Lisa Dillin & Nicole A. Martinell: The space between (us)

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Gibbs Street Gallery

Lisa Dillin & Nicole A. Martinell: The space between (us)

September 4 – October 20, 2019

The space between (us) features the collaboration of interdisciplinary artist/sculptor Lisa Dillin and choreographer/artistic director of Deep Vision Dance Company, Nicole Martinell. The exhibition features a sculptural installation, live performance and recorded videos of performance that explore the affect and control that architecture and mediated online communications have on the physical body, individual experience, social norms and freedom of speech. During three performances, as well as the subsequent video displays that function as placeholders for dance, the architectural objects on view become activated spaces, displaying living and recorded bodies in motion, and illustrating life in contemporary culture. The space between (us) speaks to conditions of social isolation and the disconnection between people and the places they move through and inhabit.

Featured dancers include Deep Vision Dance Company members Deontay Gray, Samantha Hopkins, Melissa Lloyd, Sofie Massa, Rachel Moore, Sarah Smith, and Anne Zickefoose.

About the artists:

Lisa Dillin is a Baltimore-based artist working in sculpture and participatory art practices.  Her work stems from an interest in the individual human experience within the built environment, forming a comparison with our common ancestral relationships with nature. Dillin earned her B.F.A. in photography from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and her M.F.A. in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; Hamiltonian Gallery and Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Vox Populi and Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Nurture Art and Transmitter in Brooklyn, New York, New York. Art fairs include the Select Art Fair in New York City, Aqua Art Fair and Artist-Run Art Fair in Miami, Florida. Dillin was a Sondheim Prize Finalist, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist award recipient, and the Project Director for the CHM Sculpture Park and Fellowship Program.

Nicole A. Martinell is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and founder/artistic director of Deep Vision Dance Company. From grand site works to intimate spaces, Martinell’s choreography questions the complexity of humankind and explores the strange, mysterious beauty of the world around us. Accolades include 20 original works, 10 productions, a multi-city tour, Maryland’s Baker Artist Award, selection for Annual Choreographers’ Showcase (Maryland), American College Dance Association Conference Galas (VA, MD), Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, D.C.), Exchange Choreography Festival (Oklahoma), ECOPOETIC (New York), Intersections Festival (Washington, D.C.), and New Release Choreographers Showcase (Washington, D.C.). Noted community projects include Learning Physics through Movement arts integration program and AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival – an interdisciplinary, site-specific festival in Baltimore City. Martinell received an M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and is on faculty at Towson University.

Additional collaborators include an original score by PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane) and Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8) and costuming by Kendra Shapanus. Video production support by Erik Dillinger with Stephanie Barber, Corey Hughes, Jonna McKone, and Justin RT Stafford and 3D fabrication support by Chip Banister, Wilder Childs, and Pete Karis.

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