November Gallery: mIrrorspeak

EMP’s November gallery show, mIrrorspeak, opens this November 15 from 7-10PM. mIrrorspeak unites over 20 artists in an exploration of self and the events, people, and ideas that form how we present ourselves to the world.

You’re invited to the opening! The event will feature visual art from painting to film and sculpture and performances throughout the night. Admission is free and donations are welcome so bring some cash for libations and art.

mIrrorspeak features work from: 

Mary Ancel & Lorenzo Gattorna

Mary Ancel is an artist born and raised in beautiful Baltimore. She graduated from Carver Center for Arts and Technology and received a BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. Her work has been shown at several venues in Baltimore, including the Daily Grind and the Hamilton Gallery. Mary has exhibited photographs at the Meow Wolf Collective in Santa Fe, participated in the Good Light exhibitions at Current Space and was recently selected as a Semi- Finalist for the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer originally from New York now residing in Baltimore. He received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2007. His short films have screened in exhibitions associated with ARKIPEL, Artsfest Film Festival, Baltimore City Paper, CCNY, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, LMAKprojects, Maryland Film Festival, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, PLUG Projects, UnionDocs and Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival. He has programmed screenings for NYC microcinemas Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater, and UnionDocs as well as the Antimatter Media Art Festival in Victoria, BC. Recently he was awarded the 2012 Creative Alliance Media Makers’ Fellowship and selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Currently he is running a roaming monthly screening series in Baltimore called Sight Unseen supported by the 2012 MICA LAB Award.


Alex Braden & Amy Braden

This is the first joint bio for the collaborative efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Braden. Previously working separately, Amy makes collages and large acrylic paintings, and is occasionally obsessive about media, and the color red. Alex makes sound with a musical, sampling, and wave manipulation bent, and is occasionally obsessive about spacial polyphony, awareness, and isolation.


Anthony Cervino

Still committed to the endless possibilities of the object, Anthony Cervino’s sculptures draw heavily from personal narrative and (sometimes mis‐remembered) childhood nostalgia. Conceptually and visually skewed, fragmented and perhaps just illogical, his often humorous sculptures explore the metaphorical space between beginnings and endings as well as other opposing relationships ‐ such as the discord between the hand and the machine, the whole and its parts, completeness to incompleteness, artificial and authentic ‐ as well as flirting with the ever‐present association of art and commodity.

Cervino’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent group or solo exhibitions have been hosted at such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Lycoming College (PA), The Gallery at Flashpoint (DC), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore), Longwood University (VA), Edinboro University (PA), McDaniel College (MD), Sweet Loraine Gallery (NY), Eastern Michigan University, Pentimenti Gallery (PA), and the Kunstnarhuset Messen, Norway – among others.

He received his B.F.A from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an M.F.A in sculpture from Towson University. Like many artists with a foot in academia, Anthony has worn many hats over the years including stints serving as the assistant director of exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the as the director of exhibitions at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Cervino currently holds the position of associate professor of art at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Kate McGraw

Kate McGraw creates analog incubator spaces, makeshift time machines, installation performances, paintings and drawings, mini sites for shiny objects and spaceship interventions for cats. EMP Collective hosted Kate’s latest solo exhibition Illumination+Snack, described by Baltimore City Paper as “Cool for cats – godawfulism, in a good way.” Kate recently exhibited her work at Show Room, New York, NY and NYCAMS, New York, NY among other venues. Recent projects include Heartline at Pink Line Project, Washington, DC as well as participation inGenesis, in collaboration with The Fridge, Washington, DC and EMP Collective. Kate’s work was recently featured in the College Art Association’s 2013 New York Regional MFA Exhibition curated by Barbara Pollack and recent awards include Charles G. Shaw Award, Cerf Award, Presidential Scholarship and Dedalus Foundation Nomination from Brooklyn College. Upcoming projects include Repetition, Rhythm and Pattern; an exhibition traveling the US in 2014 through 2015.

Kate McGraw holds a BFA in Drawing & Painting and BA in Women’s Studies from Penn State University as well as a MFA from Brooklyn College. Kate lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Ana Medina

Ana Medina was born and raised in South Florida. She attended Florida State University for undergraduate studies where she rapidly refocused her work from drawing to painting. The instructors there helped Ana explore painting to the fullest and refine her technique. While there, Ana interned at a local non-profit gallery, received numerous scholarships and awards, and was an active participant in the local art community.

Currently Ana lives in Albuquerque where she recently received her Masters of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of New Mexico. She was recently an Adjunct at the University of New Mexico and keeps an active studio practice while continuing to exhibit regularly.


Kaitlin Murphy

Kaitlin Murphy is interested in the evolutionary origins of aesthetics and humanity’s rapidly evolving relationship with its environment.


Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He creates paintings, videos, music, and sculptures that deal with the connections and disconnections between rationality, psychedelic mysticism, and pop culture. Murray received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, screenings, and publications throughout the United States. Murray currently lives in Baltimore, MD and serves as an Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.


Nguyen K Nguyen

Nguyen Khoi Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist.  He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, grew up in Cape Coral, FL and currently lives in Washington DC.  He is currently working on a multimedia graphic novel titled The Gulf,  which includes drawings, music & animation.  He leads the jazz trio, Superior Cling, which performs widely in the D.C. metro area and released their first album this summer. Nguyen is a 2013-2014 Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence.


Katherine Nonemaker

Katherine Nonemaker makes prints, paintings, drawings and books in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Towson University in 2011, and currently works as the arts editor for Open Lab Magazine.


Camden Place

Camden Place is a Washington, DC- based artist whose work addresses the influence popular media has on our personal identities. He has shown recently at (e)merge Art Fair, the Katzen Art Center, Connorsmith Gallery and Outerspace.  In 2012 he co-founded Delicious Spectacle, a gallery in Washington, DC.


Nick Simko

Nick Simko is a visual artist and museological enthusiast. He is interested in visual culture of the past and its relevance to contemporary life and uses photography as a medium because of its capacity to relate to themes of transience, memory, and collecting. At the same time, the photographs behave like paintings once did; vacillating between documents of reality and constructions of allegory and metaphor. The space between these two points of reference is where his work resides.


Featuring performances from:

Adam Endres

Adam Endres has been a performance- based artist in Baltimore for a number of years. He works both on the stage and behind the scene, in front of the camera and behind the lens. He uses his mouth, vocal chords, eyes, arms, legs, and other parts of his body. His heart beats. His heart aches. His shadow contains truth.

Foxwife City
(Philadelphia, PA)

Foxwife City is an informal, aesthetically flexible artistic collaboration that aims to generate a modern mythology through the medium of theater. We use art to confront what frightens and confuses us, to forge a path through our collective social mores, and to give sound to what is often silenced. Foxwife produces immersive, emotive performances using elements of traditional theater-making as well as engaging in more fluid processes that explore the intersection of text and movement.


Juleisy y Karla, Miami FinestzzzzzzZZ
(Miami, FL)

Culture, bright colors, controversy, and Cuban roots are the backdrop to the story of Miami’s Finestz, Juleisy y Karla. Melding drag and performance art, Giovanni Profera, an artist, visionary, and stylist joined forces with his long-time friend and chef Josue Garcia to collaborate on this gender-bending project. The characters created are  inspired by the high and low culture of Miami, Florida as well as Profera and Garcia’s own experiences in their native Hialeah.  Gender-bending? Reality-stretching? Absurdist drag? High art? Who cares as long as it’s entertaining. Juleisy y Karla have recently been featured on ABC News, Miami New Times, and Huffington Post.


Alexis Renee

Alexis Renee is pursuing a B.A. in Dance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is experienced in dances of the Caribbean and West Africa, as well as Hip-Hop and contemporary dance. She has studied with master dancers and scholars from the US, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and India.  Her choreography has been performed at the American College Dance Festival, UMBC’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, St. Paul’s School. As a choreographer Alexis creates work that both challenges and inspires. She believes the body serves as a metaphor for language and uses dance as a means to tell the untold and undertold stories of women and People of Color.


Trevor Wilhelms

An Associate Artistic Director of Annex Theatre and a collaborative artist, Trevor Wilhelms will perform a  short preview of a new solo performance, TBD, presented by Baltimore’s Annex Theater, running November 21-24. Tickets available at