7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    Sarah Tooley is an get it off your chestartist, activist, and educator; currently serving as lead artist/director of the Better Waverly Community Arts Center in Baltimore, MD. In 2009, she received her M.A. in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Tooley works to strengthen community, build leadership, challenge injustices, and amplify marginalized voices and histories through a variety of mediums, including public and performance art. She can be contacted at SarahAngelineTooley@gmail.com.

    Hannah Brancato’s work uses crafts to re-evaluate stereotypes. She makes ornaments and situations that address consumerism, femininity, function, and phenomenology, to name a few.  Brancato is an active participant in art and craft events in and around Baltimore City. She has curated shows and organized events at the Current Gallery, Load of Fun, and MICA, in addition to exhibiting work at various arts festivals and group shows. She is currently the community artist in residence at the House Of Ruth Maryland, where she is collaborating with domestic violence survivors to create public projects about abusive relationships.
    Kendra Hebel is a fiber/ installation artist originally from Northern New Jersey, currently residing in upstate New York. She’s a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art and now exhibits and collaborates locally and internationally.  Most recent events in Baltimore : “Get it off your chest…”Pust Fust 2010, DECOY at the Creative Alliance, and Sub-Urban Camo performed during Transmodern 2009!  To see more check out: www.radarredux.com/category/sights or www.citypaper.com/special/story.asp?id=19449. To contact e-mail: klhebel@yahoo.com

    Get It Off Your Chest

    Do you have unwanted whiskers or bewildering blemishes?

    Calling all hair laden lads and ladies: Join Hannah Brancato, Kendra Hebel, and Sarah Tooley for the interactive performance of Get it off your Chest, Pluck it from her Breast.

    Become a beautician and bare your beauty ailments, and we guarantee that you will emerge victorious.

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    The Sculptor’s Coloring Book
    Who doesn’t enjoy throwing around a bit of color every now and then! Festival participants will be given the opportunity to “color” crochet sculptures with a variety of materials. There will be five projects for the audience to transform and different material offered for anyone who is interested to get their hands a little dirty (gloves and smocks will be provided for those who want to stay clean).  

    Christine Weller lives in Baltimore  and is a Edgewood High School art teacher and MFA student at Towson University. The Sculptor’s Coloring Book

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    AlmahAlmah LaVon Rice is a mostly horizontal poet (that is, a scribe of lyric essays) and enjoys all manner of hybrid tigers. She likes to visit the moonlit clearing where performance, ritual, and incantation make love.  Recent obsessions include radical altruism; the erotics of language; EXTREMITY!; saudade; adventures in interiority; Pink Panther; dreams, irreducible dreams; intimacy; the gothic potentials of nonfiction; and, per Gertrude Stein, saying something in her own handwriting.

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    lichens4Lichens is Robert Lowe’s personal vehicle, created for performance and recording solo and with collaborators. Lichens has performed in Chicago, beginning at the Arthur magazine sponsored Million Tongues Festival in summer 2004 and New York solo and in duos. Lichens live is a transfixing experience, looping wordless vocals into curtains of drone. Lowe adds acoustic and electric guitars, percussion and other effects to create alternately thick and delicate works. Lowe has recorded and released a Lichens CD-R on his own, each hand assembled and released in a limited edition. Lichens contributed a track to the One Bright Sunny Day compilation CD, the debut releases from the Chicago-based IC Recordings label. Further touring is planned. In addition to the release of The Psychic Nature of Being (which is being released on vinyl by the estimable folk/psych/heavy imprint Holy Mountain) Chocolate Industries is releasing a limited edition 7 inch single by Lichens packaged inside a book of art Lowe curated with contributions by Jon Beasley, Justin Schaeffer, Devendra Banhart and others.

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    pod blotzPod Blotz is artist Suzy Poling from Oakland, California. The project is experimental and combines sonic tones with tape manipulation, vocals, theremin and organ drone. Pod Blotz aural sounds are very textured and accompany a stark visual component of video, mirrors and light experiments. Its informed by Musique Concrete and Science Fiction concepts and soundtracks.

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    April Danielle LewisApril Danielle Lewis was born in 1980 in Okinawa, Japan. She is an installation and performance artist and independent curator residing in Baltimore. In 2009 she earned a BA from Towson State University with a concentration in Printmaking and in 2006 she received an AA in visual arts from Anne Arundel Community College. April lives and works in Baltimore.

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    Sarah JableckiSarah Jablecki earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Maryland Institute of Art. She has been a College Instructor, Waitress, and Professional Cleaner since. Her work has has been exhibited across the Mid-Atlantic and North East, granted numerous awards such as the the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for “recognition of humanitarian efforts, remarkable storytelling ability, and creativity” as well as the Robert Mapplethorpe Award, and the Roberta Polevory Award of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Her work has appeared in publications including Photographers Forum, Photo District News, and AI-AP with Nan Goldin, Terry Richardson, and Sofia Copolla. Her current work deals with issues of intimacy, sexuality, and occult culture through drawings, photography, and humorous fiber works. She currently lives in her favorite city where she is hellbent on becoming the best artist and person she can be.

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    MelissaDyne_Transmodern_PressPhotoMelissa Dyne is a conceptual artist, catalyzing her ideas through the physics of sound and light. Her public art works and collective laboratories have been commissioned by the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, installed in the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, and performed in various festivals in Mexico City, Hong Kong, and the United States. She is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

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