Aside from a handful of inspiring performances and clever video installations, Le Flash felt a lot like a normal, though well-attended Fourth Friday in Castleberry Hill. Of course—and I can’t emphasize this enough—the weather was just short of miserable, which to the organizers’ credit, is a risk that comes with any outdoor event. What was [...]
Archive Content from Oct 2008
10/31/08 I Look Like Me
I stumbled on I Look Like Me a few weeks ago, and have been eagerly pouring through Wes Cummings’ photos (and flickr) ever since. I’d like to describe Cummings’ “typical shot” in a few words, but I can’t, because he shoots everything: fish markets, Atlanta beltline wilderness, a stunning series of portraits, nightlife scenes, concert [...]
10/30/08 Lauren Clay at Whitespace
Lauren Clay’s “Nameless Namer” displays models for planned communities built from geometric shapes and arranged paper which form landscapes as if seen through rose-colored glasses of the future. My notes from the show include everything from gumdrops and Muppet Babies to Tim Burton’s depiction of a suburban neighborhood in Edward Scissorhands and English gardens. I [...]
Have you voted? All you need for advanced voting is a photo ID (if you are already registered in Georgia) and a couple hours free time. In fact, Georgia Law requires that your employer give you two hours off so you can make it to the polls. If you’re not sure…
Despite being perhaps the weakest of the High’s three-year Louvre Atlanta series, “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” surprised me with several pieces that testify to the greatness of technical mastery and skill.
This billboard first caught my eye on a recent drive down Marietta Street. Initially, I didn’t know what to make of it. The huge human head and capital letters simply stating “SOLDIER” led me to think this was just a new military recruitment ad.
Wendy Given‘s The Wilds—one of two photo series in her Solomon Projects show, “No Man’s Land”—works on two separate narrative planes. On one hand, we have the story of Given and her husband, who’ve searched exhaustively for specific landscapes throughout the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Given’s husband then assumes a form appropriate to Given’s [...]
10/24/08 Dialogism: Le Flash 2008
As pretty much everyone has already pointed out, Le Flash looks like it’ll be one of the biggest arts nights of 2008. Events begin tonight at 7PM. The Burn Away team is especially excited about Le Flash because this modern-day carnival gives us a chance to quote Mikhail Bakhtin, one of our favorite critics: Nothing [...]
When I arrived at last week’s Art Papers lecture at Emory, I didn’t realize I was already familiar with the work of photographer Joan Fontcuberta. He spoke of his career as an art world jester who—without informing his audiences of his duplicity—stages completely fake exhibitions.
John Tindel and Michi Meko prepare for a historic election, culminating on November 1st at Art Department Gallery. The collaborative duo is breaking their ties as TindelMichi to compete head-to-head for the title of “Cring of the South”—while poking fun at the political climate we are seeing in the presidential debates. I met with the [...]
10/22/08 Peter Bahouth at Marcia Wood Gallery
Peter Bahouth‘s series “Sadie’s Choice” is part of a larger project in which the Atlanta-based artist revisits historic uses of stereoscopic photography; 1950s pin-up and glamour photography inspired this particular series. Though I expected three-dimensional works when I walked into Marcia Wood Gallery, I nevertheless was surprised by an all-white room that was bare except [...]
10/21/08 More Blog Love: Curio + Abyss
Continuing today’s focus on not-exclusively-local-art blogs we like, please check out Curio + Abyss for a profile of Young Blood and an interview with K. Allyson Petty, the artist who makes up one half of the team behind the gallery’s current exhibition. And here’s an excerpt from Allyson’s interview: Curios: What’s the meaning behind the [...]
Just stumbled over Asian Cajuns’ fun comparison between a 2005 Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and Raphael’s Deposition (The Entombment). You see a lot of Christ imagery in modeling (and, in general, a lot of dead-eyed, emaciated kids), but this is the first time I’ve seen an explicit reference. Have you seen any others? (I’m pretty [...]
10/20/08 Man Ray: Rayograph vs. Photogram
Although commonly dubbed as the photogram today, there’s a pleasant science-fiction flavor to Man Ray‘s original coinage, the Rayograph. It’s basically a photograph, although one created without the use of a camera. A Rayograph is created by placing objects directly onto a chemically “sensitized” surface and then exposing them to light.