Dan Powell, Chris Todd, Paige Harvey at Luckie Street

Painter Dan Powell and sculptor Chris Todd will make their Atlanta debut at The Gallery at Luckie Street Studios, 130 Cone Street as part of the First Thursdays Downtown Art Walk, on Thursday May 5, 2011. Dan Powell and Chris Todd: New Works will be on view from May 5–27, with a reception for the artists on May 5 from 5–8 p.m. The public is invited to view new oil and watercolors by Dan Powell inspired by the landscapes of coastal Rhode Island and South Carolina and new sculptures of whimsically altered chair forms by Chris Todd.

Dan Powell‘s recent oils on linen and watercolors are inspired by boat landings on the rivers of the South Carolina Low Country and the beaches, estuaries, and jetties of coastal Rhode Island. His saturated, light suffused paintings are Whitman-esque, evoking the arrivals and departures of an inner journey. In a statement about his work, Powell says, “…Like a patient gardener the river shapes the land around it. The landings where we join the river are likewise shaped by our activities. Whether we launch a kayak or powerboat or just clear a spot to cast a line we are agents of change and leave our mark. I love the landings of the Waccamaw and the Little Pee Dee rivers in South Carolina. There we have come across waiting fishermen, proud brides, excited children and bemused locals. They are dotted with reminders—oyster shells and beer cans, a forgotten sneaker, stray cats and the tracks of countless boat loving dogs. These are the sites of beginnings and endings…”

“The Rhode Island vistas and seascapes are poetic memories of places observed. They serve as Proustian references, fragile madeleines which unleash a flood of pleasant imagery.”

Chris Todd is a sculptor who encourages her audiences to take a fresh look at the quotidian objects in our midst. Todd says about her recent work, “The chair is one of the most interacted with objects in our society; much of our waking life is spent sitting. It is intricately woven into the fabric of our daily lives by its response to our needs. We depend on this object for support and comfort from our daily struggles without much thought. I manipulate this furniture-form to create pieces that reveal our struggles as social beings.

By altering the functional aspects of the chair, I invite viewers to contemplate this object as a stand in for the human. The chair, like its occupant, is made up of legs, back, seat and arms. The familiar body parts allow the chair to be a representation of its occupant while the manipulation of form simultaneously denies individual physical access. This dysfunctional furniture acknowledges our personal concerns, while the humor and gesture suggest hope.”

Atlanta artist Paige Harvey opens her studio to the public as part of the First Thursdays Downtown Art Walk every month. Her large scale oil paintings of nature based subject matter are included in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, Brenau University, King and Spalding, Alston and Bird, the Sutherlin collection, as well as numerous other public and private collections throughout the United States. Harvey says, “Natureʼs duality, harmony as well as tumult, offers me an unlimited source of imagery. Even my painting methods echo natureʼs process of renewal through destruction. Countless hours spent observing wildlife enhance and replenish my vocabulary of form… At times I incorporate lines of prose or poetry into a composition. Individual letters may be compressed or revealed by color or partially concealed between interpenetrating shapes. Written upside down and backwards, the words become the bones, the structure of the paintings—chaos becomes order, and motion is held in suspense.”

Through May 27.

Luckie Street Studios
130 Cone Street
Atlanta, Ga.

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