In Time of Silver Rain: Michi Meko and Saige Rowe
curated by Selena
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 17, 7–10pm
Exhibition dates: Feb. 17–Mar. 12, 2017
Day & Night Projects is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions in their Atlanta gallery, curated by MOUNTAIN and Selena, both artist-run spaces in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Selena pairs Georgia artists Michi Meko and Saige Rowe in a unique dialogue with “In Time of Silver Rain.” The exhibition shares the same title as Langston Hughes’ poem from 1947, which speaks to a time of change when winter is ending and spring is beginning.
Michi Meko’s practice weaves Southern culture and contemporary street culture, enmeshing the personal and historical. Within these themes he employs assemblage, implemented through sculpture, painting, and video. Through nautical references, Meko speaks to Black Navigation as a means of understanding Blackness. Omitting an aura, these talismanic works imbue discarded objects with a mixture of spirituality and personal identity. Utilizing diverse materials including gold leaf, Georgia clay, bare wood, boxing gloves, found objects, charcoal, acrylic and spray paint, these hybridizations of time and material explore ideas of the self-tethered to history, but on a continual navigation towards re-imagined futures.
Saige Rowe’s colorful, performative, videos utilize the artist’s body exploring everyday objects. The performer, never shown entirely in frame, cuts into enclosed settings, often backyards and small rooms, creating disjointed compositional effects. The play of restrictive color and perspective creates a flirtatious space between personal femininity and the depth of the body as a vessel. A collapse of photography into video and vice versa is essential to the artist’s practice; Rowe’s assembled sculpture pushes further this collapse as screens can be incorporated in numberless ways.
Michi Meko (b. 1974, Florence, AL) lives and works in Atlanta. He has a BA from Univ. of North Alabama. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Univ. of Georgia Lamar Dodd Galleries, Athens GA, and Univ. of North Georgia. Meko is represented by Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta.
Saige Rowe (b. 1993) lives and works in Conyers, GA. She has a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Recent projects include exhibitions at Bodega, New York, NY and at Species, Atlanta, GA in collaboration with Linda Moncada.
Selena is an artist run space co-founded by Anjuli Rathod and Olivia Swider located in Brooklyn, New York.
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