbell, Joseph Giordano, Courtnee Hawkins, Hermonie, William Knipscher, Jae Lee, Jake Levin, Cory Oberndorfer, Cathleen Sachse, Joshua Smith, Julia Smith, Molly Springfield, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Megan Van Wagoner and Karen Yasinsky.

“With well over a thousand works to choose from, the 2013 Sondheim Prize was stocked with world-class works of art in all media,” explains Belasco.

“I largely selected these artists based on a quality of the work that caught my eye. Although they greatly vary in media and subject matter, they all share a common trait of using art to capture the change and flux of the signs and identities in daily life. These works engage all our senses and inspire new ideas about how instability is the new stability.”

Slippage is free and open to the public. The Center for the Arts is located on campus at the corner of Osler and Cross Campus Drive. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Thumbnail image: Interracial Friends, oil on linen by Courtnee Hawkins.