Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gyun Hur wins $50,000 Hudgens Prize

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Gyun Hur
  • Courtesy the Hudgens Center
  • Gyun Hur
It's just been announced that Atlanta-based artist Gyun Hur has been awarded the Hudgens Prize and the distinguished honor of being $50,000 richer. As a young emerging artist, Hur was a bit of an underdog in some ways, considering her well-known competition: Ruth Dusseault, Hope Hilton, Scott Ingram and Jiha Moon.

Besides the $50K Hur is offered a solo show at the Hudgens Center in 2011.

From the press release:

Hur painstakingly created a complex installation of bright stripes from both deconstructed silk flower elements and paint, with an accompanying photograph. She states, “narratives of memory, loss, and place are vital elements in my construction of a visual and psychological space in which improvised rituals and materials converge. Silk flowers are carefully disassembled and hand-shredded by [Hur] and a community of people around her. The pattern produced by a labor-intensive installation references the artist’s mother’s wedding blanket, beckoning memories of the past and inherent ephemeral comfort. Re-contextualizing a cultural reference to the colors of seck-dong that are believed to drive out bad luck, [Hur] creates an aesthetic space that imposes on issues of culture, beliefs, and aesthetics.”

Installation view of Gyun Hurs award-winning work
  • Courtesy the Hudgens Center
  • Installation view of Gyun Hur's award-winning work

The prize's funding comes from an anonymous donor and the jurors included Atlanta's Sylvie Fortin (Editor in Chief of ART PAPERS Magazine); David Kiehl (Curator of Prints at The Whitney Museum of American Art); and Eungie Joo (Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The New Museum).

An exhibit of the finalists' work is now on view at the Hudgens Center through Feb. 19.

Congrats Gyun!

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Warhol Foundation 2010 workshop recipients announced, CL contributor on the list

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 6:25 PM

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  • Deanna Sirlin
Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program posted the recipients of its 2010 writing workshop awards late this afternoon. Among the 10 recipients is visual artist and CL contributor Deanna Sirlin. No real deatails have been released beyond the names of the winners, but Sirlin does know that Pulitzer-prize finalist and art historian Hayden Herrera will be her mentor.

The foundation's Arts Writing Workshop is "designed to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics."

In addition to Sirlin, this year's winners include, Natalie Bell, New York, NY; David Buuk, Oakland, CA; Colin Edgington, New Brunswick, NJ; Mark Feldman, Menlo Park, CA; Erin Langner, Seattle, WA; Carol McCusker, San Diego, CA; Patricia Mora, Dallas, TX; Christina Schmid, Minneapolis, MN; Adam Welch, Hightstown, NJ.

The mentors/workshop leaders this year are former NYT art editor Annette Grant; Eleanor Heartney, award-winning art critic and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress; 2003 Guggenheim Fellow and chair of the graduate program in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York David Levi-Strauss; Suzanne Muchnic, critic and art writer for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications; contributing editor and former art critic at Newsweek Peter Plagens; award-winning curator Mark Rosenthal; Richard Shiff, the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas at Austin; Gregory Volk, contributing editor to Art in America; and New York-based independent curator and critic Lilly Wei.

Congrats Deanna!

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Fulton DA eyes criminal prosecutions in APS cheating scandal

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Fulton DA Paul Howard
After being presented with what he calls "clear-cut, direct, eye-witnessed evidence" that Atlanta Public Schools employees fudged students' tests to boost scores, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard today signaled that the investigation of the school system's cheating scandal will likely result in criminal prosecutions.

Howard today named former Attorney General Michael Bowers and former DeKalb County DA Robert Wilson, the two investigators appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to probe the cheating scandal, as special prosecutors to help him determine which cases might call for criminal charges. Teachers and school officials could face possible felony charges of up to five or 10 years if found guilty.

The so-called "blue ribbon panel" of business and civic leaders which APS commissioned after the state questioned students' test scores will also be part of the investigation, Bowers told WSB-TV's Richard Belcher.

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Man gets two years in prison, becomes known (by me) as worst person ever

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I don't remember hearing about this when it happened (and a search of ajc.com didn't yield any results), but District Attorney Paul Howard's office sent out a release this evening announcing the conviction by guilty plea of a 68-year-old Atlanta man who allowed — or, rather, instructed — his two pit bulls to maul two puppies in a neighbor's yard.

From the release:

The case stems from a May 29, 2010 incident on Spring Garden Drive in southwest Atlanta. The obviously intoxicated [Wayde] Clark was walking with his two pit bulldogs when he unlocked the gate to a neighbor’s home. He removed the cinder block and Herbie Curbie the owner had used to secure his property and put his dogs into the neighbor’s yard. The pit bulls attacked the two puppies in the yard, a Labrador mix and an 8-month-old Shepherd. The 22-pound Shepherd mix, named Crackerjack, was killed.

When a neighbor intervened and attempted to stop the mauling of Crackerjack, the defendant commanded one of his dogs to attack her. She made it safely back to her home and called 911. Fulton County Animal Control officers took custody of the pit bulls. One was deemed dangerous and euthanized.

A jury was selected for Clark's trial yesterday, but he went ahead and pleaded guilty today to aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated assault, criminal trespass and public drunkenness. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but will serve only two. He'll be on probation for the remainder of his sentence. Hopefully a condition of his probation is not owning/being around/looking at dogs.

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Bill Cosby wants you to know about the new MINT Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Since Cosby = unbridled heaps of truth at all times, it seems the new MINT Gallery space will be super rad.

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Jason Travis' "Personified" opens tomorrow night at Puritan Mill

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

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It feels a little like overkill to tell you, beloved reader, that Jason Travis has this totally baller ongoing photo project called Persona; it's been written about, like, everywhere. But we're all about bandwagons here at CL so whatever, let's keep talking about it. (We jest but this is a badass project.)

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Who has the best Christmas Fail story? (UPDATED)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

UPDATED with our favorite Christmas Fail stories from Facebook after the jump.

Christmas dinners that end with trips to the emergency room. Office holiday revelers who flagrantly misuse mistletoe. The tragic combination of kids, incontinence and a department store Santa Claus. For every way to celebrate the December holidays, there are ways for those festivities to blow up in your face. Few things prove more disappointing than a holiday disaster, but after the fact, they become gifts that keep on giving. Christmas Fails make for great stories at family gatherings: if every holiday went off without a hitch, you'd have nothing to talk about with your relatives.

So who has the best, funniest, most lingering story of the Yuletide season gone horribly wrong? I hereby offer a Christmas Fail story from my own childhood to get the jingle-ball rolling, but surely someone can top me. The best stories get a shot at appearing in this very publication, so you could conceivably use yourself as gift-wrap.

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One year at Christ the King Elementary School, my class had Secret Santas, so we picked all of each other’s names at random for a gift exchange. I don’t remember the present I gave, but it was the early 1970s, so it was probably a small Tonka truck. The time came to exchange the gifts, so I found the present marked to me under the classroom Christmas tree. Upon opening it, I saw that it was filled with tissue paper, so I rummaged through it find the present, only to realize that it contained nothing BUT tissue paper, unless it contained a diamond ring or something that I overlooked. Does that mean my mystery classmate (or his mother) deliberately gave a grade-schooler a handful of toilet paper for Christmas? Or did the kid pocket the present for himself when his mother wasn’t looking? It ruined the idea that Secret Santas work on the honor system.

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A Cappella Books hits the legal drinking age

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM

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  • Jimmy Chen

Little Five Points bookseller A Cappella Books hosted an epic weekend bash for their twentieth anniversary last year, bringing in a slew of local authors to discuss their favorite books. For this year's celebration, which lands tomorrow Wednesday, December 1, they've opted for a celebration that's fitting for their age:

We're 21! We're gonna drink. And if you come by, we hope you'll have a drink, too. Nothing formal, nothing fancy, we're just going to lift a glass (or bottle) in appreciation that we actually made it to 21 years.

I guess this means they won't have to ask Charis Books to go inside the liquor store for them anymore? If you're not sure of the right drink for a bookstore, you could do worse than consulting Jimmy Chen's excellent list of Writer Cocktails.

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Spacemen descend on Norcross home to open Christmas gifts, confiscate massive amounts of meth

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

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  • Gwinnett County Police
While you were winding down your Monday afternoon, Gwinnett County Police and Drug Enforcement Agency agents wearing Hazmat suits seized more than 980 pounds of methamphetamine — with an estimated street value of more than $44 million — from a Norcross home.

Officials say yesterday's find is possibly one of the largest meth confiscations in U.S. history. Meth manufacturers say they haven't felt this depressed since the General Assembly required pharmacies to stock pseudoephedrine behind the counter.

According to police, the home on Newbury Road was empty and appeared to be used solely to manufacture the drug. Jose Galvez-Vela of Weslaco, Texas, was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Police say they're following up on other leads to determine who's responsible for the drug's production in the home.

After the jump, photos from the seizure.

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Anonymous donor gifts $75,000 to Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts
  • Photo Credit: Spelman Museum
  • Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts
The local art community, like many Georgians, continues to struggle to keep afloat in this wretched economy. But we bring good tidings this dreary November afternoon: An anonymous donor has lent a helping hand to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art to the tune of $75,000.

According to an e-mail sent by Museum Director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, "Last week an anonymous donor contributed $75,000 in honor of my ambitious vision for the Museum. President Beverly Daniel Tatum, colleagues in Institutional Advancement, and the Museum staff share my enthusiasm for this generous endorsement."

Nice! More details after the jump.

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