Laura Bell at whitespace

December 29th, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Event, Mixed Media, Sculpture No Comments »

“Gurgle and Seep,” Laura Bell’s first solo exhibition at whitespace gallery, features stitched mixed media works that reference the human body and its functions and processes, as well as the exuberant persistence of living forces both deadly and benign. She has moved away from painting on flat surfaces to creating sewn works that rise from their frames towards the viewers.

For Bell, the act of stitching is simultaneously repetitive, meditative, and industrious. It is also a series of tiny acts of violence – cutting, piercing, stitching together – that when added up become a realized form. She directly handles the materials throughout the working process. The texture of them against her hands, the stab of the needle, the piles of knots, beads, stitches, and filled forms create an intimate and tactile working process.

The forms bubble, gurgle, boil, and emerge. They stretch and strain against each other, encrusted by milky blooms of knots or glittering clots of beads. As they creep across the surface of the piece, they become unruly and unpleasant, recalling itchy prickles, a parasitic mold, or an oozing bud.

The works grow organically. The paper or fabric is stained and painted, then beginning with a shape, a cut, or a stitch, each new form responds to the ones that came before. They replicate growth patterns as the marks slowly take over, spreading across the surface of the work.

Laura Bell received her MFA from the Tyler School at Temple University and her BA with a concentration in Art and Art History from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She is an Atlanta-based artist who has exhibited her work across the United States and Canada. Recently, she has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver, and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. In addition to creating art, Laura Bell is an adjunct professor at both Kennesaw State University and Art Institute of Atlanta.

Through March 30.

whitespace gallery
814 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, Ga.

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Deanna Sirlin at Bank of America

October 18th, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Event, Mixed Media No Comments »

Deanna Sirlin says of her show, “Under and Over: New Collages,”

“This work started like most work in the studio. I was making small collages, many shown here, using hot colors and different kinds of media. I had been thinking about making these works in another scale as they communicated the right notes of energy, gesture, and presence. But I wanted see how they might change by altering the scale.

I received a mini grant from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities through the City of Milton, Georgia to make art with my community, and be inclusive with parts of the community that might feel excluded.

At the workshops, groups of volunteers glued down the base layers for some of the large works in this exhibition using fluorescent colored paper I provided combined with colorful papers they contributed. Everyone worked at large tables on sheets of archival Stonehenge papers and seemed to enjoy the process. Roy Gentile acted as my assistant and photographed the participants.

I brought these layered works into my studio and responded to the patterns and colors the community had prepared. A kind of magic happened. The work came into being with a delightful connection to what was underneath. Under and Over: everyone’s presence is now part of this series of collaborative works that are colorful and filled with joy.

I would like to thank the City of Milton, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Larson – Juhl, and Carter House Framing in Alpharetta, and all the individuals who worked on the collages. And Roy Gentile, thank you for your help and photography.

And of course, Susan Kendrick with Commercial Art Consultants/theartcollaborative curator of The Bank of America Gallery whom I would like to thank for curating and inviting me to show this work. Without the help of these companies and individuals whose inspiration helped in the creation these works, I would not be able to be show them here today.”

Through Dec. 11.

Bank of America Plaza
600 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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