Idea Capital has announced its seventh annual grants for Atlanta artists, given for experimental projects that require unconventional funding or are difficult to monetize through the art market. Ten artists were selected from 87 entries.
The amount distributed each year is determined by how much money is raised from private donors by the independent funding group, which comprises Felicia Feaster, Louise E. Shaw, Maggie Ginestra, Cinqué Hicks, Margaret Kargbo, Oronike Odeleye (a BURNAWAY board member), and Mary Stanley, who this year were joined by guest adjudicators Nicole Livieratos and Chanel Kim.
Here are the recipients and their projects:
Alex Lukens — Filmmaker Lukens channels humor and pathos in a short film High Fructose Suicide Booth examining how every human want and need is ostensibly answered in modern life, even the desire to end it all in suicide.
Ann Stewart — Harnessing the liberating creative potential of 3D printing, Stewart will transform her drawings inspired by architecture, cognitive science and philosophy into new, 3-dimensional objects.
Danielle Deadwyler — In a multimedia public performance, Real Live Girl Deadwyler will examine Atlanta’s strip club culture in a meditation on race, work and sexuality.
Deigratia Daniels — Inspired by the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, robotic engineer and designer Daniels will create a virtual reality Black Man Simulator as an experiential learning tool to convey the experience of being a black man in contemporary America.
Callosum — The Callosum collective’s homegrown audiozine project ROAM will work in conjunction with Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery to create sound art inspired by the cemetery’s aural histories.
Jane Garver —Inspired by her own art-making abroad, Garver will create a grass-roots residency in conjunction with Mint Gallery, to allow a visiting artist to work and form partnerships with other Atlanta creatives.
Jared Dawson — Drawing from his own experience as a Southern Baptist and gay man, Dawson’s performance piece, The Church of Lavonia Elberton makes connections between pastor and performer and explores the parallels between spirituality and art.
Masud Olufani — Olufani’s monumental installation Chorus of Memory will combine sculpture and sound art to explore family geneaology through the voices of Atlanta elders.
Stephanie Dowda — Dowda will explore emotionally potent Southern landscapes associated with loss and mourning in her Lost World photo series inspired by the death of her mother.
Suzanne Mozes — Author Mozes (forthcoming Dante’s New Life) continues her bimonthly writing and art-making workshops Storybuilding: Under/Over/On at venues around Atlanta meant to connect people and inspire creativity.