Michele Mikesell, Gabriel Benzur at Alan Avery

August 31st, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Event, Painting, Photography, Sculpture No Comments »

With themes of irony, contradiction and humor in her exhibition “Upon the Wheel,” Michele Mikesell utilizes symbolic storytelling through figurative painting in the tradition of 17th century Dutch painters as well as 20th century photographers.

Her new work is an homage to Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle (1906) about immigrant life in the meat packing industry.

Internationally acclaimed local photographer Gabriel Benzur’s debut exhibition “The Geometric Landscape” is held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012 and will also feature his incredible woodturnings.

Through Oct. 27.

Alan Avery Art Company
315 E. Paces Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Melissa Mason, Dave Wertz at TEW

August 27th, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Event, Painting, Sculpture No Comments »

“Equus Revisited” introduces Melissa Mason & Dave Wertz.

Melissa Mason is passionate about horses, their bold forms and lyrical lines. Her paintings take from the essence of these animals, initially as brief sketches and often on a large scale.

The essential shapes or lines of movement that she sees in her subjects are mapped out with loose brush marks on canvas. The viewer ‘feels’ the power of the animal rather than being treated to an anatomical likeness.

Once the drawing, or mapping, is complete, the process of painting and often re-drawing as paint meets paint occurs. These works are formally as much about surface, mark, color and gesture as they are about the animal they represent but they retain that indelible spirit of the creature in much the same sense as that captured by prehistoric cave artists of Europe and Africa.

Metal smith Dave Wertz presents the subject in a totally different manner. His three dimensional horses are constructed from found elements, mostly old automotive parts that he cuts and shapes, or at times simply utilizes, to describe the structure.

Wertz’ horses are not quite anatomically correct ¯ rather they are mystical beings with inherent “personality” and plenty of idiosyncratic detailing that at times becomes quite visceral, almost as if you are looking beneath the skin of the beast.

His use of both structure and void makes the works spatially interesting and also allows an element of playfulness to the personality of the individual works.

TEW Galleries
425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24
Atlanta, GA 30305

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