BURNAWAY does its best to get to as many openings, closings, performances, readings (and the like) as we can. Most are free and offer great opportunities to interact and support the local arts community. We’ll attempt to share our whirlwind experiences with you, but we take no responsibility for causing FOMO (fear of missing out).
Weekend of October 23 – 25
It may be fall, but this weekend the streets were hot! Seriously, there was so much to do (too much)? We switched out our high heels for some running shoes so we could provide y’all with a glimpse of as many things as possible. We might have sore feet, but our eyes and ears are happy, and full to the brim with visual sensation.
All photos by Haylee Anne and Angela Bortone.
“EngageMINT Party” at Mammal Gallery, an anonymous silent auction and fundraiser party for MINT Gallery.
I was really excited about the idea of pairing with another like-minded organization. Even though Mammal is not a nonprofit, I think we are similar in spirit. We’re both about emerging artists; [Mammal is] a little more underground, and we have become a little more… sometimes refined. It reminds me of when I used to go the Masquerade I was younger — there is a heaven and a hell. There’s a clean pristine gallery experience, but there is some really interesting art, curated by Brian Egan, happening downstairs too. It’s like the Atlanta art scene in a nutshell. — Candice Greathouse, MINT curator
All art lovers should have gone to bid in “heaven,” but everything stayed pretty affordable and we walked away with some amazing art. I was hoping for a dance party on the first floor but it never quite materialized. — Angela Bortone
“787 Graffiti Ball” at 787 Windsor
I bought the place, I own it. We’ve got like 30 people here, they are on this big team, it’s cool as hell. I envision Goat Farm South, with 20 art spaces. My studio is in the back. I build furniture and I’m building Eleanor Roosevelt’s furniture for their museum. I want to do materials reclamation and get guys coming out of prison to start a company like Lamon Luther. I want to start trafficking in wood. Across the street is ours too; they just shut down Thunderboxx, so we are going to try and put music studios over there. — Ric Geyer
Frank “Paper Frank” Dunson live painting a boxcar at the Hyatt Hotel for the Red Bull Soapbox Race.
This is inspired by Atlanta in a few ways: you see the Marta pattern, which a lot of people use Marta to get to work, they’re flying through their work day. I wanted to do something cool, so that the person driving it looks cool. The flowers at the front are like entering grace, the tiger on the other side is showing savageness. These are two sides to who I am. — Paper Frank
Craig Drennen in “Ninth Mistress vs. Dutch AWFUL” at 9 Ace Gallery. On view through October 29.
I can’t read this!— Haylee Anne
Everything you need to know is right there. Now I get be like Doctor Evil [as he backs away and bursts into maniacal laughter]; you have to learn Dutch! — Craig Drennen
Even though the mask is off, he is still performing. Do you need more information? I’d wager that the artist statement is just a Google translation of the Facebook event. — Angela Bortone
“Ties That Bind” at Blue Mark Studios. On view through November 29.
This show is about all the experiences in your life, everything that’s happened to you that have made you an artist. I wanted to curate a photography show where everyone builds their own personal narrative; so it’s a lot of pulling from family, or something that happened to them. The work in this show is brave, intimate and personal, and I’m really proud of everyone who is showing. A lot them are really afraid to show the work, because it’s so personal. Some of them haven’t invited their families. — Sydney Daniel
It’s a secret project; what I’m doing is in an autobiographical context, even though obviously it’s not autobiographical visually, the subjects. I mostly shoot objects, so I go to thrift stores looking for objects that share this experience, just like people. I go looking for theses slides or photos that were given up for donations. I think there is this belittling of objects that are given away, so in relation to me being adopted, I try to give them a narrative, and build a relationship to these objects. — Davion Alston
Alicia Collins in “Home” at Art Products LLC (formerly Abrams Fixture Building), MFA thesis exhibition for SCAD Atlanta. Closes October 29.
This is a series I did with my mother; it’s two working artists going back and forth with one another. Our relationship has always really challenged boundaries of social norms, but it’s something we are really okay with. We have a troubled past, but it’s also a beautiful past. Through this work, we found a way to really communicate with one another, found a certain level of acceptance in our relationship and found a sense of home that we never had before. — Alicia Collins
She told me we should be prepared for haters, which we just had one last night. It all boils down to we always go this way in our relationship [points inward], never out. This is normal for us, this is unconditional love. It doesn’t really faze me, her pictures are all over her house. It’s the good, bad, the ugly and the beautiful. — Alana Orvelo, Collins’s mother
I love seeing her pride and indignance. They are really aggressive nudes. In a world that prefers to romanticize and perfect the human body, these are taking an anti-Photoshop stance. — Angela Bortone and Haylee Anne