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Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable

Untitled Studies in Lead-Based Paint, Installation View

"Untitled Studies in Lead-Based Paint" Installation View, from the series "Material Studies"exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 2015-2016

Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed III: Collection Shed

TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed III: Collection Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) ARTIST:Marian April Glebes DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable

Bricks made by the Baltimore mobile Community Brick Factory

The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory Bricks Baltimore Clayworks, Project Space October 14, 2016 - November 13, 2016 ​ This installation at Baltimore Clayworks included over 650 bricks from the first woodfiring of the bricks we made as the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory. The floor configuration was installed in the project space and occupied 160 square feet. Visitors we invited to walk on the bricks to read the inscriptions. ​ The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory produces handmade bricks from local Maryland clay using historic waterstruck wooden mold methods.

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About marian april

Marian April Glebes is an emerging conceptual and mixed-media artist whose installations and sculptures are built of the remnants of elaborate processes that are futile or ridiculous, metaphoric, and temporary. Her works address issues of the urban/suburban environment, the character and power of the artist, and the use of site-specificity and the art object as a tool for social change. In 2015, Glebes became the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Joseph Centre for Education... more

"Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed
(One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection)

DATE: 2015

MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation

DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable

  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable
  • Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (...)

    TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed I: Home Shed (One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection) DATE: 2015 MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable

from the series "Material Studies"

The Materials Studies series aggregates scientific, environmental, and historic research of the artist’s home as a labour-intensive performance, artifacts of which are exhibited as part of the exhibition "Commons Collaboration: Marian April Glebes with The Loading Dock," the inaugural Community Commons exhibition in the Patricia and Mark Joseph Center for Education at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This series will accumulate over the course of the exhibition, and begins an ongoing project.

"Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed III: Collection Shed (...)"

TITLE: Three Sheds for Three Sites, Shed III: Collection Shed

(One is at the Museum and Performs the Functions of Home, One is at the Salvage Material Re-Use Center and Performs the Functions of the Museum, One is at the Home of the Artist and performs the Functions of A Collection)

DATE: 2015

MATERIALS: Mixed Media & Audience Participation

DIMENSIONS: Dimensions Variable

from the series "Model Homes"

For the series "Model Homes," materials were selected to examine the performative public/private nature of domestic space and values. The majority of the series "Model Homes" was created by compression casting. The casts are not held together by a binding agent, they are monolithic and rely on the properties of each material to maintain their form. The 2 drywall forms were constructed, not cast. The materials for "Model Homes" were collected over an extended period of time by the artist from suburban lawns. (Dandelions were collected over a 3 year period. Lint collected over 6 month period. Grass, 2 months, for example.) Once enough material was collected, it was inserted into the mold. The force to cast the material was applied using a mechanical pressure system designed by the artist. The glass house is sand-cast glass, annealed over 4 days from a liquid glass temperature of 1100 degrees. The pedestals were built by the artist using MDF. The vitrines are plexiglass.

  • Model Homes, Installation View

    The majority of the series "Model Homes" was created by compression casting. The casts are not held together by a binding agent, they are monolithic and rely on the properties of each material to maintain their form. The 2 drywall forms were constructed, not cast. The materials for "Model Homes" were collected over an extended period of time by the artist from suburban lawns. (Dandelions were collected over a 3 year period. Lint collected over 6 month period. Grass, 2 months, for example.) Once enough material was collected, it was inserted into the mold.
  • Model Home (Glass)

    material: Sand-cast Glass "Model Home (Glass)" is sand-cast glass, annealed over 4 days from a liquid glass temperature of 1100 degrees. *made with the assistance of Jeremy Lepisto and Scott Schroeder
  • Model Home (Dust)

    material: Dryer Lint Dryer lint was collected over a period of 6 months from the home of the artist and others, blended, then compression cast to form "Model Home (Dust)"
  • Model Home (Dandelion III)

    material: Dandelion seeds The artist collected Dandelion seeds from neighborhood lawns over a 3 year period. The Dandelion house is monolithic, relying only on the properties of the material to maintain its form.
  • Model Home (Birdseed, Model I)

    materials: birdseed The birdseed house is in a constant state of entropy. As the material maintains its edibility in cast form, it is consumed by moths as it is exhibited. This ecology is sealed in the vitrine.
  • Model Home (Earth, Model VII)

    material: Rammed Earth
  • Model Home (Soil IIX)

    materials: Potting Soil, Baby's Breath and Chamomile Plants, UV Light Cast potting soil was embedded with plant seeds and kept moist, enabling the plants to sprout and grow. As the plants developed, their root structure eroded the legibility of the house form. The ecology was sealed under the vitrine.
  • Model Home (Drywall) - installation view

    materials: Drywall, Joint Compound, Mold A model home was built out of drywall, mudded, and sanded to a perfect finish. The final model was enclosed in an airtight plastic container in a bath of water and left to grow mold for three months.
  • Model Home (Drywall IV)

    material: Drywall, Joint Compound, Latex Housepaint

Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory

The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory produces handmade bricks from local Maryland clay using historic waterstruck wooden mold methods. We invite the people of Baltimore to join us in making the bricks and personalizing them by inscribing stories and ideas about home, place, history and personal experience. The bricks made by the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory, after firing, become a part of a series of public art installations. This exhibition at Baltimore Clayworks is the first installation of the wood-fired bricks. The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory is Marian April Glebes in collaboration with Josh Copus and you.

Brickmaking occurred during the Spring and Summer of 2016.

The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory is made possible, in part, by a 2015 Rubys Artist Project Grant, an initiative conceived with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

The Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory Bricks

Baltimore Clayworks, Project Space

October 14, 2016 - November 13, 2016

This installation at Baltimore Clayworks included over 650 bricks from the first woodfiring of the bricks we made as the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory. The floor configuration was installed in the project space and occupied 160 square feet. Visitors we invited to walk on the bricks to read the inscriptions.

"In Defense of Native Soil"

Glebes's Exhibition entitled "In Defense of Native Soil" was installed at University of Maryland Baltimore County's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in the spring of 2009. The work used the seemingly benign dandelion to address issues of the suburban environment, our received and circumscribed routines, the use of the art object as a tool for social change, and the control of the uncontrollable.

from the series "Misplaced Altruism/Vanity of Aid"

Misplaced Altruisms/Vanity of Aid

Glebes's work is created from the remnants of elaborate processes that are futile and ridiculous, metaphoric, and temporary. Her insect repairs are grotesque mortuarial attempts to preserve or mend, meticulous gestures executed on found carcasses, symbolic of an impulse to restore order in a fragile environment and to fill a void created by patheticness in form. This adornment or patching of battered insect bodies is misplaced altruism, which quells the vanities in aid or pity by indulging the most absurd and effete of generosities: squandered restoration and functionless beauty. Glebes's insects are victims of glass windows, selected for mending and decorative preservation for their pitiable state - their brokenness is evaluated by their failure and resulting decay. The repairs and prosthetics imposed on these insects sanction sympathy for the manicured via the restorative maintenance of post-mortem fragility that definalizes the terminal.

"Make Yourself Useful" & "Dream A Highway"

"Make Yourself Useful" was conceived and executed for the inaugural exhibition of The Feminist Art Project in Baltimore entitled "Gutsy: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism" in 2014. This work was revisited in 2016 at Sindikit at Area 405 in Baltimore in response to the election of Donald Trump.

Glebes's solo exhibition "Dream A Highway" at Hood College, Frederick MD, included "Throne" and "Untitled (Monitored)" in 2014.

  • "Make Yourself Useful"

    "Make Yourself Useful" uses utilitarian references of construction and carpentry to critique the woman's role as support structure, argue against gendered disciplines, and defunctunalizes the object as a gesture of protest. The sculpture consists of 2 2x4 lumber sawhorses, standard table height. The lumber of one sawhorse was drilled with 1/4" holes until it reached a point of near disintegration. The second sawhorse was nailed into until neither the lumber nor the sawhorse structure itself was able to support any kind of weight or platform. 2014
  • "Make Yourself Useful" DETAIL

    "Make Yourself Useful" uses utilitarian references of construction and carpentry to critique the woman's role as support structure, argue against gendered disciplines, and defunctunalizes the object as a gesture of protest. The sculpture consists of 2 2x4 lumber sawhorses, standard table height. The lumber of one sawhorse was drilled with 1/4" holes until it reached a point of near disintegration. The second sawhorse was nailed into until neither the lumber nor the sawhorse structure itself was able to support any kind of weight or platform. 2014
  • "Make Yourself Useful" DETAIL

    "Make Yourself Useful" uses utilitarian references of construction and carpentry to critique the woman's role as support structure, argue against gendered disciplines, and defunctunalizes the object as a gesture of protest. The sculpture consists of 2 2x4 lumber sawhorses, standard table height. The lumber of one sawhorse was drilled with 1/4" holes until it reached a point of near disintegration. The second sawhorse was nailed into until neither the lumber nor the sawhorse structure itself was able to support any kind of weight or platform. 2014
  • "Make Yourself Useful"

    "Make Yourself Useful" uses utilitarian references of construction and carpentry to critique the woman's role as support structure, argue against gendered disciplines, and defunctunalizes the object as a gesture of protest. The sculpture consists of 2 2x4 lumber sawhorses, standard table height. The lumber of one sawhorse was drilled with 1/4" holes until it reached a point of near disintegration. The second sawhorse was nailed into until neither the lumber nor the sawhorse structure itself was able to support any kind of weight or platform. 2014
  • "Untitled (Monitored)

    Reflective Vinyl on Highway Grade Aluminum 2014
  • "Untitled (Monitored)"

    Reflective Vinyl on Highway Grade Aluminum
  • "Throne"

    Found Lawn Chair, Gold Leaf 2014
  • "Throne"

    Found Lawn Chair, Gold Leaf 2014

"Untitled Emergency Survival Tactics"

The Untitled Emergency Survival Tactics are an ongoing series of sculptural installations and gestures built of metaphoric, whimsical, or ridiculous solutions to questions of the urban environment, infrastructure, dependency, and the character and power of the artist.

  • Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive - Installation View

    "Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive" was included in 2011 exhibition "Water Sonettos" curated by Jann Rosen-Queralt at In/Flux Gallery. For the exhibition, Glebes combined and presented 4 years of water experiments, research, and performance documentation from the Emergency Survival Tactics series.
  • Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive - Detail

    "Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive" was included in 2011 exhibition "Water Sonettos" curated by Jann Rosen-Queralt at In/Flux Gallery. For the exhibition, Glebes combined and presented 4 years of water experiments, research, and performance documentation from the Emergency Survival Tactics series.
  • Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive - Detail

    "Emergency Survival Tactics, An Ongoing Study and Archive" was included in 2011 exhibition "Water Sonettos" curated by Jann Rosen-Queralt at In/Flux Gallery. For the exhibition, Glebes combined and presented 4 years of water experiments, research, and performance documentation from the Emergency Survival Tactics series.
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #8 (expertise vs. dilettantism in potability, trust, and personal purity

    <p>2010</p> materials: harbour water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, plant, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, champagne flutes, cook pot, propane stove, non-rigid pvc tubing, scintillation vials, bleach, syringes, paper, bucket, hand pump, audience participation project description: In this work, presented at the 2010 Transmodern Festivalâ??s Pedestrian Services Exquisite, Glebes filtered Baltimoreâ??s inner harbour water with a self-designed and constructed water filter, treated it for microbial and viral contamin
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #8 (expertise vs. dilettantism in potability, trust, and personal purity

    <p>Documentation of performance and viewer participation.</p> <p>2010</p> materials: harbour water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, plant, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, champagne flutes, cook pot, propane stove, non-rigid pvc tubing, scintillation vials, bleach, syringes, paper, bucket, hand pump, audience participation project description: In this work, presented at the 2010 Transmodern Festivalâ??s Pedestrian Services Exquisite, Glebes filtered Baltimoreâ??s inner harbour water with a self-designe
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #12 (Poached Eggs from the Jones Falls River)

    materials: Jones Falls River water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, sedum, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, dixie cups, cook pot, non-rigid pvc tubing, local eggs, apple cider vinegar, slotted spoon, bucket, hand pump.
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #12 (Poached Eggs from the Jones Falls River)

    materials: Jones Falls River water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, sedum, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, dixie cups, cook pot, non-rigid pvc tubing, local eggs, apple cider vinegar, slotted spoon, bucket, hand pump.
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #10 (Ramen Made From the Pond Water for the College Survivalist)

    <p>project description: In â??Ramen from Pond Water,â? A battery was charged by riding stationary bicycles in the gallery. The battery was then transported to the outdoors where Glebes filtered then, using an electric kettle powered by the battery, boiled water collected from the stormwater retention pond at the heart of a college campus during lunch hour, then used the boiled water to make ramen noodles, which were fed to students under full disclosure of the process.
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #10 (Ramen Made From the Pond Water for the College Survivalist)

    <p>2010</p> <p>materials: pond water from UMBC stormwater retention pond, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, plant, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, Top Ramen, table, non-rigid pvc tubing, bucket, hand pump, tongs, electric kettle, portable battery, audience participation</p> <p>project description: In â??Ramen from Pond Water,â? A battery was charged by riding stationary bicycles in the gallery.
  • Untitled Emergency Survival Tactic #6 (Solar Still)

    <p>2009</p> <p>materials: plastic tarp, vacant lot, bucket, non-rigid pvc tubing, rubble</p> <p>project description: In (Solar Still), Glebes assembled a solar still based on wilderness-survival techniques in a derelict yard as part of the Fall 2009 Axis Alley exhibition. Potable water condensed on the plastic tarp covering the large hole dug in the ground, then drained into a bucket at the center of the hole, and was pumped out via the tubing.</p>

"campcamp" and "National Park(ing)"

campcamp was created by Marian Glebes in collaboration with Fred Scharmen and C. Ryan Patterson for the 2011 Transmodern Festival. campcamp used the campsite as a conceptual and organizational device for a large two-night activation of the courtyard lot of Current Gallery.

National Park(ing) was installed for Artscape 2012 in the parking garage across from the Charles Theatre. Four landscapes were temporarily installed on the street, inviting visitors inside to a climbing mountain, visitor center, library, and lounge area. This project was executed in collaboration with C. Ryan Patterson, Fred Scharmen, and Rachel Valsing.

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