Florida Mining, a gallery in Jacksonville, is testing the Atlanta waters with a three-person show at Gallery 180 in the offices of Stanley Beaman & Sears. Opening February 6, “3 Wishes” is billed as a “contemporary Southern art exhibition,” and will feature the work of Louisiana-born, Savannah-based Marcus Kenney, along with Japanese-born Hiromi Moneyhun and Cuban-born Kedgar Volta, both of whom live in Jacksonville.
The idea, says gallery co-owner Steven Williams, is to create a narrative about the South and Southerness in a changing cultural landscape.
Williams is a regular visitor to Atlanta and has explored the possibility of opening a gallery here. “We found a gorgeous loft by the Contemporary, but it was too expensive,” says Williams, “it was too big, too fast.” He’s aware of the recent closures of galleries like Get This and Saltworks and is being strategic about entering the Atlanta scene. Williams has known SBS’s Ron Light for 15 years and, during a recent visit to the firm’s office, the idea of a collaboration came up.
While Kenney is familiar to Atlanta audiences (he shows with Marcia Wood Gallery, which is co-presenting “3 Wishes”), Moneyhun and Volta are new faces. They were both recently included in “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Moneyhun, who moved to the U.S. in 2004, is known for her delicate cut-paper pieces that draw from Japanese tradition. Volta, a U.S. resident since 2008, often creates photographs of empty urban environments, though his submission for “State of the Art” was a grid of 24 video monitors that each simulated a live feed to an apartment in a Cuban housing complex.
The opening reception for “3 Wishes” is February 6, 4:30- 7PM at Gallery 180 at Stanley Beaman & Sears, 180 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 600. The show is on view during normal business hours through May 6.