Atlanta artist Steven Sachs has been exploring and expanding the creative path of using “everyday” materials to create a variety of artful statements, from insightfully serious commentary to playful, jester-like imagery. An exhibit of Sachs’ latest work — titled “What in the World” — will be featured at Buckhead’s City Gallery Chastain Feb. 25 to April 29, with an opening reception on February 25th, 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open Monday –Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturdays 9:30 AM -3:00 PM.
Sachs notes that he doesn’t find his materials “in an art supply store.” He looks for “whatever works” — from, for instance, “paintable sand” to metal parts that have drawn his attention while leafing through a machine parts catalogue. He notes that the current exhibit will feature a variety of pieces larger and more expansive pieces than his usual forms, conceived as he considered the uncluttered breadth of the art gallery’s walls. While some of these pieces may evoke large thematic presentations, he says that others have simply evolved, “one decision after another” without a complete visualization beforehand.
A self-taught artist, Sachs has been surrounded by art and artists his whole life. But it wasn’t until his move to Atlanta in the mid-70’s that he began creating his own artwork. His early drawings and paintings, based on photographic images, created a narrative incorporating distant realities with designs and optical patterns, thereby walking a tightrope between the real and the surreal. “I like to take the ordinary – things that we might not normally look at – and make them subjects of real interest,” he says. Sachs’ artwork began drawing attention during the Artists on Georgia exhibitions at the High Museum in 1978 and 1980. Since then, his work has been included in museum exhibits at The Tampa Museum of Art, The Montgomery Museum of Art, The LaGrange National and various one-man gallery exhibitions, highlighted in 2009 at Barbara Archer Gallery with a 30-Year Retrospective.
Chastain Arts Center
135 W. Wieuca Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30342