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 well-rounded selection of exhibitions around the city.
Metaphors and Symbols
This week Alan Loehle’s “Metaphors and Symbols” opened at Marcia Wood Gallery. The works in this exhibition were created during his Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007-2008. Thurs. Jan. 8 – Feb. 14 at Marcia Wood Gallery.
The Everyday Object in Contemporary Southern Art
For an exhibit about contemporary art in the south I cannot think of anyone better than Marianne Lambert to curate it. The pieces in this show all use found objects as a way to express their individual ideas and aesthetics. Jan. 8 – April 3 at the Gallery Walk at Terminus.
and Bob Kolbrener:
90 Years in the American West
Fay Gold opened a photography exhibit featuring big name Ansel Adams paired with another Midwestern photographer, Bob Kolbrener, Wednesday night. Call me a sucker for open landscapes—either in a good Western or a Cormac McCarthy novel. This show is right up my alley. These two extremely competent photographers both handle their homelands as meticulously and lovingly as a good Woody Guthrie song. Jan. 7 – Feb. 7 at Fay Gold Gallery.
MINT’s show, “Animal Overdose,” organized by Ben Goldman, offers an interesting collection of artists including Joe Peragine, Ben Worley, Joan Tysinger and Sam Parker. Opening reception Sat. Jan. 10, from 8–11PM at MINT Gallery.
Young Blood Selects
Young Blood Gallery has put together a group show of experimental and illustrative artists for “Young Blood Selects.” The exhibit will feature work by Daniel Davison, Max Kauffman, Jenny Bunny Bunns, Daniel Young, Eric Trimble, and Toby Thane Neighbors. Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10, from 7–10PM. The show will continue through Jan. 31 at Young Blood Gallery and Boutique.
Right around the corner at Beep Beep Gallery is “Popaganda” featuring, you guessed it, artwork that addresses the idea of propaganda as a way to market the artists’ work. The show includes Beep Beep regulars Rene Arriagada, Everman, and Travis Dodd to name a few. Opening reception Sat. Jan. 10, from 8–11PM. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 8 at Beep Beep Gallery.
I would highly recommend trying to see all three of these shows, if not Saturday night, then sometime during the course of their run.
Go Figure: Contemporary Interpretations of Figurative Art
Spruill Gallery opens its first show of the year with a figurative exhibit featuring work by Jen Mazza, Joshua Meyer, Brett Osborn, and Christopher Parrott to name a few. Opening reception Thurs. Jan. 15, from 6–9PM. The show continues through Feb. 8 at Spruill Gallery.
The Dance of Process
Also opening Thursday night: “The Dance of Process,” a solo show by local artist MB Andrews, curated by Katherine Rapp. The show deals with the sensual nature of artistic creation and touches on Andrew’s background as a dancer as well as an artist. Artist talk Thurs. Jan. 15, from 6–8PM. The show continues through Jan. 31 at House of Colors.