It’s not easy digging up visual arts events. Here’s a taste of what’s coming this weekend and the week ahead!
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
The Art Department presents Chimera, New Works by Sam Parker & Dosa Kim for the gallery’s grand reopening from 7-11PM! Where, you ask? The address is 659 Auburn Ave Pavilion, at Studioplex #506! Chimera—defined as the “fusion” of a variety of creatures into one—adds a feel of “mythological realism” within this show. Parker and Kim’s exhibit demonstrates what each artist appreciates in the other’s work, producing an overall “artistic creature.” As it connects to Greek mythology, chimera is a fire-breathing monster made up of the bodies of a lion, snake, and goat. (See also these examples by the Italian master, Titian, and … an internet “fan artist.”) The theme of “struggling organisms” is a fight against the forces of politics, the economy, and the environment.
Don’t miss the ART-B-QUE festival at Alcove Contemporary Arts Gallery from 7-12PM. An “after party” for the opening reception of Sergio Mora’s exhibit Liers in Wait, the ART-B-QUE is filled with more than just good people watching; featuring a mixture of art, music, and burlesque, the event will attempt to redefine the ol’ Southern get-together.
The Legacy of Art silent auction at Rose Gallery & Framing in Decatur, on the other hand, showcases donated works by local and international artists to benefit Legacy World Missions, serving approximately 2.3 million children in Uganda suffering from AIDS.
On the other side of town, Joe Karg’s Big Baby Art Show at the Cherry Lion Studio gallery will feature the paintings and drawings of Karg, highlighting his refreshingly traditional style. Throw in a mixture of loose forms and Leonid Afremov’s palette knife technique, and you’ve got a taste of “Big Baby.”
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Freud, lucid dreaming, and long therapy sessions—no, you aren’t in psychology class! It’s Fear Kills Pursuit: Works by Michi Meko, an exhibition that allows “open minds” to experience Michi’s thoughts, dreams, and fears. Be prepared … Beep Beep Gallery is transforming itself into a wonderland.
Outlines and Outliars: New Works by Kelly McKernan, Chelsea Raflo, and Cristina Vidal will be at MINT Gallery. Nature, childhood, and inner struggles only hint at what newcomers Kelly McKernan, Chelsea Raflo, and Cristina Vidal have in store for audiences. Animal personalities, movement, and the cycle of nature highlight the deep themes of the in-depth outlines.
Graphic designer/illustrator San Smith’s lovely, almost cotton-candy color schemed, artworks and Travis Smith’s neutral, and sometimes dark, paintings combine in an interesting way: Art by San and Travis Smith at Radial Cafe!
And don’t miss the Small Gallery Opening by Sean McCormick at Eyedrum, featuring portraits of those who have experienced NDEs (Near Death Experiences).
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
For one night only, the Photography Center of Atlanta hosts renowned photographer Amy Cantrell, who will speak on lighting techniques and offer tips for commercial photography!
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Spruill Gallery presents Emerging Artists 2009, featuring the work of artists Jonathan Bouknight, Rory Golden, Jason Kofke, Meg Aubrey, Rylan Steele, and Susan Ryles.
Marcia R. Cohen’s Sight Specific opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). Huge blocks of color, reminiscent of childhood Legos, are one small motif of Sight Specific, in which Cohen uses color to narrow the viewers’ attention to spatial and playfully abstract works.
And the Forward Arts Foundation will host its own Emerging Artists 2009 at Swan Coach House Gallery.