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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
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″