Alix Pearlstein, Tony Labat, Tad Savinar at ACAC

January 2nd, 2013 Jason Parker Posted in Drawing, Event, Performance, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video No Comments »

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) announces the opening of its winter exhibitions on Fri., Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. These exhibitions were organized to highlight significant aspects of ACAC’s programmatic mission – to help in the creation of ambitious new works and to reveal connections between existing art and artists. All three exhibiting artists will attend the opening.

In “The Dark Pavement,” New York-based artist Alix Pearlstein utilizes aspects of ACAC’s architecture and surrounding environment – gallery spaces and lobby area, the derelict Bankhead Highway bridge and adjacent parking lots, and a rarely-seen basement.

Working with actors from the Atlanta companies Out of Hand Theater and Théatre du Rêve, Pearlstein filmed sequences of action and stillness. This imagery, when viewed in the exhibition, will make viewers aware of their own bodies in relationship to the performers and their purposeful walking, turning, clustering, and stasis.

Hailed as “a quiet provocateur at every level of her productions” in BOMB’s Winter 2013 issue, Pearlstein said her work is inspired by the juxtaposition of urban landscape.

A recent review in The New Yorker of her solo exhibition at On Stellar Rays states: “Seeing and being seen—and intimacy and alienation—are the ongoing concerns of the artist whose exquisitely restrained, psychologically taut videos suggest a collaboration between Michael Snow and Ingmar Bergman.”

The title, The Dark Pavement, is lifted out of artist Tony Smith’s account of driving on an unfinished portion of the New Jersey Turnpike at night. Pearlstein posits, “My project springs from a response to an urban site and its landscape, and from the desire to tease out the idiosyncrasy and strangeness of that site with actors.”

“Nice to Meet You” combines the interdisciplinary works of Tony Labat and Tad Savinar, who each use humor and straightforward presentation strategies to explore human foibles, social structures, and political history.

Labat is an influential teacher of new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and a fixture in the art and music scene in California; Savinar is a visual artist, playwright, designer, and urban planner based in Portland, Oregon.

Their work is paired here for the first time, offering a meditation on conceptual art and the use of various media including sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Highlights include Labat’s Blanket Policy, 1989, a tent made of found paintings, and his video Peace Roll, 2006, featuring a performer rolling a giant peace symbol across the streets of San Francisco; Savinar’s graphic works including Champ, 1983, and Characteristics of a Third World Country, 2008, which offer lessons in national pride, economics, and civics.

“Our commissioning of Alix Pearlstein’s The Dark Pavement has allowed her to expand her palette, responding to specific architecture for the first time, working outdoors, and collaborating with Atlanta actors and filmmakers that she’d otherwise never have met,” said Stuart Horodner, Artistic Director at ACAC.

“Tony Labat and Tad Savinar are venerable conceptual artists whose works share many of the same concerns, but have never been exhibited together. Nice to Meet You affords audiences a chance to appreciate their focus on human agency and behavior.”

Alix Pearlstein will give an artist talk at the gallery on Sat., Jan. 12 at 11 a.m.

Through March 16.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

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“Shadow Puppets” at GSU Welch

December 29th, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Artist Talk, Event, Photography, Video No Comments »

“Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices,” curated by Jill Frank and Stephanie Dowda
January 14 – February 8

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) are pleased to present Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices from January 14 through February 8, 2013. A closing reception on Thursday, February 7, 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The exhibit Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices, features photographic and video works that explore the authority of the document and productively exploit lens-based media’s ability to confound reality with fiction.

Artists: Daniel Bejar, Paul Chan, Debbie Grossman, Guillermo Gudiño, Sergei Isaenko, Lamia Joregie, Jason Lazarus, Sanaz Mazinani, Michael David Murphy, Possible Press, Joel Sternfeld

Panel Discussion: Traces of New Documentary Practices, Thursday, February 7, 5:30, Kopleff Recital Hall. RSVP suggested:

Traces of New Documentary Practices, moderated by the curators, Stephanie Dowda and Jill Frank, in conversation with exhibiting artist Daniel Bejar, along with James Elkins (E.C. Chadbourne Chair, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Cinque Hicks (Atlanta Art Now) and Susan Richmond (Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgia State University). A central topic of discussion will address the intersection between art and document in recent lens-based media works. The panel is free and open to the public. A closing reception in the Welch School Galleries will follow the event.

Lecture: James Elkins, Friday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. Troy Moore Library, General Classroom Building, 9th Floor

James Elkins will give a public lecture on his current research called Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder. Elkins is the E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Current projects include a series called Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts. His most recent book: What Photography Is, is written against Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Welch School Visiting Artists and Scholars program and GSU’s Center for Collaborative and International Arts.

Artists’ Talks: Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Several exhibiting artists will discuss their work and answer questions. Artists TBA.

Exhibition Closing Reception: Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m.
(Gallery hours for February 7 will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in support of the First Thursday Downtown ArtsWalk.)

Panel Discussion: Traces of New Documentary Practices. Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Kopleff Recital Hall

Lecture: James Elkins – Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder. Friday, February 8, 2:30-4 p.m., Troy Moore Library, General Classroom Building, 9th Floor

GSU Welch School Galleries
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

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