Monday, September 14, 2009

Get This!/Saltworks Gallery double feature Friday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 4:23 PM

click to enlarge MIND AND SOUL: Alejandro Aguilera's 'Aurelio, Life After Death' will appear at Saltworks Friday.
  • MIND AND SOUL: Alejandro Aguilera's 'Aurelio, Life After Death' will appear at Saltworks Friday.

Art recommendations can be tricky. The hardest part is finding events that will both entertain and educate, that is, art shows that are genuinely fun without compromising standards of taste. You shouldn't have to check yer' brain at the door, nor should we needlessly, endlessly suffer for the sake of "civilized" culture.

With that caveat in mind, I can confidently direct you towards two openings on the Westside this Friday. Saltworks Gallery and Get This! Gallery are literal next-door neighbors, located in a grayish block of storefronts on 11th Street near Georgia Tech (across the street from Six Feet Under, the popular pub and fish house). The two venues jump-start the fall visual arts season this weekend with a Friday double feature: Get This! opens Bill Daniel's solo exhibition, Ground Score, alongside Everything In-between, a new group show at Saltworks.

Bill Daniel is something of a champion of DIY underground art. He's a self-taught photographer and filmmaker whose work so far has focused on traditional railroad graffiti, train jumping, and alternative modes of travel and residence. Daniel's last solo at Get This!, which documented the habitats of perpetual wanderers living in house boats, cars, and mobile homes, was one of the most popular art shows of early 2008. Despite (or perhaps in vindication of) his self-taught roots, Daniel is firmly established in the fine art world as a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The reception for Ground Score will open at Get This! Gallery this Fri. Sept. 18, from 7-11 p.m.

Everything In-between is a show of mixed-media works by Alejandro Aguilera, Kojo Griffin, and Jefferson Pinder. Jefferson Pinder was highlighted in the Washington Post last year as an artist pushing the boundaries in hybrid soundtrack/visual art installations. Kojo Griffin is a local previously noted for his sensitive, socially charged drawings of cartoon bears and other anthropomorphic figures. And Alejandro Aguilera is an Atlanta-based sculptor and painter whose work interprets his experience as a Cuban immigrant. The reception for Everything In-between will open at Saltworks Gallery this Fri. Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m.

The Saltworks/Get This! combo isn't just incidental; the two galleries actually work well together. The theme of Everything In-between centers on relationships between individuals and their communities, a notion that well suits Bill Daniel's photography. And although the two venues attract slightly different demographics, one older and one younger, the crowds become a nearly seamless party whenever there's a dual opening night.

If you miss the opening(s) Friday, you can always catch the shows the very next day, during the Westside Art Walk on Saturday. Click here for a full list of WAD events, this Sat. Sept. 19, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Photo courtesy Saltworks Gallery)

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