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FANCY ARTIST PRESS STUFF MENTIONS

 

2015-2016

Baltimore City Paper - BEST OF BALTIMORE -Best New Series – Pulse” – Baltimore is home to a wide variety of artists who make time-based work that doesn’t always fit into the city’s conventional gallery, theater, or even experimental venues, and Pulse has become a nexus for a variety of work exploring various hybrid forms, ideas, and subject matter.
What Weekly – “Synesthesia”What Weekly speaks to Eric Bowers about his latest installation and performance.
Pitchfork – “Op-Ed: White Privilege and Black Lives in the Baltimore Music Scene -  Baltimore needs more integrated spaces. As Abdu pointed out, “We definitely have the people that wanna support creatives here, and we definitely have enough creative people. We just don’t have the spaces. Some people just don’t wanna open their doors to people or whatever, so thanks to the Crown, Windup, EMP Collective, for like holding it down for people because we definitely need spaces to do our thing.”
Baltimore City Paper
– “Gina Alexandra Denton’s ‘Adult Baby Toy’ gets in touch with the cycle of life and how we experience the world”
 - Instead of making any kind of monumental distinction between our stages of development, from infancy through childhood to adulthood, Denton rolls them all together and makes this exhibition more about the cyclical process of life.
Baltimore City Paper
– “‘RFP’ at EMP and ’100%’ at Current Space use collaborative art practices to emphasize the individual in a community”
 - Not only is Burnham’s project sort of a playground where everyone gets to actively create a place they want to live in, but it’s also an illustration of what would happen ideally in the city’s decision-making process when it comes to funding development and infrastructure—that people would feel like they can submit their needs, and the city would listen.
BMOREART - “Amanda Burnham on Installation, Switzerland, Ideal Cities, and Baltimore’s Back Alleys” - An ideal city is one where unplanned interactions can happen (and do happen) regularly, because it contains a heterogeneous mix of structures and facilities that are valued and used by a broad mix of people.
NPR – Maryland Morning - “An Adaptation of a Parody of a Soap Opera…” - EMP Co-founders Maggie Villegas and Carly J. Bales talk about Annex Theater’s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Amanda Burnham’s RFP, and LE MONDO. Audio file here.
BMOREART - 
“The Tedium is the Message” The everyday weird is right in the wheelhouse of adapter/director Villegas and her EMP cohorts (including Bales, the lead actress here), who have portrayed ordinary modern life as a slightly off existential nightmare since launching the collective in 2010. Some of these productions have been a bit more lysergically primed that others, but from the We’re All Gonna Die! debut through Condo Condo Condoland and even last fall’s Potatoes of August there’s a common thread: recognizing the horrifyingly ludicrous and ludicrously horrifying in average America, with its heterosexual dyads and nuclear families and television programs and advertising and 24-hour news cycles of outrage-slash-fear-mongering-slash-satiety in the status quo.

 

2013-2014

Baltimore City Paper – “Pulse” - ”Femininity is an obscure subject. What it means to be feminine is widely debated as misogynists and parts of media work to maintain the traditional standards of femininity and womanhood, which are often though incorrectly considered to be one and the same. The standards of femininity control, among other things such as behavior and lifestyle, the human body– what it should look like, how it should move, and so on. So the body can be a powerful tool in expressing challenging or challenging ideas about femininity. This month’s installment of the Pulse performance art series at EMP Collective will showcase pieces from 11 performance artists that tackle the enigma of femininity and the feminine image. Performers include EMP artistic director and Pulse organizer Carly J. Bales as well as Bonnie Jones, co-founder of Transmodern Festival and Los Solos, the women-focused performance art series.”
BMOREART
– “Last Chance: Potatoes of August” - With its fantastical but minimalist set design, its performers bouncing through emotional registers, intentionally awkward moments, at-times overlapping dialog to create confused fugue states, and the overall immersive absurdity of the entire production, [...] This production, quite impressively, very often succeeds in making jarring transitions, peculiar stage blocking decisions, and narrative throughlines that aren’t so much nonsensical as much as they defy efforts to package them into digestible meanings.
Baltimore City Paper – “The Terrible Tubers: Experimental horror play gets philosophical about our favorite roots with “Potatoes of August” - It’s kind of a perfect play for EMP, a space which does so much to break down all of the classifications that separate the arts, and Evan Moritz, a director deeply interested in the philosophy of the theater, is an ideal director for it.
Baltimore Sun – “Zombies invade Single Carrot Theatre; strange potatoes overrun EMP Collective”
Washington Post -
“The Baltimore apocalypse: Small theaters, wild visions”
Baltimore: where the theater is weird, the tickets are cheap and the world is going to hell. “Potatoes of August” at EMP Collective is a droll sci-fi fantasy about humanity in a rut and a brainy breed of spuds ready to run things.
NPR – The Signal - “Potatoes of August”Baltimore’s EMP Collective is getting ready to stage an experimental play by Sybil Kempson, and to call it ‘experimental’ is an understatement.  When The Signal’s Aaron Henkin dropped in at a rehearsal, all he knew about the play is that it features a trio of sentient potatoes.  After his visit, he understood even less. 
Baltimore City PaperBEST OF BALTIMOREBest Multi-Use SpaceArt galleries are not always the most welcoming places. There’s a bit of a clique-ish vibe in the art world, which drew the attention of local art blogger and CP contributor Cara Ober, who earlier this year wrote a gut-check post about the icy atmosphere at a gallery show. That kind of atmosphere makes us glad to have EMP, which hosts terrific art, but also theater, its Odd Tuesdays Cineclub repertory series, artist salons, live street-art painting with DJs, and much more. In any given month it’s hard not to find at least one thing you’d like to attend. But the effort EMP has put into securing a new space—with five other theaters on North Howard Street—may have been the best thing it did this year. 
Baltimore City Paper - “Magic 8 Ball” - Review of We’re All Strangers Here - A great premise for the space [...] It’s refreshing to see artwork that’s politically relevant without forcing its relevance down your throat. Much of the work at EMP struck the same balance.
Baltimore Sun  -
“Green light for theater hub project on Howard Street is something to cheer about”  - The next great chapter in the history of downtown Baltimore is just waiting to be written. The first, tantalizing paragraphs were provided on Thursday when the proposed Howard Street theater hub got the green light.
Baltimore Sun - “New Theaters proposed for block of North Howard Street” - Their plan envisions turning three abandoned buildings in the 400 block of N. Howard Street, between West Franklin and West Mulberry, into a hub of theater, dance and more
Baltimore Business Journal - “Turning Vacant Howard Street Buildings into a Theatre Incubator”
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “Odd Tuesdays presents Easy Rider”
Baltimore City Paper - “Vaudeville Again” - They imagine a much different vista than one sees today when looking at the crumbling buildings on Howard, with performance spaces lining the street, and rather than competing, helping to bring more vitality to the area and to each group
Baltimore City Paper - “Chronotony – Connor Kizer’s play imagines all time as single moment”
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “Odd Tuesdays presents Belle du Jour”
The B - January Top “Ten Spot” – “In the Palm of Your Hand + Butcher Holler, Here We Come”
Fast Company - Design – “Hop, Skip, And Jump Across The Street With New Artist-Designed Crosswalks”
Baltimore City Paper - City Paper 2013 Holiday Guide – “A Very RoboCop Christmas”
Bmore Art – Personal Cinema System at EMP Collective
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “mIrrorspeak”
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “Night Gallery
Baltimore City Paper - “Cool Cats - New EMP exhibit recalls “godawfulism”—in a good way” - Review of Illumination + Snack
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “BluthCon 2013″
Arrested Development Facebook Page - “Best of #BluthParty”
DC Metro Theater Arts - “Condo Condo Condoland”
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “Condo Condo Condoland”
Baltimore Sun - “Homebrew Hullabaloo”
Baltimore City Paper - Your Week – “Connect the Dots”
One Minute Play Festival Blog - “You In?”

2011-2012
Baltimore Style Magazine“Extremely Magical People”
University of Baltimore Magazine- “Highlighted Class Note: EMP Collective”
Baltimore City Paper- “Best of Baltimore 2012 – Best Collective”
Baltimore Magazine- “10 Visions to Change Baltimore (for the better!)”
Bmore Media- “EMP Ready for Next Act in New Space”
Washington Post- “Fresh Produce- Inside the Fridge, a Harvest of Art”
Baltimore City Paper- “Editor’s Weekend Pick”
The Pink Line Project- “Carly Bales and Maggie Villegas of EMP Collective Dish About Genesis”
Brightest Young Things- “EMP Collective’s Genesis”
WYPR’s Maryland Morning- “So Many Bunnies” - Review of A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits
DC Metro Theatre Arts- A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits Theatre Review
What Weekly-“Birth of Rabbits”
What Weekly- “Night Sweats” - Review of Night Sweats
What Weekly- “EMP Collective”
CBS - “Spotlight on – EMP Collective”
Baltimore Sun - “New arts group EMP Collective opens downtown venue”
Baltimore City Paper - “EMP Collective launches a new space meant to incubate art in all its forms”

2010-2011
Baltimore City Paper - “EMP Collective debuts with WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!
Washington Post Going Out Guide - ”(…and you’re just not good enough.) opens at The Fridge”

 

…and now,
THOUGHTS FROM THE PEOPLE

“Art galleries are not always the most welcoming places. There’s a bit of a clique-ish vibe in the art world, which drew the attention of local art blogger and CP contributor Cara Ober, who earlier this year wrote a gut-check post about the icy atmosphere at a gallery show. That kind of atmosphere makes us glad to have EMP, which hosts terrific art, but also theater, its Odd Tuesdays Cineclub repertory series, artist salons, live street-art painting with DJs, and much more. In any given month it’s hard not to find at least one thing you’d like to attend. But the effort EMP has put into securing a new space—with five other theaters on North Howard Street—may have been the best thing it did this year.” -City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, BEST MULTI-USE ART SPACE

Baltimore is experiencing a renaissance fueled by a vibrant and incredibly diverse arts and culture sector—just think of the High Zero Festival, Sankofa Dance Theater, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Muse 360, Everyman Theatre, or the EMP Collective. The arts are drawing audiences, residents, and investments throughout the city, not just to Station North. The work of these and many other organizations, in combination with a surge in individual artists now choosing Baltimore as home, has had a tremendous positive impact on neighborhoods and communities.” -Jeannie Howe, Executive Director of GBCA, Baltimore City Paper, July 2013

Besides producing wild plays about humans birthing rabbits and the creation of the world, EMP Collective has blossomed into a hub of artistic activity. Their Odd Sundays Cine Club gave the city a reason to hang out and watch films like The Last Laugh and Fantastic Planet, and their Cans N Drafts Writing Workshop nurtured a new generation of writers (and encouraged them to get boozy while they’re at it). Plus, their gallery space has showcased work from animators, photographers, and more. Here’s to a year of convincing people to come together and get weird. We’re looking forward to seeing what they turn out in 2013.” -CityPaper’s Best of Baltimore, BEST COLLECTIVE

awesome stuff.  beats the dogcrap outta watchin the boob toob.”- Baltimore City Paper online commenter.

I’ll never eat an Arby’s Roast Sandwich with Horsey sauce again.” - WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! audience member.

‘Collective’ is the only word to describe this place, as it can’t be pinned down as one single thing. I happened to be there for a theatrical performance, but they also serve as an art gallery, multimedia venue, and creative workshop to the community. Possibly more, it seems to be ever-changing and expanding. This is an awesome find for anyone involved in the arts in Baltimore, for expanding your mind and your network. Get involved or catch a show! We need more bursts of creativity in this town -we’re getting there on food, we’re totally already there on beer! Where else am I going to go for entertainment after I’ve wined and dined without awesome places like this?” -Yelp page on EMP we just found out existed.