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Past Event September 18, 2019 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Young Professionals Happy Hour
at Whitespace Gallery
Join other Young Professional members of Atlanta Contemporary for a special happy hour at Whitespace Gallery in Inman Park.
Whitespace gallery is located in the backyard of Owner and Curator Susan Bridges’ beautiful Victorian house off Edgewood Avenue in Inman Park. Guests will enter the courtyard through a stone pathway and discover a carriage house featuring an exhibition of new works by Atlanta Contemporary Studio Artist, Sonya Yong James.
Meander across the courtyard, through an arched doorway, and you’ll find whitespec featuring new works by the artist Mitchell Biggio. Mix and mingle with other purveyors of contemporary art, refresh at the bar, and enjoy the work of these two talented artists before the show closes. Details about the artists and their exhibitions are listed below.
Free parking is available on Edgewood Avenue and surrounding neighborhood streets. This is a residential neighborhood, please be mindful of street signs and do not block any ramps or driveways. We encourage the use of Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft as well as carpooling. The gallery is only a 7 minute walk to Krog Street Market as well as the Eastside Trail of the Beltline.
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Sonya Yong James presents Loud Magic!
“The exhibit is about the history of place and time and myself inside of it. The work is imagined in a dream state divided between two worlds in which I can locate myself comfortably in neither. Herein are the spaces between beauty and terror and my questions of past and recent loss. These are poems and songs of farewell to the departed and a celebration of second chances, mine and the ones that are gone. In the objects, are ghosts of a past life and shadows of what might have been.” - Sonya Yong James
Mitchell Biggio presents Ramps and Planes in whitespec
“Ramps and Planes explores transitional space with respect to time, location, and perception. These complex notions are simplified and abstracted so that each individual representation shifts based on its proximity and relationship to the viewer. This allows the work to evoke movement through sequential contours and the portrayal of linear and nonlinear timelines.” - Mitchell Biggio
Whitespace is a contemporary gallery active in Atlanta and across the southeast that seeks to foster an immersive environment of free-expression, intimacy, and dialogue. Under the direction of owner Susan Bridges, the gallery has housed numerous exhibitions across all mediums promoting artistic innovation and inquiries into the relationships that define who we are, both collectively and as individuals. As a respected institution in Atlanta’s art community, Whitespace and the artists it houses continue to inspire all who attend through thoughtful examinations of the world around us, allowing viewers a new mode of seeing beyond meaning.
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.
Mitchell Biggio (b. 1991) is an artist living and working in Atlanta Georgia. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015. Along with his own practice, Biggio works as an assistant/fabricator for a number of Atlanta based artists and creatives. His studio is located in East Point where he works with a mixture of materials making sculpture, 2-D work and furniture.