"Lucinda’s World Part III:
May 21 - June 20, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 21, 7 - 9 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 6, 11 am
MARCIA WOOD GALLERY MIDTOWN
1037 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Marcia Wood Gallery is delighted to announce its first exhibition of the renowned Atlanta artist Lucinda Bunnen. The exhibition will be the third in a cycle of three recent exhibitions by Bunnen, all under the name Lucinda's World, each of the three shown in a different venue. Lucinda's World is indeed a fascinating and evocative place into which we have been invited to share intimate moments.
Lucinda's World, Part III: Weathered Chromes is the result of artistic curiosity and experimentation. About these works Bunnen wrote,
"Recently, while cleaning out my archive, I found a handful of slides damaged by heat and moisture ? melted from six decades of storage; cracks and crazes cut across otherwise plain pictures of my family and home. Peeking through the swirling patterns were recognizable elements: my son Robb, a swing set, and the trees around my home, and more. I instantly loved the look of these slides ? the effect spoke of time and the surreality of memory.
"I immediately set out to take control of this process using excess slides from my archive. I piled up hundreds of unwanted images taken around the world and at home, and I left them out on my deck for nature to alter. After a few weeks in the elements, the slides took on a completely new character. Water, heat, and time washed out their emulsions thus creating rivers, cobwebs, and bulls eyes on the original images. Colors combined together in swirling, psychedelic patterns to create painterly photographs. For these new images, the figures vanish and leave only small clues of their original subject matter. Nature created new realities.
"This deconstructive act turned the straight photographs into unusual, dreamlike images like the ones I had found. Many of these images retained their original figurative qualities; however, several became purely abstract. For some, traces of the original sneak through and reveal the truth of the original image. Bits of seventies fashion, the boot of a horse rider, the Taj Mahal, and other just-recognizable remnants uncover the origins of these abstractions. The finished photographs tell a story of time, place, and the delicate nature of the source material."
The prints from Bunnen's Weathered Chromes are luscious dreamlike fragments ? memories rising and dissipating, layers of time. Bunnen has said that she is interested in the duality of illusion vs. the reality inherent in these works; she enjoys the surprises of the process that is out of her hands, a metaphor for life itself.
Lucinda Bunnen is a practicing artist based in Atlanta. She has traveled worldwide to find subject matter for her work and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous public collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Mint Museum, Charlotte N.C., the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., MOCA GA and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. She was the recipient of the 2013 Nexus Award, presented by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and in 2015 was honored by the YWCA of Greater Atlanta with the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award. www.lucindabunnen.com"
JANE ROBBINS KERR
YESTERDAY and TODAY
Paintings and Photographs
MAY 28, 2015 through JUNE 18, 2015
Opening Saturday, MAY 30, 2015
Artist Talk - Saturday, June 13, 2—3pm
Jane Kerr has always defied expectations and stereotypes. A maverick from the beginning majoring in mathematics in the ‘50’s, she moved on to writing, painting, and photography during her later years instead of a rocking chair. Love of travel and photography developed early in her life when she took a two-month tour of Europe during the summer of ’54. She photographed extensively using slides. After college she worked as a stewardess for Delta Airlines. Next came a 27 year career in real estate and raising two daughters as a single parent.
In 1995 Jane went on a trip to Siberia with The Friendship Force. During that trip her eyes were opened wide to a world that she never dreamed existed. Next came Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tanzania, Morocco and then a trip on the Trans Siberian Railroad from Ulan Bator, Mongolia and on across Siberia.
Natalie Goldberg of New Mexico opened Jane’s mind to Goldberg’s writing method, First Thoughts, and those ideas later were later assimilated into her photography and painting. After time spent in Santa Fe over a number of years, Jane now travels back and forth to Mississippi where she was raised. Her Southern photographs are in the archives of Capps Museum at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Now Kerr says that without her world travel she would not have been able to appreciate the Mississippi Delta and the way of life that the Mississippians enjoy.
It was there that she captured many of her photographs of “what is” before it becomes “what was.”
ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP
75 Bennett Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
"Eyes Open Slowly employs the prism of taxidermy to investigate the tangled and often paradoxical relationship between human and animal. Animals are naturally magnetic and taxidermy perpetuates our ability to experience the aura of animal presence by providing an intimate experience that is impossible in real life. The animal/object dichotomy can be unsettling and disorienting. We are in awe of what appears to be animal, yet the actual animal is gone. Death is inherent to taxidermy and so a sense of loss or grief is part of each encounter.
I have entered this world to explore the idea of animal essence and the emotional and psychological complexities that arise from reanimations of that essence. At play in the work is the thorny process of deciphering surface. Eyes Open Slowly articulates animal beauty, speaks to human longings and desires, and grapples with our compulsion to possess nature as we, at once, are overwhelmed by it.
Constance Thalken received her MFA in Photography from Yale University and a BFA in Psychology from Barat College. Her work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the San Diego Art Institute (CA), the New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), The Light Factory Museum of Contemporary Photography and Film (NC), Municipal Cultural Center of Ioannia (Greece), the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), the Harn Museum of Art (FL), the Foundation Charles-Leopold Mayer (France), InLight Richmond (VA), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (GA), the House of Culture (Brazil) and the Torpedo Factory (VA). Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Yale University Library, and other private collections. Thalken has received numerous awards for her work, including research grants from Georgia State University where she is a Professor of Photography in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design.
Thalken lives in Atlanta and is represented by Whitespace Gallery. The overarching concerns of her work are the complexity of loss and issues of mortality. Her 1.2 cm= project examined her personal encounter with the medical world and was cited as one of the Most Notable Exhibitions of 2013 by ArtsATL.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 15th | 7 - 10 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 15 - June 20, 2015"
"Lucinda Bunnen's imagery expresses her relationships with two of America's nearest neighbors. Mexico has long been closely held, while Cuba has been an outsider for nearly 60 years. Lucinda's photos of Havana, Cuba, taken on the eve of a new relationship with America, show how that island nation has retained its unique character in the face of the US embargo. Patcuaro, Mexico has its own special place in the Latin American story. Since the 14th century it has been a prominent locale for both indigenous and colonial cultures; the architecture and environs reflect a rich tapestry.
Lucinda Weil Bunnen 2012Havana,Cuba | 2010Patcuaro,Mexico
April 23 - May 29, 2015.
Opening reception | Thursday, April 23, 6 pm - 8 pm.
The Ventulett Gallery | Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church
805 Mount Vernon Hwy, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327"