“Axis Alley seeks through creative engagement to utilize the backyards of vacant properties and vacant lots as a canvas for creative works that transform, activate and revitalize the overlooked, under-attended areas of Baltimore’s back alleys. In neighborhoods where the vacancy rate of properties runs high, the alley seems to become the indicator of urban difficulties: trash, rats, homeless people, prostitution and drugs. These somewhat forbidding alleys (dark and unlit at night), while speaking of endemic problems in the city, possess a certain toxic beauty and provide a fascinating possibility of urban intervention and creative gesture.”
axis alley has officially ended as construction has begun also in the 2200 block. june 26th marked the finale tour for amerians for the arts and we were honored to have mel chin present. it was pretty funny to have a large air conditioned tour bus pull up to our humble alley! great alternative tourism organized by kim domanski and ryan patterson.
we are also honored to have been selected for the public art networks’ 2010 year in review curated this year by fred wilson and helen lessick.
complete list is found here: 2010_panYearInReview
a CD (for purchase) of all selected works for that can be found here.
thanks for all your support, interest and participation!
below you will find a photographic documentation of the entire process beginning to end , and works by the 30 plus total of artists who participated in both the fall and spring openings.
an abrupt crazy ending….unbelievably, unfortunately, the housing authority gave the 2100 block to a demolition project beginning just a week after our opening..!
while it is good the vacants are at the beginning of transformation and renewal …and we did all know the demo was happening eventually , we thought it was at later this summer. ah well.
the 2100 block is in the process of coming down, so come say goodbye and visit the other two blocks while you are here.
Thank you – ALL- who have visited, participated and supported in this wonderful year long experience and transformation of these three blocks of alley. The impact on the neighborhood has been amazing and the project has been surprisingly far reaching in it’s audience.
all good things must end…
the alley is looking great, and the new pieces are great! come join us!
a nice article written in the fall by Tim Smith from the sun is found here.
Please come to our 2nd Alley Walk on Sunday, May 23 from 2-pm to see new artworks transforming the alley!
Projects are located in the alley behind the 2000, 2100 and 2200 blocks of N.Calvert Street, 21218.
New works by the following artists:
Axis Alley would like to thank the the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative for their generous support funded by the Anne E. Casey Foundation. The continued presence of artists and artworks though the spring has been made possible with their Central Baltimore Community Initiatives Grant.
axis alley will be included in the soon to be released book, Urban Interventions: Personal Projects in Public Spaces published by Gestalten Press, Berlin.
Release: March 2010 Available Soon!
Price: € 44,00 / $ 69,00 / £ 40,00
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 256 pages, full color, hardcover
Evolving from graffiti and street art, urban interventions are the next generation of artwork to hit public space. Using any and all of the components that make up urban landscapes, these mostly spatial works bring art to the masses. They turn the street into a studio, laboratory, club, and gallery and challenge us to rediscover our environment and interact with it in new ways. This is the first book to document these very current, personal art projects in a comprehensive way. It shows the growing connections and interplay of this scene with art, architecture, performance, and installation as it turns public spaces into surprising and provoking individual experiences.
gestalten press is found here.