Preston Snyder at Sweet Science

During July and August 2010 Preston Snyder and Sweet Science Fitness present Preston Snyder, an emerging Atlanta painter, exhibiting “The Sweet Science”, a collection of figurative paintings based upon images of fighters. According to Snyder, his recent body of work includes abstracted figure studies of boxers and fighters presented as metaphors for and studies of conflict, challenge, fear, violence and primal instincts in personal, group and national dynamics. His work is informed and influenced by heroes Van Gogh, Picasso, Hopper and Bellows. Sweet Science Fitness is “a boxing boutique” in the Dunwoody area of Atlanta, Ga. where US certified boxing trainer Marty Hill, offers personal training to Atlanta’s executives and professionals who are seeking the most tried and tested workout, boxing. The opening will be held the evening of July 9, 2010 at the Sweet Science Fitness location. The event is open to the public, and will include artwork on display throughout the gym, as well as sparring exhibitions and celebrity guests to include Emanuel Steward, color commentator of HBO Boxing fame and world renowned trainer to such boxing greats as current WBC heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitshko, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Michael Moorer and many more.

Snyder has had a lifelong interest, involvement in and appreciation for boxing and martial arts and has been practicing for over 30 years. This interest and involvement informs his figurative work and is critical to the subject matter of this exhibit. Marty Hill, owner of Sweet Science Fitness, left a successful career in corporate America to follow his love and passion for the sport of boxing.

Snyder commented, “Everyone can connect with images of the human form and psyche under strain and pressure, everyone understands conflict, the interest can by universal. It’s quite subjective and all the more meaningful for those who have a genuine interest in the “sweet science” of boxing. Marty approached me about a collaboration. We hit it off, had a couple of good discussions and he even ran me through a workout and put me in the ring. After that the deal was sealed! I’m excited to be presenting the work in proper boxing gym, and especially excited to be doing it in a facility as nice as this. It seems appropriate that this work should be seen in this environment rather than a traditional gallery setting. Marty’s willingness to provide live sparring during the event adds another level of energy and excitement to the presentation, and a performance aspect that again seemed a natural fit for the work. I’m really excited to do this!”

Hill commented “I didn’t want to see the same old posters in my facility. We are targeting executives and professionals and really want our product to be a “boutique” personal training experience. Preston’s work was much more representative of what we are trying to do. It’s handcrafted, one of a kind works of art which is very much in line with what we are doing here with highly personalized, individually designed and executed training programs in boxing for an extremely busy and demanding clientele with high expectations from themselves and others. Preston’s work seemed a great fit for the space and for our concept, and I’m also just a personal fan of the work.“

Through August 7.

Sweet Science Fitness
1100 Hammond Drive
Suite 400B
Atlanta, Ga. 30328

(in the Publix shopping center at Hammond and Peachtree Dunwoody)

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