The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery hosts Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s opening reception this year, presenting solo photography exhibitions by Lisa Kereszi and Atlanta photographer Paul Hagedorn.
The first floor gallery features 29 high key chromogenic photographs by internationally established artist and Yale professor Lisa Kereszi from her series “Fun and Games” and “Fantasies.” These deadpan works focus on objects of escapism in American culture. Kereszi’s level of decisiveness and confidence, focusing in tightly on the loaded and sometimes bleak subject matter, directs the viewer deeper into the image toward its surface and abstract beauty. We begin to examine the reality beneath the illusions of our pleasures.
In the second floor gallery, Atlantan Paul Hagedorn premieres his new series “Peachtree Battle: Imaginary War Games.” These pyrotechnic images of land, sea and air battles reminiscent of WWII movies are staged with miniature models, painted backdrops, rummaged props and fireworks, all of which the artist has created and combined in his backyard studio. The work comments on the charismatic attraction of fireworks and destruction and the unsettling irony that such images actually refer to our culture’s addiction to violence and war. The exhibition has been described by Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco as “a series of audacious visions, conjured with a hint of magic, that transport us into a fantastic realm that is both powerful and disturbing.”
A portion of the proceeds from “Peachtree Battle: Imaginary War Games” will be donated to Art Reach: Project America, “to help make a difference for our troops, veterans, and military families suffering from the ‘invisible’ injuries of war. The mission of the art reach foundation, INC. is to influence and assist – through expressive arts therapies – the growth and development of adults and children who have experienced the traumatic effects of war, violence and of natural disaster.”
Rock and Roll photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s exhibition continues through October 26th in the third floor salon. In person, Rock and Roll and Photo Diary, book signing October 15, 2010, 7–9 p.m.
September 30 – October 26, 2010.
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue, #25
Atlanta, GA 30305