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"Metronome" | Not Your Ordinary Opening

Perhaps it was the conversation about time’s existential implications or about our city’s burgeoning food truck culture or about what in the world was dotting the floor of the gallery, the opening reception of Metronome at whitespace gallery was certainly abuzz with excitement.  Featuring artist Michele Schuff’s series of encaustic paintings (please see previous entry for more detail), guests were introduced to her most recent works using three-dimensional cast forms.  Schuff captures the invisible process of time through the use of repetitive heat-fused brush strokes and forms, suggesting the metronome as a metaphor for the meditative beat of life’s fleeting moments.  

Artist Michele Schuff in front of her piece Big Blue.

A visitor studies Michele Schuff’s encaustic works.
In support, alliance, and promotion of Atlanta’s food truck community, whitespace’s reception for Metronome also welcomed King of Pops, Rattletrap Coffee Truck, and Sugar Coated Radical (SCR).  King of Pops came through to cool us down with his specialty pops while Rattletrap kicked it up a notch with some icey caffeinated goodness (and refreshing home made lemonade). The radicals of SCR set up their mobile candy shop to deliver an array of revolutionary sweets, not to mention plenty of sugar coated samples. 
Visitors using the QR code to find more information about Michele Schuff and her work.
Metronome is the also the first show to launch the use of Quick Response (QR) codes in the gallery.  QR codes have been installed throughout the gallery, enabling viewers to access exclusive artist related content on their mobile devices.  Metronome’s codes feature unreleased photo sets of Michele’s works in various states of creation.  Laid on foam core, the codes can be found slightly raised off the floor near pieces: 48squares, Big Blue, Oushak, and Reprise.  Additional information on QR codes can be found at the gallery’s front desk.  Come by and check it out for yourself!

Open until:        Saturday, June 23rd

"Metronome" by Michele Schuff at whitespace

Michele Schuff, “Don’t Go,” Encaustic on panel, 48 x 60 x 4.5″

In Michele Schuff’s exhibition, Metronome, she explores the perception of time and how we measure life’s passing.  How long do I have to live?  How has my timing influenced every turn of my life?  Will I be able to do what I need to before I die? 

Michele uses the metronome, a tool traditionally used to set a fixed tempo while practicing music, as a metaphor for keeping time as well as a meditative device; with it one can set a beat or pulse that can become increasingly abstract and therefore has the potential to exist outside of our perception of linear time.  This body of work examines the space that is created when one is fully focused on any creative endeavor: where does that state of mind exist? Time can be momentarily suspended in the gap between the beats; collectively these beats and gaps make up a body of work, a life, a collection of lives. 

Metronome features a series of encaustic paintings on wood panel created by layer over layer of repetitive brush strokes fused together with heat. The repeated painted lines/phrases/objects are meant to create a textured ‘beat’ and somehow through their pattern and regularity, generate an abstract field of color and sound.

Michele Schuff received her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit and her MFA from Georgia State University. She is a former Fellow of the Hambidge Center of Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Schuff’s work explores themes of light through encaustic painting and three-dimensional cast forms. 

Exhibition dates:            June 10 – July 23, 2011   

Opening reception:        Friday, June 10 | 7-10 pm

Gallery hours:               Wednesday – Saturday | 11 am – 5 pm or by appointment
Location:                       814 Edgewood Avenue | Inman Park

Media Contact:             Susan Bridges
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ArtHouse 09

By the luck of the draw, Whitespace settled in the foyer of the Rhodes-Robinson House. The pieces looked great! Along with all the other Atlanta Gallery Association participants, we had a great time showcasing our artists to a larger audience than those* who seek us out in Inman Park (*and thank you, thank you– we love you much). If you have missed this year’s, I dearly hope you will join us in the following years of participation in the ATLart events.

Michele Schuff

Michele Schuff (L), John Otte (R)

Jody Fausett

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith (Ground), Julia Hill (Column)

Julia Hill

Julia Hill

Sarah Emerson

John Otte

Beth Marcum

Chase, Michele, Susan, Jenn, Yoonhwa, and Kaye

Now, Whitespace ladies + Stan Woodward