Trine Søndergaard's Monochrome Portraits are exactly what they sound like - a simplicity that doesn't dilute their effect. Many of the figures are posed in cliche half-turns, faces half-hidden by shoulders or hair or backs, but they seem to have been dipped in gorgeous Pantone (actually Cibachrome) shades. It's like Warhol doing Chekov. The exhibit has been running at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery since October but Søndergaard will appear for an artist reception this Friday, from 6-8:30 p.m, and a talk and book signing on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
Four more picks after the jump.
Beep Beep's third annual group show, involving a lot of triangles and a lot of sizes and a lot of artists, has returned. Here's what last year's show looked like. The future is pointed. Anything is possible. Includes work by Allen Taylor, Ashley Anderson, EMER, Mike Germon, Metatronic, Rachel Berstein, and many, many others. Opens at 7 p.m.
There are two things I like about Wreckless Eric's first solo show, at Upstairs and to the Left. One is the location, because not enough art shows, I find, are held above pubs. Also the show's title, Paintings by an Antique English Pop Musician, which has a delicious precociousness piled atop an obvious entendre - the adjective just keep coming! The show was originally set to close on Saturday, but it's been extended through Dec. 8. It includes several different paintings, in acryllic, of the Kodak logo. Here, let Eric explain himself: "I've been a pop artist for thirty seven years. Made a lot of records, toured the world, wrote a book about it. Now I'm an antique."
Why Things Fall, at Further Art, is about why things fall. Admire the polarity of this self-explanation: the exhibit shows how "rules of gravity and of society play primary roles in each of the works on display." Or, as artist Macey Ley explained to me, "Each of our own bodies of work considers one or both kinds of falling, but collectively, there is the sense that acknowledging and owning these falls provides a distance to reflect upon and embrace them. Why things fall isn't really a question. It's more a declaration that when things do fall, we have an opportunity to see what we couldn't before and to respond thoughtfully in order to correct our course and our perspective." Fall features works in paper, sculpture, painting, and installation by Ley, Jeffry Loy, and Cassidy Russell. Opening reception is Friday from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Three more picks, after the jump.
How do you feel about charcoal drawings? Diana Prescott Sandrini has a whole series of them to show off, in her new exhibit at One Twelve Gallery called Love and Ping Ping, which opens tonight from 7-9. I find the pieces delightful in a way that feels simultaneously basic and dynamic - like, I could do that and also There is no way I could do anything like that. I'm assured that, yes, there will be ping pong at the reception.
This weekend is your last chance to learn way too much about choreographer and dancer Helen Hale. Her one-woman show, Sanity Ceremonies, is a multimedia exploration of fundamental artistic questions. Where does she come from? "Of what mettle am I made?" Ceremonies looks for answers, marrying dance, video animation, costuming, and other forms. As Hale explains, "I'm stretching my choreographic modes to communicate the humor, eccentricity, and absurdity of my life and to provide a playfully honest portrait of the day to day struggle to not just make it through, but to be brave and go big." Hale's camp tells me that audience response so far is initially incredulous and then ecstatic, a product of the production's many facets (and faces). The show is at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at 7 Stages.
The weekend's agenda, after the jump.
Hudgens Prize winner Pam Longobardi exhibits ENDLESS at Sandler Hudson Gallery. Her sculptural work, made primarily from "vagrant plastic removed from the ocean, sea caves and beaches of the world," will be exhibited alongside recent paintings and works on paper. An opening reception will be begin at Fri., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. More details at Sandler Hudson
More events after the jump.
Excluding the expert designistas among us, you probably won't immediately recognize the name Paul Rand. But you almost certainly know his work: Rand is the eye behind logos for IBM, ABC, UPS, and more. In a new exhibit at MODA, Defining Design lays out the arc of Rand's career and examines the design principles that would come to influence not just a generation of graphic designers, but a generation of consumers as well. Opens Sunday, succeeding an opening party called Logo-a-Go-Go on Saturday that will feature DJ Mike Beaver. (Buy tickets here.) Curated by Daniel Lewandowski. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m.
More weekend picks below.
Jason Craighead's From the Soul to the Heart closes this weekend at Thomas Deans Fine Art. Craighead's method incorporates drawing, painting, collage, graffiti, and process art, producing abstract works of bizarre aggregation that are never more than off-putting. The weirdness pulls you in instead of pushing you out. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
After the jump, three more picks for the weekend.
It's the week of Too Much: politics, yes, and mispronunciations of the word "sequestration"; but also art! Too much art! Seriously, the weekend has the usual arts events as well as un-usuaul days-long topliners, with the LGBT film fest, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and Atlanta Gallery Week. And Flux Night. Who forgot about Flux Night? (No one.)
The fourth annual public art party is Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, all throughout Castleberry Hill. It's free. It's curated by Helena Reckitt, ex- of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Emory, etc. It will include at least two dancers trapped in a box. I'd say more but risk ruining any/all surprises. Go. Look at how happy those people look in the photo!
More - Too Much - after the jump.
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"Stadium Love" - Metric
Ben Palmer is a funny dude. I'm saving up to buy his book someday.
Some call it poverty - others call it a simpler life.
you're soooo edgy jr.