Solomon Projects opens the fall 2010 season with two solo exhibitions by artists Susan Hadorn and Lloyd Benjamin during the annual citywide festival Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Hadorn’s photographic series “Empty Spaces: Piedmont Park Pool and Bathhouse” will be on display in the front gallery, while “Class One Colors” by Benjamin will comprise photography-based works on paper and an accompanying video projection in the main space.
Photographer Susan Hadorn gained access to Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park pool shortly in advance of its demolition in 2008 to chronicle the site before its renovation. Hadorn’s keen eye captures the transitional moment in Atlanta’s history, and the significance of one of the South’s first public swimming pools. Through attention to particular details of the architecture of the pool and bathhouse situated on Lake Clara Meer in the Olmsted-designed park, Hadorn constructs a greater narrative about the important landmark. Scattered vestiges of the previous season serve as reminders of what once was. Susan Hadorn received her BA from Southern Illinois University and a MA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. This is her first solo exhibition at Solomon Projects.
Lloyd Benjamin’s works make visual his personal passion for trains, the American landscape, and 10,000 miles traveled through the United States and Canada on freight trains. Class One Colors is based on selections from the artist’s photographic archives — images of freight yards, train tracks, engines and boxcars tell the story of hobo subculture. The silk screens are printed in vibrant hues representing the color schemes of the eleven Class 1 railroads such as the Norfolk Southern, the CSX and the Santa Fe lines. Benjamin will also premiere his first video installation with sound, intended to immerse the viewer into the experience of freight hopping. Benjamin, a self-taught artist from Little Rock, AK, has exhibited with Garage Projects, Atlanta and Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta. His punk band All Night Drug Prowling Wolves performs nationally. This is Benjamin’s first solo exhibition at Solomon Projects.
Through October 30th.
1037 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306