Project Line 180


Project Line 180 was born from a conversation between my wife Elena Volkova and a good friend Estelle Bajou who was visiting Baltimore.

It is a series of interviews/dialogues about art and creativity between artists of the Baltimore/DC area whose artistic practices exist outside of studio walls and challenge traditional ways of art-making.  

In film making, Line 180 is a term used to film shot dialogues, where the camera is positioned on one side of the implied line between two people so that the dialogue will have continuity. This project serves the same aim, to create a line between a viewer and an artist, to bring artist talks outside of gallery spaces and art institutions. 

Episode 5

Conversation between Mike Iacovone and Billy Friebele. 

Mike Iacovone : Mike is recovering from a long walk, a short day, a mysterious illness, a bee sting, and too much education. He lives and works in Washington DC. 

When a person moves through space they tend to do so based on their destination.  But if one were to eliminate the destination from the plan, they would be free to experiences the spaces they are passing through.  I like to think of drawing as a broad term, not limited to pencil on paper.  Drawing is a record and a representation.  It can be a record of what something looks like, or it can represent a location, or an action.  It can be a record of an event, or an idea, but it isn’t mistaken for any of these things, it is not a substitute.  I draw by moving through spaces based on systems.  The artifacts of these journeys are records of those drawings. I create systems to experience spaces differently.  I make art by creating maps, photos, and videos that utilize the virtual understandings of space to create systems and formulas to actually experience those spaces.    Ideally, the presentation of the formulas and systems along with the visual manifestation of the work will influence the viewers into considering and possibly experiencing their own spaces differently.

 Produced by Elena Volkova

Episode 4

Conversation between Renee Van Der Stelt and Bart O'Reilly. 

Bart O'Reilly is a contemporary Irish artist currently living and working in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Bart O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland (1975) He has a BFA from The National College of Art in Dublin and a MFA in studio art from The Maryland Institute College of Art where he received the 2012 MFAST Award. He now lives in Baltimore, MD. USA. He has been a practicing artist for 14 years and has shown extensively in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and in Ireland and Northern Ireland. His work explores how we perceive place through the use of video installation, projections, sound recordings, spoken word poetry and painting and drawing. He teaches painting and two- dimensional design at Harford Community College. He has over 7 years experience running and teaching in art programs that serve the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and has collaborated with students to produce exhibitions and site -specific installations.

Episode 3

Conversation between Billy Friebele and Elena Volkova. 

Billy Friebele creates artwork examining expanded notions of drawing using gps, video, kinetic sculpture, and installation. He is a co-founder of Freespace Collective and FLEX, a group of artists and curators who produce ephemeralart exhibitions in non-art spaces. Billy has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Art Museum of the Americas, and the Katzen Center for the Arts. He teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Episode 2

Conversation between Renee Van Der Stelt and Elena Volkova. 

Renee van der Stelt received an M.A. in art history and MFA in drawing and printmaking in 1990 and 1993 from the University of Iowa. She has worked as museum educator, registrar, curator, and instructor of drawing at various institutions including the Walker Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, Roswell Artist in Residence program, Philadelphia Art Hotel, and Kaus Australis. Grants include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and the TKF Foundation. She is currently faculty mentor for the Low Residency MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD. 


Renee van der Stelt’s drawings and installations have been exhibited at venues through the U.S. and abroad. Solo exhibitions include Recordings at Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C., Sphere Chart & Site Drawings at GalleryOne in Ellensburg, WA, Veiled Geography: Impermanent Drawings at the University of Vermont, Projections: Line on Land at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA, and Global/Local at the Roswell Museum of Art, NM. 

Episode 1

Conversation between Elena Volkova and Estelle Bajou.

Elena Volkova  was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the U.S. in 1994. She earned two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art: an MFA in Studio Arts as well as a BFA in Photography. Elena's current body of work follows post-minimalist aesthetic and focuses on liminal space, bringing attention to the everyday overlooked moments and addressing viewer's interaction with an art space. Volkova has received several recognitions and awards, including the Janis Meyer Traveling Fellowship, Hamiltonian Fellowship, Sondheim semi-finalist awards well as Vermont Studio Fellowship. She has exhibited her work regionally and internationally.  Volkova resides in Baltimore, MD and teaches Photography at Stevenson University. 

Estelle Bajou is a French-American actor, composer, and writer, raised in the mountains of North Carolina. At age nineteen she earned a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon's Rock. She then earned an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. She's an enthusiastic member of the Brooklyn-based band KOTORINO, and an Acting Ensemble Member/Resident Composer with One Year Lease Theater Company. Based in New York City, she's loved traveling across North, Central, and South America, Europe, and the Middle East, including Iraq in 2009, for projects.

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