There are 10 photographs included in the current Chuck Close show at Alan Avery Art. From Stephanie Dowda’s review of the show from Burnaway: “Other works by Close are inspired by new processes that seem to remove the artist’s hand, like a new watercolor digital printing process on Hahnemühle paper, on which bleeding colors replace the orbs painted within a grid.”
Chuck Close / Self-Portrait / 1995 / Color Polaroid print hinged to board / 37 x 24.5
“(ATLANTA – January 14, 2014) Alan Avery Art Company will begin the 2014 exhibition season with their second exhibition of renowned American artist Chuck Close from Friday, March 7, 2014 until Saturday, April 19, 2014. The exhibition will concentrate on self-portraits of the artist and include a varied spectrum of mediums.
Initially working as a Photorealist, Close paints large-scale portraits. His work is based on the use of a grid as an underlying basis for the representation of an image. Close is also a master printmaker who has pushed the boundaries of traditional printmaking, creating screen-prints with over 200 colors.
Stephanie Dowda will be giving an artist’s talk at 11am on Saturday at Get This Gallery. Donna Mintz wrote a review of the show for artsatl.com, and Muriel Vega interviewed Stephanie for Creative Loafing.
It’s great to see a solid photography show like this in Springtime!
(Stephanie will also be giving a talk on Thursday, April 24th at The Contemporary.)
David Holloway will be speaking at Portfolio Center on Thursday at 10am. Open to the public!
“Through A Lens Darkly is the first documentary that explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world. Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright will be joined with the producer, Thomas Allen Harris after the screening for Q&A.”
After a long wait, it’s great to see that “Finding Vivian Maier” has found its way to Atlanta, and will be screened next weekend at Lefont Sandy Springs Theater on Roswell Road. Lumiere Gallery has all the news and links to tickets. Executive Producer (and comedian) Jeff Garlin will be in town to introduce the April 12th 3:40pm screening, and for a Q&A after the 1:45pm screening. Should be fun!
(Ryan Taylor – Red Bull Illume)
“Red Bull Illume, the world’s largest international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports, is coming to Piedmont Park in Atlanta this March 20-30. A total of 28,257 photos were submitted in 2013 by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries around the globe. The top 50 images, first unveiled in Hong Kong, are touring the world as part of a unique illuminated nighttime exhibition. This is its last US stop before heading to Spain.
Once the sun sets, locals and visitors alike are invited to stroll through Piedmont Park and take in the sights of 25 life-sized, illuminated light boxes. The images, which have been carefully selected and curated, showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet. Throughout the 10-day free exhibition, attendees also will have opportunities to attend lectures from the award-winning photographers, meet Red Bull athletes and more. The exhibition is free to attend and is open to the public. Guests 21 and up can also enjoy libations while strolling through the exhibition.
On Thursday, March 20th there will be a monumental unveiling of the exhibition at dusk (7:30-45 p.m.) that includes world class athletes doing tricks and demos, photographers doing meet and greets, the Red Bull Air Force skydiving into the park and much more.”
© Bryan Zanisnik – “Clubhouse” 24x29inches C-print, 2010
Exhibition Dates: March 20 – May 13, 2014
Artist’s Reception: March 20, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Artist’s Talk: March 22, 11:30a
“Zanisnik’s compressed, claustrophobic images, created by his use of the 100 mm lens to shoot room sized installations in sections, and then stitch them together via computer, reference the truths and absurdities in the works of Freud, the Dadaists, Philip Roth, Stanley Kubrick, Jean Luc Goddard, Marcel Proust, James Joyce and Pink Floyd, among others. In his studio, the journey of the modernist hero ends not in achievement, but in humiliation and defeat: overwhelmed by the excessive American constructions of material desire and the false values of accumulating trophies of the western world. The aggressive spatial relationship of his images is gorgeously Baroque and visually overwhelming in their chaotic logic and lack of hierarchy. His work is uniquely decadent, humorous, sculptural and cerebral: both authentic and artificial vis a vis our world today.”
Peter Bahouth, Gregor Turk & Paul Hagedorn
Exhibition Dates: March 20 – May 13, 2014
Artist Reception: March 20, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MEN AT WORK’s common threads feature masculinized tokens of guns, rockets, and monuments and include the inferred theme of the hero’s journey, whether local, global, cosmic or imaginary. Variably, each artist reflects on the implications of American excess and transgressions of structural power, inviting the viewer to participate in these processes of exploration utilizing tongue-in-cheek retro, interactive and mechanistic tropes.