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About the Exhibition

CCBC Catonsville Gallery

Navigating Between brings together three local artists who explore (and often upend) the power relationships that exist between dominant culture and marginalized individuals. If we grant that society co-opts, appropriates, stereotypes, and homogenizes identities, how can an individual artist work against this tide?  One answer might be to take on the western canon itself, to use dominant genres of art, particularly those of portraiture, figuration, and landscape to one’s own ends.  Narrative and physical specificity can work against the dominant culture’s tendency towards homogeneity or stereotypes.  One can make people precise rather than generic.


Recontextualization and juxtaposition are also useful tools.  The artist can present a familiar object or fetishized body in such a way that both its meaning and value change, either by placing it alongside other objects or simply by moving it from the streets to the gallery or museum. Zoë Charlton, Samuel Holmes, and Wilfredo Valladares Lara make work with cultural integrity, but their art also strategically uses the dominant language and conceits of their discipline to challenge received narratives.  These artists navigate contradictions and present situations as fragments rather than holistic selves.

- Curators Trisha Kyner and Osvaldo Mesa

Navigating Between is sponsored in part by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council.

Take a 3D Tour of the Exhibition

We are thrilled to be able to offer for the first time ever a 3D tour of one of exhibitions. Donovan Eaton Photography scanned Navigating Between and created this map of the Gallery at CCBC Catonsville. Explore the space by clicking on the light circles on the floor, which will move you through the space. Want to get a closer look at one of the artworks? Use your mouse's wheel to zoom in or out.  While nothing will truly replace being able to see artwork physically, we hope that this experience will help you connect with the exhibition from the comfort and safety of your home.

Having trouble viewing the tour? 

Interview with the Curators

Listen to an interview with the curators Trisha Kyner and Osvaldo Mesa on how they curated Navigating Between.

For videos of the curators talking about each artist's work, visit their pages by clicking "More On..." under their name.

The Artists

Zoë Charlton

Doppelganger (Lauren)

Graphite on Paper

51 x 79 inches



Wood and paint.

Doppelganger (Melissa)

Graphite on Paper

51 x 79 inches


Samuel Holmes

Hat/Cap (Detail)

Pigment Print

31 x 42.5 inches


Wilfredo Valladares Lara

Unmasked (Floor Installation,detail)

Mixed Media

7 x 5 x 8 feet



Live Stream Guest Lecture!

On May 1st, from 5:30 - 6:30, we hosted artists Zoe Charlton, Samuel Holmes, and Wilfredo Valladares Lara on our website to talk about their artwork in the exhibition Navigating Between. 

Have a question or comment for the artists or curators? Leave it here in the comment section to be answered! Even though we've already done the live stream, we're still taking question and will answer them.

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