Art: Deep Falls by Christine Sajecki and Joseph Young
"Deep Falls is the story of a place, of old mills and a dirty river, a jogging path and a waterfall, a streetcar museum and a highway underpass. The project is about lower Falls Road, the thin strip of country between Hampden–Woodberry and Maryland Avenue in Baltimore City, a strange and secret spot. The story we tell is of a contrast between rural and urban, old and modern, a place where hipster artist bike co-op punk kids cross paths with salt miners and truck drivers, of the marriage between industry and wilderness. In the animations and paintings made by Christine Sajecki, the stories written by Joseph Young, we tell of a spot, Deep Falls, that is a mixture of history and experience, autobiography and fiction. We take a place, a couple of miles of river and road from the heart of Baltimore, and invest it with time, feeling, thought, paint, ink, paper, wax.
Like any place, Deep Falls isn't just ours. It's also the work of musicians and engineers, other artists, writers, designers, and gallery owners, people with technical and creative knowledge. Deep Falls is truly a collaborative venture; it's a neighborhood."—Christine Sajecki and Joseph Young
The stories, paintings, drawings, animation, and bits of photography of Deep Falls were on display at the Antreasian Gallery in Hampden from February 13 through March 2, 2008. The pages to follow are excerpts of Sajecki's paintings and Young's microflash taken from the exhibit.
Christine Sajecki got her BFA in painting with a minor in poetry from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001, and currently lives and works at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson as an artist in residence. She works with a
range of mediums from encaustic (melted, pigmented beeswax) to chalkboard paint, charcoal, and graphite. Her work has been included in many juried and solo exhibitions throughout the east coast to Washington State. She has been a guest lecturer and teacher several colleges, art centers, and the American Visionary Art Museum. She also teaches workshops in her studio to adults and children.
Joseph Young lives in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden. His stories have appeared in such journals as SmokeLong Quarterly, Alice Blue, Eleven Bulls, Exquisite Corpse, Mississippi Review, and JMWW. Visit his art blog at www.baltimoreinterview.com and his website at www.josephyoung.net.
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