INVOLVING VIOLENCE As curated by the Chicago-based duo of Karin Patzke and Carrie Ruckel, who work under the name Lasso, this School 33 Art Center exhibition has offered a heady, if sometimes oblique and inchoate look at violence in contemporary American society through a creative lens. Its 13 artists--from Baltimore/Washington (Ramsay Antonio-Barnes, Gerecho Delaney, Matthew Freel, Brook Halvorson, John Morris, Diane Ramos, Marilee Schumann) and Chicago (Alan Lerner, Regina Mamou, Sari Maxfield, Joe Sikora, Jason Stec, Krista Wortendyke)--don't so much explicitly confront or represent violence and violent acts as explore how violence is represented in media. (Visit citypaper.com/arts for a full review.) This timely exhibition concludes this weekend at School 33, as does Bridget Sullivan'sWatershed.
OPENINGS AND RECEPTIONSWax Actual: Representational Painting in Encaustic--a group show organized by artist Christine Sajecki and writer Joseph Young--opens at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson April 8 with a reception April 11 from 5-7 p.m., which runs the night after the closing reception for the latest Minstallation, Ramsay Antonio-Barnes' "Undercurrent." The opening reception for the Post Typography Alphabet exhibition lights up the Current Space April 10 at 7 p.m. A variety of various thesis openings takes place around MICA April 10 from 5-7 p.m. (visit mica.edu for more details). City Paper contributor Dan Van Allen's Paint By Number Portraits opens at Sprout Salon April 11 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Best Drawing--one of Denise Tassin's many collaborative Art on Purpose shows--opens April 13 at Towson University's Center for the Arts. Beth de Loiselle displays in Gallery 17 at Utrecht (229 W. Chase St.) April 10 with a reception from 7-9 p.m.
CLOSING Denise Tassin's collaborative We Are Not Alone project closes April 12 at Johns Hopkins University's Mattin Center. Illustrations from the Psychonaut Narrative closes at the Art Under Ground Studio April 11. Craig L. Haupt's pen and ink and watercolor images close at Friends (1634 Aliceanna St.) April 15.