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Blaster’s The Baltimore Years

“Blaster” Al Ackerman had been living in Austin, Texas, when he transitioned out of this world on March 17, 2013, but from 1992-2010 he was an almost shamanistic local fixture, a poet/artist/metaphysical mischief-maker who could make you smile while calling attention to the existential void we insufficiently call “life.” That defiant playfulness was on fabulous display in the John Eaton-curated Blaster’s The Baltimore Years (1992-2010) exhibition at the Current Gallery during the Transmodern Festival which brought together a wide swath of Ackerman’s output—paintings, letters, recordings—and, for a short time at least, made you grin in the face of the absurd great inevitable right along with him once again.

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