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Against The Tide At Whitespace Points Up Need To Truly See Women Past, Present

Against The Tide At Whitespace Points Up Need To Truly See Women Past, Present

March 13, 2019
ArtsAtl.org
By Rebecca Brantley

Against the Tide, on view through March 23 at Whitespace Gallery, brings together photography from three artists and SCAD Atlanta professors – Suellen Parker, Sandra-Lee Phipps and V. Elizabeth Turk. The title refers to a common idiom that implies resisting cultural norms. Fittingly, the show runs during Women’s History Month.

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I Told Him These Things I'm Telling You Now from Sandra-Lee Phipps' Lesson in Survival series (All images courtesy of the gallery)

2019 Atlanta Biennial

2019 Atlanta Biennial

ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY
535 Means Street NW
January 17–April 7

March 8, 2019
ArtForum
By Katie Geha

The curators’ deft work is most apparent in the smaller gallery, which is quieter and more restrained. In front of a series of black-and-white photographs by Matthew Shain depicting now empty pedestals of Confederate monuments is a grouping of clay pieces by Amy Pleasant. Also muted in tone, her works vaguely recall the figure and might serve as stand-in monuments for the South.(excerpt)

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Atlanta Biennial installation image of Amy Pleasant's work at the Atlanta Contemporary

Against the Tide Reviews

Cullum’s March Notebook: Art And Nature Collude In Exhibitions All Over Atlanta

March 8,2019
ArtsAtl.com
By Jerry Cullum

The Whitespace show presents alternative ways of understanding female bodies and female heroism and deserves as much analysis and publicity as possible. The stunning beauty of Phipps’ color photographs in Lessons in Survival, Turk’s photograms and Parker’s God Has Given You Minds, photos of her portrait sculptures of contemporary female political figures clad in the text of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s influential suffragist speech, warrant extended commentary.(excerpt)

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Suellen Parker's Nancy Pelosi, a 24-inch by 20-inch pigment ink print in Against the Tide at Whitespace (Courtesy of Whitespace and the artist)

Female artists tackle female form in inspiring exhibition

February 25, 2019
Ajc.com
By Felicia Feaster

For centuries, paintings from Titian’s “Venus of Urbino” to Manet’s “Olympia” has pretended to capture women in casual states of undress, seemingly unaware of anyone’s presence as they display their bodies for our delectation. In art, in media, seemingly everywhere, the female body has been a plaything, a novelty, an entertainment, or someone’s political agenda. But photographer Sandra Lee Phipps’ images are thrilling for how they upend the usual ways women tend to be seen in pop culture and in high art.

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Image of Alcyone by V. Elizabeth Turk

Jaime Bull’s Rhinestone Cowgirls

Jaime Bull’s Found-Object Sculptures Ride Into Whitespec As Rhinestone Cowgirls

February 21,2019
ArtsAtl.com
By Anna Nelson-Daniel

Atlanta and Athens artist Jaime Bull is best known for her voluptuous, feminine, swimsuit-clad sculptures. In Rhinestone Cowgirls, an exhibition of new work at Whitespec, her sculptures head for dry land. Underneath their glitz, glam and humor remains a subtle and serious intent. The show is tucked into the small space across the courtyard from the main Whitespace gallery located in Inman Park. It runs through March 23.

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Installation image of Rhinestone Cowgirls by Jaime Bull

Jaime Bull: Rhinestone Cowgrils [Review]

Mineral House
By Brianna Bass

Jaime Bull’s solo exhibition Rhinestone Cowgirls opened at Atlanta’s Whitespec (part of Whitespace Gallery) in mid-February. A lone painting welcomes visitors into the gallery, setting a gestural, forward atmosphere. A brilliant pink sky, bright green cacti, sparkly gold sand, and a sloppy coat of gloss melt into a dreamy, disjointed desert sunset. Viewers then turn the corner to a spectacle of shimmering girliness and grit.

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Installation image of Rhinestone Cowgirls by Jaime Bull

Nancy Floyd, Finalist for the Print Center’s Annual International Competition

Nancy Floyd, Finalist for the Print Center’s Annual International Competition

February 7,2019
PrintCenter.org

Nancy Floyd (Bend, OR) holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Floyd’s work has been exhibited in national and international venues including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Whitespace, Atlanta; CUE Art Foundation Gallery, NY; and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, as well as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain. She has received numerous grants and awards including an Aaron Siskind Photography Fellowship, 2018; CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, 2016; Society for Photographic Education Support Grant, 2015; and John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, 2014. Floyd is Emeritus Professor in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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collage image of Nancy Floyd's Weathering Time work

collage image of Nancy Floyd’s Weathering Time work

 

Behind the Screen(print) with Amy Pleasant

Behind the Screen(print) with Amy Pleasant

February 6,2019
ART PAPERS.org
By Sarah Higgins

In late 2018, we reached out to artist Amy Pleasant and invited her to create an edition of prints for the 20th Annual ART PAPERS Auction. I caught up with Amy on the final day of a week-long visit to the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. We sat down in the printmaking studio, in front of a luscious stack of Pleasant screen prints to talk about the process of creating the work, and the experience of her first venture into print editions.

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photo of Amy Pleasant in studio

Photo by Sarah Higgins

 

Daniel Fuller and Phillip March Jones on the 2019 Atlanta Biennial

Daniel Fuller and Phillip March Jones on the 2019 Atlanta Biennial

January 30,2019
Burnaway.org
By Logan Lockner

The Atlanta Biennial emerged in 1984 as Nexus Contemporary curator Alan Sondheim’s response to the lack of Southern artists included in the previous year’s edition of the Whitney Biennial. Between its founding and 2007, the biennial was presented intermittently and according to various frameworks: sometimes every two years, sometimes not; sometimes involving only Atlanta-based artists, or Georgia-based artists, or artists from across the American South.

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Installation image of Oshunmare from the Black Cloud Prism show by Zipporah Camille Thompson