Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Post Up'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

There's a lot you can say about "Post Up," the latest from choreographer T. Lang premiering Friday night at the Goat Farm. It incorporates composer John Osburn and engineer Deigratia Daniels, "who will create computer-vision interactive systems ." It collapses the struggles of multi-generations or a through-line. It has dancers. "Post Up" is, for its daring, also daringly human. The title references the newspaper listings posted by freed slaves who were looking for loved ones. Lang extrapolates that need, as love trends along the ridge of history toward self-destruction.

In 2012, Lang debuted Mother/Mutha, another show about race, taste, place and history. As she said then, "It's not to make a statement but to put this in people's ear," says Lang. "I hope people won't categorize us as 'That's just another black female company on the soap box.' That's not really my intent. I'm trying to open a conversation. ... There are some untold truths that we need to speak."


Delanie Jenkins, Full Circle (for Ruth Levine), variable edition 13/20, screen print on archival tape, collaged on Lanaquarelle, 33.5x45 in.
  • Courtesy Stan McCollum Gallery
  • Delanie Jenkins, "Full Circle (for Ruth Levine)," variable edition 13/20, screen print on archival tape, collaged on Lanaquarelle, 33.5x45 in.

Delanie Jenkins will open Mixed Tape Transpositions at the Stan McCollum Gallery. "With an assemblage-meets-minimalism sensibility and an accumulation of material and gesture, she builds layered visual fields that contract to reveal their singular elements," the gallery explains. Jenkins' pieces are equally impressive in the aggregate - the whole is worth something, too. With a reception from 7-9 p.m.


Cynthia Farnell, Daphne (Sketch for Metamorphoses), pigment inkjet print on paper
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  • Cynthia Farnell, "Daphne (Sketch for Metamorphoses)," pigment inkjet print on paper

Think of Metamorphoses, by the Roman poet Ovid. Think of its many myths, its thickets of transformation. Now imagine a series of pigment inkjet prints on fabric inspired by these myths, all pivoting along the same axis of change. You're imagining Cynthia Farnell's eponymous exhibit, which has its reception and "transformation event" at The XChange Gallery. According to the official description, "a frieze of new images will emerge over the duration of the exhibit via a simple non-toxic chemical reaction on blank lengths of fabric." These pieces will be performed at key junctures, the first of which is tonight. From 6-9 p.m.


The poet/editor/professor Bruce Covey will launch his new book Change Machine "with a short reading and lots of fun" at the Emory Bookstore. Guests/readers include Kory Calico, Jamie Iredell, Gina Myers, Laura Relyea, Laura Solomon and Megan Volpert, plus Covey. The collection is technological and contemporaneous and alive enough on the page. Readings should compound that. From 4-6 p.m.


The more-is-more live painting performance Forward Warrior is back - now at Cabbagetown (now at Wylie Street) and now with 20 more Atlanta artists and "more paint than ever before," with support/sponsorship from Cabbagetown Initiative and Sam Flax. The 20 artists include Ashley Anderson, Paper Frank, Sam Parker, and Ally White. The painting is an all-day affair, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and the soundtrack will be courtesy DJ Genesis and DJ Dusty Bottoms.

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