MICA Photo alum, Nick Simko has teamed up with fellow artist Aaron McIntosh to put together a joint show at The E.M.P. Collective called “Strange Terrain” OPENING FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 14 – 7-10PM
“Strange Terrain” considers themes of queerness, obscured histories, man’s relationship with nature, and the role of decorative textiles in culture. As the exhibition represents both artists’ first venture into joint art-making, Strange Terrain surveys both their recent collaborative pieces as well as their own individual works. Nick Clifford Simko is a conceptual photographer. His work examines how literary devices like allegory and metaphor shape visual culture. He recently presented his essay “Robert Mapplethorpe’s Italian Devil as Self-Portrait” at the Society for Photographic Education’s regional conference. His work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington DC. For the past year and a half he has been a member of EMP Collective.
Aaron McIntosh is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work in textiles, sculpture, installation and photography address the intersections of material culture, family tradition, identity, and sexuality. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and most recently in “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NYC. He lives and works in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches Fiber at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
EMP COLLECTIVE is a group of young artists who joined forces to make art and save lives. You may have spotted one (or many) of our intrepid members acting in a theatre piece, filming a short movie, hanging one of their latest works in the gallery, heading up a writing workshop, scoring a tune for our latest project, handing you a beer after a show, or walking around like a sleep-deprived zombie (don’t be scared, it happens sometimes).
EMP COLLECTIVE also runs and manages EMP, a multi-use arts space in downtown Baltimore, where they produce their own varied work and regular programming as well as playing host to a slew of talented local and visiting artists. “A hub of artistic activity” that was voted Best Arts Collective in 2012 (Baltimore CityPaper), EMP has been lauded as one of the boldest “visions to change Baltimore” (Baltimore Magazine).