Past Tense - A group show by Nicole Dyer, Jerrell Gibbs and Rachel Hayden
Past Tense is a group show curated by Dave Eassa featuring works by Baltimore-based painters Nicole Dyer, Jerrell Gibbs, and Rachel Hayden.
The three artists deal with autobiographical narratives and mine memory, conversations, relationships, events, family artifacts, people, and places to build a visual language that works to analyze one's self. Subleties within the days can become minutiae or larger critical junctures. Thoughts can get fleshed out immediately or sometimes saved for later. Making becomes an act of self-assessment, and a way of connecting to others through a storytelling. A look back is a move forward - in a way that feels like going around the same old track.
Rachel Hayden is a painter from Cincinnati who now lives and works in Baltimore. She graduated from MICA in 2015 and works as a Pre-K museum educator at the Walters Art Museum. In her work you will find fast cars and planes, checkers and flames, the moon in its phases, and other heavenly bodies.
Nicole Dyer (b.1991) paints to preserve memories she seeks, creates, or stumbles upon. Through painting she is able to revisit and honor details of her experiences. Dyer graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a BFA in drawing. She has shown internationally in Ireland, as well as in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and LA. She is currently an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.
Jerrell Gibbs is an artist and Creative Community Fellow of the National Arts Strategies. He examines his life story and that of family and friends in order to conceive and engage in the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora. Exhibition highlights include: Art in the hands of Men at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Painted Matters at CCBC, and Black Artists of DC: A Legacy of Excellence at Howard University. His work is in the permanent collection of the Harbor Bank of Maryland.
Dave Eassa (b. 1991) is an artist and activist living and working in Baltimore, MD. Recent solo exhibitions include "You Can't Just Draw A Line In The Sand" at School 33 in Baltimore, MD. and “The Road to Rio” at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. He has shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions most notably at Signal (Brooklyn, NY), LVL3 (Chicago, IL), Sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD.), Artisphere (Roslyn, VA.), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY.), artSTRAND (Provincetown, MA), Reh Kunst (Berlin, Germany), Current Space (Baltimore, MD.) His work has been published in New American Paintings No. 112 and The Pinch Journal. In 2014 he was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in Sculpture from the Maryland State Arts Council and currently has public sculpture on view at the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park and the Harwood Community Garden, both in Baltimore, MD.
He was an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow from 2015 through 2017 where he founded the program Free Space, which brought the arts to the Maryland Prison system, teaching in men and women's correctional facilities. He was awarded Individual Artist Grants from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts in 2015 and 2016, a Merit Award from the Gutierrez Memorial Fund, and the Maryland State Arts Council to support Free Space. He now is the Manager of Community Engagement at the Baltimore Museum of Art running the BMA Outpost, a mobile museum that creates art spaces across Baltimore in places where it is least expected.