The 2014 Speaker Series, CoHosts, will be presented at the Baltimore School for the Arts and cohosted with thirteen local commercial, artist-run, and independent galleries. Each gallery responded to a simple question: Who is the one artist or art professional that you want The Contemporary to bring to Baltimore? Each gallery will cohost a residency for their selected speaker and identify local artists for their respective studio visits.

Reception / Lecture

Brendan Fowler

In the mid 2000's Brendan Fowler was best known for Barr, his one-person heart on sleeve pop deconstruction / performance art project. He performed in art contexts, galleries and museums, but more so he played in basements and all ages spaces, underground venues, DIY spaces and rock clubs. He released records on Kill Rock Stars and Upset The Rhythm and he toured with Tracy + The Plastics and Xiu Xiu and The Quails and Animal Collective. Since 2007, his output has been mostly dedicated to sculpture and installation, exhibiting in galleries and museums internationally, among them Rivington Arms, Untitled and The New Museum in New York, The Aspen Museum, A Palazzo in Italy, Gallerie Thadeus Ropac in Paris. His photo based sculptures are currently on view in New York as a part of The Museum of Modern Art's New Photography 2013. Describing his turn from performance Fowler says "I wanted to make objects which could function in my absence," and while his work always tends to take full advantage of medium specificities, one can see the links between Fowler's performance and sculptures — both are formalized deconstructions of a very personal narrative. In 2014 Fowler will debut a new body of objects, as well as a new performance guise, And Martin.

Spring 2012 (Andrea's Cousin's Cousin's House on Easter, Joel and Sean Installing at Untitled, Front of West Garfield at Night, Coronado Ter Table Flowers at Dusk) // Archival pigment prints, frames, plexi // 47 x 49 x 5-1/2 // 2013
Image courtesy of the artist.