Michael Schmelling at Space2

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery presents “Atlanta: Hip-Hop and the South,” a solo exhibition of Michael Schmelling’s photography never before shown in Atlanta.

On Friday, October 12th JSG will host the exhibition for one-night only at Space2 beside Sound Table at 438 Edgewood Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m. with cocktails, small bites and DJ Apple Jac.

From 2007 to 2009, Michael Schmelling made several extended trips to Atlanta to document the city’s renowned hip-hop scene. Schmelling uses this fertile center of popular culture as the backdrop. From off-the-map teen clubs, to bedroom studios, to Northside mansions, Schmelling traversed the eclectic world of Atlanta hip-hop, documenting the scene from the ground up.

The resulting photographs evoke the spirit and singularity of the city’s hip-hop scene, capturing everything from cars and hot dogs to pay phones and gold chains, to up-and-coming rappers to strippers and multiplatinum artists. Each character and each piece are part of a larger narrative that explores music, technology, economics, and American popular culture.

Jennifer Schwartz, owner of the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery says, “Schmelling’s work is fresh and energetic. This work stands out because of his astute eye for capturing the pulse of a subculture.”

Schmelling has spent the past twelve years working on a series of extended photo projects, many of which have become books: Shut Up Truth (J+L Books, 2002), The Wilco Book (Picturebox, 2004), The Week Of No Computer (TV Books, 2008), and The Plan (J+L Books, 2010).

Copies of his latest book, Atlanta will be available for sell during the exhibition. In this book, Schmelling approaches the mainstream subject of hip-hop with a thoughtfully oblique perspective. This approach to documentary photography runs throughout much of his work—projects that are rich in detail, but also full of unexpected cues, diversions, and second takes.

Space2 (next to the Sound Table)
438 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, Ga.

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