Artist Updates – Summer 2019

Artist Updates | Summer 2019

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean everyone is taking a vacation. Check out what our artists have been up to…

1 Didi Dunphy, in partnership with the Georgia Museum of Art, has curated a traveling exhibition entitled Highlighting Contemporary Art in Georgia; Cut & Paste, Works of Paper.  This show, three years in design, features eleven artists who are working magic with the medium of paper.  There are three artists represented by whitespace in the exhibition.

image courtesy of Didi Dunphy

Didi will also launch the Spotlight 2019 exhibition at the Gallery at Indigo in Athens.  Opening June 13th, works by Athens artists Maddie David, Jeanne Ann Davidson and Columbus artist, Libby McFalls.  Other than a quick visit to see the Venice Biennale, Didi will be working on her 2020 show with whitespace!

2 Let Light Perpetual is a new project by Micah and Whitney Stansell. The installation will take the form of a large-scale projection on the facade of the newly constructed “725 Ponce” building. The facade faces the Atlanta Beltline’s highly trafficked Eastside trail with an estimated 2 million annual visitors. The project will utilize a pair of state-of-the-art laser projectors to create a stunning, 4k resolution, 60-foot high image. The film that makes up the heart of the installation is a loosely structured narrative, set in the decades before Atlanta’s growth and building boom, following a brother and sister through the course of their day as their lives intersect and shaped by those around them.  The opening is tentatively set for August 17.

image courtesy of Whitney Stansell

The Stansell’s are also working on transforming the Hapeville pedestrian bridge, the largest structure in downtown Hapeville, into a public art experience through the use of kinetic sculpture and LED lights.  The opening for the project is set for late summer, early fall.

image courtesy of Whitney Stansell

Image courtesy of Dashboard

Whitney will also be creating new work for the National Museum for Women in the Arts – Georgia Chapter,  Women to Watch,  2020 exhibition that will open at MOCA GA January 2020.

3 Elizabeth Lide is one of three whitespace artists included in the exhibition “Cut and Paste, Works of Paper”  at The Lyndon House in Athens GA running from June 1 – July 27. It then travels to the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, August 17 – November 14; the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia, December 5, 2019 – February 14, 2020; the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia, February – June 2020; and Telfair Museum of Art’s Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, July 2020 – early 2021. Curated by Didi Dunphy.

At the end of September, Elizabeth plans a trip to Paris, Giverny, and on to Moulin à Nef in Auvillar for a residency in SW France.

Cookie Press by Elizabeth Lide, 28.5 x 36 inches (framed), gesso, graphite, paint, collage on handmade paper, Vietnam

4 Matt Haffner recently returned from a 10-day trip through Germany and France where he learned about global sustainability, doing research in some regional museums and art galleries, photographing for some new projects, and educating himself about Alsatian cuisine and German Beers. Matt is also teaching summer darkroom digital workshops to high school students and writing an “Art as a Profession” course for Kennesaw.

5 Vesna Pavlovic is wrapping up her Fulbright year and is excited to take sometime off this summer. Vesna is included in the exhibition, Xanadu, which celebrates 25 years of Zeitgeist gallery in Nashville. The show includes 19 Zeitgeist artists and runs through August 31st.

Vesna recently completed the “Fabrics of Socialism” installation at the 5th edition of the D-0 ARK Underground Contemporary Art Biennial, the site of former Yugoslav president Tito’s atomic war command (bunker), 200 ft in the ground. For more information, visit

Finally, following the Southern Prize fellowship from 2018, she is presenting her work from the Art History Archive project at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville in August.

Vesna Pavlovic, Sites of Memory, Archival photograph is derived from a digital scan of the hand embroidered archival photograph from the Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade. In this new series, I use the often forgotten and unrecognized female techniques such as embroidery, and pleating, to discuss the use of female labor in the production of the socialist spectacle.

6 This summer Constance Thalken will live out a childhood dream and travel to Africa for a stay in Zambia and safari in Botswana.  This links to her long-standing interest in the natural world and the interrelationship between human and animal.  The below images were made during Conne’s 2019 spring residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.

All the Rain We Cannot Feel by Constance Thalken, 2019

All the Light We Cannot See by Constance Thalken, 2019

Spawn by Constance Thalken, 2019

7 Zipporah Camille Thompson has just completed a residency at Mass MoCA. She also exhibited at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville with Richard Feaster in a show titled, TEXTUREXTRA.

Zipporah was recently interviewed by Aileen Farshi for Number Magazine. You can read the interview here. Her summer includes teaching at Mudfire and making new work for Looming Chaos, a solo exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum opening January 2020.

Acid Rain by Zipporah Camille Thompson, 2019, wire, paper, plastic, mylar, tape, handwoven cloth, thread, photograph, paper, faux flowers, foil, bleached denim, stoneware, plaster, ink, paint. Image courtesy of Zeitgeist Gallery.

8 Along with preparing for her first solo exhibition at whitespace, opening September 2019, Sonya Yong James’ work will be included in a group show at Laney Contemporary in Savannah. ENTANGLEMENTS runs through August 15 – October 26.

Entanglement II by Sonya Yong James, 2019

9 As the recipient of the 2019 Chinati Artists in Residence Program, Pete Schulte is spending the majority of his summer in Marfa. He plans to stop in Houston (Jack Whitten show, Menil Drawing Institute, Cubs/Astros games, etc.) and Austin (Ellsworth Kelly Chapel) while he is in Texas.

image courtesy of Pete Schulte

10 Nancy Floyd’s solo show at the Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, Weathering Time, opened on July 3. The exhibition will remain on view until July 28. Additionally, her work is featured on Light Leaked: “Archiving Time: Again & Legacy.” Nancy is enjoying her new home out west and recently camped in Death Valley National Park with her camera, of course  (see image below).

image courtesy of Nancy Floyd

 11 Adrienne Outlaw will be making work with artists in Singapore, where she will live and work the entire summer. During her time there, she will also travel to Cambodia and Malaysia, where she is sure to be inspired by the history, landscape, cultural antiquities and art there.

12 Charlie Watts just announced her crowdfunding campaign for her very own photography book. She has been working on this project for many years and is excited to see it come to life. Charlie is also working on her solo exhibition at whitespace which opens on October 25, 2019.

image courtesy of Charlie Watts

13 Amy Pleasant had the pleasure of visiting Paris in June with her Mom and daughter Marcie who recently graduated from high school in Birmingham and is headed to Sewanee University  in the fall. Amy was featured in a three-person show at Tif Sigfrids, Athens, GA which ended Saturday,  July 13. She is working towards her solo show at Institute 193, opening in October. Amy plans to visit husband and fellow whitespace artist, Pete Schulte, in Marfa where he is in residence at the Chianti Foundation.

image courtesy of Amy Pleasant

14 Ann-Marie has moved to Palma de Mallorca, Spain on June 18th and is setting up a new studio there.  We’re updating our passports in case she gets lonely.

15 Bojana Ginn’s site-specific installation 4 Bio Mega Pixels is a part of The World Unseen, a SciArt exhibition curated by Louise Shaw and displayed at the Center for Disease Control Art Museum. Currently on view through the summer. 4 Bio Mega Pixels, an immersive abstract installation, meditates on the implications of humans meddling with natural systems and processes as practiced in bioengineering, DNA computing, and nanobiotechnlogy.

As a recipient of the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award in conjunction with The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Ginn is preparing a solo exhibition that will open on September 19th at the gallery. The exhibition is curated by Shannon Morris and will feature large, site-specific multimedia works.

Ginn Studio is happy to have sculptor Hannah Source on the team this summer! Hannah’s assistance was crucial in completing the WAP exhibition at MOCA GA last September.

Additionally, Ginn is excited to be mentoring a talented emerging artist Michelle Laxalt in collaboration with MINT Leap Year Mentorship Program. Many thanks to Jessica Helfrecht and MINT Gallery for making this possible.

Image courtesy of Bojana Ginn

16 Ashylnn Browning was recently  featured in a podcast about her current exhibition at Shockoe Art Space in Richmond, VA. You can listen here. The three-person exhibition also includes Natalie Schmitting and Sam Bantly Taylor and closes August 25. Ashlynn is also curating a painting exhibition that will open in the spring of 2020 at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

17 Refinery 29 has asked Sarah Emerson to participate in 29 Rooms, an interactive experience of cause, culture, and creativity. The Atlanta event is August 29 through September 8. For more information, visit 29 Rooms.

During her recent exhibition at whitespace, Sarah Emerson received a thoughtful review from Burnaway by Andrew Alexander.

image courtesy of whitespace

18 This summer Teresa Cole had a beautiful solo exhibition titled Imperfect at Callan Contemporary in New Orleans. The exhibition featured Cole’s etchings, woodcuts, and two installations.

image courtesy of Callan Contemporary

19 If you haven’t seen Shana Robbins’ exhibition, Interspecies Lovers, you still have time. Shana is scheduled to give an artist’s talk on Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm. The exhibition closes on Saturday, July 27th.

Interspecies Lover by Shana Robbins. Image courtesy of Shana Robbins and Jody Fausett

Have a great summer and come visit us soon!

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