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Q&A: I O Smithereens!, Sarah Emerson Juxtaposes Life’s Beauty, Frightfulness

Q&A: In O Smithereens!, Sarah Emerson Juxtaposes Life’s Beauty, Frightfulness

April 17, 2019
ArtsAtl.com
By Aileen Farshi
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Sarah Emerson’s O Smithereens!, at Whitespace through May 4, explores the fragility of life and early pleasures and builds on her 2018 series Are We the Monsters, seen at Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw.

The paintings and drawings feature familiar stylized landscapes imploding into darkness and devouring all inhabitants, and feel more feminine. Shades of soft pink and animated drawings of the female body are pronounced, likely a nod to the upswing in national attention to women’s rights.

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Going Steady With Disaster is part of O Smithereens!, work by Sarah Emerson at Whitespace.

Going Steady With Disaster is part of O Smithereens!, work by Sarah Emerson at Whitespace.

Paper artist Laura Bell calls attention to vulnerable species

Paper artist Laura Bell calls attention to vulnerable species

March 19, 2019
Atlantamagazine.com
By kelundra Smith

It’s easy to get lost in Laura Bell’s ornate ink and watercolor ecosystems. Bell is fascinated by the fraught interactions between humans and other species. She creates detailed, black-and-white drawings of animals, with a pop of paint to define their natural habitats. Then, she uses tweezers to meticulously apply tiny pieces of Bristol and paper cutouts to create a three-dimensional effect. She said her affinity for working with paper comes from her father, who was a printer.

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Laura Bell in her studio

Meet Matt Haffner and Laura Bell

Meet Matt Haffner and Laura Bell

March 13, 2019
voyageatl.com
By Voyage Atl

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Haffner and Laura Bell.

Matt and Laura, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. Matt: We met in grad school. I was doing photography and trying to be a conceptual artist. I would see Laura sitting on the fire escape of her studio smoking hand-rolled cigarettes at the end of her day of making work. I was immediately intrigued.

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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