Lucinda Bunnen’s “Weathered Chromes” opens at Marcia Wood Midtown, Thurs. May 21st

"Lucinda’s World Part III:
Lucinda Bunnen

May 21 - June 20, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 21, 7 - 9 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 6, 11 am

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."

Fall Line Press – Booksigning at APG on Saturday, w/ Kathleen Robbins and E. Brady Robinson


Terrell Clark’s “Between 47th and 48th Avenues and Hopper Street”

If you're over in Mississippi over mother's day weekend, you'll want to check-out Terrell Clark's pop-up exhibition in Meridian.
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Jane Kerr opens at APG, Thurs., May 28th

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.”

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75 Bennett Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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Lynsey Addario, on Radiolab

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario had a fascinating discussion with Radiolab about photographing during wartime in Afghanistan.
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Much of the discussion centers around the ethical & moral issues surrounding this photograph of Addario's:


Addario's work will be on-view as part of a group exhibition during ACP 2015, details forthcoming...

From Radiolab:
"In December of 2009, photojournalist Lynsey Addario was embedded with a medevac team in Afghanistan. After days of waiting, one night they got the call - a marine was gravely wounded. What happened next happens all the time. But this time it was captured, picture by picture, in excruciating detail. Horrible, difficult, and at times strikingly beautiful, those photos raise some questions: Who should see them, who gets to decide who should see them, and what can pictures like that do, to those of us far away from the horrors war and those of us who are all too close to it?"

Two Fascinating Views of Pre-Quake Katmandu

While posting about natural disasters isn't necessarily our purview, there are two photo-based pieces we've seen that most likely wouldn't have seen the light of day had it not been for the quake in Nepal. While there are incredible efforts documenting the destruction and its affects on the people of Nepal, here are two projects that predate the earthquake.

Founding editor of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly posted an extraordinary set of photos (Kodachrome, most likely?) that show the city as it looked to him in 1976.

© Kevin Kelly
Jonah M. Kessel was filming Katmandu a month ago, on assignment for the New York Times, and created this incredible look of Everyday Life in Katmandu.

Blake Burton documents the changes at Ponce City Market

ATL-based photographer (and architect) Blake Burton has been documenting the changes at Ponce City Market for five years -- take a look at his work over on

© Blake Burton

Constance Thalken opens at Whitespace, Friday, May 15th

"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

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"

Devin Allen, Baltimore Instagrammer, Lands the Cover of TIME Magazine

Amazing to wake-up to the news that the photographer mentioned in Tuesday's post, Devin Allen, has landed a photograph on the cover of Time magazine.

TIME's written about the cover, and they've profiled Devin's work from Baltimore in more depth here.


The last time I recall a major publication publishing an Instagram photo about a breaking news story on its cover was when Ben Lowy was covering Hurricane Sandy. And come to think of it, that photo, while shot on Lowy's iPhone, wasn't an amateur's stellar photograph plucked from Instagram popularity -- Lowy's career as a photojournalist has been all about leveraging digital platforms in new and interesting ways.

When we embedded Devin's photograph on Tuesday, I remember thinking it was an incredible photo, but that the square-format was keeping it from being all it could be, cropping and pinching it in ways that seemed unfortunate.

@badgalriri thank you #BALTIMORE #RIPFREDDYGRAY we need prayers and support right. :::: #DVNLLN

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Fortunately, a high-res vertical of the same frame was available (in the interview, Devin talks about how he loads photos from his DSLR to his phone for quick uploading on-the-fly to the interwebs) and it looks stunning as the TIME cover.

It's also great to see that Devin is interested in photographing his city in his way, and this morning said he's receiving unsolicited advice from journalists about how he should conduct his career, to which he says:

"These news photographers & photo journalist keep coming on MY ig basically telling me to shut stop talking and let my pictures do the talking & idk what I'm doing lol etc :::: The beauty of having MY own camera MY own ig & twitter and MY own opinion lol i can do and say post what i want"
If you've been absorbing the photographs and video coming out of Baltimore, and haven't had a chance to process or come to your own understanding about what it all means, you might appreciate the latest episode of the "Rembert Explains" podcast, from Grantland, which goes into a deep, thoughtful, pointed, and fascinating analysis about the events of the past week and a half. It's the kind of discussion you would have not have heard this week on television.

This morning's "moment", in which I listened to Rembert's podcast over breakfast while learning about Devin's TIME cover, feels significant - a new kind of now.

On rare occasions (like this morning) it feels like we've caught-up to the future in a quick & surprising way -- when the future feels right beneath our feet, instead of somewhere ahead, out there in the fog, and while I may be stretching a bit, this morning felt different, as if a new train just pulled into the station.

When the cover of TIME magazine is plucked from an unknown photographer on Instagram, and the best, most thoughtful analysis you've heard about Baltimore is a discussion on a podcast from 20-something writers eager to make sense of senselessness, the promise and hope of all this technology in our hands is suddenly and surprisingly fulfilled.


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