Atlanta’s creative community is like a big living organism. After our brief slumber this winter, life is burgeoning once again. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.
Archive Content from Jan 2009
I expected certain things from “Re-Possessed/Re-Processed.” I anticipated folk art-inspired and self-taught artists assembling memories in the form of keepsake shadowboxes and quirky sculptures of scrap metal animals. While those re-purposed found objects constituted a good portion of the exhibition, I found myself much more interested in the scattering of unexpected pieces throughout “Re-Possessed/Re-Processed.”
Bob Kolbrener’s photographs make no attempt to stray from his mentor Ansel Adam’s cherished Western United States landscapes. The two share a regional heritage and an affinity for dramatic black-and-white prints. The works in “90 Years in the American West,” currently on view at Fay Gold Gallery, complement each other in an awe-inspiring vision of [...]
01/27/09 Jason Kofke: Everything Will Be OK
In Savannah I did this all very secretly, I didn’t mention it to anyone. I had my school work, and then at night I’d go out and do the Everything Will Be OK project. I’d met the graffiti kids and got the idea: ‘This was something you don’t do.’ But after a while it became [...]
Blake Butler just turned 30. This doesn’t seem to bother him, though. In fact, he tells me 29 was the year that really got to him. At 30, Butler has just published a novella, Ever (Calamari Press), and has another novel due in September, Scorch Atlas (Featherproof Books). He is the editor of the online [...]
01/23/09 To Do List
All seems quiet in Atlanta this weekend as the historic uproars are replaced with quotidian headlines and routine. This week’s upcoming exhibitions provide a roar to get you through the post-inauguration rut.
01/22/09 Alan Loehle at Marcia Wood Gallery
Alan Loehle’s current show at Marcia Wood Gallery is a compelling look at two sides of an artist. The drawings—completed during a recent Guggenheim Fellowship in Rome—are bright and at times whimsical. The paintings, on the other hand, are a continuation of an older series and embody some of the gravitas and solidity one might [...]
01/21/09 Young Blood Selects Group Show
“Young Blood Selects: 6 Local and National Artists” presents six artists working under the umbrella of illustration art. The exhibition is organized to flow from the work of one artist to the next. Despite this layout, however, little dialogue exists between artworks by different artists. This is unfortunate because the exhibition could have been more [...]
Local artist Beth Lilly came up with the idea for The Oracle @ WiFi in late 2005, when she was talking with her husband about cell phone cameras. She says: I was really intrigued that anyone could call me from anywhere in the world and I could make a photograph for them right there and [...]
01/16/09 To Do List
Art lovers tend to be idealists, and next week promises enough patriotic inspiration to send our “bleeding hearts” right into cardiac arrest.
Carol Barton’s retrospective, “The Paper Engineer” at Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, showcases Barton’s books from 1983 to the present. Although the exhibit includes everything from how-to guides and architectural models to whimsical pop-ups, it manages to be both playful and well-composed. As with most career-spanning exhibits, I found myself lingering on certain [...]
Besharat Gallery presents a rewarding permanent collection that spans a wide variety of media and stylistic periods. Wandering through the gallery last Thursday, I felt like I’d entered an extension of Massoud Besharat’s celebrated home collection.
01/09/09 To Do List
Has anyone else noticed that the movies in theaters have gotten a lot better in the last month? Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, and Doubt are a beacon of light after the holiday movie rush. In a similar vein, Atlanta is recovering from the holidays and is starting the year out on a strong note with a [...]
01/06/09 Prospect.1, New Orleans: Highlights
Prospect.1 (or P.1) is New Orleans’ first biennial and the largest international contemporary art show ever organized in the United States. It features 81 artists from 39 countries in more than 20 venues. Typical for a show this size, there are some hits and some misses. Overall however, a large number of excellent artworks are [...]