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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Salvation is near! Expect Long lines today at Marcia Wood

click to enlarge ALL THINGS COME FULL CIRCLE: George Long's 'Double Yolk,' 2009.
  • ALL THINGS COME FULL CIRCLE: George Long's 'Double Yolk,' 2009.

The Sunday Southern Art Revival is an artist collaborative comprised of five members: Jesse Cregar, George Long, Mario Schambon, John Tindel and Michi. Incidentally, the group overlaps with the Sons of the South collective — oddly named, since the "Sons" include at least one woman, Bethany Marchman — and numbers among what I like to think of as "the usual suspects" of visual art on Atlanta's youthful Eastside.

Check out Marcia Wood Gallery today, Thurs. May 14, from 7-9 p.m. for a unique double-opening reception. The evening will feature new works in not one, but two shows: a solo exhibition, George Long: Gift Basket, and Sunday Southern Art Revival: Engine Swapping.

More from Marcia Wood:

Long’s first exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery, “8 x 8,” in 2004, featured an installation of over 500 mixed-media paintings on panel installed in grids along the walls … Long adds to this work with a body of larger, 60 x 60 inch panels, conceived as a part of the same larger body of work as the 8 x 8 inch boxes, investigating the same themes and same language of iconography, using many of the same materials. These larger works, installed among the “eight by eights,” are envisioned as a sort of macro-view of the smaller works.

The Sunday Southern Art Revival is a collaborative group of Atlanta based artists that evolved out of several sessions or meetings. The meetings were for an active exchange of art making, sharing ideas, stories, techniques, recipes, a few beers, and an appreciation of each other’s work. Employing only a few rules and an intense willingness to experiment with the ways and means. Five Southern Gentlemen collaborating on “making Stuff“ became a serious commitment, creating exciting work that informed and challenged each other artistically.

The name Engine Swapping, of course, refers to the exquisite corpse method used to create the works in the Revival group show. These artists tend to support each other with heavy fanfare, so expect a good show!

(Photo courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery)

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