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Past Event September 6, 2018 / 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Discrit: Talks // Painting in Present Tense
Relax, Read, Refresh.
Join us for Discrit & Relax, Read, Refresh in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails.
Grab a cocktail from our Mixologist-in-Residence Cole Tanner, peruse the curated selection of artist made goods in our SHOP, and meander through our current exhibitions on view, before joining the Discrit team for a discussion centered on explorations of contemporary art.
Discrit:Talks is a new Discrit initiative at Atlanta Contemporary consisting of two original talks. In lieu of traditional q+a’s, lively conversation and speculation structured around creative prompts follow each talk.
Discrit:Talks will also have a presence in the Atlanta Contemporary SHOP this Fall. A selection of books curated by Discrit will be available for sale.
In “Painting in Present Tense”, artist Chris Fernald leads the audience in an exploration of contemporary painting and the ways in which the medium reflects our fraught relationship to time. The talk argues for painting’s relevance in an era whose speeds seem to outpace the “slowness” of the medium and our capacity to witness life itself. In a wide-ranging conversation that connects such seemingly disparate subjects as Russian Orthodox icons, zombies, online avatars, the surprisingly unresolved question of what constitutes human death, metaphysical examinations of the nature of time, and the importance of “sensing slowly” in a digital world, “Painting in Present Tense” is an entertaining look at artistic experience in an atemporal world.
Discrit (“critical discourse” / “discourse critique”) is an initiative of public knowledge-sharing and discussion. Spanning lectures, seminar-style discussions, critiques, and screenings, Discrit provides the public with programming dedicated to explorations of contemporary art and culture and free, university-quality art education. Discrit is Joey Molina and Chris Fernald.
Joey Molina is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar working between video, installation, and collage. Their work engages with visual culture as material, object, and ephemera. Molina’s research interests include horror films, queer theory, and new media. They received their BA from Georgia State University in 2013 and will be on track for their MA in Film and Video at Georgia State University in Fall 2020.
Chris Fernald is an artist, writer, and cultural programmer. He is the Co-Founder of Discrit and a Graduate Student in the History of Art at Williams College. His work has been exhibited in group shows in New York and Mexico City, and his poetry and art criticism have seen publication in both Canada and the US. His writing and creative work often examine how modernity’s crises disassemble and re-constitute notions of personhood. Recurring subjects of interest include techno-spirituality, post-human cosmologies, lifestyle minimalism, animism, and the digital’s relation to the afterlife. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.
An Atlanta native, Cole has always strived to be a true individual. Growing up in holistic, all-natural environments he learned early on the importance of sustainability & thinking outside the box. Sinking his teeth into the hospitality industry enabled him to experiment with different approaches to culinary crafting, eventually finding that where he shined the most was in engaging with new people & sharing his passion for culinary creativity.
LocationGallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4, Gallery 5, Gallery 6, Atrium, Lobby, Chute Space, Sliver Space, Entry
October 21 / 6:00pm
On-site art making for all ages and ability levels to explore contemporary art through a variety of techniques and experiences.
October 21 / 7:00pm
Join us for live performances by Xavier Lewis in support of his show The Angst of the Proletariat.
October 24 / 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.