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Jared Dawson Channels Lavonia Elberton

As his alter ego Lavonia Elberton, Jared Dawson has been at the forefront of Atlanta’s drag scene. A yoga teacher, poet, writer, and performer, he’s a member of Legendary Children, a performance collective celebrating Southern drag and queer culture. Dawson spoke with scholar and performance artist Meredith Kooi about his Idea Capital project; their conversation…

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Civil Rights Documentarian Jack Willis

You might not recognize the name Jack Willis, but you have probably seen and experienced his work in some form. In a career that has spanned almost half a century, Willis has been a journalist, filmmaker, television executive, and award-winning producer. During his early years in New York City, he worked for both CBS and…

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Danielle Deadwyler on Strippers and Autonomy

Actress, writer, and producer Danielle Deadwyler had a deep appreciation for the art of exotic dancing long before pole dance classes made it hip. Growing up on Stuart Avenue (now Metropolitan Parkway) in Southwest Atlanta, she frequented strip clubs in her teens and found inspiration in the stage performers who explored black female sexuality, work,…

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Comedian Tara Ochs Assesses “Pratfall Tramps” at the ACAC

“Pratfall Tramps,” a group show about women, comedy, and performance, closes at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Saturday, April 11. Matthew Terrell asked his improv instructor, local comedic actress Tara Ochs, to weigh in on the exhibition. They visited the show with curator Rachel Reese; their conversation delves into the finer points of comedy from the…

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Filmmaker Alex Lukens Makes Art From Soda Suicides

In January 2015, Idea Capital announced the 10 recipients of its annual art grant competition and, as usual, the selected winners represent a diverse cross-section of the Atlanta creative community, with experimental projects ranging from 3D printing (Ann Stewart) to performance art (Jared Dawson) to photography (Stephanie Dowda) and other categories such as sculpture and…

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Masud Olufani’s Chorus of Memory

Masud Olufani explores memory and its connection to the genealogy of people of African descent. I spoke with the artist about his project in progress, Chorus of Memory, for which he recently received a grant from Idea Capital. Annabella Jean-Laurent: Tell me about Chorus of Memory. How was this project born? What does it entail and how…

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Catching up with Maggie Ginestra

If you’re familiar with Atlanta’s art scene, chances are you’re familiar with Maggie Ginestra. After arriving in the city from St. Louis in 2012, Ginestra quickly became an instigating force wearing different hats: artist, poet, collaborator, administrator, curator, and organizer. She was half of the duo that conceived Sumptuary, a creative performance/art series at MINT…

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Q&A: Jane Garver On Her Upcoming “Process Residency”

Jane Garver, one of Idea Capital’s new grant recipients, and artist Kelly Kristin Jones discuss Garver’s experiences in artist residency programs as well as her upcoming project, the creation of a “Process Residency” in conjunction with MINT Gallery, which will allow a visiting artist to work and form partnerships with other creatives in the Atlanta area. Rachel…

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Art & Science: Q&A with Arthur I. Miller

Arthur I. Miller is a professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London. Author of the fascinating books Einstein, Picasso and Colliding Worlds, he is an expert on the science of creativity and on the contemporary connections of art, science, and technology. I met Dr. Miller on a cold London day at the Wellcome Center’s café, where we discussed…

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Nancy Floyd in Atlanta

Atlanta artist Nancy Floyd has been photographing herself pretty much every day since 1982. She calls the unedited collection of over 2,500 photos a visual calendar—titled “Weathering Time”—one that shows how she has aged over the years. Floyd, who teaches photography at Georgia State University, was recently awarded the 2015 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship for…

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Curating Mildred Thompson

“Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson,” at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University through May 17, offers a rare and focused glimpse of a prolific yet under-recognized artist who defied norms and refused to be categorized, instead choosing a lifelong exploration of abstraction for its ability to convey universal themes. Thompson was…

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Three Curators Discuss University Galleries

University galleries function in a sphere that straddles academia and museums. Perhaps this is a distinctive position, allowing for academic inquiry, flexibility, nimbleness, and the imperative for challenge without the burden of museum tradition. To explore this potential and its particular challenges, I invited Lia Newman, director and curator at Davidson College, and Yasmeen Siddiqui,…

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Visiting with Stacy Lynn Waddell at Elsewhere in Greensboro

Stacy Lynn Waddell’s artwork was hiding in plain sight when I visited with her at Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina, which occupies a three-story former thrift store owned by Sylvia Gray, grandmother of co-director George Scheer. We sat on a vintage couch in a worn yet genteel upstairs room teeming with artwork. For the residency…

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Studio Visit: Cheryl Goldsleger in Athens

In November, I met up with artist Cheryl Goldsleger at her spacious studio, which is an addition to her home in Athens. Cheryl makes architecturally inspired work that utilizes encaustic and 3D printing to discuss issue of space—how we think about it and maneuver through it. I first encountered two of Cheryl’s large-scale works in the inaugural exhibition…

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Studio Visit: Stacey L. Kirby in Durham

Stacey L. Kirby‘s recent solo exhibition “PARTicipate” at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a three-part installation of performative interactions [September 5-October 26, 2014]. The Power of the Ballot, The Declaration Project, and VALIDnation, which are separate projects that gave the public an opportunity to vote in an election, file declarations of what they carry, and…

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Studio Visit: Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson is no one-trick pony. His work ranges from lovely abstractions in the form of pixilated portraits to expertly drawn and super-detailed illustrations to large-scale installations that bring out the artist’s more conceptual side. Anderson’s work seems to pop up in a lot of places in Atlanta: wheat-pasted onto the storefront windows at Eyedrum,…

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Studio Visit: Carrie Alter in Chapel Hill

Originally hailing from Miami, painter Carrie Alter earned a BA from the University of Tampa, a BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she still lives. Alter is having a banner year for exhibitions, with work in four…

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Q&A: Gregory Green Talks to Budd Dees

Gregory Green is internationally recognized for his challenging work and the numerous controversies it has spawned in the U.S. and Europe. Since the mid-1980s, he has created artworks and performances exploring systems of control and the evolution of individual and collective empowerment. Green’s work considers the use of violence, alternatives to violence, and the accessibility…