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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
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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

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Theories of Everything: Dayna Thacker / Opens March 22nd

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

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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.

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
BENJAMIN JONES:
Skeletons 1987 – 2005