School 33 Art Center


“Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr."

04/22/2016 - 06/18/2016
“Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr."

School 33 Art Center presents “Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions by Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr.,” an exhibition curated by Melissa Webb in the Main Gallery from Friday, April 22 through Saturday, June 18, 2016. A free opening reception takes place Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-9pm, featuring continuous performances by all three artists. Laure Drogoul will also present her performance “Potty Training (for adults) and other civil duties” as part of “The Way Out House,” an installation by Drogoul and Amanda Burnham in the first floor restroom. Light refreshments will be served. School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

Performance art exists within the realm of the ephemeral, even when sculptural objects and environments are utilized by the artist. Shape Shifters presents performance works that explore the tangible and the tactile, incorporating layered, task-based actions relating to the sculptural elements of each piece. These are fluid, experiential spaces that exist in a performer-activated state, as well as in a state of stillness- holding the energy created by the performer’s actions.

In her installation murmuration, Renee Rendine continually constructs and deconstructs: appropriating, shifting, and reshaping the materials that make up her environment. Ultimately the residue created by her actions serves as a physical document of her movements. With This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of It, Marcus Civin explores what it takes to march, to move your body through space as a statement of protest. Civin’s work alternately seeks to control the performative dialog- then allows viewers to take the reins. Bobby English Jr. marries sculpture and the body while exploring ritual and personal mythology. The Eye and I is a roving, meandering performance that builds on itself as time progresses, leaving evidence of internal and external struggle and catharsis. 

Shape Shifters Performance Events:
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1pm: Performance by Marcus Civin
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 12pm: Artist panel and discussion, with performances by Marcus Civin and Bobby English Jr.

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.