Meet the Collaborators
The space between (us) is an exhibition and interdisciplinary performance work by Deep Vision Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Nicole A. Martinell and visual artist/sculptor, Lisa Dillin. Inspired by shopping mall seating areas and modern architecture, large-scale sculptures fill the gallery. When filled with dancers, the sculptures become enlivened spaces, illustrating conditioned behaviors of public spaces and separating bodies in motion. Beneath the surface, however, lives the possibility for moving outside of the norm. The setting breeds the potential for creativity, freedom, self-expression, and intimate human connection.
Featured dancers are Deep Vision Dance Company members Deontay Gray, Samantha Hopkins, Melissa Lloyd, Sofie Massa, Rachel Moore, Sarah Smith, and Anne Zickefoose.
Additional collaborators include an original score by PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane) and Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8), and costumes by Kendra Shapanus with video production support by Erik Dillinger and 3D fabrication support by Chip Banister and Pete Karis (metal).
Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8)
Spangler is a composer and electronic musician living in Baltimore. Engaged equally with ensemble improvisation, live electronics, studio production, and notated chamber music, Spangler aims to dissolve cultural boundaries while drawing all corners of inspiration into evocative sound images. His compositions have been performed across the United States and internationally by ensembles including the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhymes With Opera, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Performances as a turntablist/electronic musician include collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, American University Jazz Workshop, and Cornell Symphony Orchestra. Founder of The Vigil all-night music festival at MICA (2010-present), he is also co-founder of Mobtown Modern music series (2008-12) and the Baltimore Boom Bap Society (2011-present). His multimedia collaboration with old-time music duo Anna & Elizabeth, From The Mountains: Hazel Dickens In Baltimore, received a New Music USA project grant in 2014. Spangler holds degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (B.M., Music Composition) and Harvard University (Ph.D., Music Composition), and currently teaches Sound Art classes as an adjunct faculty member of the Interactive Arts Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts,
September 13th @ 7:00pm & 7:45pm (with opening reception and artist talk)
September 14th @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Presented by VisArts, exhibition runs September 4th to October 20th.
Photos by Nicole A. Martinell
PJ Dorsey (Tarotplane)
Dorsey is a Baltimore based musician who works under the name Tarotplane. His primary musical focus is bridging the sonic worlds of both contemporary ambient music & 70's psychedelia. While primarily a guitarist, his current work is concentrating on synthesis and sound design. He has several albums out on European labels such as Aguirre, Lullabies For Insomniacs & 12th Isle.
the space between (us)
Sept. 13th & 14th
@ Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts, 1st Floor, Rockville, MD
Dillin's practice focuses on the human experience within the built environment, forming a comparison with the experience of our distant ancestors who made the natural world their home. She points to dividing lines between individuals that act as barriers to social interaction and community building, as well as divisions that separate the individual from nature. Dillin has presented work at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Contemporary in Baltimore, MD, Hamiltonian Gallery and Washington Project for the Arts, in Washington, D.C., Vox Populi and Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and Transmitter in Brooklyn, NY. Art fairs include Select Art Fair in NYC, Aqua Art Fair and Artist-Run Art Fair in Miami, FL. Dillin is a 2014 and 2017 MSAC Individual Artist awardee and holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Photo: Allogrooming Lounge
Credit: Jerry Truong, Lisa Dillin