Whitespace features two winter exhibitions, “For-Ever Green” (located outside) and “The December Show” (located inside). “For-Ever-Green” revolves around the idea of Big John’s Christmas Tree Lot. Despite being whimsical and playful, this tree lot is a kind of sculpture garden with a conceptual stance toward the effects of human interaction with the environment, which is [...]
Archive Content from Dec 2008
After reviewing Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry’s Within Our Gates installation last month, I looked forward to seeing the artists’ two-dimensional work at Prospect.1, the international biennial in New Orleans. I was not disappointed: “The Evidence of Things Not Seen” beautifully presents 103 works based on mug shots of individuals arrested during the 1955-56 Montgomery [...]
According to the artists in “Hank of Oz,” Dorothy always has big drug-hazed eyes. One notable exception, though, is Daniel Johnston—whose Dorothy is a napkin sketch cartoon with blank button-eyes and floating, pen-point irises. And just across the room, Devin Crane’s Dorothy is simultaneously innocent and knowing; her eyes are wonderfully expressive.
Mergers and Acquisitions highlights a refreshing change in curatorial style at the Atlanta Contemporary. The space has been altered and well considered; artworks are gathered in elegantly overlapping groups. Celebrity artists of the 20th century, represented by pieces on loan from local collectors, are mixed in with local and mostly New York artists.
12/19/08 To Do List
I don’t know about everyone else, but I am exhausted! Between family coming in town, office parties, gift shopping, tree trimming, and candle lighting, it is hard to fit in everything.
12/18/08 Call for Writers and Designers
[UPDATED] As 2008 yawns into oblivion, we enter a season of changing regimes and all sorts of uncertain, yet exciting possibilities. Burn Away is searching for creative, motivated people to join our team!
Many of the people imaged in Thomas Dozol’s Opal Gallery exhibition, “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” are famous actors or musicians. Rather than dwell on the fact, though, I find myself more interested in Dozol’s inspirations and how these photos came about.
12/15/08 Too Busy to Hate
John, the author of Too Busy to Hate, has little use for embellishment. His photos are basic monochrome; the writing is sparse and to the point. But as I read through his interactions with people up and down Ponce de Leon, I get that familiar Atlanta voodoo going in my brain: this is the city [...]
12/12/08 To Do List
The ancients ascribed a sacred significance to the winter solstice, initially, because it signified “the return of the sun.” It’s the longest night of the year—before those cosmic wheels finally begin to veer everything away from all the Doom & Gloom and back towards April Showers & May Flowers.
12/12/08 Outbreak at the CDC!
Outbreak is the current temporary exhibit at the Center for Disease Control’s Global Health Odyssey Museum. The show is the work of Bryn Barnard, showcasing his paintings created for a middle school textbook to teach about the history of infectious disease on civilization. The paintings are medium to small-scale oils, realistic and illustrative with an [...]
The Byrdhouse Review and Drive A Faster Car point out some new Krog Street graffiti: The creater of the original piece, Mr. Totem, paints commissioned murals throughout the city. You can see his contact details on the lower right of the Bob Marley portrait. I’m not sure what I think of the “Art Ad” paintover – [...]
“Wonderful Things: The Harry Burton Photographs and the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun”—Emory’s Carlos Museum compiles a selection of photos by Harry Burton, the official photographer of Howard Carter‘s famous 1922 excavation.
Viewing Mary Engel’s mixed media sculptures is an involved undertaking. Charms, pins, toys, figurines, medals, jewelry, coins, buttons, thimbles, watch parts…the sheer conglomeration of items is a cacophonous visual feast.