Archive for May, 2013

“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:
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