Alix Pearlstein, Tony Labat, Tad Savinar at ACAC

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

January 11, 2013
7:00 pmto10:00 pm
January 12, 2013
11:00 amto12:00 pm

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 »

January 14, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
February 7, 2013
5:30 pmto9:00 pm
February 8, 2013
2:30 pmto4:00 pm

“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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Laurel Nakadate at ACAC

September 24th, 2012 Jason Parker Posted in Event, Performance, Photography, Video No Comments »

October 12, 2012
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) announces the opening of Laurel Nakadate: Photographs, Videos & Performances, an exhibition focusing on the artist’s works which explore themes of voyeurism, loneliness, power, and desire.

Many of these were featured in “Only The Lonely,” Nakadate’s ten-year retrospective at MoMA PS1 in 2011. This exhibition is the first time in the past several years that the entirety of ACAC’s gallery spaces will be used to present the work of one artist.

Timed to occur during Atlanta Celebrates Photography, this survey of Nakadate’s emotional and unsettling art will provide audiences with imagery and narrative structures that speak to the dissolution of public and private realms, the potential for identity transformation, and the sprawling stage of the American landscape.

The exhibition at ACAC will be dominated by 36 images chosen from Nakadate’s 2011 series 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, a rigorous year-long photographic performance, during which the artist documented herself crying each day. She is seen sobbing in her home, in hotels, on planes and trains, clothed or in various states of undress.

What becomes clear is that Nakadate is presenting a composite of who she is, and who she can become for the camera: a woman who is haunted, grieving, struggling, wanting, and healing. Viewers are left to decide what experiences the artist is drawing on to bring on her tears, and how these images connect with their own lives and modes of sharing of personal information (in the flesh and on the Internet).

Nakadate has said, “One of the primary motivations at the beginning of this work was going out into the world and meeting strangers. And whether I was meant to be a part of their world or not, I just wanted to spend some time there.”

This impulse is explicit in her various productions which featuring sought-after or happened-upon collaborators who reveal themselves as complex creatures filled with anxiety and expressive power.

In the 2011 Star Portraits series, strangers are lead to various isolated locales at nighttime, and photographed with a combination of flash and long exposure. The results offer spot lit figures who stare straight ahead under starry skies.

In “Good Morning Sunshine,” 2009, Nakadate videotapes several adolescent girls in their bedroom, instructing each to wake up and perform certain tasks. Her voice alternates between aspects of manipulative mother, creepy sorority sister, and skillful seducer.

“Exorcism in January,” 2009, shows Nakadate dancing and singing with various men, at risk and in control, as she conjures states of exhilaration and estrangement.

Extending the exhibition beyond the ACAC galleries, we will screen Nakadate’s second feature film, “The Wolf Knife,” 2010, at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday, October 11, at 9:30 pm.

The artist will be in attendance and will answer questions after the screening. This event is presented in partnership with Atlanta Film Festival 365.

Through Dec. 16.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St.
Atlanta, Ga.

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