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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.

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.

Francis Pavy: OPEN ROADS at Barbara Archer Gallery / Reception June 10, 7-9pm

Posted in Barbara Archer Gallery, i-45 with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by i45art

 

Francis Pavy, a distinctive, southern visual narrator, will be exhibiting a collection of his works, titled NEW ROADS at Barbara Archer Gallery. One of the most significant artists of his region, Pavy’s NEW ROADS is the premiere solo exhibition of his work in Atlanta.

In this new series of works, Pavy makes use of his past iconic imagery layered in transparent color saturated fields to make narrative works. The lexicon of his work includes musicians, animals, food, carnival, urban and rural imagery firmly grounded in the vernacular of the American South. These images have been transferred to linoleum blocks and used to print on paper and most recently canvas.

These narrative works are part of two series: ”The Seaside Suite,” which deals with fortunes, good and bad; and, “Borderlands” which explores subtleties of perceptions, real and imagined, Pavy says  “I call these works non-linear narratives because the interpretation of the storyline can be approached at any point as opposed to literature or music where one thing follows another.”

Francis Pavy graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1976. He originally worked as a sculptor, opening his Lafayette studio in 1981 and experimenting with glass, drawing and painting. Over time, painting became Pavy’s major focus. His work stems from the southern storytelling tradition; common subjects are folklife and folklore of local people juxtaposed with contemporary American life. Pavy is particularly interested in the music and the musical traditions of Louisiana.

Pavy works in a variety of media including painting, neon, paper and canvas printed with linocut blocks. His work vibrates with color and musical rhythm, grounding abstract dimensions in Southern motifs and playing on themes of mysticism, love, nature, humor, and friendship. Pavy’s work has been included in over 20 major exhibitions worldwide, and his paintings are in the permanent collections of the Morris Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the private collections of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Ron Howard, Lorne Michaels, and Walker Percy, among others. Pavy’s work has been published in a variety of catalogs, books and magazine articles, including: Elvis & Marilyn: 2 Times Immortal (US & Japanese Edition), The South: A Treasury Of Art and Literature, Francis X. Pavy, La Musique Zydeco, The Colors of Rhythm, and Outward Bound, American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century.

 

 

whitespec at whitespace presents (sub)Urban Ghosts

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by i45art

May 27 – June 25, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, May 27 | 7 – 10 pm

Whitespec at whitespace is pleased to present (sub)Urban Ghosts. In this body of work, Lowe explores the themes of rapid technology, growing urbanism and the constant alterations to our natural environment through human interaction. The installation, video and photo documentation capture the movements of the subversive animals we live amongst as we continue to develop our natural landscape. By using vintage televisions as a significant part of her installation, she implies that our outward movement as humans is not dissimilar to the movements of technology and nature. Through her work she advocates a way for the two to exist in conjunction with each other. Lowe encourages people to question the ways in which we move between technology and nature, urbanism and nature, our bodies and the land we live on.

Hailey Lowe was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended school at the University of Colorado where she received her BFA in creative advertising with a focus in art history and studio arts as well as Technology, Arts and Media Studies certificate. Lowe will graduate top of her class in June as the Excelsus Laureate with her MFA in Sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. With a focus on installation, performance and video documentation art, her influences come from nature, history and our human relations with the environment.

 whitespace | 814 Edgewood Ave | Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404.688.1892 | Gallery Hours | Wed – Sat | 11 am – 5 pm

“Witch’s Brew” by Adrienne Outlaw at whitespace gallery

Posted in i-45, Whitespace Gallery with tags , , , , on April 23, 2011 by i45art

APRIL 21 – JUNE 4, 2011

Opening Reception: April 21 | 7 pm – 10 pm

Artist Conversation: May 14 | 1 pm

 Adrienne Outlaw’s interactive exhibition “Witch’s Brew” sheds light on ethical issues created by the rapid advancement of biotechnology and in particular, the rising trend of DIYers growing biological experiments at home. The Fecund Series speaks to the human desire for progress and the possibility of Frankensteinian horrors.  Adrienne Outlaw explores the often contentious debate about science, nature and religion and how that impacts the bioethical dialogue. Working with cutting edge scientists, Outlaw selects videos showing the latest advancements in the field of biophysics and makes her own movies of intimate maternal scenes. She places the videos and objects in anthropomorphic specimen cases so that they can be seen but not touched. Some works are fun, elegant and beautiful; others are marred by the recombination process. Viewers become participants in the work when they peer inside a piece and see their reflection.

 whitespace | 814 Edgewood Ave | Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404.688.1892 | Gallery Hours | Wed – Sat | 11 am – 5 pm