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Thursday, February 06, 2014

AIR @ Stamp Gallery: RESIDENT ARTIST MAYA FREELON ASANTE


 Presents 
VOLUME, AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION AND EXHIBITION

Open to the public February 6- March 7th 
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 5-8pm
Closing Reception & performance: Thursday, March 6th, 2014 5-8pm
 
 
 
VOLUME is an interactive exhibition created by artist in residence, Maya Freelon Asante. During her collaboration with The Stamp Gallery, Asante will transform the gallery space into a colorful explosion of kinetic tissue paper art. The site-specific installation invites the UMD community to join in on the creation of the artwork; everyone who enters the gallery is welcomed to add to the tissue quilt, which will grow over the course of 5-weeks. The community working together will resonate inside and outside of the gallery space, as the tissue paper swells into the atrium inviting more to come and witness the healing power of ART!  
 
AIR @ Stamp Gallery is a new annual initiative, where the gallery invites local artists to create interactive installations for the duration of six weeks. Maya Freelon Asante is our first participating resident artist.
 
Maya Freelon Asante is an award‐winning artist who creates unique water-stained colored tissue paper sculptures that resemble quilts, geological forms, and visualizations of human experience. Asante was praised by the International Review of African American Art as a "vibrant, beating assemblage of color." She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City 2013 and by the Huffington Post's "Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know." Maya has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Paris, Ghana, and US Embassies in Madadagascar, Italy, Jamaica, and Swaziland. 
 
For a glimpse of Asante's work, check out this great video of her featured at the Corcoran!
http://vimeo.com/45939223
 
 
The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the gallery offers the University community an outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunity. The gallery space can be used as a laboratory for emerging artists and curators to experiment and work through their ideas, emphasizing the importance of the process to contemporary artistic practice. The gallery serves the public by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, at the University of Maryland, College Park.  The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays 10:00AM-6:00PM; and Saturdays 11:00AM-5:00PM. For more information about the exhibition and the program log on to http://stampgallery.wordpress.com/ or contact the gallery at 301-314-8492 or stampgallery@umd.edu.
 

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