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

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.

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