Archive Content from Nov 2008
A fascination with paradox explains, at least in part, my fondness for the horror genre—”ecstatic with fright” is one of my favorite emotional states. Throw the living dead into the mix and add some art, and I enter a state of nirvana. Thus my excitement when I happened upon the plot summary for Dying to [...]
11/24/08 Open Studios: B-Complex
B-Complex held an elaborate Halloween themed show three weekends ago – an event that every single Burn Away writer unfortunately missed. The B-Complex artists gave us another chance to catch up last weekend, opening their 8,000 square foot exhibition space (and homes/studios) for the 2008 West End Art Tour.
11/23/08 Beep Beep's State of the Art Address
James (of Beep Beep Gallery) posted a long rumination on Atlanta’s current “indie” art scene last Friday: People are always asking us about the economy: “So how’s art business in this economy?” or I bet people aren’t buying art in this economy?” Yeah it’s true times are definitely rough for all of us in the [...]
11/21/08 To Do List
Bleeding hearts, ghost dancing savages, turkeys, pilgrims, and yes, even you “Big Angels”: my fellow Atlantans—you are beautiful. We have work to do…
11/21/08 Squanto: A Shrine To Nothing
Why not take the setting another direction, make the gallery a home? It’s all a part of my big picture: smell bad, sweat, dance, get too drunk or stay sober… I want a home for people to do that in. All in all I don’t feel there are enough magical environments out there for people [...]
If Eyedrum‘s current 20-artist group show, “Crop Circles, Cosmograms, Psychogeographies” aims at eclecticism, it certainly achieves it. In an unlikely gambit, a disparate range of styles are united by an equally broad, multi-part theme loosely inspired by UFOs.
The painting above—a possible Jackson Pollock purchased by retired truck driver Teri Horton for five dollars in 1992—recently made headlines again: Gallery Delisle in Toronto, Canada, is now offering it for 50 million U.S. dollars.
Young Blood‘s 1st Annual “Day of the Dead” show presented a fantastic collision of American and Mexican low culture, using Dia de los Muertes coffin shrines as framing devices for tributes to Hank Williams, mariachi, Jesus and Mary, mermaids, Tammy Faye, Elvis Presley, Frida Kahlo, and (of course) dozens of skeletons.
I typically hate reading interviews. 80% of them begin with inane questions like “What got you started being creative? Why did you decide to pick up [painting slash drumming slash spinning records, etc.]?” But then some interviewer comes along and—as the exception that proves the rule—does something a little different. In her talk with artist [...]
Benjamin Jones is a surprisingly normal guy. Before meeting him at the opening for “Sins and Virtues” at Barbara Archer Gallery, my mental image of Benjamin Jones since first seeing his work in 2005 was a brooding, reclusive persona. In my rush to find this enigma before he was swarmed by his other fans, I [...]
11/14/08 To Do List
Pharaoh Tutankhamun joins an army of Chinese terracotta warriors for a countdown-fiesta-fight versus extinction. Is it a terrible movie starring Brendan Fraser? NO! It’s another weekend of gallery hopping in Atlanta.
From office cubicles to nuclear launch control centers, Minneapolis-based photographer Paul Shambroom has documented various mundane and discrete American locations of power since the mid-1980s. “Picturing Power,” the first overarching survey of his work, is a traveling exhibition now on view at the Atlanta Contemporary. It presents selections from his five major series to date [...]
Last month I visited the airport to see Constance Thalken’s “Purge” photographs. I was interested in seeing art 1) outside of the usual gallery context and 2) outside of my “comfort zone” in downtown or along DeKalb avenue. Plus I was curious: who and what are all these shows “on the fringes” of Atlanta Celebrates [...]