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Past Event May 25, 2017 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Studio Artist Program
Tickets available at the door. We look forward to seeing you!
Open Studios spotlights the 14 artists in our Studio Artist Program. Join us and meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection.
This event works in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, featuring freshly mixed cocktails by Nikki Searcy of Simply Natural For You, food from Scratch Cuisine Food Truck, and music by LXXX YOU’s Mike “EXTREMELY MICHAEL” Stasny and George “DJ DAD BOD” Long!
Admission to Open Studios is $10 - all money raised supports the Studio Artist Program.
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The Scratch Cuisine Food Truck, formerly owned by Chef Matt Grigg, is now owned and operated by Michael and Anthony Gropp of Petite Auberge Restaurant & Catering. Their menu features traditional food truck dishes such as Pork Carnitas Tacos with Arbol Sauce, Chicken Cheese Steaks, Philly Cheese Steaks, Pimento Cheese on French Baguettes, Chicken Tenders with French Fries and Cobb Salads, ranging in price from $7-$10. One thing that Petite Auberge brings to the “table” is the use of high quality ingredients from their restaurant, such as their freshly imported flavored and infused extra virgin olive oils. Rather than cooking all of their food items in the deep fryer, the Petite Auberge chefs can use these olive oils on the flat top or sautéed in a pan to bring the taste—and health benefits—of their food truck offerings up a notch. And, as an added bonus, food truck patrons will be able to do a mini tasting of the olive oils while waiting in line for their orders.
Mike Stasny is an installation artist, performance artist, and sculptor from the midwest currently working out of Atlanta. He primarily works with raw building materials and broken furniture converting them into “creatures” inspired by natural history museums, sci-fi, and his grandfather - an eccentric taxidermist whom let Mike play in his basement with numerous dead things. His most notorious work to date is “what what in the butt” - a youtube viral video that conflates homosexuality, blackness, and religion into an absurd / escapist cartoon like universe. On occasion, he provides “MUSIC YOU NEED” for art related events.
LXXX YOU is a rotating group of artists and friends founded by Mike “EXTREMELY MICHAEL” Stasny and George “DJ DAD BOD” Long. Prompted by party motifs and parodying human life, LXXX YOU,s performance and installation work lampoon’s social experiences by inviting viewers into a surreal world. Primarily working as hyper-real costumed DJ’s, LXXX YOU has provided entertainment for the Hambidge auction, The opening of Ponce City Market, Burnaway Auction, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Eide Magazine anniversary party, MOCA GA, Marcia Wood Gallery, Sandler Hudson Gallery, WonderFarm, and Atlanta Contemporary’s ART PARTY.
Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives in Atlanta, GA) received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2011. Her work has recently been exhibited in “Between the Waters” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and “Photography Today: Public Private Relations” at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. She has had solo shows at Document Gallery, Chicago (2015, 2017) and Hester, New York (2015) and was included in ATLBNL: The Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016) among numerous group exhibitions at Downs & Ross, New York (2017), Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2016), Galerie Division, Montreal (2016), and Ellis King, Dublin (2015). She has contributed to publications including BURNAWAY, The Creative Independent, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Art Papers, and has curated exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, and elsewhere. In 2016-17, while she and her husband, artist Jason Benson, were studio residents at Atlanta Contemporary, they operated the artist-run space Species out of their shared studio. Species continues to occasionally produce exhibitions itinerantly, most recently presenting the work of Rhode Island-based artist Harry Gould Harvey IV at Atlanta Contemporary earlier this year.
Masud Ashley Olufani (MAO) is an Atlanta based actor and mixed media artist whose studio practice is rooted in the discipline of sculpture. He is a graduate of Arts High School in Newark, N.J., Morehouse College and The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2012. Masud has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans; Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong, China. The artist has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center; SCAD Alumni Artist in Residence in Savannah; The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA.; and Creative Currents in Portobello, Panama. He is a recipient of a 2015 Idea Capital Grant; a Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement grant; a recipient of 2015-16’ MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant, and is a member of the 2014-15’ class of the Walthall Fellows. He has appeared in numerous television shows including Being Mary Jane, Devious Maids, Satisfaction, and, Nashville, and will be a featured actor in the feature film All Eyez on Me: The Tupac Shakur Story.
Kojo Griffin was born in Farmville, VA, in 1971; raised in Boston, MA; and currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and three sons. Griffin has had several solo exhibitions in the US, including two with his former New York gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash and has shown his work extensively in group shows both domestically and worldwide. He has been a visiting artist at several universities, including The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, SUNY-New Paltz, and, most recently, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial of Art, the 2002 Corcoran Biennial of Art, The Freestyle show at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the 2006 Seville Biennial in Seville, Spain.
In 1995, he received a BA in psychology from Morehouse College. Griffin recently received his MFA in painting and drawing at Georgia State University.
Jaime Bull builds a cast of sparkly clad forms that embody a strong, sexy, dangerous female presence. She is a collector and uses found, repurposed materials in her work to reference the body with a feminist perspective. Spending her time dumpster diving at the recycling center or scouring Goodwill to amass second-hand tube tops and sequined prom dresses, Bull’s sculptures have the rhinestone aesthetic of a bedazzled jean jacket or a Mardi Gras float. She examines and questions our relationship with the environment by highlighting a preoccupation with hoarding mass quantities of “stuff.” Bull received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, Athens in 2013. She is a recipient of the Willson Center for the Arts research grant for her thesis work Lady Beasts: An Investigation of Womanliness. She has exhibited in Atlanta with Doppler Projects, MINT Gallery, Mammal Gallery, Whitespace, Camayuhs and at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Regionally, she has shown work at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, University of North Georgia, Auburn University, Albany Museum, the COOP Gallery in Nashville and all over Athens, GA. She is a Vermont Studio School Fellow, attended a two-month residency at the Bernheim Arboretum in Louisville, KY and was an Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist in Residence. She was featured in and on the cover of the 219th edition of Ambit Magazine, London. She currently lives in Athens, GA and teaches at the University of Georgia.
Sonya Yong James is a sculptor and multi-media artist whose work for the past several years has focused on the exploration of the idea of physical devotion and ritual experienced through the process of repetitive labor intensive making. The sculptures utilize animal hair, including sheep wool and horse hair. Her current work is focused on the duality of form representing opposing sensations and active emotional tensions. This is shown by contrasting visual textures such as gentleness and violence, animal and human, and beauty and the abject. She is influenced by the landscapes of the South, personal narrative, and the history of mourning in America.
James was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a BFA in Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2000 where she focused on etching and sculpture. James has exhibited nationally for the past twenty years and has been the recipient of several grants, awards, and residencies. In 2013, she curated an exhibition for the Hudgens Center for the Arts entitled Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber that travelled to the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She is currently in a traveling exhibit originating at the Muskegon Museum of Art that is considered an international survey of innovators in the field entitled Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge.
Jason Benson (born 1987, Baltimore) received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and was the co-director of Important Projects in Oakland from fall 2009 to summer 2014. He has recently exhibited works at Balice Hertling (Paris, France), Ellis King (Dublin, Ireland), Bodega (New York), fused space (San Francisco), Bureau (New York), Springsteen (Baltimore), 321 Gallery (Brooklyn), TG (Nottingham, United Kingdom), Lodos (Mexico CIty, Mexico) and Queer Thoughts (Chicago). He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia where he is the co-director of Species Gallery.
While often starting with the camera, Kelly Kristin Jones’ work utilizes various methods and materials to survey new concepts. Primarily interested in our relationship to environment, Jones explores how we are implicated and reflected in something so familiar it has become nearly invisible. Shifting perspective, renegotiating space, and recording sights, Jones studies the utter strangeness of space and movement in urban areas.
Kelly Kristin Jones earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and currently teaches at Georgia State University. Jones is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), the Southwest Airlines Arts and Social Engagement Prize (2013), the MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist Award (2013), the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2012), The Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize (2011, 2012) and the Municipal Art League Fellowship (2012).
Tyler Beard (b. 1982, Olathe, KS) holds an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA from the University of Kansas. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; Central Utah Arts Center, UT; Robischon Gallery, CO; and Hathaway Gallery, GA. Additionally, He has been featured in exhibitions at ROCKELMANN&, Berlin; Victori + Mo, NY; Coop Gallery, TN; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; and the Biennial of the Americas, CO. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including the Montello Foundation, NV; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Ceramic Center Berlin, GER; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, MN; and OffShore, NY. Beard currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Hannah Tarr lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 where she was awarded a residency to the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency (Saugatuck, MI) and the Florence Leif Award for Painters. Her work has been shown at Roots and Culture (Chicago), MOCA GA (Atlanta), Loyal Gallery (Stockholm), and Poem88 (Atlanta).
Dana Haugaard works with sensation and stimulation with the hopes of—even for a moment—enabling people to gain a heightened sense of self-awareness. He attempts to engineer moments in which people become more conscious of themselves and their environments and how each affects the other. Working with sound, he creates reactive environments with sensors and audio controllers that use both low and high frequency sine waves and vibration generators to physically affect people and spaces. These moments of unexpected physical stimulation are crucial moments as they remind us that we are aware—that we are indeed real physical beings. Haugaard is currently researching the mechanics of sound, trying to find ways to use and exploit the subtleties of sound to engineer a more affective experience.
Haugaard grew up in Decatur, GA, and has recently returned to Atlanta after living in Iowa City, where he received his MFA from the University of Iowa and taught sculpture at Kirkwood Community College.
Joe Camoosa makes drawings and paintings that focus on complexity, order, and the uncertainty of meaning. Working within abstraction, he searches and strives for what doesn’t exist and hasn’t been seen before: the un-nameable. Mystery and ambiguity loom large; his work contains a number of things that might look familiar yet can’t quite be named—a map, a glimpse under a microscope, a scientific model containing arteries or clusters of organs and bodily shapes, or something in bloom, coming alive. His work is informed by many ingredients: maps, aerial landscapes, music, trains, graffiti, architecture, the sensation of rhythm and movement, the grid of New York City, and the tattered subway map from his childhood.
Camoosa was born in Asbury Park, NJ, and lives and works in Atlanta. He received an MFA in painting and drawing from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied mass communication and anthropology. Camoosa has exhibited throughout the Southeast, and his work is held in numerous corporate and private collections.
Jane Foley (b*1985, New Orleans) is a sculptor, performer, and sound artist living in Atlanta, Georgia (US). Her sound works explore isolation versus connectivity in public spaces, beginning with subtle repeated experiments in deep listening and reciprocity. She uses sculpture and performance also as frameworks for interaction, creating physical spaces for unscripted involvement, favoring communication and process over controlled outcomes. Jane Foley has created site-specific public sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, as well as produced a sound composition for Saout Radio that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morrocco. In Atlanta, she has created public works for Flux Projects, the Atlanta Beltline, WonderRoot, and the Goat Farm, among others. Following a recent residency at Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz, Austria, she has been composing from layered field recordings, chasing ever-elusive images of transitional sounds in built spaces.
Known for incorporating the “glitch” aesthetic into the ceramic vernacular, A-Johnson’s work addresses thoughts of memory, technological integration, mark making, and perceptual consciousness. While his original draw to the ceramic medium was the physical nature in which it is manipulated, during Graduate school at Arizona State University, He found clay to be a relevant medium to explore the relationship of illusion and form, thought and physicality. A-Johnson has continued the exploration of these ideas and processes through multiple relocations, including time spent as a visiting artist at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and an Assistant Professor at Buffalo State College. He most recently transitioned from being a full time studio artist in Copenhagen, Denmark to join Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA as an Assistant Professor. A-Johnson’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally through awarded grants, exhibitions, and residencies. In 2012 he was awarded the Emerging Artist Award through NCECA, and most recently received an exhibition grant from the Danish Cultural Ministry to complete a residency and exhibition opportunity through C.R.E.T.A. Rome. For this opportunity he continued to integrate digital processes with traditional forming and surface treatments. This act reflects the current state of human experience, as we navigate between actuality and the illusions presented by our screens.
My process in its essential is collecting and sorting. Collecting of artifacts, colors, textures, and materials. A majority of the materials I work with are reclaimed goods, found objects and papers. My beautiful and filthy City of Atlanta. Her skyline draped delicately with lights to jewel her. I’ll walk the streets and find old sparking wrappers that escape the trash. Sometimes it’s from old chocolate boxes, lotto tickets, or maybe broken car lights. Gifts from the city herself. Reclaimed party supplies, used household items and the discarded miscellaneous are examples of my fascination with the consumed object. There’s an energy given to an item once created, but also life after the production of being produced from materials to commodity. When the user discards that; I like to give it a second life. Permanently salvaging it from its end in the landfill. Creating any object to me is sacred. Glitter to me is a sacred beauty. I truly do not know why I am with it, connected to it, but I do choose to create the art that my soul desires.
August 24 / 7:00pm
ART PARTY 2019
Changing the Way We All See Art
Join us for our annual fundraiser - a night in which our whole campus is transformed with programming on the pavilion, special presentations throughout the campus, and of course, Open Studios with our artists in the Studio Artist Program.
October 3 / 7:00pm
Nexus Award 2019
Honoring Annette Cone-Skelton and Kevin Cole
Atlanta Contemporary honors Annette Cone-Skelton and Kevin Cole with the 2019 Nexus Award at a reception on Wednesday, October 3.