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“Moving Right Along” Entertains Baltimore Travelers

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

As train travelers hurry to their destination this winter, they have an engaging new exhibit to greet them at Baltimore’s Penn Station. “Moving Right Along” is a small show in a vacant store in the station’s lobby. The three pieces included are a sculpture, an animation and an interactive painting.

“Walls of Love” by Artemis Herber is a set of bright red cylindrical cardboard sculptures. They are best viewed from the sidewalk on the northwestern side of the front entrance. The viewer can examine the texture of the sculptures through the window, which allows one to get closer to the work than if it were displayed traditionally. The other two works are displayed inside, on the left side of the lobby as visitors enter.

Josh Van Horne’s” If You Say Something, See Something” is a playful sound activated painting. At first it appears as a painting of geometric shapes arranged in a circle, but then sound activates small lights embedded in the work. The lights vary with the intensity of the sound. This work is engaging to both children and adults. (A similar piece, pictured here, was constructed for the show’s opening reception in Center Plaza.)

Perhaps the most visible of these three pieces is an animation created by Laurence Arcadias, Lynn Tomlinson, Rick Delaney, Steve Meneely along with students from the MICA animation department. This clever piece is displayed on the front of an empty storefront and shows the Pen Station lobby. However, an unusual assortment of cartoon people, mythical creatures and animals parade by. Placed across from some waiting room benches, it is an amusing way to kill time waiting for a train.

“Moving Right Along” is a collaboration between the Contemporary Museum and the Downtown Partnership. This is a project called Operation Storefront, which allows artists to temporarily display their work in the windows of vacant shops. The exhibit is located at Baltimore’s Penn Station at 1515 N. Charles Street. The train station is open 24 hours a day but the exhibit will close on February 16, 2012.