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The Army That You Have

September 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - October 30, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

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“The Army That You Have”

“Q: Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles? And why don’t we have those resources readily available to us?”

“A: It isn’t a matter of money. It isn’t a matter on the part of the army of desire. It’s a matter of production and capability of doing it. As you know, ah, you go to war with the army you have – not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up …”

– Donald Rumsfeld, December 2004

These realistic fantasies presented in “The Army That You Have” assert that we can, as a society at large, rethink and critique disciplinary boundaries of making, process, and product, and posit the hope for a more careful world. They use the most available and ubiquitous material at hand and underfoot: dirt. Collaborations with dirt through force, suggested force, and passivism – ridiculous, pluralistic, topical, explosive, meditative, and absurd – occupy suggested futures and self aware presents. Always maintaining an awareness of futility, this work presents making as an act of creative and personal survival. These artists use dirt as a literal and metaphorical pathway to utopian reconstruction of our received social values and our projected existence, using the material underneath our literal and metaphorical feet as a mechanism to suggest and occupy a greater future and a more responsible now.

Curated by Marian April Glebes

“The Army That You Have”
September 17 – October ??
Opening Reception: Saturday September 17, 2016, 7-10pm
Additional Performances and Events To Be Announced



T+E+A+M (Thom Moran + Ellie Abrons + Adam Fure + Meredith Miller) (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

T+E+A+M exhibits “The Detroit Reassembly Plant” in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon, The Architectural Imagination features new design proposals from 12 firms that each reimagine a site in Detroit. T+E+A+M exhibits “Rummage” in Storefront for Art and Architecture’s exhibition, Sharing Models: Manhattanisms. T+E+A+M is a collaboration between Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller. Collectively, our work centers on architecture’s physicality as an agent of cultural, environmental, and urban production.


BART O’REILLY (Baltimore, Maryland)

Bart O’Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland (1975) He has a BFA from The National College of Art in Dublin and a MFA in studio art from The Maryland Institute College of Art where he received the 2012 MFAST Award. He now lives in Baltimore, MD. USA. He has been a practicing artist for 14 years and has shown extensively in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and in Ireland and Northern Ireland. His work explores how we perceive place through the use of video installation, projections, sound recordings, spoken word poetry and painting and drawing. He teaches painting and two- dimensional design at Harford Community College. He has over 7 years experience running and teaching in art programs that serve the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and has collaborated with students to produce exhibitions and site -specific installations.


JAIMES MAYHEW (Baltimore, Maryland)

Jaimes Mayhew is an artist, organizer and educator. His artwork is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and based in conceptual research of social and cultural phenomena. His work has been shown at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Eyebeam (New York City), Mass MoCa (Massachusetts), Conflux Festival (Brooklyn), The Chapel of St. Cecilia (Brooklyn, NY), The Red Dawns Festival (Slovenia), This Is Not a Gateway (London), 808 Gallery (Boston), The Transmodern Festival (Baltimore, MD), Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), Porch Projects (Washington, DC), Hoffmannsgallerí (Reykjavík, Iceland) among others. Mayhew received a BA in Film (cum laude) from Emerson College (2006), and after working in community access television for a year, moved to Baltimore to complete an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from University of Maryland Baltimore County (2010). Mayhew is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Baltimore Museum of Art Commons Collaboration (2016-17), Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award (2015), a Fulbright Fellowship in Iceland (2011-12), a Provisions Library Research Fellowship (2014), and a Parks and People Community Greening Grant (2008).

JOSH COPUS (Asheville, North Carolina)

Josh is a ceramic artist based in the Asheville area of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007 and is a 2006 Windgate Fellow. In 2006 he started making bricks as part of his ongoing Building Community project.


BRIAN STANSBURY (Baltimore, Maryland)

Brian Stansbury is a Baltimore native artist and educator whose work explores physical, mechanical and electrical processes that parallel and inform upon the modern human experience. Simile and metaphor, rather than specific media, are the driving force behind the various sculptures, Installations and public art projects he has undertaken. As an educator, Brian has taught various making processes in Sculpture and Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Morgan State University. He has exhibited art work in Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Curated by Marian April Glebes

Marian April Glebes is an emerging conceptual and mixed media artist. In 2015, Glebes became the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Patricia and Mark Joseph Center for Education. She received a 2015 Rubys Individual Artist Award from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and an Our Town Creative Placemaking Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. Glebes’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions, including shows at Arlington Arts Center, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Adkins Arbouretum’s Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, and in Baltimore, MD at MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries, Goucher College’s Silber Gallery, Evergreen Mansion and Sculpture Garden, The Creative Alliance, and Current Space. She curates exhibitions and temporal public art installations for a number of Baltimore venues including Artscape, Transmodern Festival, Case[Werks] Gallery, and SpaceCamp, which Glebes co-founded in 2015. In the Spring of 2012, she joined the Maryland Institute College of Art’s party-time faculty in the General Fine Arts Department.