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Past Event April 12, 2018 / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dena Yago | Sheida Soleimani | Irini Miga | Krista Clark
Join us in celebrating our exhibition openings that boast an all female roster of working contemporary artists. We are also pleased to announce Jaime Keiter as the featured studio artist on the Studio Artist Program wall.
The opening reception will be held in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, drinks by our Mixologist in Residence, Nikki Searcy. Admission is free. Cash/credit bar.
Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.
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Dena Yago (b. 1988, New York, NY) is based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Bodega, New York; Sandy Brown, Berlin; High Art, Paris; Boatos Fine Art, São Paulo; White Flag Library, St. Louis; and Cubitt, London. Recent group exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Cell Space, London; Studio for Propositional Cinema, Düsseldorf; JTT, New York; and Kunsthalle Bern, Bern.
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist, currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of political refugees that were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980’s, Soleimani inserts her own critical perspectives on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran. Her works meld sculpture, video, collage, and photography to create collisions in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century. By focusing on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences through the news, source images from popular press and social media leaks are adapted to exist within alternate scenarios. Soleimani received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions at Edel Assanti, London, UK; BOYFRIENDS, Chicago, IL; Williamson/Knight, Portland, OR, and forthcoming shows at the CUE Arts Foundation, New York and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.
Irini Miga (b. 1981, in Larissa, Greece) lives and works in New York. She has studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, London’s Central Saint Martins College, and received her MFA from Columbia University, New York on a Fulbright grant. Miga has been awarded residencies in several organizations including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Fountainhead Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program; The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and The Watermill Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent shows include: Tomorrow’s Dream, at Neuer Essener Kunstverein, in Essen, Germany; Selections by Larry Ossei-Mensah at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, in New York; Scraggly Beard Grandpa, at Capsule Shanghai, in Shanghai; Good Weather Presents: The Best is the Least We Can Do, at Atlanta Contemporary, in Atlanta; Marginalia, at The Drawing Center in New York; and The Equilibrists, organized by the New Museum in New York, the DESTE Foundation in Athens and shown in the Benaki Museum in Athens, amongst others. Her work has been recently mentioned at Artforum, FlashArt, Time Out New York, Ocula, Blouin ArtInfo, and Huffington Post.
Krista Clark grew up in Burlington, VT and holds a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in printmaking, an MA from New York University and an MFA from Georgia State University. She lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the High Museum and is part of an ongoing exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia through Art in Embassies.
Jaime Keiter is an artist working primarily in the medium of ceramics. She graduated with an art degree from the University of Georgia in 2001 and worked as a photo editor at various fashion and design magazines in New York City for 15 years before returning to Atlanta in 2016. Her ceramic sculptures are collaged from individually handcrafted and glazed porcelain tiles. Her process begins with cutting geometric and organic shapes from porcelain slabs, underglazing patterns and textures, and then finishing each tile with a variety of different mid-fire glazes including copper washes, turquoise, creamy pastels, and bold primaries. These elements are then collaged together to create the sculptures. The works are inspired by the Bauhaus art of 1920’s Pre-War Germany and the Postmodern Memphis design movement of the 1980’s. She is interested in the intersection both of these movements have between fine art and craft that combine to make functional and non-functional design objects. She has exhibited with Daily Operation in Brooklyn, New York as well as Swan Coach House and Poem88 in Atlanta. Her art has been featured in various publications including Sight Unseen, Design Milk, Architectural Digest and Vogue.
Nikki Searcy, the “Mistress of Mixology”, has been working in the hospitality service industry for close to two decades. She has spent the last 10 years bartending at a variety of venues, clubs, and restaurants in Atlanta. Currently, she owns and operates a professional bartending service, Liberating Libations, as well as Simply Natural For You, specializing in “mixing” natural & organic fruit juices.
LocationGallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Chute Space, Sliver Space
April 17 / 12:00pm
Deeply Rooted, Cultured, and Silenced
Jose Villalobos Performance and Talkback
Jose Villalobos virtually screens their performance Deeply Rooted, Cultured, and Silenced (2021) followed by a talk back with curator Dr. Jordan Amirkhani.
April 24 / 7:00pm
La Femme Noire
La Femme Noire: The Celebrated Womxn is an artistic celebration of African-American womxn and the contributions they have made to classical music as composers, poets, and performers.
April 25 / 12:00pm
A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.