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Amy Pleasant Makes her Whitespace Debut with “re /form”


For the first show of the new year, whitespace gallery will exhibit re/form by Amy Pleasant, her whitespace debut, featuring new works in a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, and objects.

Amy Pleasant’s long nurtured interest in archeology and relics is formative in her work, and her new show acts as an archeological dig of her past works. While her previous works unfold like storyboards, recording the repetitive activities of everyday life, Amy’s new works are a more refined, less narrative effort to excavate the smaller moments of everyday life.

With re/form, Amy continues to explore her interest in gesture and marks and presents drawings that oscillate between simplicity and complexity. Using simple, singular strokes, Amy creates images that retain the qualities of a specific gesture or convey a particular tone that is recognizable to the viewer.

The physical uniqueness of the gallery space at whitespace served as an additional inspiration for the new body of work and influenced how she approached the series. She drew from the building materials and reflected on the utilitarian use of the gallery to explore how people inhabit space. The exhibition incorporates source material and invites the audience to consider how the history of the figure in art has shaped our understanding of the human experience. In this way, the space itself is treated as a component of the installation with the work and the space “animating” each other.

Amy Pleasant received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She has held solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY; The Birmingham Museum of Art; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; CANDYLAND, Stockholm, Sweden; Rhodes College; Tandem Gallery; The Ruby Green Center for Contemporary Art; and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

We’re going to Miami: whitespace at Aqua Art Miami 2013

We are excited to return to Miami this December for our third year at Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel.  One of the best fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week, Aqua Art Miami will celebrate its 9th consecutive installment this December, and its first as one of the Art Miami LLC family of fairs. Over the years, the fair has been recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid career artists.

Aqua Art Miami will feature 45 dynamic young galleries from North and South America, Europe and Asia, and innovative special programming including performance art, new media and solo installations.  This year, we will be taking work  by Craig Dongoski, Sarah Emerson, Eric Mack, Amy Pleasant, Seana Reilly, Richard Sexton, Mimi Hart Silver & many more!

Visit us in Room 122!  If you are unable to make it to Miami Art Week this year and would like to request an online preview of the works, please email

Footage from “Wash” a Performance by Martha Whittington

Thank you to all those who came out to see Martha Whittington’s performance piece, “Wash”, here at whitespace. If you weren’t able to make it, you can check out a video of the performance and photos below:

Click here to view a video of Wash on youtube

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events at whitespace

We have some exciting programming planned for the rest of 2013 that we’d like to share with you!  Mark your calendars and join us for the following exhibitions & events:

Thursday, September 12th | 7 – 10 pm
Opening Reception: Claw, Shine, Gloam & Vesper new work by Wendy Given at whitespace and Used Air an installation by Martha Whittington in whitespec
On view through October 12th

Saturday, September 14th | 2pm
Artist Talk with Wendy Given at whitespace

Saturday, September 28th | 2pm
Artist Talk with Martha Whittington at whitespec

Friday, October 18th | 7 – 10 pm
Opening Reception: Fabrics of Socialism new work by Vesna Pavlovic’ and an exhibition by Brett Falcon in whitespec
On view through November 23rd

Thursday, November 14th | 7 pm
Artist Talk and Panel Discussion with Vesna Pavlovic’ at the GSU Center for Collaborative and International Arts
Panelists to be announced

November 30th – January 4th
The December Show a group show featuring work by gallery artists

December 4th – 8th | Miami
whitespace at Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel
Booth number to be announced

Friday, December 13th | 7 – 10 pm
Opening Reception for The December Show and whitespace Holiday Party
Performances to be announced


Artist Spotlight: Laura Bell and Matt Haffner’s New Mural for Living Walls

whitespace artists Laura Bell & Matt Haffner recently unveiled a new mural as part of the 2013 Living Walls Conference. The duo were asked to paint an abandoned building in the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta, just blocks from Turner Field. Living Walls, the nonprofit arts group that brings street artists from around the world to the city of Atlanta, was asked to paint 10 walls in the Summerhill area. Buildings along Georgia Avenue have now been transformed into brightly colored murals thanks to Laura, Matt and the rest of the Living Walls artists.

'The Collector' by Laura Bell & Matt Haffner. Photo by Dustin Chambers

Matt and Laura explain the concept for their mural:

“The mural proposed for the buildings at the corner of Georgia Ave. and Reed St. in the Summerhill Neighborhood of Atlanta is titled The Collector. With The Collector, Haffner and Bell create a work that depicts the figure in an urban landscape, but with proliferation of flora and fauna, examines the complex relationship between the chaos of natural forms and human desire to structure and order that chaos. The mural depicts a crouching man surrounded by colorful flora and fauna, reaching into a tiny doorway in the wall, extending his hand to an elusive insect, just beyond his grasp. This piece neatly marries the styles of these two differing artist; one being figurative and narrative the other being semi-abstract and intuitive, to make a piece that visually engages the community and visitors to the Turner Field area.”

Check out the mural in person at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Reed Street, and see more of Laura & Matt’s latest mural in this article on Huffington Post.

Short Shorts: A Big Thank You & The Winner!

We want to thank every one who came out for Short Shorts last night!  We so appreciate your enthusiasm, your endurance your support for whitespace and one another, and, of course, your patience with our technical difficulties!  We hope to make Short Shorts an annual series of summer screenings to offer artists a platform to showcase all types of short film and video artwork in front of an audience, and viewers a night of fun and exposure to an eclectic array of film and digital media.  And thank you to Cathead Vodka for sponsoring the event and keeping everyone hydrated with delicious hibiscus cocktails.  And now, for the winner…!

The votes have been tallied and Brett Falcon and Tommy Taylor are the winners of a small cash prize for their piece, “Baba Yaga.”  Other honorable mentions include Deborah Sosower, Karley Sullivan, Rose Baron, Steve Snell, Neil Fried, Paige Adair, Jonathan Bouknight, Martin Barshai, and Martha Whittington.  Again, we  thank every one for their submissions and we look forward to seeing your submissions next year!

Getting to Know Mimi Hart Silver

We thank all who came on opening night, and have come in since, to view Mimi Hart Silver’s Dead of Night. If you have yet to experience the show, there are still two weeks left to see her acclaimed first solo exhibition at whitespace. We also invite you to join us for an afternoon closing reception and artist talk with Mimi on Saturday, July 27th. Stay tuned for details!

We’re thrilled to add Mimi Hart Silver to our fantastic roster of whitespace artists!  We sat down with Mimi to learn more about her life and work – read on and get to know this young Atlanta artist:

whitespace: We’re thrilled to add you to the whitespace roster and to introduce you and your work to the Atlanta art community and beyond.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from?

Mimi Hart Silver: Thank you. It seems like yesterday that I was a student at SCAD dreaming about a show at whitespace, so this is all pretty surreal.

Mimi Hart Silver in her studio at the Goat Farm

I grew up on a string of barrier islands in North Carolina called the Outer Banks. It felt like the fringe or a frontier. Life and death seemed more apparent there because everyday life was shaped directly by the environment and the weather. It was impossible not to be effected. Continue reading