Carroll Community College’s new show explores ‘art on the fringes’ – Baltimore Sun
Phantom Narrative III is the ongoing international art exhibition at the Scott Gallery at Carroll Community College and will be there until January 13, 2023.
The artists featured in Phantom Narrative III are Cvspe (Portugal); Jacob Maurice Crook (Mississippi); Jayne Jezebelle (Maryland); Jessi Hardesty (Maryland); Katie Gutridge (Maryland); Katie Innamorato (New Jersey); Louis Braquet (Louisiana); Meagan Meli (New Jersey); Michelle Avery Konczyk (France/Pennsylvania); Mike Adams (Maryland); Olivia Pakitsas (Massachusetts); Shane Izykowski (California) and Travis Lawrence (Illinois).
Jessi Hardesty, director of the arts and humanities division, director of visual arts, curator and assistant professor at Carroll Community College, is the creative genius behind this show and others. She inspires students and their creativity.
“The show originally grew out of a show I did at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit,” Hardesty said. “That show was called ‘Haunted Attraction.’ When I became a curator here I wanted a bigger and better version of this exhibition. This is the third interpretation of Phantom Narrative and it is very popular with students. The aim of the exhibition is to show the dark art and art on the fringes of the fine arts world.
“As an artist myself, my work falls into this realm,” Hardesty explained. “It showcases my tastes as an artist as well as a curator. It’s the only show where I can mix the two together. This exhibit shows my personality more than other exhibits that have more academic purposes in mind.
Gillian Girod is an intern at the Carroll Community College Art Gallery. This is the first exhibition she has helped set up in a gallery. “The concept of using math to hook something is new to me,” Girod said. “I’m not used to math and art colliding. I didn’t know you had to hang something at eye level.
“I like to put on an art show because I like to see the art first and get some insider knowledge. I like to see Jessi’s process of how she would arrange things and how the art has a good flow,” Girod said.
Katie Gutridge, of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, is a sculptor and adjunct professor at Carroll Community College. “I love working at Carroll Community College and I love teaching,” Gutridge said. She trained as a classical sculptor at the University of Notre-Dame. She did graduate work at American University and studied in Italy.
She specializes in figurative art — human forms. Her art in Phantom Narrative is part of a bigger show she’s planning that’s entirely hands-based.
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“I have this idea of creating a lot of sculptures based on human hand casts.” Gutridge said. “I like the idea that the hands are more important than the eyes. Hands are the ambassadors of our thoughts. We can help or hurt with our hands. People need to be reminded that the shape of our hands is what our community holds together. It’s the shapes, not the colors. Gutridge taught at the Fairhaven Retirement Community for seven years. “I want to make a sculpture about marginalization and ageism. Beauty is not a matter of youth,” she said.
Another exhibitor is Jayne McCullough, professional tattoo artist and illustrator from Glyndon. She did a mixed media piece showing Hades and Persephone. “This piece is a symbol of the two classic themes of art: life and death and their symbiotic relationship.” Two additional pieces of his artwork in the show are the sun and the moon
McCullough collects tarot cards because of the art. “Iconic tarot cards represent different archetypes that you can interpret in your own art. One of my dreams is to illustrate my own tarot deck,” McCullough said.
“Art is a way to express my unique perspective,” McCullough said. “I like to visit common themes such as fairy tales, folklore, mythology. Through visual art, I can bring my own touch to it. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended the George Washington Carver Center for Art in high school.
“Tattoos are like the art I do on paper,” McCullough said. “I do illustrative black and gray tattoos. I love to play with the thickness of the lines. I do fantasy, occult, mystical as well as organic and floral themes. She has her own private studio.
Westminster is blessed with four art galleries at Carroll Community College, Offtrack Art Co-operative and Gallery, McDaniel College and the Carroll County Arts Council. Support our arts by attending exhibitions and buying local art.
Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmo’s Art in Westminster. His column, An Eye for Art, appears regularly in Life & Times.