"Atlanta-based artist and creative director Bhargava Chiluveru is proud to announce his debut solo exhibition A?Surreal World.?Featuring fifty artworks created during his global travels over a five-year period, the one-night-only exhibition takes place November 14, 2015, at the new Alkaloid Networks space in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.
“This is a visual art show rather than a traditional photography exhibit,” says Chiluveru. “I’ve digitally manipulated each of my photographs to affect mood and alter perception. By expanding the dynamic range of the images past what the human eye can see, my intent is to induce a surreal experience.”
Born in Hyderabad, India in 1985, Chiluveru grew up the son of an advertising director in a household with a rare asset: a computer. Youthful experimentation in Photoshop proved to Bhargava the malleability of images. At age 13, his family moved to the United States. While attending Georgia State University, he worked as a designer/photo-editor and learned how to present an idealized reality. After a short run in the corporate world, Chiluveru founded his agency Chil Creative in 2013.
Chiluveru’s manipulated photographs have been displayed at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, in #weloveatl mobile galleries, and on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. DiscoverATL highlighted his work in their Best of Atlanta 2014 list. This year, he was recognized as Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Fine Art Photographer, an award he shared with co-recipient Lauren Holley.
Technically a solo show, A Surreal World will also showcase the work of Holley and other forward-thinking artists. “We’re lucky to live in a city that embraces photography,” Chiluveru says. “Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and #weloveatl all do an incredible job providing platforms for young artists in our city. I want to celebrate that by inviting other artists to show their work alongside mine.”
Chiluveru also intends A Surreal World to be accessible from a purchase point. Select exhibition artworks will be for sale for under twenty dollars. “There will be higher-end offerings too, but I want everyone to be able to take something home,” he explains.
In addition to images from Chiluveru’s global travels, A Surreal World features a room specially dedicated to images of Atlanta. Residents will have a chance to look at their city in a manner seldom seen. On that note: Welcome to A Surreal World.
When: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM (EST)
Where: Alkaloid Networks, 691 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. Unit C Atlanta, GA 30312
"Flux Projects in partnership with the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art presents the Atlanta book launch for Question Bridge: Black Males in America:
FREE ENTRY, October 1st, 7:00pm at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Deborah Willis (producer/editor) & Hank Willis Thomas (photographer) will take questions and share with their Atlanta audience some of their personal experiences while working on this project.
A limited number of copies of the book will be pre-released especially for this event and signed by Willis and Thomas, especially for you."
"We are planning a FREE photo scanning event at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead on 9/25 and 9/26. As part of this event, members of the public can bring a collection of photos and slides to digitize using state-of-the-art high speed Kodak Picture Saver Scanners. Another SYPD member, Rick Lippert, from EZ Photo Scan will be on hand with a team of folks to help people scanning. Jenny Larson and other photo organizers will be teaching mini-workshops on how to organize your photos and how to preserve/protect them. Its going to be a great party celebrating our photos and the importance they hold for all of us."
APG Gallery presents “Director’s Cut,” a group exhibition of photography that varies widely in technique and content, but share cinematic sensibilities. The 29 artists in this exhibition clearly have a story to tell but ultimately leave the viewer to imagine and speculate; posing questions rather than revealing answers.
The exhibition will run from August 26th to October 3 - the gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 12-4pm. The reception will be on Friday, September 25th, 7:30 -9:30 pm. Curator Beth Lilly gives a talk at the gallery the following day, Saturday, September 26, from 2-3pm.
Location: APG Gallery 75 Bennett St B1, Atlanta GA 30309
Photocredit: Debra Jansen, "Alone" 2009
"Curated by Sandra Lee Phipps, professor of photography at SCAD Atlanta, this extensive and varied photo retrospective of the Athens scene from the 1970s to 1985 will have several sub-themes, including portraits ("i'll be your mirror"); a sense of place (Athens); fine art; people in their spaces/homes/rooms -- reflecting the way people lived in "thriftstore" Athens ("in my room"); and party/clubbing photos (the "scene" itself). Among the many photographers represented will be Keith Bennett, James Herbert, Michael Stipe, Jeremy Ayres, Rick Hawkins, Michael Lachowski, Terry Allen, Terry Boling, Curtis Knapp, Ann States, Dana Downs, Laura Levine, Margo Rosenbaum, Matt Parker, Lauren Hall, John Taylor, Lorri Shipp, Carol Levy, Nanette Consovoy, and Sandra Lee Phipps."
"A reception will be held at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery to remember Virginia’s life, her work and her contribution to the arts in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Tula Art Center, Space B-1, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta, 30309"Check out this interview Beate Sass did with Virginia a few years ago:
"On a recent visit to see Virginia, she was looking out her third-story window watching the strong wind blow the oak tree branches to and fro and she commented on that beauty."