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Artist’s Talk with Benita Carr: Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 PM

Artist’s Talk: Benita Carr
Thursday, February 16 | 6:30 PM
Last week to see “Morning Sun”
Benita Carr, Morning Sun #736, Digital c-print mounted on dibond, edition of 5, 30″ x 40″
Join us at whitespace Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 PM for a conversation with the artist Benita Carr regarding her current body of work, “Morning Sun.”  She will talk about the themes of the show and her processes.  Carr’s show has garnered a lot of attention in the press, so you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Carr discuss her photographs and film installations first hand.  This is also one of your last opportunities to see the show before it closes Saturday, February 18, 2012!

Morning Sun
photography and video installation by
Benita Carr

January 13 – February 18, 2012

"Morning Sun" by Benita Carr opens TONIGHT

Morning Sun

photography and video installation by

Benita Carr

Morning Sun is an evolution in Benita Carr’s work that explores the mother/child relationship and the meaning of self within the domestic social structure of home and family.  Constructed as narrative tableaus, the photographs depict women and their children in scenes that evoke emotions of desire, doubt and anxiety.
Carr’s photographs and videos are informed by the ways in which womanhood and motherhood have been seen, understood and lived across time, especially their representation in art, religion, advertising and family pictures. These themes coupled with the style and symbolism of Mid-Victorian images of interiors and feminine subjects inspire her body of work.  Moving into video and sound challenges the form of traditional portraiture and allows other layers of meaning and complexity to surface.
The title of the series Morning Sun is a play on words and lends itself to various interpretations. While reminiscent of the overly sentimental language inherent in greeting cards, other connotations invoke feelings of loss and despair.
Carr is the recipient of many awards and grants including a 2002 Artist in Communities Initiative Grant that consisted of a collaboration on a photographic installation with women who had suffered severe spinal cord injuries and the Joyce Elaine Grant Award from Texas Women’s University in 2004. She exhibited the Infinity Project, a symbolic commentary on the endless cycles of violence created with her husband artist Evan Levy, at the Tate Modern in 2007.  Her photographs were also included in the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 2005 Biennial, the Huntsville Museum of Art 2005 Triennial and in 2009 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.  Her work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.   

Exhibition dates:             January 13 – February 18, 2012  
Opening reception:
        Friday, January 13 | 7-10 pm
Gallery hours:
                Wednesday – Saturday | 11 am – 5 pm or by appointment 
Location:                         814 Edgewood Avenue | Inman Park
Media Contact:                Susan Bridges
                                       p 404.688.1892
                                       c 404.849.8176