Elsewhere is a quiet, underwhelmingly beautiful show, a “sophomore” effort by curator Shinique Smith (herself an artist of some note). Dreamily, Elsewhere pines toward nature and away from urbanism. (Of course, it’s funny that most of the artists in the show choose to live in the largest metropolis in America ….) From its location in [...]
Archive Content from Apr 2009
04/29/09 Announcing GATHER ATLANTA!
Read more at the official Gather Atlanta website/blog, where we’ll keep you updated with photos, member profiles, founder statements, biographies of our (surprise) panel speakers, and weekly announcements leading up to the MAIN EVENT, June 6 at Eyedrum!!! Gather Atlanta is an annual networking event presented by MINT, BurnAway.org, WonderRoot, and ThoughtMarker that seeks to: [...]
04/27/09 Emily Amy Gallery: Paint as Subject
The new show at the Emily Amy Gallery, “Paint as Subject,” features a delightful selection of paintings whose focus is paint itself. Dorothy Goode, James Leonard, Melanie Parke, and Carl Plansky are all talented artists reviving the modernist aesthetic and theory that a painting should remain “true to itself.”
04/24/09 To Do List
The Castleberry Hill ArtStroll is here again this Friday, turning your normally sedate gallery hopping into a frantic rush to be everywhere and see everything before 10PM. To make your journey harder, a scattering of shows open outside Castleberry, as does one new gallery. (And may we suggest Critical Mass as a suitable starting point [...]
People make films with a narrative or story all the time. But as artists, we’re not here to just tell it how it is, from point A to point B. Because life doesn’t happen that way. —Bean Summer/Ben Worley Bean Summer is an ambient video artist known locally for his psychedelic retro-pop visuals at Lenny’s [...]
Following a lead in a column of Artillery magazine’s March/April print edition, “The sad, slow death of LA’s freeway murals,” I spent some time today researching the street battle between LA taggers and muralists—and the courtroom battle between artist Frank Romero and the state authorities of CalTrans. To tell you the truth, I’ve given up [...]
04/20/09 Shop Talk: Sam Romo
“I was a professional in corporate America before the gallery—more of an amateur collector and art enthusiast. But then there was that moment: what do you want to do with your life? The answer was visual arts.” —Sam Romo Whenever our community perceives a “loss of one of our own”—whether the disappearance of another gallery [...]
04/17/09 To Do List
I had the strange luck this week of stopping at the Georgia State transit station … as the escalators overflowed with boisterous Fair Tax hooligans heading for the Georgia Tea Party protest. The irony? They were all riding MARTA. This weekend look forward to creative community action, video and sculptural installation, and, yes, even origami. [...]
Upon entry into the “PHOTO-BASED” opening at Barbara Archer Gallery, I instantly sensed that the work in the show did not live up to its potential. Despite the press materials’ attempt to preclude a critique of the show’s lack of consistency (“Though every image begins with a photograph, the similarities end there”), I still have [...]
Diane Solomon Kempler’s current show at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery is aptly titled “Divine Chaos.” Drawing from experiences during several extended visits to India, Kempler borrows heavily from the visual language of religious shrines, and their junction with everyday life. The show is an installation of sorts, combining ceramic works with floor drawings, photographs, and [...]
04/10/09 To Do List
Urban hiking, architectural photography, graffiti, and transgressive film—if any of these interests sound appealing, there’s an event for you this weekend or in the week ahead.
04/09/09 Heidi Aishman: You Can't Win That!
I was intrigued to hear about Heidi Aishman’s show, “You Can’t Win That!” at Gallery Stokes. As a child, I had an obsession with stuffed animals (what little girl didn’t?). I was always on the hunt for new additions to the collection. In a nutshell, the essence of Aishman’s show is just that: her obsession [...]
04/08/09 Showcase and Tell at Spelman College
Showcase and Tell: Treasures from the Spelman College Permanent Collection goes beyond the typical museum practice of using signage and labels to convey information. The exhibit’s introduction, for instance, is an artistic installation in its own right: carefully considered design elements create a psychologically powerful statement. Showcase and Tell combines artwork and text, which together [...]