“Safe” Photographs by Sandra-Lee Phipps Opening Tomorrow Night at whitespace

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery with tags , , on May 16, 2013 by i45art
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Please join us for the opening reception of Safe this Friday from 7 to 10 pm for the opening reception of Safe, photographs by Sandra-Lee Phipps at whitespace!  The opening will also feature a one-night only, outdoor performance piece by Stephanie Pharr.For Safe, Sandra-Lee Phipps’ first exhibition at whitespace gallery and in Atlanta, Phipps presents two series of photographs that deal with the quest for safety in our cultural environment of fear. These works are set in the untamed forests and rural farmlands of Maine, a place of personal reflection and security for Phipps.Interweaving archetypal images with a symbolic color of power, protection and danger – orange, Phipps explores the fragile sense of self, self-preservation and her role as an artist within this expansive landscape.
“[I]nside the word emergency is emerge; from an emergency new
things come forth. The old certainties are crumbling fast, but danger and possibility are sisters.” – Rebecca Solnit

In the second set of works, two figures emerge and a tension is revealed between what is known and unknown in times of transition. Though identical, the young girls wear colors signifying their difference, but also their bond – orange and blue.  Wearing complementary colors, though visual opposites, the figures are intrinsically bound together.

Sandra-Lee Phipps is an Atlanta-based artist whose work explores the representation of self in both documentary and fine art photography. She has shown her work in exhibitions along the east coast and is recognized for her archival prints of the band R.E.M. She received her BA in communication arts journalism/photography from University of Georgia and a MA in studio arts/photographic and computer arts from New York University. After completing her master’s program, Phipps taught at NYU and later Rockport College in Maine. She is currently a professor of photography at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. In addition to her work as an educator, Sandra-Lee Phipps was a contributing photographer for the Village Voice and published a bi-weekly column, “streetstyle.”
Exhibition Dates:
Friday, May 17th – Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 17th | 7pm to 10 pm
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday | 11am to 5pm

814 Edgewood Avenue NE | Inman Park
Media Contact:
Susan Bridgeswww.whitespace814.com
p 404.688.1892

4 x 4 opens at Barbara Archer Gallery / Friday, May 17th

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery, i-45 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by i45art
Left to Right: Benjamin JonesLe Reveil Qui Sonne, 1985-1991, mixed media on paper; Lydia WallsBurt Reynolds, 2013, gouache and graphite on panel; Linda HallHollow Dogs, 2013, mixed media; Joseph KurhajecShaman, n.d., unique collograph

Join us for the opening of 4 x 4
Friday, May 17th from 7-9pm
featuring the work of
Benjamin Jones, Lydia Walls, Linda Hall & Joseph Kurhajec

 4 x 4 features the work of 4 artists and 4 compelling series.  Though each artist is unique, their common visual threads are raw and bold, weaving the work together. 

Benjamin Jones, a notoriously reclusive artist, is ready to reveal the inner voices and thoughts behind his iconic drawings by opening the pages of his visual journals.  HISTORY, Jones’ title for this series, includes journals from 1985 to the present, allowing viewers to handle and explore 15 of the intricate books for themselves.

Though a few were previously shown at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York, and the Whitney Museum of Art owns two, the artist never intended for so many of his intimate journals to be seen by the public.  But now is the time since they mark an end of a chapter.  Jones says he is “on the verge of introducing a completely new drawing style.”

Each page is a deliberate composition designed to get every element just right before starting larger finished drawings.  The pages become individual treasures in themselves, mixing poetic text and bold imagery.

Benjamin Jones Bio  

Lydia Walls’, powerful portraits honor 100 SOUTHERNERS who have shaped the culture in which she was raised.

Walls always loved portraits but “didn’t have the confidence to paint people,” she says.  After visiting Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, his crude yet riveting portraits set her free.  It’s important to Walls that the series of 6”x 6” paintings are accessible to everyone.  Enjoy these delightful portraits, steeped in nostalgia, celebrating Johnny Cash, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mayor Ivan Allen, Helen Keller, B.B. King, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Mitchell, Little Richard, James Brown, two famous southern animals – Willie B the gorilla and Uga the dog – and many more.

Lydia Walls Bio

Linda Hall’s HOLLOW DOGS AND OTHER HOLY REMNANTS blends the feminine craft of quilt-making with the traditionally masculine sport of hunting.  Handmade quilts collected from friends are sewn around life size taxidermy forms made of Styrofoam.  Her other-worldly creatures are embellished with layers of paint and beads.  According to Hall, once the shape is set, the form is removed leaving hollow “containers for the spirit.”  Included are a full grown grizzly bear, raccoons, dogs, coyotes and deer, displayed in a tradition similar to 19th century trophy rooms.  The artist seeks to re-ignite our universal connection to wilderness and a wild side in all of us that is in danger of being lost.

Linda Hall Bio

Joseph Kurhajec is a world traveler who currently lives in Merida, Mexico, Paris and upstate New York.  His collographs – relief printed from plates enhanced with paint, fur, reptile skins, human hair and cloth – are one-of-a-kind images.  Deeply influenced by African fetishes and ritual objects from prehistoric cultures, his work seems to come from another place and time.  SPIRITUAL MYSTERIES presents Kurhajec’s powerful and intriguing unique prints.

Joseph Kurhajec Bio

Artist’s Talk with Ann-Marie Manker at whitespace this Saturday

Posted in Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2013 by i45art
Ann-Marie Manker, "Praying Mantis," acrylic, graphite, ink and varnish on wood panel, 18" x 24" x 2"

Ann-Marie Manker, “Praying Mantis,” acrylic, graphite, ink and varnish on wood panel, 18″ x 24″ x 2″

Stop by whitespace this Saturday, April 20th at 2:00pm to hear Ann-Marie Manker talk about her latest body of work Under the Rainbow, on view through May 11th at whitespace.  This exhibition focuses on the inner struggle of a femme fatale. Manker’s carefully rendered female subjects reveal the many sides of anima/animus through their actions. They play the role of oppressor, the victim or both. These women have remorse and delight for their actions, and they are simultaneously confident and insecure. The depicted females embrace violent aspects of their male inner selves, and in other moments, mourn the inevitable loss of their more feminine characteristics.   Setting the figures in psychologically charged landscapes filled with clouds and waterfalls, Manker uses various symbols in the work, predominately the rainbow. It is this product of light that empowers action, symbolizes control and feeds darkness that together characterize the femme fatales of Under the Rainbow. Under the Rainbow is Ann-Marie Manker’s third solo exhibition at whitespace gallery.  For a full list of available works and pricing please click here.

Ann-Marie Manker is an Atlanta-based artist and foundation studies professor at Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta who has shown her work across the United States and internationally. Exhibitions of special note include Body of Work, Women to Watch 2010 Biennial Exhibition, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.; Young Movers & Shakers at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; Tiger Tiger Burning Bright at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle; Affinity, Vision and Difference: Women Artists from the Permanent Collection at Savannah College of Art Design Atlanta; Year of the Rabbit at Beep Beep Gallery in Atlanta and Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong; Pillow Talk at Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and Transatlantic at Gallery 24 in Berlin, Germany. Manker also received The Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in 2006 and a Fulton County grant as a Hambidge Fellow in 2009. She holds a MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University and a BFA from the University of Southern California.

Ann-Marie Manker, "Under the Rainbow," acrylic, graphite, ink and varnish on wood panel, 24" x 18" x 2"

Ann-Marie Manker, “Under the Rainbow,” acrylic, graphite, ink and varnish on wood panel, 24″ x 18″ x 2″

Theories of Everything: Dayna Thacker / Opens March 22nd

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery, i-45 with tags , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2013 by i45art


exhibition / March 22nd – May 3rd
opening reception / Friday, March 22nd, 7-9pm

free + open to the public

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Dayna Thacker, The Symmetry of Poets, 2013, cut paper collage, 13.5″ x 10″

John Muir once wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”

Dayna Thacker’s new body of work takes inspiration from the “thousand invisible cords” of modern string theory, ancient Islamic sacred geometry, and the all-pervasive principles of ecology.  These complex areas of study have several overlapping concerns: the harmony of relationships; the correlation between the very large and infinitely small; symmetry; repetition; beauty; an appreciation for the elegance of a perfectly balanced system; and the extreme interconnectedness of everything.

The unbalancing of our ecological system is leading inexorably to a terrifying future.  In this work, Thacker seeks solace by exploring philosophies that expound the ideas of interconnection.  These theories offer the reassurance of an all-encompassing structure within the universe that will persevere.  The temporary event of our existence is put into perspective by the contemplation of the sacred and perpetual nature of reality.

Dayna Thacker relocated to Atlanta in 2006 after receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee.  She is a Studio Artist at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and a Hambidge Residency Fellow.  She was a Fulton County Arts Council 2009 Residency Fellow and a Forward Arts Foundation 2010 Emerging Artist Award Finalist.  This is Thacker’s second solo exhibition at Barbara Archer Gallery.

Emerging Voices 2013 Exhibition at Barbara Archer Gallery

Posted in i-45 on January 3, 2013 by i45art



The Young Architects Forum Atlanta [YAF Atlanta], a program of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is proud to present Joseph Choma, Assistant Professor at Southern Polytechnic State University, as this year’s awardee of the 2013 Emerging Voices Citation for his research and experimentation in architecture.


Barbara Archer Gallery will host the Emerging Voices 2013 exhibition, showcasing the work of Joseph Choma.

Opening reception / Thursday, January 17th, 6-9pm

Tickets include food and drinks

$15 / $7 advance registration for students

Exhibition / January 17 – March 9, 2013

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EV13 will also feature a composition of the YAF Atlanta 48HRS Design Competition entries and winners – a competition that requires quick responses and fast, innovative thinking to a design problem within the city of Atlanta.  48HRS is intended to showcase the abilities of emerging designers and the value of good design to the greater public.

About Joseph Choma

Joseph Choma is a trained architect and designer, and founder of Design Topology Lab, a research platform dedicated to the ontology of space defined by mathematics. Joseph has been recognized in numerous design competitions and has been published in magazines and conferences internationally. His work has been exhibited in China, Columbia, England, India, Italy, and in the United States (CA, GA, MA, NV, NY, and PA). Amongst his exhibits includes a solo architecture exhibit at the MIT Museum as part of the 2010 Cambridge Science Festival, the 4th Architectural Biennial Beijing and the 9th International Beyond Media Festival in Florence.

Currently, Joseph is an Assistant Professor at Southern Polytechnic State University. He is writing the first design guide to mathematical transformations to be published by Laurence King Publishing in February 2014. Choma completed his graduate studies in design and computation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a professional degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  

About Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices is an annual citation awarded to individuals and firms with a distinct ‘voice’ who demonstrate the potential to influence architecture and design within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Since 2001, the juried series has provided a public forum for the exhibition of early-career local architects and designers and encouraged the exchange of ideas among young practitioners and the public.

About YAF Atlanta

The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta is committed to the continual education and community awareness of young architects and designers, by striving to bridge the gap between formal education and professional life. Membership in YAF is free and open to all young architects, interns and designers. We also encourage you to become a member of AIA Atlanta to take advantage of the full range of resources provided to the profession.

Please visit the YAF Atlanta website for additional information.

A Moveable Feast at whitespace gallery

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , , on November 26, 2012 by i45art

December 1 – December 29, 2012

Opening Reception + Holiday Party:  Saturday, December 1 | 7 – 10 pm

A Moveable Feast

December Show: new works on paper

by select whitespace artists

main gallery


Decembrist Revival:   a variety of works

by Jerry Cullum, Travis Dodd, Ben Rollins, Mimi Hart Silver &

Alex Christopher Williams



An Imagined Decembrist’s Carol:   performances and moving carol

whitespace grounds and main house

Join us for A Moveable Feast and an epic party Saturday, December 1 from 7-10 pm.  We are combining three shows into one exciting event:

For the December Show, select whitespace artists are offering up new works on paper, providing the perfect holiday gift for the discerning art collector. This is a great opportunity to give the gift of art with affordable works on paper by Meg Aubrey, Laura Bell, Teresa Cole, Craig Dongoski, Sarah Emerson, Matt Gilbert, Wendy Given, Sally Heller, Kathleen Loe, Eric Mack, Ann-Marie Manker, David Yoakley Mitchell, Suellen Parker, Vesna Pavlovic, Malika Sqalli, Seana Reilly, Whitney Stansell, Richard Sexton, Ann Stewart, Richard Sudden, Tommy Taylor, Marcia Vaitsman, and Robert Walden.

Whitespec brings together various emerging local artists for Decembrist Revival.  Like the Decembrists who staged a revolt in Russia that led Czar Nicholas I to focus his attention inward to the needs of his empire, the work of these selected whitespec artists explore the idea of external action leading to a sense of self-awareness.

An Imagined Decembrist’s Carol is an intriguing one-night only performance on Saturday, December 1 during the opening reception of A Moveable Feast. Each window of the main house will be transformed into a narrative vignette and visitors will be led around the property to witness performances and other surprises. You know you want to take a peek!

The reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The walking carol will take place every half-hour between 8 pm and 10 pm.

whitespace | 814 Edgewood Ave | Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404.688.1892

Gallery Hours | Wed – Sat | 11 am – 5 pm

Baptism by Fire / New Work by TindelMichi at Barbara Archer Gallery

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2012 by i45art

Baptism by Fire opens November 16 and runs through Jan 5

John Tindel is white. Michi Meko is black. Both are talented artists in their own right. Together, they collaborate as TindelMichi, working on the same paintings and sculptures as one pair of hands seeking to redefine an urbanized, more racially sensitive South than their parents knew.

BAPTISM BY FIREfeaturing new paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the Atlanta pair, opens at Barbara Archer Gallery with a free reception on Friday, November 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and runs through January 5, 2013.

The work is full of humor and wit as suggested in the duo’s tagline: “Two fat Southern boys who paint.”  Though both are formally trained artists, they aim to shake things up by merging their sensibilities to create unexpected celebrations of southern culture and tradition.  Through their playfulness, they are “closely examining and questioning stories and things that harness the powers of racial division in this country,” according to a shared artist statement.

Developing their own visual vocabulary based on rural culture, advertising, graffiti and other influences, TindelMichi’s vibrant work proves that two heads are better than one.

“Letting Go” photo illustrations by Suellen Parker

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery on October 19, 2012 by i45art
Suellen Parker

Suellen Parker, Blue Boy, archival inkjet print, 58″x4

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19 | 7 – 10 pm

October 19 – November 24, 2012

Please join us Friday, October 19th for the opening of reception of Letting Go by Suellen Parker, her first solo exhibition in Atlanta. The show investigates how an individual can find his or her own voice despite the ideals and gender roles foisted on us by society. Parker’s characters look within themselves to find out who they are, letting go of cultural standards and expectations. Instead of limiting themselves to prescribed genders, Suellen Parker’s characters open up to a more authentic expression of self by exploring aspects of both masculine and feminine attributes. This exploration allows for freedom of expression, creativity and individuality. By engaging in private play, they are able to let go of expectations and rules. The result is a personal and truthful moment that they enjoy without fear of judgment or consequences.

Suellen Parker has shown her work all over the world.  Her photo illustrations have also been featured in several notable publications, including Discover Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Her can be seen in the permanent collections of Sir Elton John, Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, Tel Aviv Museum in Israel and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Lacoste, France.

whitespace | 814 Edgewood Avenue | Atlanta, GA | 404.881.1892 | Hours: 11am-5pm | Wed – Sat or by appointment

“Latitude 34” photography by Malika Sqalli

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery on October 4, 2012 by i45art
Malika Sqalli

Malika Sqalli, “The Yellow Trip-A Self Portrait,” c-print, 30″x24″      

Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 | 7 – 10 pm

whitespec in whitespace

Please join us for the opening reception of Latitude 34 featuring photography by Austrian-Moroccan photographer Malika Sqalli in whitespec on Friday, October 5th. Sqalli’s work illuminates the cultural life of cities with a shared characteristic: their position on the thirty-fourth latitude. During a stay in Los Angeles while she was contemplating her next project, Sqalli was surprised to find that Los Angeles falls upon the same latitudinal line (34.02) as her hometown of Rabat, Morocco. Starting in Los Angeles before traveling back east across the United States through Atlanta and back to Morocco, her exploration expanded into something much larger and more substantial. Using the parallel as a metaphor for the human tendency to organize, relate and connect, the scenes and landscapes Sqalli captured demonstrate the commonalities (and distinctions) between the cultures along this latitude. After traveling across the United States, Sqalli continued her journey along latitude 34 through New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China. Latitude 34, Sqalli’s first exhibition in Atlanta, documents this journey.


PURE FOLK: Celebrating the Folk Art Society of America at Barbara Archer Gallery

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery, i-45 with tags , , , , on September 13, 2012 by i45art

exhibition / September 14 – November 10, 2012

opening reception / Friday, September 14, 7-9pm

Barbara Archer Gallery welcomes FASA to Atlanta during their 25th Annual Conference

PURE FOLK showcases the work of self-taught greats like Linda Anderson, George Andrews, Beverly Buchanan, Herman Bridgers, David Butler, Ronald Lockett, James Harold Jennings, J.B. Murry, Nellie Mae Rowe, Jimmy Sudduth, Mose Tolliver and more.

A special tribute to the late Mr. Imagination will also be featured.

Over 25 years have passed since contemporary folk art exploded on the art scene, leaving us with a plethora of faux folk art imitators and a shortage of meaningful work by the early, authentic masters in this genre.

We savor the opportunity to reintroduce such significant artists known for their wit, ingenuity and an original approach to self expression – pure and direct without inhibition. 

In the Works on Paper Gallery
Skeletons 1987 – 2005