Alex Brewer, Greely Myatt at Sandler Hudson

Sandler Hudson Gallery presents “Spray,” by Atlanta artist Alex Brewer, also known as graffiti artist HENSE. This body of work is inspired by Brewer’s recent works in public spaces including work commissioned by the City of Atlanta on the Beltline, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Shops Around Lenox and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art .

Brewer will exhibit a series of mixed media works on paper and wood. Brewer says about the act of painting, ” I generally work on things in a very instinctive way. I paint, spray, or draw shapes and marks, then decide on what stays and goes. I try to never be afraid to paint over something or make changes, allowing breakthroughs to the other side. Sometimes the part you hate the most about a painting becomes the most layered and interesting area once you have destroyed it.”

Brewer works collaboratively for the first time with Atlanta artist, Scott Ingram on two large drawings in the exhibition. The contrast between Ingram’s minimalism and Brewer’s expressionist marks provides an intriguing juxtaposition. Also included in the exhibition is a series of one-of-a-kind silk screens done with Brooklyn-based Master Printer, Keigo Takahashi.

Brewer, an Atlanta native has been painting as a prolific graffiti street artist for about twenty years. His energetic, multi-colored pieces have been exhibited world-wide, from Atlanta to Tokyo, Taipei and Barcelona. This is Brewer’s second solo exhibition at Sandler Hudson Gallery.

On the Rooftop: “Another Nice One” by Greely Myatt

Greely Myatt was born and educated in Mississippi. He currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is Professor of Art at The University of Memphis. His sculptures and installations have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe and Japan. He has received grants and fellowships from the Tennessee Arts Commission, The University of Memphis, The University of Georgia, Alternate Roots, Atlanta, and received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award in 1994. Myatt was an exchange artist to Israel in 1998.

In 2009 work from twenty years of living and working in Memphis were exhibited across the city in nine separate venues. In 2011, he was a visiting artist at Island Press at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been reviewed in Art Papers, Number Magazine, Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture Magazine, American Quilter, and in online versions of ArtForum and Juxtapoz Magazine. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, and David Lusk Gallery, Memphis.

Greely Myatt’s work draws from topics as varied as High Modernism, topical issues, the landscape – both physical and cultural – as well as music, jokes, cartoons and language. His approach is to combine art historical references with vernacular influences. He has a tremendous respect for work that is made by the hand and guided by the head, heart and eye.

“Another Nice One” consists of four mixed material sculptures – one in the stairwell leading to the rooftop deck where the other three sculptures are installed. One piece actually realizes the title phase using reclaimed and repurposed signage. Another Nice One, 2012, sits in the corner brightly shining in the daylight as the sun reflexes off the aluminum base.

After dark the lights come on and the piece lives a different life. Other pieces forego the use of letters, but use signs in a different manner. Recycled traffic signs are arranged in patterns found in traditional quilt making and are used to make sculptures that refer to quilts and how they are seen in the world. Lone Star, 2010, is sited at the top of the stair and is meant to draw viewers to the rooftop.

Quilts on a Line, 2009, derives it form from a clothesline with three “quilts” hanging in the breeze.

The third piece, Zipcode, 2012 references a 1959 work by the American sculptor, David Smith. On one side of the sculpture laid over the surface of the plates are twelve quilt patterns found in the “Quilt Code”. This now discredited belief, was alleged to be used as a communication code by travelers along the Underground Railroad. On the reverse side is a thin yellow line running vertically down, or up, the piece. This nod to the “zip” paintings of Barnett Newman may help explain the title of the sculpture.

Through Oct. 20.

Sandler Hudson Gallery
1009-A Marietta St. NW
Atlanta GA 30318

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