Open Studios: Your Access Pass to Atlanta’s Contemporary Artists

By November 21, 2017 No Comments

In its 40+ years since opening, Atlanta Contemporary (formerly Nexus) has maintained its aesthetic as a resource for creatives and art enthusiasts alike. Embracing a grassroots approach, Atlanta Contemporary (AC) has continued to showcase notable artists locally, nationally, and internationally, while also being one of the few organizations in the city commissioning new work. Through their Studio Artist Program, AC keeps art accessible by providing subsidized studio space, while also fostering collaboration to establish a conducive environment for an artist’s creative process.

Make no mistake (err, happy accident), whether you’ve attended an Atlanta Contemporary event or not, you won’t want to miss their Open Studios on November 30. Not only will you get the chance to meet the latest talent in the Studio Artist Program, you’ll have open access to artist studios and latest works, all while sipping on the freshest cocktails. Hell, you could even find a piece of work to add to your collection (or a jumping off point for starting one). Or a gift for your art-loving compatriot, slating you as a local guru amongst your compadres.

So, to hold you over until Open Studios, we’ve rounded up the artists in the program, with some of them sharing how the Atlanta community influences their work.

“Artistically, Atlanta is all over the place with all types of folks doing all kinds of things.  Being part of this community has pulled me around and around and encouraged me to continue to experiment and engage with whatever I come upon.”

“Atlanta is an incredibly strong and diverse community.  Being around so many curious, driven, professional artists is not only extremely inspiring and motivating, it’s essential in order to continue to grow and innovate my practice.”
“I’m interested in tuning, perception, framing devices, context, serialism, thought-mirrors, rhythm, time signatures, appropriation, shapeshifters, random number generators, echoes, hallucinations, compression, phases, castoffs, generative art, John Cage, texture, thresholds, and visual crossfades.”

“Since moving to Atlanta in 2013, I have focused my practice on mining the cultural landscape of the city. With such a richly layered history, Atlanta has allowed me to dive in and find fascinating narratives to illuminate through mixed media installations and photo-based works. Atlanta has been an amazing incubator for me to test out new ideas, new materials and new ways of making. The community support and cooperative culture of the city has allowed me to grow as an artist in ways not possible elsewhere.”
“My work addresses memory and the sociological consequences of its erasure. Atlanta’s past, rooted in a complex racialized historical narrative, continues to inspire the thematic and conceptual framework of my practice. The enduring legacy of slavery and Atlanta’s attempt – like most of the country – to pave over its imprint fuels and inspires me. Through multimedia sculptural forms, I am attempting to uncover our collective memory and render the ghostly residue of slavery’s past and its proximity to our present.”
“As an interdisciplinary artist, I am working through multiple mediums and on a variety of scales. My work provides a means to act out creative responses to contemporary issues in culture, to explore time-based digital media, immersive environments, luminous space, and in a variety sculptural and photographic materials. I am interested in bridging the gap between disciplines and in projects that incorporate new technologies into installations shaped by their conceptual and site-specific realization.”

Grab your tickets (only $10 each) and learn all about Atlanta Contemporary here. We may be donning buffet pants but we’ll see you at Open Studios November 30.

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