Artist Updates | Fall 2019

Artist Updates | Fall 2019

Even though the weather has made us feel like summer will never end, the fall art season is in full swing! See what the whitespace artists have been up to…

1 Amy Pleasant is showcasing her first solo exhibition, “Touch/Pause/Repeat, Pause/Touch/Repeat”, at Geary Contemporary in New York City. Her exhibition features drawing, painting, and ceramic sculptures focusing on the body and language. Her work is rhythmic and focuses on documenting the human experience surrounding universal behaviors. “Touch/Pause/Repeat, Pause/Touch/Repeat” opened on September 12 and continues through November 1, 2019.

Courtesy of Geary Contemporary

2 Seana Reilly was invited to produce a piece for the exhibition Soft Boundary2 [4×4]: A Critical Look at Architectural Research, an exhibition held at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) LESS TALK | MORE ACTION: Conscious Shifts in Architectural Education 2019 Fall Conference. Her piece, entitled “BoundTides No.4” was featured in the exhibition. The conference was hosted by Stanford Architecture and Yale School of Architecture,  held at Stanford University.

Courtesy of Seana Reiley

3 The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is the proud recipient of the 2018 Ellsworth Kelly Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for the solo exhibition of work by Whitespace artist Bojana Ginn. This installation by Bojana proposes the role of the 21st Century artist is to reimagine the future and to open possibilities for keeping humanity soft, open, and connected in an ever-changing world powered by technology. Ginn’s installation surrounds visitors with materials that although powered by technology, reference the natural world. The exhibition ends December 13, 2019.

Courtesy of Bojana Ginn

4 Bojana Ginn has also been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Burke Prize, awarded by the Museum of Arts and Design. Her work will be featured in the museum on October 3, 2019, through April 12, 2020. Bojana Ginn and the other finalists are selected by a jury of individuals in the art, craft, and design field for their highly accomplished work and progressive use of materials such as glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. The winner will be announced on November 4th at the MAD Ball, an annual benefit gala and dinner hosted by the Museum, and will be awarded a $50,000 prize. 

5 The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents MOCA GA LIVE, a one-night-only, fun-filled, live and silent auction fundraiser benefiting MOCA GA in collaboration with Atlanta galleries and local artists. The evening will feature art carried by local galleries, and honor and spotlight them and the artists they represent.  MOCA GA Live is one of many celebration events leading up to MOCA GA’s 20th Anniversary. We are just one of many Atlanta galleries participating in the event. The work from the following whitespace artist will be included in the auction: Sarah Emerson, Matt Haffner, Sonya Yong James, Benjamin Jones, Elizabeth Lide, Teresa Bramlette Reeves, and Seana Reilly. You can get your tickets here.

courtesy of whitespace

6 Ann Stewart was recently part of a group exhibition at Piedmont College. Monologue: Five Contemporary Printmakers brings together print-based artists active in the Northeast and Atlanta Georgia region. Curated by Brian Hitselberger, Associate Professor of Art, and Rebecca Brantley, Director of the MSMA, the exhibition focuses on artists who make singular works utilizing printmaking processes.

Filled Pause by Ann Stewart, Etching and Aquatint on Paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2017

7 Suellen Parker opens a solo exhibition, Finding Balance, at Brevard College on October 4, 2019. The exhibition curates a selection of pieces created over 15 years from three bodies of work. Each body of work uses similar materials and techniques, including sculpture, photography and digital arts. Read more about the exhibition here.

courtesy of Suellen Parker

8 Sonya Yong James’ exhibition LOUD MAGIC has received multiple reviews. It was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Writer, Felicia Feaster, delves into Sonya Yong James’ understanding and appreciation of nature and her ability to act as “an alchemist of nature”.   E.C. Flamming for ART PAPERS describes the exhibition saying. “The collection acts like a spell—works in it aren’t necessarily static. They’re constructed to activate change, and the material decisions act as catalysts to push the potential to the kinetic.” The exhibition ends on October 19.

courtesy of Ashley Kauschinger

9 Charlie Watts’ solo exhibition, Hortophilia, will be presented at Whitespace from October 25 – December 7, 2019, as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Her collection of photographs “explores the ancient and mystical connections between human beings and the natural world”. The exhibit draws on the relationship between kinship and nature.

courtesy of Charlie Watts

10 Finally, we want to share some love for an organization that helps artists find the space and time to focus on their practice. Hambidge will host art auction and masquerade bash on Saturday, October 26 at The Works – Upper Westside ATL. For more details and tickets visit the Hambidge website.

courtesy of Hambidge

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